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Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

Feb. 25, 2012

It seems almost quaint to think there was a time not that long ago where most Americans thought about rap and hip-hop in terms of an East Coast/West Coast binary. To be sure, even then it wasn't representative of the whole picture, but in the ye...
Monday, Feb. 20, 2012

The Lost Album

Mississippi Cactus' The Lost Album, recorded several years ago, before singer/guitarist Brian Kasprzak's temporary West Coast relocation, finds the Milwaukee band as musically diverse as their club-packing shows were lengthy—and those could run upward...
Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

Bateman and Reynolds Swap Bodies (And Bad Jokes)

What if you could trade your life for someone else's?
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...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
All achy voice and crashing guitars, Montreal's Land of Talk play indie-rock the way it sounded early this century, before the mid-decade mutiny of synthesizers and cowboy hats. Land of Talk's sophomore album, Some Are Lakes, was one of last year's most underrated albums, a poignant showcase for singer Elizabeth Powell's bruised-peach vocals, and this fall the trio is following it up w...
09.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Well, it's good see that somebody found a use for Peter, Bjorn and John's wildly uneven latest album, Living Thing. If that record arrived half-formed, then Mick Boogie's re-imagining of that record, the Re-Living Thing mixtape�available for free download on an Internet near you)�marks its completion. As underground producers like 6th Sense and Cookin' Soul give Peter, Bjorn and John's clattery ...
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...

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