Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Deerhunter Monomania

Since the release of their triumphant sophomore album, 2007's Cryptograms, Atlanta's Deerhunter have produced a pretty vast catalog that's been both unpredictable and consistently great…
Michael Nelson | April 24, 2013 - 10:19 am

Premature Evaluation: Phoenix Bankrupt!

In his beautiful eulogy for My Chemical Romance, Grantland's Andy Greenwald made much of that band's outsize ambition, and lamented the general dissolution of such…
Michael Nelson | April 15, 2013 - 10:11 am

Premature Evaluation: The Knife Shaking The Habitual

On "Raging Lung," a little more than halfway through the Knife's gargantuan new album Shaking The Habitual, a few familiar words show up: "What a…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Premature Evaluation: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito

The first time the Yeah Yeah Yeahs played Baltimore, they played first on a four-band Ottobar bill, one headlined by skronk-punk out-of-towners Milemarker and Arab…
Tom Breihan | April 3, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Premature Evaluation: Tyler, The Creator Wolf

Is Tyler, The Creator really all that famous? I'm not sure that he is. He's internet-famous, certainly, and underground-popular, but he's not Jennifer Aniston. To…
Tom Breihan | March 28, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Premature Evaluation: The Strokes Comedown Machine

At SXSW, they give you all these bracelets everywhere you go -- indicating you've got clearance to enter different venues or VIP sections or whatever…
Michael Nelson | March 20, 2013 - 11:20 am

Premature Evaluation: David Bowie The Next Day

Four and a half years ago, I was working at a startup music website that never ended up launching; the parent company decided that it…
Tom Breihan | March 4, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Premature Evaluation: Atoms For Peace AMOK

Lately, I've been thinking about Thom Yorke as a musical version of Steven Soderbergh: An insanely gifted popular entertainer who's come to think of himself…
Tom Breihan | February 19, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Premature Evaluation: Local Natives Hummingbird

Perhaps the most ambitious amateur music-archiving project on the internet is Jeff Glenn's Lost Jukebox series. Glenn, a musician and collector who died in 2009,…
Brad Shoup | January 21, 2013 - 10:56 am

Premature Evaluation: Christopher Owens Lysandre

There's a moment on his song "Love Is In The Ear Of The Listener" where Christopher Owens, the former Girls frontman, expresses doubt in the…
Tom Breihan | January 8, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Premature Evaluation: Yo La Tengo Fade

Yo La Tengo have accomplished a whole lot in the past three decades or so, but their greatest achievement might be this: They've figured out…
Tom Breihan | January 7, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Premature Evaluation: A$AP Rocky Long.Live.A$AP

There's plenty to discuss on Long.Live.A$AP, A$AP Rocky's official label-sanctioned debut album, but the first thing that jumps out at me is this: The power…
Tom Breihan | December 20, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Premature Evaluation: Beck Song Reader

This is a first. I'm reviewing an album having only actually heard about a third of it. Of this third, the songs I've actually listened…
James Jackson Toth | December 7, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Premature Evaluation: Crystal Castles (III)

Crystal Castles' great historical distinction, as I see it, is this: They're the only group, as far as I can tell, that's ascended to dance-music…
Tom Breihan | November 8, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Premature Evaluation: Bat For Lashes The Haunted Man

Here's a weird and indefensible but completely genuine reaction that much-anticipated new albums sometimes provoke: I wish it was better. It's one thing if a…
Tom Breihan | October 16, 2012 - 12:54 pm

Premature Evaluation: Titus Andronicus Local Business

Titus Andronicus could really give a fuck about degree of difficulty. Here's how we know that Titus are one of our finest working bands: They…
Tom Breihan | October 9, 2012 - 12:58 pm

Premature Evaluation: Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer

Much like last summer’s Watch The Throne, G.O.O.D. Music’s posse record Cruel Summer is a Kanye West record, at least musically speaking. Like Watch The
Corban Goble | September 14, 2012 - 2:28 pm

Premature Evaluation: The Killers Battle Born

So let's dispatch two facts real quick. First, contrary to earlier reports, there is no seven-and-a-half-minute rock epic titled "The Slot Tech." Second, yeah, it's…
Brad Shoup | September 13, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Premature Evaluation: Bob Dylan Tempest

"I'm searching for phrases / To sing your praises," sings Bob Dylan on "Soon After Midnight" the second track on his latest album, Tempest. I…
James Jackson Toth | September 10, 2012 - 11:24 am

Premature Evaluation: The xx Coexist

The music made by England trio the xx can be hard to contemplate at face value because, in a sense, there’s not much there. And,…
Corban Goble | August 28, 2012 - 2:46 pm
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ...