Alfred Howard

Articles by Alfred Howard

Now you know: Dirty Sirens

The Dirty Sirens are rock ’n’ roll’s fallen angels amplified.

Soul Fires just getting warmed up

In a way, the Fire Eaters are the next generation of San Diego soul and acid jazz.

Gary Clark Jr.'s Blak and Blu

Blak and Blu, the debut full-length from Gary Clark Jr., has an aggravated hive of buzz about it. With premier slots at music festivals and a well-received EP, Clark has the weight on his shoulders ...

The Bunny Was Fine

How Bunny Gang was born and how well they’re doing.

Now You Know: New Kinetics

The New Kinetics record with John Vanderslice.

Smashing Pumpkins' Oceania

On “Quasar,” the first song off of the new Smashing Pumpkins album, the band comes out of the gate with teeth bare. There is ferocity in the drums and a fire in the guitars that ...

Here, by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros deliver their second album, Here, with a gentle treatment of spiritual and festive cult-folk. Their debut, Up From Below, struck gold from the deep-blue nowhere. It was an unexpected ...

Sweet Heart Sweet Light, by Spiritualized

With their seventh studio album, Spiritualized continue their legacy of ecstatic mourning, something divine and destructive, chaotic and focused. The album begins with lush string arrangements and then takes a sharp shift to lead single ...

Let’s Be Friends

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