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Bill Withers | The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums
Bill Withers has always been the down-to-earth, odd-man-out of the '70s soul brothers: he's the one who came bearing a lunch box on the cover of his relaxed 1971 debut, Just as I Am .
| November 02, 2012
Micachu & The Shapes | Never
Like her stylistic sista Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Micachu's Mica Levi makes pixelated, abstract anti-pop that sounds like marionettes jamming in an aluminum factory.
Rough Trade (2012)
| July 20, 2012
David Bowie | The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars [40th Anniversary Edition]
Bowie's greatest album? Depends on the day. Canonically, however, this is and will always be a BFD: an archetype of alternative commercial rock, the primo platter of the so-called glam era; and arguably the best record ever made about apocalypse, interp
| June 08, 2012
The Shins | Port of Morrow
Meet the new Shins. Same as the old Shins? Kinda sorta.
Aural Apothecary/Columbia (2012)
| March 16, 2012
Bruce Springsteen | Wrecking Ball
There was a time when Bruce Springsteen didn't need rousing choirs, swelling orchestrations, or repetitive Pogues poses to broadcast anthemic populist subversion.
| March 09, 2012
Air | Le Voyage Dans La Lune
It was inevitable that Air would one day be asked to soundtrack a colorized version of an iconic 1902 silent French film about moon exploration, right? There's the French thing, the moon thing, the kitsch-cool factor.
| February 03, 2012
Alex Chilton | Free Again: The ''1970'' Sessions
Post–Box Tops and pre-Big Star, Alex Chilton was an 18-year-old Memphis boy on his way to his dual identity: former #1 pop hitmaker, perpetual underground hero.
| January 13, 2012
Various Artists | True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax
Soul hounds love deep, obscure shit — the deeper it is, the more obscure it is, the funkier it is, the more Southern it is, the better.
| July 15, 2011
Ketman | Ketman a Go Go
The winking disconnect between Ketman’s promotional art (swingin’ young people from a half-century ago enjoying the pleasures of their hi-fi system; Twiggy types with black bars across their eyes) and Ketman’s music (lean, pugilistic rock with 1980s Amer
Lifted & Gifted (2010)
| May 21, 2010
The New Pornographers | Together
Once a group of Canadian unknowns masquerading as a supergroup, the New Pornographers are no longer entirely Canadian or unknown, and neither are they the same cavalier bunch who redefined left-field power pop for the Naughts.
| May 07, 2010
The Unthanks | Here's the Tender Coming
Rachel and Becky Unthank appear to have stepped out of another time and place.
Rough Trade (2010)
| April 16, 2010
Untied States | Instant Everything, Constant Nothing
Atlanta’s Untied States have arguably the most un-Google-able name in contemporary rock.
| April 09, 2010
Iggy & The Stooges | Raw Power (Legacy Edition)
We can argue all you want about proto-this and seminal that, but when Raw Power is on the stereo, it’s hard to deny that it’s the greatest rock record ever.
| March 26, 2010
Gorillaz | Plastic Beach
Although this is their first album without an indie-chic producer, the fake band with fake cartoon characters known as Gorillaz stay the course as a very real post-Blur conduit for Damon Albarn's quasi-apocalyptic, '80s-daydreaming, neon-pop habit.
| March 19, 2010
Broken Bells | Broken Bells
Danger Mouse ( né Brian Burton) had a pretty good run through the '00s, a decade that saw him go from a mash-up nobody to producer du jour for a motley assortment of artists.
| March 12, 2010
Jimi Hendrix | Valleys Of Neptune
The Imaginary Hendrix Vault boasts so many hypothetical treasures.
| March 05, 2010
Field Music | Field Music (Measure)
It takes some serious balls to release a double album in an age when Peter Gabriel would rather go bald than wear a fox pelt on his head.
Memphis Industries (2010)
| February 19, 2010
Fela Kuti | The ’69 L.A. Sessions
Amiri Baraka put it best in his poem "In the Funk World": "If Elvis Presley is King/Who is James Brown, God?" So, by that logic, is Fela Anikulapo Kuti higher than or equal to God?
Knitting Factory (2010)
| February 12, 2010
Basia Bulat | Heart Of My Own
Like a Laurel Canyon Billie Holiday or a pixilated Tracy Chapman, Bulat sports a voice rich with vibrato, hearty oomph, and dignified lonesomeness.
Rough Trade (2010)
| January 29, 2010
Various Artists | Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010
The notion that regional musical flavors exist independently in American cities is quickly becoming an archaic truism, seeing as how the world really is a stage these days, at least in the digital sense.
| January 08, 2010
Elvis Presley | Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight
There's a plethora of Elvis Presley albums on the market, most of them compilations and box sets, each focusing on certain hits, eras, and/or styles.
| December 11, 2009
Real Estate | Real Estate
Real Estate’s buzzed-about debut speaks the language of the season, its slow sunset of sound flush with twinkling Stratocasters, drum kits that trot off into the distance, and anemic vocals that, as with Grizzly Bear or Beach House, magnify the fragility
| November 27, 2009
Music Seen: Huak and Readings from 33 1/3 series
There was nothing Sunday-sized about the crowd at SPACE last weekend, when Michael T. Fournier and Zeth Lundy took turns reading from their books, both part of Continuum Press's 33 1/3 series. The series, which so far features 67 volumes with 67 differe
At SPACE Gallery, November 8
BRIDGET M. BURNS
| November 13, 2009
AC-DC | Backtracks
How easy is it to admire AC/DC?
| November 13, 2009
Review: The Beatles: Rock Band
Can we agree that the music-game market is saturated? To stand out in this crowd, you'd need something special. You'd need the Beatles.
Don't meet the Beatles — be them
| September 11, 2009
Better all the time
In 2006, Apple/EMI released the Beatles-soundtracked Cirque du Soleil companion piece Love , which mashed together songs from the band's repertoire in stunning remastered sound.
Get these Beatles reissues into your life
| September 11, 2009
Those Darlins | Self-titled
If summer finally decides to arrive this year, it'll have a heckuva soundtrack waiting for it.
Oh Wow Dang (2009)
| July 17, 2009
He's their rock
The pantheon of Where Are They Nows is populated with fallen and faded demigods, yes, but could've-beens, almost-weres, and also-rans crowd the wings.
Superdrag redeem themselves
| April 10, 2009
When Carl Newman walks down a New York City sidewalk and seizes some sudden flicker of inspiration by humming bits of melody into his Blackberry.
A.C. Newman adjusts to the limelight on Get Guilty
| March 10, 2009
Review: Mark Olson and Gary Louris, Ready for the Flood (New West)
Some of us sat idly by while the Stooges, the Pixies, the Police, and the New Kids were busy plotting their improbable reunions, our arms crossed, feigning indifference.
Return of the Hawks
| January 20, 2009
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