Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Inversions Of The Colossus
(RJ’s Electrical Connections)
Sounds Like: Another one from our local disc-spinning hero, re-worked versions of his January release but some new, beat-perfect jams, too.
Free Association: There’s nobody who harkens back to DJ Shadow quite like him.
For Fans Of: Boom Bip, El-P, Danger Mouse, Shadow, Diplo.
The Gaslight Anthem
(Side One Dummy)
Sounds Like: New Brunswick, N.J., quartet of punk revivalists who have clearly adored Bruce their whole lives, but have their own pleasant spin on heartland rock.
Free Association: So Jersey isn’t your favorite, but you can’t deny their rockness.
For Fans Of: Calm Pearl Jam, the Hold Steady, Ted Leo, raspy vocals.
Konono No 1
Assume Crash Position
Sounds Like: Congo’s supreme street band, they use junk to make instruments and amplifiers that churn out rhythmic, modern-influenced joyful dance music.
Free Association: You’ll have no idea what they’re saying but it doesn’t matter—dance!