Album Of The Week

Album Of The Week: Majical Cloudz Impersonator

By Tom Breihan / May 21, 2013 - 3:29 pm

You never, as a music dork, stop learning this lesson, but the truth behind it stands: It’s always, always a bad idea to dismiss an artist based on a terrible name. That rule is right up there with “horrendous rappers get better all the time, so stop believing it can’t happen,” and we break the… More »


Album Of The Week: Dungeonesse Dungeonesse

By Tom Breihan / May 14, 2013 - 3:36 pm

You haven’t always been able to hear it in the actual music that comes out of the city, but Baltimore’s DIY-heavy indie rock scene has always been a beautifully unsnobby and pop-happy sort of place. I haven’t lived there in nearly eight years, and haven’t spent nearly enough time there since I moved out, but… More »


Album Of The Week: Savages Silence Yourself

By Tom Breihan / May 7, 2013 - 4:21 pm

The music made by Savages, the four-piece London band who released their debut album Silence Yourself today, is a direct and linear thing. It’s easy to get the sense that the band plots out its arrangements on graph paper, figuring out the intricacies of guitar/bass interplay with mathematical precision, or that its reduced every element… More »


Album Of The Week: Coliseum Sister Faith

By Tom Breihan / April 30, 2013 - 3:54 pm

This used to be what indie rock sounded like. During the 1990s, Elephant 6 and Belle And Sebastian were outliers, and the genre (which really was more genre and less loose lifestyle appellation) hadn’t erased all traces of the get-in-the-van ’80s hardcore that helped birth it. As late as a decade ago, when the Louisville… More »


Album Of The Week: The So So Glos Blowout

By Tom Breihan / April 23, 2013 - 2:00 pm

If you know one thing about Brooklyn punk band the So So Glos, it’s that they’re good friends and frequent tourmates of Titus Andronicus, and if you know two things about them, it’s that they’re OGs in the Brooklyn DIY scene, having helped found venues like the Market Hotel and Shea Stadium. The Brooklyn DIY… More »


Album Of The Week: Charli XCX True Romance

By Tom Breihan / April 16, 2013 - 4:25 pm

The British singer Charli XCX emerged from the internet ether about a year and a half ago, around the same time most of us noticed Grimes, and she seemed cut from the same cloth. In her videos, she looked like a futuristic platform-booted goth-rave cyborg — a sort of living mall-pop signifier and a living… More »


Album Of The Week: Kurt Vile Wakin On A Pretty Daze

By Tom Breihan / April 9, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Three or four years ago, I saw Kurt Vile play one of the worst live sets of my life. He was the second act on a triple-bill at Chicago’s Empty Bottle, one that also featured Fucked Up and Zola Jesus, two strong and dynamic and ferocious live acts. Vile, by contrast, stood up there with… More »


Album Of The Week: Milk Music Cruise Your Illusion

By Tom Breihan / April 2, 2013 - 4:13 pm

When people describe Olympia, Washington, they usually talk about it as a deep-wooded, weeded-out hippie enclave, but I’m not sure they get across how much of a deep-wooded, weeded-out hippie enclave it really is. I spent a week there with friends nearly a decade ago, and by the time I flew back to Baltimore, I… More »


Album Of The Week: Kvelertak Meir

By Tom Breihan / March 26, 2013 - 4:51 pm

I love a lot of underground metal, but I’m a pretty bad underground metal fan. Underground metal, less a scene or even a single genre and more a vast interconnected web of global subcultures, doesn’t exist as a monolitic whole. But the people who are really into it, including our own Michael Nelson, often prize… More »


Album Of The Week: Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience

By Tom Breihan / March 19, 2013 - 1:05 pm

I was worried about this one, and I was mostly worried because “Suit & Tie” sounds less like a first single and more like a work of brand maintenance. Jay-Z’s indolent guest-verse was what really got the alarm bells ringing, mostly because it seemed to foretell Timberlake’s own version of Kingdom Come, Jay’s catastrophic attempt… More »


Album Of The Week: Rachel Zeffira The Deserters

By Tom Breihan / March 12, 2013 - 8:49 am

You have to have a lot of balls to cover My Bloody Valentine, a band nobody’s ever going to match guitar swirl-for-guitar swirl. The Canadian singer Rachel Zeffira has that. But in her take on “To Here Knows When,” Zeffira does things with that band’s incandescent smear that I’ve never heard anybody try. Zeffira ha… More »


Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt

By Tom Breihan / March 5, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Some weeks, a simple and clear choice for Album Of The Week presents itself, and I don’t have to spend all week racking my brains over who should get this entirely arbitrary distinction. That doesn’t happen too often, though. Sometimes, I don’t immediately love any of the obvious options, so I have to dig into… More »


Album Of The Week: Autre Ne Veut Anxiety

By Tom Breihan / February 26, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Interesting things are happening in R&B lately, with guys like Frank Ocean and Miguel and the Weeknd pushing the genre in directions both introspective and sonically expansive, somehow getting popular in the process. But Arthur Ashin, who records as Autre Ne Veut, isn’t really a part of that. Like his buddy How To Dress Well,… More »


Album Of The Week: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away

By Tom Breihan / February 19, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Even when he was a fresh-faced punk, Nick Cave never sounded like a fresh-faced punk. Back on those Birthday Party records, he sounded like a wizened, apocalyptic rage-prophet. And over the course of god knows how many albums since then, he’s only grown into that voice. Cave’s records might not have the same world-blasted intensity… More »


Album Of The Week: Pissed Jeans Honeys

By Tom Breihan / February 12, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Before I dug deep into Honeys, the new album from the feral Allentown scrape-rockers Pissed Jeans, I had this whole opening-paragraph riff planned about Sub Pop Records: How the label has gone through so many different permutations since its Sub Pop 100 days, how even the Postal Service/Shins era has nothing to do with it… More »


Album Of The Week: My Bloody Valentine m b v

By Michael Nelson / February 5, 2013 - 8:00 am

In the October 2012 issue of Esquire, there’s a fascinating profile of the magician Teller — the silent half of Penn & Teller — at the center of which is the story of how a magician named Bakardy had studied and discovered the secret behind one of Teller’s signature illusions, called Shadows, and was now… More »


Album Of The Week: Bleeding Rainbow Yeah Right

By Tom Breihan / January 29, 2013 - 3:17 pm

In 2010, back when they were still a duo called Reading Rainbow, the Philadelphia band Bleeding Rainbow released Prism Eyes, exactly the sort of very good indie rock album that gets overlooked all the damn time. There wasn’t any grand narrative to Reading Rainbow; they were just too people who played very good straight-ahead garage… More »


Album Of The Week: Toro Y Moi Anything In Return

By Tom Breihan / January 22, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Toro Y Moi was once associated with the electronic pop subgenre and short cultural moment known as chillwave. There. That’s done. As far as I’m concerned — and I seem to be the only critic who thinks this — Chaz Bundick’s name and the c-word never need to appear in the same sentence again. Everyone… More »


Album Of The Week: Free Energy Love Sign

By Tom Breihan / January 15, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Rock critics aren’t really expected to be forecasters of popular taste. And thank fuck for that, because I’m goddam terrible at it. The one time I ever wrote anything for Gawker, here’s what I told them: “First things first: This Asher Roth album is going to sell. Sorry, kids… My guess is he sells 300K… More »


Album Of The Week: Dropkick Murphys Signed And Sealed In Blood

By Tom Breihan / January 8, 2013 - 4:23 pm

St. Patrick’s Day 2001, I’m shipping back up to Syracuse, back to school after a spring break spent doing nothing but playing Wrestlemania 2000 on the Nintendo 64 and drinking with my friends in Baltimore. It’s five in the morning, and I haven’t slept. My friend Nat was supposed to pick me up the previou… More »


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