Bombastic production isn't enough to save Help Us Stranger's often shabby songwriting.
While it's certainly pleasant and stands out in the current mainstream music landscape, Hozier's latest EP doesn't offer much that indie songwriters and folk artists haven't done better in the past couple of decades.
Lucinda wears her experience and age on her sleeve with this latest record.
NY rapper Action Bronson comes through with his glitziest album yet, loaded with classy piano instrumentals and over-the-top lyrics. It's the mountains of filler after the first third of the LP that kills it, tho.
In a year when newcomers like Ty Segall and The Men are making cutting, aggressive garage rock records, it can be easy to forget about the band who led that revivalist charge in the first place. As if acutely aware of the current garage rock trends, the legendary Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have returned with their first new material in eight years, spearheaded by a gritty new single called "Black Mold."
Like all the best Jon Spencer tracks, "Black Mold" has a timeless, familiar quality that also feels thoroughly unique. Spencer's distorted vocals are as engaging and emotive as ever, while the backing band provides some throbbing bluesy grooves and eerie reverb-laden backing vocals. Although this band is clearly tight and obviously experienced, this track maintains a feeling of uneasy steadiness, as if it could fall apart at any moment. Of course it doesn't, and by the time the disorienting sample kicks in at the end, the listener realizes what a cathartic ordeal he or she has just been through -- A blues explosion indeed.
Stream "Black Mold" above, and pick up the new record Meat And Bone from Mom + Pop on September 18th.
On their latest album, the Strange Boys leave most of their garage rock elements behind in favor of a style that's got more in common with blues rock and alternative country. Surprisingly, it's a smooth transition.
Classic rock revivalists Rival Sons have dropped a new video for the track "All Over the Road." I reviewed the album this song comes from, Pressure & Time, a while back. Check it out here. If this track hooks you, check out the rest of the album. Believe me when I say it's pretty solid.
Find the latest Rival Sons release on Earache.
A new video from the Black Keys in promotion for the duo's new single, "Lonely Boy." The track comes from the forthcoming album El Camino, which is set to drop December 6th via Nonesuch. These guys are pairing up with Danger Mouse again production-wise, and it's turning out some good results so far, obviously.
And, uh, this video. Yeah, it's awesome.