Reviews

Leon Russell
Life Journey - UME
FILTER Grade: 83%

By A.D. Amorosi on April 24, 2014

 

Leon Russell

Leon Russell is one of rock’s legends. Whether solo (slow, moody hits like “This Masquerade”) or paired with the likes of Joe Cocker and Elton John (Life Journey’s executive producer), Russell brings a touch of the old South to all he surveys. Same here. Though Russell uses his craggy, soulful caterwaul and playful piano stylings on classics like “Georgia on My Mind,” Russell-penned originals such as the jump-boogieing "Big Lips" and the swinging "Down in Dixieland" are this winning deck's aces.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Days of Abandon - YEBO
FILTER Grade: 74%

By Kyle Lemmon on April 24, 2014

 

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

“I think my mom will like this one more, and that’s how I usually evaluate songwriting,” The Pains of Being Pure at Heart songwriter Kip Berman recently told MTV about Days of Abandon. Berman’s quote is accurate. Despite some inspired guest contributions from A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Jen Goma and Beirut’s Kelly Pratt, the raw guitar anthems from Belong are too often replaced by poppy fizz, toothless jangle and twee melancholia on Abandon. Please enjoy, moms. 

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Conor Oberst
Upside Down Mountain - NONESUCH
FILTER Grade: 84%

By Kurt Orzeck on April 24, 2014

 

Conor Oberst

“Sometimes I get mistaken for this actor/I guess that I can see it from the side/Maybe no one really seems to be the person that they mean to be/I hope that I am forgotten when I die.” With lyrics like those, Oberst won’t be. The ever-loquacious monster of folk has a lot to say on his latest record (this one finds him particularly obsessed with time), but it’s his growing mastery of orchestration that muzos might appreciate the most. A tip of the cap to Jonathan Wilson, who curated the sound in Nashville—and a round of applause for Oberst. 

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LISTEN: Dub Thompson Share “No Time”

By Staff on April 24, 2014

 

LISTEN: Dub Thompson Share “No Time”

 

Perhaps taking a cue from their producer, Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, brand new Dead Oceans signees Dub Thompson have no qualms about wearing their influences on their sleeves. And that's a beautiful thing.

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The Skull Defekts
Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown - THRILL JOCKEY
FILTER Grade: 81%

By Ken Scrudato on April 23, 2014

 

The Skull Defekts

For those who value their un-defective craniums, be warned that Swedish psych-metallers The Skull Defekts seem singularly intent on pounding said craniums into oblivion. The music on this explosive new album is as tightly coiled as early Sabbath, but their terrifyingly detuned guitars, brickbat rhythmic chaos and contributions from Lungfish’s Daniel Higgs imbue the proceedings with an overwhelming air of apocalyptic doom. Imagine Killing Joke without all that righteous fist-shaking, and you’re almost there. Keep out of reach of children. Really, just do. 

News

Coachella 2014: Weekend Two: Redemption Island

By Bailey Pennick and Angelica Corona; Photos by Bailey Pennick, Natasha Aftandilians on April 23, 2014

 

Coachella 2014: Weekend Two: Redemption Island

 

"Last week the desert got me, but not this time!"

 

Pharrell Williams looked out on the enormous crowd that erupted in hoots and cheers as he declared his victory against the fickle Indio weather. "You ready to have fun?" he shouted. Once again, the almost unmanageably large congregation unanimously approved Williams' newfound confidence as he strutted across the casually-named "Outdoor Stage" on Saturday night. After a series of disappointing technical difficulties and a weak voice during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival, the beloved singer-songwriter-producer-rapper-musician-fashion-designer-composer-hat-wearer knew he had to triumph over the elements. With his intricate light show working and a cavalcade of special guests that included T.I., Usher and Jay Z, Pharrell went all out, making sure not to waste this second chance.

 

It seems that the sage saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" was on the tips of the tongues of many of the acts performing at Coachella this year. Reports of lackluster sets, whining, taunting and bad attitudes floated around the web worrying festival goers and promoters alike. And while we can never be completely sure of what happened within the walls of the Polo Field in the weekdays sandwiched between the two festivals, by the time the second Coachella Friday rolled around, the "do over" button was pushed and left everyone scratching their heads asking “What problems?” as their favorite artists tore the desert stages up.

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Contests

Win A Copy Of Jake Bugg’s Record Store Day Live EP

April 23, 2014

 

 

The weekend brought us some great new music for Record Store Day and we're excited to be giving out one of those new releases to some lucky winners! One of favorite up-and-coming singer-songwriters, Jake Bugg, released an EP, Live At Silver Platters, recorded at his Seattle, WA show earlier this year.

 

Live At Silver Platters includes four acoustic tracks from both his albums, Jake Bugg and Shangri-La. The songs showcase Bugg's talent and capture the beauty of his live shows. It's a perfect record to add to any music collection and it could be yours if you enter below!

 

Live At Silver Platters track list:

 

1. There's A Beast & We All Feed It
2. Trouble Town
3. Lightning Bolt
4. Storm Passes Away

 

Good luck to you all!

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Kelis
Food - Ninja Tune
FILTER Grade: 80%

By Kathy Iandoli on April 23, 2014

 

Kelis

 

Kelis swaps the EDM rhythms from 2010’s Flesh Tone for a more soulful vibe on Food. It’s a veritable smorgasbord: The funky “Jerk Ribs” and “Cobbler” are paired with the intensely potent “Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy” and rock-infused “Fish Fry.” All culinary references aside, her sixth studio album houses a plethora of sounds that clearly displays the artist’s vocal range. Whether making us dance or encouraging us to think, Kelis is always out to fatten us up with her musical menu.

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WATCH: Prides #STANDFORSOMETHING in Austin with Dr. Martens

By Staff on April 22, 2014

 

 

In honor of Dr. Martens #STANDFORSOMETHING campaign, Scottish synth-pop trio Prides stopped by Bar 96 in Austin for a stripped-down performance of their booming, anthemic single, “The Seeds You Sow.”

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WATCH: Black Lips Pull The Strings in “Funny” Video

By Staff on April 22, 2014

 

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The Black Lips’ new video for Funny features the band jamming out with some interesting co-stars—the puppets of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, a classic Los Angeles landmark.

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