Album Reviews in 30 Seconds or Less
Sounds Like: Indie electro rock from Portland with members of Blood Brothers is mostly beats, synths, scream-singing and chaos.
Free Association: Requirements to enjoy: body odor, alcohol/drug abuse, crazy hair.
For Fans Of: Pretty Girls Make Graves, NIN, youth.
Sounds Like: Shaking the post-punk dance revival stigma, these L.A. arty boys make moody, ethereal and brilliant rock that defies genres.
Free Association: Each song is unique, but all have heavy drums, grit and distortion.
For Fans Of: Lightning Bolt, Gregorian chant meets Battles, Crystal Castles.
American VI: Ain’t No Grave
(American/Def Jam/Lost Highway)
Sounds Like: The Man’s posthumous recordings keep coming thanks to producer Rick Rubin, and it’s a bittersweet mix of awe and wonder.
Dr. Dog Shame, Shame (Anti) Sounds Like: Much-anticipated collection of great new tracks; dreamy, psych-tinged retro rock spiked by moments of funkalicious modernity. Free Association: Perhaps the biggest-deal Philly band. Destined for acclaim of all kinds. For Fans Of: Pavement meets Spoon, old-timey clothes. Drive-By Truckers The Big To-Do (ATO Records) Sounds Like: True practitioners of southern rock and devotees of the triple guitar attack, their eighth LP isn’t so much Skynyrd as it is Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Free Association: Sketches of scenarios, characters and southern pride done right. For Fans Of: Backyard Tire Fire, Allman Brothers, heritage not hate. Standard Fare The Noyelle Beat (Bar/None Records) Sounds Like: Sheffield, UK, trio of feel-good power pop’s debut is all the buzz with lots of energy and plenty of standout tracks. Free Association: “Fifteen” and “Dancing” are solid, but “Philadelphia” is where it’s at! For Fans Of: Weezer’s blue album, Blondie, Lemonheads. Let’s Wrestle In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s (Merge Records) Sounds Like: A London trio’s playfully silly spin on King Crimson’s similarly titled LP is heavy rock infused by old soul, lo-fi rock and balls-out punk rock. Free Association: That title sure is a mouthful ... of awesome! For Fans Of: Pavement, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Art Brut. Mose Allison The Way Of The World (Anti) Sounds Like: The...
Hostage Calm is cool with the chaos