CD Review: Cut Copy "Free Your Mind"
3/21/2014 7:06:00 PM
Cut Copy is taking indie-electronica up a few notches on the band’s fourth studio album, thanks to the bouncing and pulsating bass work of Ben Browning.
CD Review: Warpaint "Warpaint"
3/21/2014 7:00:00 PM
It’s worth repeating: L.A.’s Warpaint is an all-female lineup that shows the boys how it’s done.
CD Review: The Naked and Famous "In Rolling Waves"
3/21/2014 6:57:00 PM
David Beadle and his Auckland, New Zealand synthpop outfit is back with a sophomore effort that favors ambient soundscapes over the upbeat, dance vibe of their debut album.
CD Review: Arcade Fire "Reflektor"
3/20/2014 8:45:00 PM
With so many sonic ingredients in this double set— from Haitian carnival music to Thompson Twins-y electropop— it’s not surprising that three band members shared bass duties.
CD Review: Mogwai "Rave Tapes"
3/20/2014 8:43:00 PM
Not content to be the elder statesmen of the Glasgow post-rock scene, the five regulators of Mogwai have diversified into soundtracks (most recently for the French TV series Les Revenants)—a move that underpins their latest album.
CD Review: Broken Bells "After the Disco"
3/20/2014 8:41:00 PM
You could call it post-disco, but don’t let the title fool you; Danger Mouse and James Mercer were bound to get a tad cheeky with their sophomore collaboration—it’s just in their nature.
CD Review: Motörhead "Aftershock"
3/20/2014 8:39:00 PM
On the 21st studio recording from metal bass master Lemmy Kilmister and Motörhead, the celebrated rockers go back to their roots on an album that pays homage to their blues-rock influence while still remaining heavy.
CD Review: Kai Eckhardt "Zeitgeist"
3/20/2014 8:27:00 PM
Add Berkeley badass Kai Eckhardt to the list of boundary-busting Bay Area bassists that includes Jack Casady, Larry Graham, Rocco Prestia, Paul Jackson, and Michael Manring.
CD Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings "Give the People What They Want"
2/13/2014 8:45:00 PM
Gabriel “Bosco Mann” Roth has carved out a gritty niche for himself as producer and bassist behind Brooklyn’s Dap-Kings; it’s reflected in the restrained, funky lines he pulls from his pillowy 1972 Carvin SB60, as well as the tube-warmed analog sound he gets on Daptone releases.
CD Review: AFI "Burials"
2/13/2014 8:43:00 PM
While the bass work of AFI’s Hunter Burgan has always been dark and moody to match the vibe of his hardcore/punk outfit’s sound, his playing on the band’s ninth studio album shows a previously undiscovered melodic side.
CD Review: Prince "The Breakfast Experience"
2/13/2014 8:39:00 PM
The Purple One took a small break from his recent touring to record an EP that offers his latest single “Breakfast Can Wait” served five ways.
CD Review: The Hanumen "The Hanumen"
2/13/2014 8:35:00 PM
This dazzling, seven-piece feast of Indian-flavored spiritual goodness might be right at home in a yoga studio, but its fresh production, masterful musicianship, gospel-infused vocal harmonies, and diverse instrumentation make it a great bet for anyone with open ears.
CD Review: Polica "Shulamith"
2/13/2014 8:31:00 PM
As the only stringed instrument in a band with two drummers and a vocalist, Chris Bierden is the key to Poliça’s alternative, trip-hop sound.
CD Review: A Perfect Circle "A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo"
2/13/2014 8:19:00 PM
For all the accolades that lead singer Maynard James Keenan’s other band has received (and we hear Tool is currently hard at work on new material), it’s easy to forget that APC is a juggernaut all on its own.
CD Review: Jimmy Earl "Renewing Disguises"
2/13/2014 8:14:00 PM
Having long had an ear to forward-leaning mixologists like Squarepusher and Matt Garrison, Earl—the veteran Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Jimmy Kimmel Show bassist—puts his own postmodern spin on the merging of DJ-induced sonics and live musicians.
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