Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus speaker at Sound Session event

Lou Reed and Metallica discuss their new collaboration at Bowers & Wilkins event

Lou Reed and Metallica discuss their new collaborative album, Lulu, at an invite-only Bowers & Wilkins Sound Session. Sound Sessions are regular events which offer fans access to VIP-only listening… Read more

Wilco. Photography: Autumn de Wilde

Album review: Wilco – The Whole Love (dBpm/Anti)

Wilco’s The Whole Love begins with a crush of digital thunder. It’s the sound, perhaps, of computer-hard drives malfunctioning. Or maybe it’s the band imagining some sort of electronic warfare.… Read more

Still Corners. Photography: Cory Smith  (2011)

Album review: Still Corners – Creatures of an Hour (Sub Pop)

Something of a litmus test happens early on in Still Corners’ debut. It comes in the form of the word “cuckoo,” and it’s repeated often throughout the song of the… Read more

Tombs. Photo by Jason Hellmann

Album Review: Tombs – Path of Totality (Relapse)

Metal is a domain to which language connoisseurs should flock—not necessarily to listen to the music, but to revel in the imaginative prose that often surrounds descriptions and/or reviews of… Read more

Girls. Photo: Jeff Dorgay

Album review: Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther)

There’s a moment near the close of “Vomit,” the lead single off Girls’ excellent new sophomore album Father, Son, Holy Ghost, where waifish frontman Christopher Owens, buoyed by a gospel… Read more

Donald Byrd. Photo:  Music Matters Jazz

Album Review: Donald Byrd – The Cat Walk (Audio Wave Reissue)

A stalwart 1961 Blue Note recording, The Cat Walk features pianist Duke Pearson, bassist Laymon Jackson, energetic drummer Philly Joe Jones, and baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams. Pearson does more than… Read more

Miranda Lambert. Photography: Randee St. Nicholas

Album Review: Miranda Lambert – Four the Record (Sony Nashville)

Dear Miranda Lambert: You will likely never read this review, but if you do, please take away just one thing: More showing, less telling. Few artists possess a voice with… Read more

Amy Winehouse Back to Black

Classic Recordings: Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

Amy Winehouse – Back To Black Universal Republic  (Vinyl) By Paul Rigby It still seems rather frustrating to her many fans that the name ‘Amy Winehouse’ is synonymous with excessive… Read more

Dum-Dum Girls: Only-In-Dreams. Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Album review: Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams (Sub Pop)

One might be better off not knowing the backstory to this album. Yet pop-culture secrets aren’t well kept in 2011, so let’s get it out of the way: Only in… Read more