Jul 6, 2014 — "The rhythm of life goes round," the singer repeats, summing up a set ranging from politics to gang violence to gender identity. He's in fine voice, belting and going gentle without strain.
Jul 7, 2014 — Echoes of British R&B and vintage American pop ring through an album by this English duo. "The idea behind it," Charles Watson says, "was to be a bit more reserved."
Jul 6, 2014 — Luluc writes songs for late-night drives and uneventful mornings — stuff to slow the blood and the world outside. On its second album, the duo uses calm as a medium unto itself.
Jul 6, 2014 — Hello Memory is synth-driven, youthful electro-pop, but there's substance to it, too. Little Daylight sounds breezy and grounded, heady and cerebral, with its feet on the ground even as it soars.
Jul 6, 2014 — The bluegrass-based folk-rock band knows how to play at extreme speeds, but its new album is a thoughtful, stately grower — a far cry from the fiery freneticism of Trampled by Turtles' live shows.
Jun 29, 2014 — On its second album, the U.K. art-rock duo dwells deep inside some otherworldly, mysterious, metaphysical murk, an aura that's inviting and impenetrable at the same time.
Jun 29, 2014 — Cold Beat, the new project of Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew, represents the best of new wave — in title, metaphor and roster of influences alike. It's an exercise in controlled chaos.
Jun 29, 2014 — The emo band's first full-length album in 16 years is a measured and often gorgeous set of songs, each well-positioned to remind fans why they fell in love with Braid in the first place.
Jun 22, 2014 — Like a big, friendly sheepdog that just can't help itself, the Virginia roots-rock group's music bounds right up to you and licks your face. This is a band with little use for muted gestures.
Jun 22, 2014 — On his new country album, the roots-music veteran still touches nerves, carefully but firmly. Lauderdale continually shows that the trappings surrounding a song are only as meaningful as its core.