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09.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
And with one lovely, understated gesture, The Avett Brothers' I and Love and You, Rick Rubin has nearly atoned for destroying Weezer. Lionized though the guy may be, Rubin is an overzealous producer, one whose vision sometimes trumps that of the artist he's recording. He's celebrated for returning Johnny Cash to his roots, but he also fed Cash some truly trite, overblown cover songs ("Bridg...
09.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
A guilty pleasure that grows less guilty and more pleasurable with each album, Paramore packs all the thrills of their male-fronted emo-rock peers, but leaves behind none of the slimy residue. The group�s latest, Brand New Eyes, out today, is their tightest and fiercest yet, a Trojan horse of a record with seemingly lightweight punk songs that disguise a whole lot of brute force. Most of the firep...
09.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
After a frequently exceptional run, Mariah Carey�s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel closes with a flagrant vote of no-confidence in everything that came before it; a radio-baiting cover of the Foreigner power-balled �I Want to Know What Love Is� was apparently tacked on in a panic after the slow start of the album�s lead single, �Obsessed.� Of course, Carey hits the cover out of the park, but the vic...
09.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Full disclosure: I don�t much care for M. Ward. I find his songwriting nearly as dull as his listless, smug voice, and I find his invocation of vintage American music to be disingenuous, just another affect he slathers over his flimsy songs. I admit this now not to rip on a performer I�ve mostly held my tongue about for the past half decade, but to give context to my endorsement of the debu...
09.04.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Official streams of Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II went out today, and the album is every bit the swift Tim boot kick to the head Wu-Tang fans hoped it would be. It's a remarkable, beast of a record�it's 21 tracks long�and it manages what few Wu-Tang projects have this decade, taking that classic, grimy, cinematic Wu-Tang sound and making it fresh and vital again. Raekwon is on the t...
08.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Former Mazzy Star singer (or perhaps sometimes Mazzy Star singer, depending on whether you believe the group actually broke up) Hope Sandoval will play a Oct. 4 concert at the Pabst Theater, according to the singer's Web site. This September the proudly un-prolific singer will be releasing her second solo album, Through the Devil Softly, which should cause music writers to recycle all ...
07.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
As Nirvana's legacy can attest, sometimes the best bands can inspire the worst music. It's with that in mind that I listen to Blind Man's Colour, a vile Florida duo that does for Animal Collective what Robbers on High Street did for Spoon: pillage their playbook and reduce it to shtick. All the Merriweather Post Pavilion-isms are there and magnified four-fold: the braying, blurting sounds; the twi...
07.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Since he reinvented himself as everybody's cool uncle by touring with Sonic Youth in the early '90s, Neil Young has always been in style. His big guitars and all-American bad voice have remained a constant influence, inspiring both the flanneled alternative rockers of the '90s and the flanneled folk revivalists of today. And now, after decades of admirably wearing their uncoolness like a badge of ...
07.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
As part of my resolution to be better about calling out overrated albums, let me offer this succinct consumer warning about the new Tiny Vipers album: Do not buy the new Tiny Vipers album. At least not unless you know what your in for. Tiny Viper's Life on Earth, the sophomore offering from Sub Pop singer-songwriter Jesy Fortino, is so quiet it makes Jana Hunter sound like AC/DC. It could ha...
06.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I can't pretend to be as enthusiastic about dancehall reggae as I am the trunk-rattling, Bama rap that Diplo doled out on last year's essential Fear and Loathing in Hunts Vegas mix, or even the retro-dub of that summer's Top Ranking, but Diplo's latest genre experiment, Major Lazer's Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do, has all the makings of a future cult-classic�this is dancehall's answer to the...

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