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Ravi Shankar Nine Decades Ghanashyam A Broken Branch East Meets West

Ravi Shankar - Nine Decades Vol.5: Ghanashyam - A Broken Branch (East Meets West)

21 July 2017

In 1989, Ravi Shankar delivered a powerful dance-drama, sort of an Indian ballet, to the Birmingham Touring Opera Company on commission.

MATTIEL - "Whites Of Their Eyes"

20 July 2017

To see Mattiel’s art is to witness mastery.

Melvins - A Walk with Love and Death

Melvins - A Walk with Love and Death (Ipecac Recordings)

19 July 2017

Melvins’ first ever double LP combines an eerie film score with a record of their traditional song-based (and naturally heavy) standard fare.

The War & Treaty - Down To The River

19 July 2017

The War & Treaty’s new release “Down To The River” is ready to be your summer soundtrack.

Pitchfork 2017 (Chicago, IL), July 16th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

17 July 2017

Photos and a few words from the final day of Pitchfork 2017.

Album cover for Looking Forward from Chris Bell.

Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star - Featuring Chris Bell (Omnivore Recordings) / Big Star - The Best of Big Star (Concord Music Group)

16 July 2017

“The Best of Big Star_ makes me wonder what superlatives I can offer that haven’t already been offered by a thousand other scribes. I got into Big Star in the 80s, before reissues happened and when original copies on Ardent Records were fetching big bucks. I remember how difficult it was to find #1 Record and Radio City back in the day, and my resulting delight when I found them in New York City via mail order. Reissues came later and now it’s dead easy to find these tunes, but even so, it’s always a pleasure and a delight to hear these songs, sounding as crisp and clear as the day they were recorded.”

Pitchfork 2017 (Chicago, IL), July 15th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

16 July 2017

Photos from Saturday of Pitchfork 2017.

Groupoem - Dirt Church (Self-Released)

15 July 2017

With any luck, Dirt Church will put Groupoem back on the map and introduce them to an even larger fan base than ever before.

Pitchfork 2017 (Chicago, IL), July 14th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

15 July 2017

Photos from Friday of Pitchfork Music Festival 2017.

Various The Complete Loma Singles Vol.1 Real Gone

Various - The Complete Loma Singles Vol.1 (Real Gone)

13 July 2017

Between 1964 and 1968, Loma Records, an imprint of Warner Brothers that began as a commercial enterprise, became the conglomerate’s soul division under label head Bob Krasnow (formerly of Del-Fi, Autumn, and King Records).

Toro Y Moi - Boo Boo

Toro Y Moi - Boo Boo (Carpark Records)

12 July 2017

Chaz Bear’s acuity for pop showmanship hasn’t ditched out on this record, but along with the themes, the compositions sound vastly darker and more contemplative than ever before.

Mutoid Man - War Moans

Mutoid Man – War Moans (Sargent House)

11 July 2017

Mutoid Man’s latest LP, War Moans, opens fast and furious with “Melt Your Mind” and does not slow down much thereafter. Knowing the historical output from the band members’ other bands, namely Cave In and Converge, it is not surprising the 12 tracks comprise a splendid mix of extreme metal and hardcore punk.

Rich Lerner & The Groove - Push On Thru (Self-Released)

10 July 2017

Sonically speaking, the band effortlessly combines the folkier elements of The Grateful Dead with the power pop of groups like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and a harder blues rock edge à la The Rolling Stones.

Gorillaz by Jamie Howlett

Gorillaz (Chicago, IL) - July 8, 2017

10 July 2017

Gorillaz launched their North American tour supporting Humanz under a full moon at Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.

Album cover for the C88 box set.

C88 Box Set - Various Artists (Cherry Red Records)

9 July 2017

“This new release is a celebration of the Eighties Indie scene, documenting a golden era when tuneful guitar-based bands made records on shoestring budgets, often issued on small labels with hand-made artwork, with little hope of mainstream exposure.”

Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI) July 4, 2017 (PHOTOS)

6 July 2017

Photos from July 4th at Summerfest, in Milwaukee.

Album cover for B-Sides and Rarities from Beach House.

Beach House - B-Sides and Rarities (Sub Pop)

5 July 2017

“The idea for a B-sides record came when we realized just how many non-album songs had been made over the years, and how hard it was to find and hear many of them. This compilation contains every song we have ever made that does not exist on one of our records.”

Michel Griffin - Feel My Love

Michel Griffin – Feel My Love: Michel Griffin Sings Bob Dylan’s Finest Lovesongs (Vine Valley Music)

4 July 2017

Born in Oxford, England, this tender-voiced troubadour expands upon the theme of his last three covers-speckled albums by re-imagining 14 love songs from his “early hero” Bob Dylan’s copious catalogue.

Alan Sutcliffe EMS Synthi AKS Improv

Alan Sutcliffe - EMS Synthi AKS Improv CS (Buried Treasure)

28 June 2017

During his lifetime, West Yorkshire, UK-born Alan Sutcliffe (1930-2014) founded the Computer Arts Society, produced animation for Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien (seen in the cover art) and acted as part-time director for Electronic Music Studios, creators of the EMS Synthi AKS.

Spooky Action - Jason Loewenstein

Jason Loewenstein - Spooky Action (Joyful Noise Recordings)

27 June 2017

Like staring at the clock and waiting for your ninth period class to come to an end, Jason Loewenstein’s latest effort is a tight, fast assortment of controlled chaos that rings that bell to set you loose.

American High - Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement (Self-Released)

27 June 2017

American High still sound like a band just beginning, which makes this such an exciting and enthusiastic debut.

The Rippers A Gut Feeling Slovenly

The Rippers - A Gut Feeling 12" (Slovenly)

27 June 2017

Sardinia’s The Rippers return with their fifth full-length that shows their blistering freakbeat at full tilt.

Eric Frisch - Late in the Night EP (Self-Released)

26 June 2017

Late in the Night is a wonderfully fresh concept, if only a slight addition to the artist’s larger body of work.

Allen Ginsberg The Complete Songs Of Innocence And Experience Omnivore

Allen Ginsberg - The Complete Songs Of Innocence And Experience 2xCD (Omnivore)

23 June 2017

Before poet Allen Ginsberg recorded the legendary sessions that would end up on last year’s phenomenal The Last Word on First Blues collection, he paid tribute to his hero and inspiration William Blake by setting the master’s words to music for what would be his debut non-spoken word album.

Dusty Wright - Caterwauling Towards the Light

Dusty Wright - Caterwauling Towards the Light (Pet Rock)

22 June 2017

Wright…has been writing more deeply personal songs on recent albums, just from the greater perspective gained from dealing with all aspects of life over a long period of time. Recently, death in the family more keenly focused this tendency, and the hard-earned result is a touching album of plainspoken truths.

Luxembourg Signal Laura Palmer Shelflife

The Luxembourg Signal - "Laura Palmer" 7" (Shelflife)

21 June 2017

Two and a half years after their beautiful, stellar debut, The Luxembourg Signal finally return with an expanded lineup and a pair of excellent songs.

Banditos - Visionland (Bloodshot Records)

20 June 2017

“The Banditos rock to their own inner rhythms, picking influences and sounds from across both time and genres. Get on board.”

Album cover for Magic Shoppe's High Goodbye EP.

Magic Shoppe - High Goodbye EP (Little Cloud Records)

18 June 2017

“The band’s sound continues to evolve into a hammering wonder of drones, peaceful passages, and boot stompin’ psych blues.”

Cover art for Taeppe by Landing.

Landing - Taeppe EP (Vast Arc Hues)

18 June 2017

“This batch of songs is meant to surround and comfort the listener with fuzzy vibrations and soft tones.”

Phoenix - Ti Amo

Phoenix - Ti Amo (Glassnote Records)

16 June 2017

Ti Amo is the aural equivalent of a by all means successful – and at times particularly elating – booze cruise.

Eliot Lipp, Skywave

Eliot Lipp - Skywave (Young Heavy Souls)

16 June 2017

Austin-based musician Eliot Lipp preps the release of Skywave.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2017 (Manchester, TN) June 11th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

13 June 2017

Photos and a quick recap of Sunday of Bonnaroo 2017.

Album cover for the Floored EP from Stutter Steps.

Stutter Steps - Floored (Blue Arrow Records)

13 June 2017

“Stutter Steps is a Pittsburgh based jangle pop group who’ve deeply mined the Kiwi pop sound and added a soupcon of Luna and maybe some Go Betweens along the way.”

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2017 (Manchester, TN) June 10th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

11 June 2017

Photos and a recap of Saturday of Bonnaroo 2017.

Album cover for 2 Steps From the Middle Ages by Game Theory.

Game Theory - Two Steps from the Middle Ages (Omnivore Recordings)

11 June 2017

“Omnivore has done another outstanding job of reissuing this underappreciated record and it’s worth it for the 13 tracks alone along with the commentary from people who have worked with Scott. The extra tracks are an added dollop to an already satisfying release. Recommended for all Let’s Active, Game Theory, and Loud Family fans, as well as for anyone who appreciates intelligent, well constructed indie rock. “

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2017 (Manchester, TN) June 9th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

10 June 2017

Photos and coverage from Friday of Bonnaroo 2017.

No Line North - Dream of Trees Part 1

No Line North – Dreams of Trees Part 1 EP (Twin Lakes)

9 June 2017

Compared to the more robust rock crunch of this New Haven, CT Americana/folk-pop collective’s 2014 Farther Out Beyond Today, the production and playing on Dreams is lighter and lither.

Edward Rogers TV Generation Zip

Edward Rogers - TV Generation (Zip)

7 June 2017

New Yorker Edward Rogers returns with his strongest and most varied album to date while examining America’s cultural obsession with the boob tube.

Jody Cooper - Serenades & Odes to a Cracked World Part 1 (Self-Released)

7 June 2017

Overall, Cooper’s goal is an energetic one, with the ultimate aim of getting the public to “start engaging with the problems around them in an attempt to make a positive change.”

Amber Coffman - City of No Reply

Amber Coffman - City of No Reply (Columbia)

5 June 2017

Coffman’s debut strips itself of any self-pity, granting universal empathy and a countering effect to the notion that it’s a breakup album and nothing more.

Photo of U2 by Kevin Mazur.

U2 (Chicago, IL) - June 3, 2017

5 June 2017

U2’s first of two nights at Chicago’s Soldier Field transcended mere nostalgia. The veteran Irish rockers shared the “desert songs” of 1987’s landmark The Joshua Tree album with a multi-generational assemblage of devoted fans as an act of spiritual communion.

Saint Etienne - Home Counties

Saint Etienne - Home Counties (Heavenly)

2 June 2017

Quintessentially British band Saint Etienne takes a leisurely, but keenly observed stroll through the English suburbs on its new album

The Cavemen Death Row Slovenly

The Cavemen - "Death Row" 7"EP (Slovenly)

1 June 2017

Kiwis are generally known for being polite, but Auckland’s Cavemen strive to destroy that stereotype with yet another blast of feral trash rock slime.

Clutch

Clutch with Lucero, the Sword - the Capitol Theatre - (Portchester, NY) - May 17, 2017

31 May 2017

Walking into the Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY, there were signs that warned NO SURFING and NO MOSHING. Clutch were in town on their East Coast leg of their Summer 2017 tour supporting Psychic Warfare. These signs made it seem that the crew running the theater have not seen Clutch since the early to mid ‘90s. True enough, the band were part of the 90’s punk and hardcore scene but over the past 15 years or so they have evolved into a hard-working no BS kick-ass rock band.

Snake Pit 2017 (Indianapolis, IN) - May 28th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

30 May 2017

Recap and photos from the 2017 Indianapolis 500 Snake Pit.

Slowdive - Slowdive

Slowdive - Slowdive (Dead Oceans)

29 May 2017

Seminal UK shoegaze giants Slowdive returns with a resplendent and raved about album over two decades after its previous album.

Album cover for Night Comes Down, out now on RPM Records.

Night Comes Down: 60s British Mod, R&B, Freakbeat, and Swinging London Nuggets (RPM Records)

28 May 2017

“This entire collection evokes a lot of memories from my childhood, and features a wide swathe of musical styles and unusual artists. Well worth picking up for collectors and music aficionados alike.”