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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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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 [...]
One bad-ass multi-hyphenate has returned.
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 [...]
Alexi Krauss and Derek Miller are now into the third album of the discography for their noise pop/rock duo known to the general public as Sleigh Bells. I’m personally waiting for them to hit the five album mark so I can simply cherry pick the singles for a ‘best of,’ collection. This band finds its roots in others like The Raveonettes, The Pixies and Andrew WK. While they take the collective wisdom of those precursors…they have not proven to string [...]
Monnie goes track-by-track on Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz. Amidst all the attention craving, might it actually be a decent pop album?