May 26, 2013 As a solo artist, the Fiery Furnaces singer is the epitome of subtle, un-showy cool. On Personal Record, her palette expands to include a wider array of themes and perspectives, while she maintains a minimalist-cool sound that's sweet, simple and timeless.
May 26, 2013 Immunity is intended to mirror the feel of a night out, and it captures both highs and lows. In Hopkins' living, breathing world of sound, beauty and beats are always free to commingle in ways that move, in every sense of the word.
May 24, 2013 Josh Homme presides over a dense, textured, unpredictable sound that's equal parts mystery, intensity, beauty and bluster. QOTSA performed ...Like Clockwork in its entirety, plus an assortment of older material, in a sold-out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Hear highlights from the evening.
May 23, 2013 Even in an age of instant online gratification, you can still stay a step ahead of your friends.
May 19, 2013 Marling's songs dig well beyond the everyday, with each sung in a wise, dusky, brooding voice that always seems in control of its surroundings. The U.K. folksinger's fourth album, Once I Was an Eagle, takes a remarkable journey over the course of 16 hypnotic, subtly inventive songs.
May 19, 2013 Eight years after his last album with Harvey Danger, Nelson returns with a wonderfully catchy and quotable solo record. True to virtually every piece of music the singer-songwriter has ever written, Make Good Choices is fueled by a cocktail of quotability and charm.
May 16, 2013 The best cover songs, the ones that endure, bring out something that wasn't already there in the original.
May 12, 2013 On The Lighthouse, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins engineer an overstuffed, idea-packed collision of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, psychedelic space-rock, spoken-word poetry, protest music and more. Along the way, they examine innumerable intersections of love, politics, spirituality, healthy living, parenthood and world citizenship.
May 12, 2013 The duo returns with a concept album about wildlife, with an emphasis on nature's capacity for destruction. Animals may burrow in and out of each of these songs, but they're merely helping humanity forge a pathway to madness.
May 9, 2013 To the vinyl lover who dumped her collection years ago: First off, we feel terrible for you, but we're here to offer some tips on how to rebuild.
May 9, 2013 KCRWSitting poolside on a picnic table under the blazing California sun, the band performs its bittersweet single "High School Lover" with only an acoustic guitar and light percussion for accompaniment. The result is pure sunshine — a perfect soundtrack to the shimmery leisure that surrounds the band on all sides.
May 2, 2013 Familiarity can breed contempt. So how do you rekindle passion for the albums you once loved?
April 28, 2013 On his second album, the perfectionist and multi-instrumentalist applies a beachy sparkle to 37 minutes of fresh, fun rock 'n' roll. The result feels like the work of a young artist who's both newly grown-up and still growing.
April 28, 2013 Playful, soft, sunnily melancholy and springlike, Zooey Deschanel's songs with M. Ward once again subsist on the strength of their own agreeability. Timelessness has long been key to the duo's charm, and indeed, Volume 3 seems to be floating through AM speakers at all times.
April 25, 2013 Parents pass down countless behavioral and cultural inheritances. Is it possible to pass down musical taste?