Reviews

How To Dress Well
What Is This Heart? - DOMINO/WEIRD WORLD
FILTER Grade: 76%

By Laura Studarus on June 23, 2014

 

How To Dress Well

“What Is This Heart?,” the title of Tom Krell’s third album under the How to Dress Well moniker, isn’t so much a statement as a search, one that he chases across 12 tracks of emotive R & B/pop. Answers are always just out of reach; tracks play like internalized therapy sessions. (Read: homeboy has feelings and you’re going to hear about all of them.) It’s a lot to unpack, statements of self-doubt and passion made all the more penetrating by Krell’s indelible falsetto and liberal use of crescendos. He employs both like weapons over dense beds of swelling strings and spacey synths, the potent combination transforming expressions of uncertainty such as “I don’t even know what’s best for me”...

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You Should Already Know: The Rentals

By Matt Sharp, of The Rentals on June 23, 2014

 

You Should Already Know: The Rentals

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Rodrigo y Gabriela
9 Dead Alive - ATO
FILTER Grade: 78%

By Daniel Kohn on June 20, 2014

 

Rodrigo y Gabriela

On their fifth studio effort, the Mexican duo return to their roots with the dueling salsa-meets-flamenco guitars that caught on with fans in the first place. Each song is dedicated to an artist they respect, and thus, the guitarists pay tribute in a way that’s flashy and adventurous, yet sees them intricate and technically proficient. Sometimes going back to what works can be a crutch and creatively stifling, but for Rodrigo y Gabriela, it’s a welcome return.

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LOOK: A Highland Park Outing With RAC For Gap Styld.by

By Staff; photos by Pamela Littky on June 20, 2014

 

LOOK: A Highland Park Outing With RAC For Gap Styld.by

The heat is rolling in and we have some equally hot summer looks for our Styld.by series with Gap! The gist? We hang out with some of our favorite artists during an ordinary (or, in some cases, extraordinary) day and feature their styles.

 

RAC's André Anjos joins us once again to pull off another great look for a day out.

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Lee Fields & The Expressions
Emma Jean - TRUTH & SOUL
FILTER Grade: 78%

By Daniel Kohn on June 20, 2014

 

Lee Fields & The Expressions

He may not be as well known as his contemporaries, but being underrated hasn’t affected Lee Fields’s legacy. In over 45 years of making music, the soul veteran has fluently melded funk, blues and R & B. His latest effort, Emma Jean, builds on the explorational acclaim of his past two well-received records. With a booming yet unshakeable voice that hasn’t aged a bit, Fields and his terrific backing band’s sharply-focused instrumentation—including the bold use of horns—are a throwback to a time when singers were laidback, showcasing their swagger and confidence by bearing their souls through deeply personal songs. It’s this aura of vulnerability that makes songs like the Dan Auerbach–penned...

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Getting To Know: BROODS

By Georgia Nott, Of BROODS on June 20, 2014

 

Getting To Know: BROODS

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Tijuana Panthers
Wayne Interest - INNOVATIVE LEISURE
FILTER Grade: 82%

By Angela Ratzlaff on June 20, 2014

 

Tijuana Panthers

If anybody knows a thing or two about surf rock, it’s three American dudes who hail from Long Beach. Tijuana Panthers’ third full-length, Wayne Interest, is—like their first two albums—soaked with salt water and roughed up with grains of sand. However, there are notable changes; the evolution of Tijuana Panthers’ sound includes the album’s richer tone. Wayne Interest offers more flowing psychedelic melodies (“NOBO,” “7th Seal”), as well as hints of ‘80s post-punk influences (“Money Jar,” “Four Horsemen”). TP’s lyrical content also digs deeper into issues about money, jobs and new goals, a contrast to earlier songs about summer, haircuts and jeans. This new sound, established yet still...

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Getting To Know: White Sea

By Morgan Kibby, Of White Sea; Photo by Craig Stubing on June 19, 2014

 

Getting To Know: White Sea

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You Should Already Know: Hamilton Leithauser

By Hamilton Leithauser; Photo by Lauren Dukoff on June 19, 2014

 

You Should Already Know: Hamilton Leithauser

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Lykke Li
I Never Learn - LL/ATLANTIC
FILTER Grade: 86%

By Ken Scrudato on June 18, 2014

 

Lykke Li

Where Natasha Khan was the hipster Wood Nymph, Lykke Li has always played the Downcast Damsel, howling out achingly from the castle keep. And third album I Never Learn (completing, we are told, a trilogy of sorts) is once again all august pronouncements of loneliness echoing across endless stretches of icy emotional desolation. If you seek happiness, you are vigorously urged to look elsewhere. But the words would be perhaps somewhat unremarkable without the grandiose sweep of sonic majesty that surrounds them. Indeed, some of the sentiments (“I’m never going to love again,” she desponds…but, oh, please—yes she will) lack the visceral profundity the music begs. But the songs still pierce...

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