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Half-hour of free Descendents therapy

After 12 long years, SoCal punks return with Hypercaffium Spazzinate

The first Descendents album since 2004’s Cool to Be You blasts out of the gates with a pristine five-song run of classic ‘Dents goodness. The cream of the crop is “Victim of Me,” an 97-second ...

The London Suede's aquatic Night Thoughts

Contractions and negatives in song titles — “Don’t Know,” “Can’t Give,” “What I’m Trying” — convey the anguish

We won’t have the new Meat Loaf until the kids go back to school this September, so lucky for us the Suede decided to carry on in the face of lineup changes and, dare I ...

Once in a Blue Moon no soothing tonic

Robert Nix's latest adds muscle-tone to art-rock

Robert Nix is a Canadian composer and multi-instrumentalist whose recent album, Once in a Blue Moon, highlights a man adding muscle-tone to the business of art-rock. Acquainted with absurdity and valuing the artist impulse to ...

Com Truise's sci-fi saga continues

With Silicon Tare, the electronic artist brings the space traveler to an intriguing place

Com Truise is the electronic project of Seth Haley, a former DJ who employs an arsenal of synth patches and drum machines to create a heady mix of ’80s-inspired sci-fi music. By pitch-bending and layering ...

Chili Peppers' Getaway doesn't get too far

SoCal funk-rock act stays in its safe zone but gets high marks for revitalized production

Following the commercial high-water mark of Red Hot Chili Peppers' By the Way, it's been a decade plus of funk-rock mediocrity from an aging band with a formulaic sound. The average listener's impression of the ...

Claypool + Lennon = Delirium

Monolith of Phobos builds on '70s psychedelia

The quirky darkness off Les Claypool (Primus) blended with the experimental flair of Sean Lennon creates the mind-altering experience of the Claypool Lennon Delirium — it sounds as if the Beatles and Pink Floyd had ...

Unreleased master — Herbie Mann at the Whisky, 1969

Pop songs become springboards. Into the air, a double-flip, then deep down.

Coltrane was dead. And flautist Herbie Mann's band didn't boast the jaw-dropping hive mind of Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet. What Mann had was a splendid band of creative misfits. Among others: incendiary guitarist Sonny ...

Impossible Kid worth the wait

Aesop Rock's latest parallels an old-school rap record

The Impossible Kid hits harder than any other Aesop Rock record. The rapper adds to his vocabulary palate with the usual flow of intelligent well-executed rhymes, blowing any mainstream rapper out of the water. None ...

Nanana — Chica Diabla do what they want

Local punk'd-rock quartet drops a dilly of a debut

Have you spent years lamenting the fact that this city doesn’t have a worthy Joan Jett/Runaways/Donnas-style female-fronted rock-and-roll juggernaut to call our very own? Well, lament no more. Chica Diabla has arrived and they have ...

Bryan Deister — jack of all trades, master of none

Art-rock hopeful's sprawling Spines of the Heart reviewed

Publicity materials for Bryan Deister assert that he's a student at Berklee School of Music and that he has extensive experience in studying and performing music of all sorts, be it classical, jazz, straight-ahead rock, ...

Bad branding aside, the 1975 deserve to be heard

I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It reviewed

The 1975 aren’t going to win any best band name contests. And the lengthy title of their sophomore release — I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of ...

Immerse yourself in A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead's latest revitalizes the album-format art form

The album is a dead art form. In a world dominated by digital downloads, shortened attention spans and an industry with a fetish for singles and airplay, music has lost it’s artistry. Gone are the ...

Colorado comfort — the Lumineers

A review of the folk-rock trio's sophomore set, Cleopatra

Behind a relentless touring schedule, the Lumineers gathered a fan base of a variety of music lovers. The pace at which their eponymous debut album caught on garnered a continuous cycle of music festivals and ...

The sloppy seduction of Parquet Courts

With Human Performance the atrocity continues...

There is something awful and intriguing about Parquet Courts — they’re awful in the best way possible. They charm you with sloppy guitars, lazy vocals, and nonsensical lyrics, which drape the bands discography, and on ...

Rocket From the Tombs reduces "Sonic Reducer" — again

Black Record covers covers

“You’re not my friend/ and that is fine,” croak-warbles David Thomas for starters. Circa 35 years ago, longtime Thomas-watcher Greil Marcus summed up the then-new music of Thomas’s Pere Ubu band, as someone who’d been ...

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