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.
CD Review: John Mayer "Paradise Valley"
2/13/2014 8:11:00 PM
Paradise Valley is John Mayer’s most country & western album yet, but that doesn’t stop veteran session ace and longtime Mayer band member Sean Hurley from stepping out from the traditional roots role with some bass flair.
CD Review: Saintseneca "Dark Arc"
2/13/2014 8:09:00 PM
As the weird Americana, psych-folk hipster revival pushes maximum saturation, Columbus, Ohio combo Saintseneca is out to prove that good old-fashioned rock has a place in all this, too.
CD Review: Five Finger Death Punch "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2"
2/13/2014 8:06:00 PM
Part deux of 5FDP’s audacious groove-metal epic reveals the band’s weird knack for pop songcraft—as though the buzzsaw blade of Vol. 1 was tempered with a dash of, dare we say, emo (a genre guitarist Zoltan Bathory openly despises).
CD Review: Jack Johnson "From Here To Now To You"
2/13/2014 8:03:00 PM
Mellow surf-rocker Jack Johnson is back with his sixth album that features the rich, laidback bass playing of longtime collaborator Merlo Podlewski.
CD Review: Paul McCartney "New"
2/13/2014 7:52:00 PM
The title of Macca’s potent latest sets up the premise: Present a pile of new songs to four young producers— Paul Epworth (Adele), Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse), Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon), and Giles Martin (son of George)—who can bring a fresh sound and perspective.
CD Review: Kenny James "Invisiblemann, Vol. 9: Global Funktion
12/3/2013 7:40:00 PM
On this disc of funky chill-out music, producer/multi-instrumentalist Kenny James uses fretted and fretless basses to put the bottom under an old-school mélange of grooves that harks back to the heyday of Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation.
CD Review: Aaron Germain "Chance"
12/3/2013 7:39:00 PM
On his new album Chance, the San Francisco Bay Area’s Aaron Germain brings his impressive chops to a set of compositions demonstrating his take on jazz, blues, and fusion.
CD Review: Philip Sayce "Steamroller"
12/3/2013 7:30:00 PM
On his fourth solo album, blues guitar virtuoso Philip Sayce unveils his most driving work yet, which features the inspired playing of bassist Joel Gottschalk.
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