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Album Reviews

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Amy Lee – Aftermath (Amy Lee Music, Inc.)

You might call this album the Aftermath of Amy Lee. It’s been three years since we’ve heard from the Evanescence lead singer; in that time she’s battled lawsuits with her record label, become a mother and pretty much shunned the [...]

September 13, 2014

Cassie Ramone – The Time Has Come (Loglady)

It isn’t fair to compare an artist’s solo work to her previous endeavors with full-fledged bands, but with Cassie Ramone, it is almost impossible to not. Ramone was the most prominent voice of Vivian Girls, a band that while only [...]

September 10, 2014
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Blonde Redhead – Barragán (Kobalt Music Group)

Barragán is the ninth studio album from New York City’s Blonde Redhead—a trio consisting of brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace (guitar/vocals and drums/vocals, respectively) and Kazu Makino (vocals/guitar). The band, first written off as a Sonic Youth copy, found its [...]

September 3, 2014

Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity (Mute)

Even if you didn’t know that Cold Specks‘ new album, Neuroplasticity, was outlined and partially written in a cottage in Wick, Somerset U.K. during the winter, the music would conjure up that exact imagery for you anyway. The album’s prowling demeanor [...]

September 1, 2014

Kimbra – The Golden Echo (Warner Bros.)

Playful and eclectic, Kimbra’s second studio release, The Golden Echo, embodies youthful exuberance and sonic exploration. It is not so much a departure from her 2011 Vows, but a bold expansion. The 24-year-old native New Zealander achieved worldwide notoriety as [...]

August 27, 2014

OOIOO – Gamel (Thrill Jockey)

The latest release from OOIOO, the experimental troupe led by the Boredoms’ Yoshimi P-We, finds the noise collective marrying traditional Javanese gamelan music with spasms of raunchy rock workouts. Over the course of its 11 tracks, Gamel comes off as [...]

July 15, 2014
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No Sinner – Boo Hoo Hoo (Mascot)

Boo Hoo Hoo is the debut of Vancouver-based blues rock group No Sinner. But this album is so tight and has such a dark-tinged spirit, you would have thought the group was a bunch of old souls that had been [...]

July 9, 2014

Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Interscope)

The character of Lana Del Rey is perfect for the current climate of popular culture. Her old Hollywood-young-mistress-Nancy-Sinatra rip-off is unique for the moment, making the 28-year-old pop star look and sound nothing like her contemporaries. But while her latest [...]

July 8, 2014