August 31, 2006 Often recalling the rustic delicacy of Iron and Wine — if it were soaked in strings and robbed of some of its stark clarity — Horse Feathers' music radiates homey intimacy, as Peter Broderick fleshes out Justin Ringle's voice and guitar with all manner of warmly unamplified instrumentation.
August 30, 2006 "In the Clouds" practically bursts with infectious energy, spilling over with disco beats and Vocoder-enhanced backing vocals, while singer Aaron Bruno unleashes a mean falsetto, evoking a younger and hipper Barry Gibb. The result is a fun, sexy anthem that shimmies with a cool confidence.
August 29, 2006 On an itchy masterstroke, I.G. Culture leads a group called Quango, channeling George Clinton's Mothership Connection by exhuming "Frantic Moment," an obscure 1977 gem from Parliament-Funkadelic's late guitarist, Eddie Hazel.
August 28, 2006 The Texas band Midlake has changed its sound dramatically on The Trials of Van Occupanther, transforming its poppy, keyboard-driven music into a deeper, '70s-influenced folk-pop experience. But there's also a refreshingly modern touch to "Roscoe."
August 27, 2006 Bob Dylan's new album "Modern Times" comes out this week. Commentator Adam Langer says he can measure the milestones of his life in Dylan albums — and this one is no exception.
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August 25, 2006 The backbeat of Gov't Mule's "Mr. High and Mighty" is a heavy-lidded blast of '70s stomp-rock — Foghat's "Slow Ride" functions as a not-so-distant cousin. But rather than extol stoner virtues, the song expresses indignation over the doings of the craven and powerful.
August 25, 2006 You won't mistake Idlewild for Busby Berkeley's portrayal of Hollywood's golden age. But then, that was equally true of Martin Scorcese's New York New York and Francis Ford Coppolla's Cotton Club.
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August 24, 2006 Musicians often chronicle the anguish, adjustments and small triumphs associated with a relationship's end. But few capture the emotional rawness and suffocating isolation quite as powerfully as Lisa Germano's "Too Much Space."
August 23, 2006 "You're so terrified / so terrified," Rainer Maria's Caithlin De Marrais sings with neither rancor nor disappointment, and the reason becomes clear as she hits that word "so" a third time, spins it from an intensifier into a conjunction, and sings, "So am I," recasting everything to admit to her own weaknesses.
August 22, 2006 Though she remains relatively obscure in the U.S., Lily Allen has spent the summer establishing herself as queen of the U.K. pop-music scene. Having already attracted blog- and press-fueled hype to rival that preceding Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," Allen exudes swaggering star quality on "Smile."
August 22, 2006 Music critic John Brady offers a review of the new CD by the electronic band Ratatat.
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August 21, 2006 Page France's nuanced, clever folk-pop is carefully constructed using acoustic guitar, organs, glockenspiel, tambourine and the pretty backing vocals of keyboardist Whitney McGraw. Meanwhile, Michael Nau's striking voice lends the band's music an air of sincerity and innocence.
August 21, 2006 In 1965, the anti-war anthem "Eve of Destruction" was a Billboard number-one hit. PF Sloan wrote it, along with several other hits. Then he virtually disappeared off the music radar screen. Now, 30 years later, he's back with the CD Sailover.
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August 18, 2006 In fewer than three minutes, "Tell Me Tell Me" showcases what The Adored is all about, from an over-arching philosophy — they're right; you're wrong; don't take anything too seriously — to a perfectly punchy power-pop sound.
August 18, 2006 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews It's Time, a new reissue of a classic '60s jazz album from the late alto saxophonist Jackie McLean.
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