Album Reviews
A Sequel As Good As The Original: The Robert Glasper Experiment's Black Radio 2

A Sequel As Good As The Original: The Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio 2

Keyboardist Robert Glasper (and his three bandmates who make up the Robert Glasper Experiment) might be the only act remaining who can garner pop attention while offering a sound that has at least a pinky toe in jazz. With 2012’s Black Radio, the Experiment managed to successfully integrate the worlds of jazz and R&B like no one has been able to do in maybe two decades. Featuring a who’s who of soul and hip-hop luminaries, Black Radio deservedly won the [...]

Toad The Wet Sprocket's New Constellation: As If They Never Left

Toad The Wet Sprocket’s New Constellation: As If They Never Left

Welcome back, guys. Seriously.

The Singles Bar: "Young Legs" by Anthony Green (Circa Survive)

The Singles Bar: “Young Legs” by Anthony Green (Circa Survive)

Circa Survive’s Anthony Green is back, with young legs. And “Young Legs.”

a.f.i., Burials: Album Review

a.f.i., Burials: Album Review

  On afireinside’s ninth long-player, Burials, the band properly shows us why goth-emo-punk was better in small doses and the rest better off left for dead. It would seem that once a band like a.f.i. got a taste for arenas (much light Twilight vampires get a taste for teenage blood) it became hard to put that cat back in the bag.  The band has chased that cat heavily on 2006’s decemberunderground and 2009’s Crash Love – wearing Joy Division, Duran Duran [...]

Monster Magnet, The Last Patrol: Album Review

Monster Magnet, The Last Patrol: Album Review

The space lords from Red Bank, NJ have returned.  They are a band that has survived into the 21st Century, are in their 24th year together and have just released their 10th, and possibly best, studio album to date. The Last Patrol, while not as trippy and psychedelic as earlier works, is every bit the signature stoner-mixed-with-classic-rock sound they’ve created their own niche for.  The standard album is a taut nine songs of pure ‘Power Tripping.’ The album begins on [...]

K-Ci & Jojo's My Brother's Keeper: In 300 Words Or Less

K-Ci & Jojo’s My Brother’s Keeper: In 300 Words Or Less

Somebody say “ooh yeah!”

Tired Pony, The Ghost of The Mountain: Album Review

Tired Pony, The Ghost of The Mountain: Album Review

Right place, right time sometimes when it comes to discovering music these days.  So it was late night about a week ago when I discovered Tired Pony – a supergroup of sorts.  The group is made up of Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey (REM), Jacknife Lee (producer), Richard Colburn (Belle & Sebastien), Iain Archer and Troy Stewart.  The Ghost of The Mountain was released two weeks ago and is actually the groups sophomore album. As its pastoral album cover [...]

More Good Than Not: A Review Of RJD2's More Is Than Isn't

More Good Than Not: A Review Of RJD2’s More Is Than Isn’t

One bad-ass multi-hyphenate has returned.

Paul McCartney, New: Album Review

Paul McCartney, New: Album Review

16 solo albums and 50 years into an incredible career, Paul McCartney aims for the middle again with the not-so-new sounds of whatever this latest one is called.

Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt: Album Review

Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt: Album Review

I hate to break it to you, but Pearl Jam’s 10th album is both a beautiful – and disjointed – mess. Let’s face it – any band that makes it to 10 studio albums deserves the title of ‘legacy act.’  As such, the pressure to make the album that befits the pedigree of such a widely accepted rock band is gargantuan in nature. Another pitfall of a legacy album is that you’re generally only a good as the last two [...]

Metal Monday Volume 143 (10.14.13)

Metal Monday Volume 143 (10.14.13)

With Meshuggah-sized riffs, Devildriver-style grooves, and two ladies behind the mic that parallel Maria Brink and Angela Gossoow with their ferocity and finesse, L.A.’s Butcher Babies is anything but a one trick pony. On their debut release, Goliath (Out now through Century Media), the quintet deliver a punishing eleven tracks of unbridled mayhem. “I Smell A Massacre” sets the tone immediately with drummer Chrissy Warner utilizing a metronome-like precision on the opener and throughout Goliath while Henry Flury’s razor sharp [...]

Note For Note: A Complete Guide To The Music Of Justin Timberlake (Part Two)

Note For Note: A Complete Guide To The Music Of Justin Timberlake (Part Two)

Part Two of our look at the music of Justin Timberlake…with a playlist of his biggest and best!