Review: Os Mutantes "Fool Metal Jack"

If you know Brazilian psych-rock, then you know Os Mutantes.

If you know Brazilian psych-rock, then you know Os Mutantes. In 2006, ever-youthful frontman Sergio Dias restocked the group after a long-overdue reunion; Fool Metal Jack is their second studio outing since then (their first in English), and it packs a political punch. Vinícius Junqueira brings a raw-fingered but melodic touch to the bass on the bittersweet ballad “The Dream Is Gone”—a sensitive feel that he counteracts brilliantly on the extreme drop-tuned title track, which treads heavy and hard with lurid visions of war.


CD Review: Mogwai "Rave Tapes"

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: Ziggy Marley "Fly Rasta"

Even with four bassists in effect—including session aces Abraham Laboriel, Dave Wilder, Guy Erez, and longtime touring vet Pablo Stennett—and influences as farflung as rock, jazz, and R&B, Ziggy Marley’s fifth solo outing flows with remarkable continuity.

CD Review: Death "N.E.W."

Another early-’70s adopter of the Rickenbacker 4001, Death’s frontman and bassist Bobby Hackney soaked up the sound of rock’s heavyweights (Entwistle and Glover especially) and channeled it into his band’s signature Detroit punkpsych onslaught.