Bob Mould is as Mouldy as ever on his new single "The Descent" from his forthcoming studio album Silver Age (Merge - Sept. 4th). "The Descent" is everything Mould fans want: loud ringing guitars, tightly built vs-ch-vs structure, melodically singsongy, and above all GOOD ROCK.
Redd Kross is back ya'll! After fifteen years of no new studio material and thirty-four years after being infected with a punk urge to rock, the McDonald brothers deliver Researching the Blues (Merge). The album is perfectly in step with today's growing nostalgia for garage pop/rock as well as just being a great excuse to rock.
Sugar carried on the work of Husker Du, creating a sound similar to what became the early 90s grunge era, but apart from the junkie metal vibe and closer to that of pop songwriting. Mould's not a poet, but he is a lyricist of empathy and emotive power that few can match.
When I see the Sub Pop label these days I don't think of Fleet Foxes, I still think of Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Mudhoney. I think of Seattle coffee junkies (real H junk heads too of course) and rain rain rain depressions channeled into thuddy heavy rock music.
The impact of Sonic Youth on American rock music cannot be overstated. They brought together the extremes: experimental NYC art and noise and pop culture - and made them hip enough for the hardcore kids.
What’s so impressive about this album (besides the sex) is how Ty Segall Band is able to have such a multitude of influences without being overwhelmed or dominated by them. Too many bands nowadays put reverb on … well … everything, in an effort to create a retro aesthetic that often holds them back from making anything new. Ty Segall is clearly influenced by older rock n’ roll (and yes they use reverb heavy vocals), but they don’t let these influences become the crux of their band.
APTBS sound like way too many other groups from the past and they waste the duration of a full-length tinkering with toys instead of writing memorable songs. For me the only great thing about this group is the guitar noise...which kills. | REVIEW
One of the most innovative groups to come out of the Germany's Krautrock scene of the late 60s/early 70s, Can's music is the sweet spot where electronic tinkering, modern classical, and rock music collide. | REVIEW
Like many Grizzly Bear tunes, this track evolves into a gorgeous piece that is completely different from the first half of the song -- the second half of “Sleeping Ute” is basically a different track. | REVIEW
Liars latest album is titled WIXIW (pronounced "wish you") and it is not, contrary to NPR's claim, "the best Radiohead album since Kid A." On first spin it does remind the listener of Thom Yorke's gang of magicians because the songs are moody electronic introverted man machine music. | REVIEW
King Tuff is alive again and it has arisen out of the misty post war ether of the early sixties…I think. While I’ve recently been questioning the retro mania that is today’s music scene I didn’t question it while listening to King Tuff. | REVIEW
For a band to stay together ten years is quite an accomplishment. To have the same group of players record to record, gig to gig is a testimony to friendship and unity. To make solid album statements and grow without hitting a brick wall is a rare feat. | REVIEW
By indulging in whims such as gummy skull packaging and recording with just about every artist (from Neon Indian to Ke$ha) out there today (was Lady Antebellum really too busy?), The Flaming Lips seem to be a bit lost in my opinion.
Where to begin with a piece of music this BAD? Can someone die from a sunscreen OD? I don't know. It would surely be less painful then listening to the brand new reunited Beach Boys single, "That's Why God Made the Radio." THEY'RE BACK!
A rowdy crowd, an exalted entrance and a wall-of-sound take on “A Salty Salute” began the Guided By Voices reunion show in Los Angeles. At the song’s end, the repeated line “The club is open” became a celebratory chant with the audience screaming in ecstatic fervor. It was a good opening.
Ariel Pink is our first postmodern rock star. The self-revered Godfather of the chillwave genre has made an impressionable mark on the Los Angeles music scene despite a reclusive and hermitic lifestyle.
Welcome to Big Echo - Big sound, big ideas, big drums, big vocals, big concepts and big production. Big is a word that encapsulates quite accurately what The Morning Benders were attempting to create with their latest release.
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