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8/19/2013 at 11:40 a.m.
Talking to Kurt Braunohler About Kill Rock Stars, Hot Tub, and Doing Dumb Things for the Pure Joy of It
More people are probably fans of Kurt Braunohler than even realize it. With his affinity for absurd pranks, both big and small, he's brought tiny moments of utter stupidity into the lives of people who have never seen him on television, [...]
By Elise Czajkowski
8/6/2008 at 3:15 p.m.
Sixties Concert Discs Capture James Brown In His Prime
This three-disc set remembers the Godfather of Soul in his prime, onstage at three 1968 concerts.
6/23/2008 at 3:15 p.m.
Neo-Soul Master D'Angelo Revisits Chiseled Heights
This stacked two-disc best-of hearkens back to D'Angelo's chiseled heights as a minimalist R&B master, when we were just putty awash in his gently plucked near-whisper of a croon.
6/17/2008 at 4:30 p.m.
Coldplay, With Brian Eno, Revolt Against Piano-Dudeness
The CD reaches the band’s trademark soaring melodic heights but with clever instrumentation, experimental production, and teamwork.
6/9/2008 at 5:10 p.m.
Lil Wayne’s Overdue Album Culmination of His Mix Tapes
After delays worthy of a municipal construction project,
Tha Carter III is actually here. And it is everything we’d hoped it would be.
6/2/2008 at 5:00 p.m.
Song From the Wiser Side of Romantic-Existentialist Divide
The spirit of Sam Phillips’s sublimely resigned new album is summed up in the chorus to the first song: “No explanations / No more explanations.”
5/20/2008 at 4:30 p.m.
Pimp C Remembered With Album Worthy of UGK Legacy
Morose, accusatory, and nostalgic,
II Trill is a heavy slab of Bun B’s psyche on wax.
5/14/2008 at 5:15 p.m.
Pop Cheeseball Jason Mraz Is Aging Very Well
But he's not Justin Timberlake, that onetime pop nerd turned smooth operator, either.
5/7/2008 at 4:00 p.m.
Free Nine Inch Nails Album: Fully Worth Download Time!
In the two days since NIN surprised us with yet another album—this one free to download, and with singing!—we’ve reconnected with Trent Reznor, dirty pop-song writer.
4/30/2008 at 4:15 p.m.
Buckshot and 9th Wonder Link Up For Riding Music
From the lighter-than-air choral flourishes garnishing the album’s intro to the sped-up soul strings driving the closing track,
The Formula soars.
4/7/2008 at 3:45 p.m.
Steve Reich’s Latest Captures Tragedy and Reveals Life
Reich’s tribute to Daniel Pearl ranks among the composer’s most brooding and discordant work.
4/7/2008 at 3:00 p.m.
The Breeders Float On With Another Tour de Force
Integrity’s not something we’d wish on any band, but the Breeders wear it exceedingly well...
4/2/2008 at 1:47 p.m.
Chicha Libre: Brooklyn Meets Peru Via Flirty Funk
This veteran Brooklyn band, together for twenty years, have only just released their first studio album.
3/26/2008 at 4:15 p.m.
Counting Crows Split to Make One Renewed Whole
We love the quieter second half for capturing Adam Duritz’s sweetly escapist view of New York.
3/19/2008 at 4:45 p.m.
Zooey Deschanel’s Band Almost As Good As Her Acting
Zooey Deschanel's voice — a versatile croon big enough for the back rows — bends and turns to Ward’s shifting guitar blues in a blend of honky-tonk, lounge act, and fifties girl group.
3/7/2008 at 2:00 p.m.
No Hipster Tyke-Rocker, Just the King of All Tyke Rock
Here’s a throwback to simpler times, when kids’ music sounded like kids’ music.
3/5/2008 at 4:30 p.m.
Stephen Malkmus Conquers Prog-Rock, Calls It ‘Trash’
“Cold Sun” is as stunning as anything Stephen Malkmus has ever written, and the title track pulls off the rare feat of being catchy
and ten minutes long.
2/26/2008 at 4:30 p.m.
‘Living Bridge’: The Indie-Rock Compilation of the Year
Here’s a rare indie compilation perfect for geeks and novices alike: a two-disc collection of otherwise unavailable tracks from bigger-name bands as well as unknowns.
2/26/2008 at 4:15 p.m.
Janet Jackson Hits the Dance — and Bedroom — Floor
Janet Jackson hit the big 4-0 last year, but the lighter-than-air sex jams on her tenth studio album are still blush-inducing — which is not to say embarrassing.
2/12/2008 at 4:00 p.m.
Yelpy Pop Dudes Simple Plan Give a Go at Overblown Rock
You may think of Simple Plan as yelpy pop rock, but these guys are scarily good at embodying whatever kind of sound they like.