Beach House lull a sold-out Chicago crowd into a pleasurable trance before sending them home to conjugate their shared ecstasy.
Pop music's modern-day messiah, Butch Walker delivered a headliner performance despite his opening act billing.
Celtic punk veterans Dropkick Murphys rip though Orlando leaving beer-sodden green mohawks in their wake.
The second annual Harvest of Hope Festival raises money to help migrant farm workers by giving music fans three days of music, mud, and mayhem.
Local H prove to doubters that they are much more than a side-note in the story of grunge, and As Good As Dead is a sorely underrated album.
Off With Their Heads slays an early afternoon crowd in Orlando.
Kander and Ebb's final musical. The Scottsboro Boys, depicts the true story of American racism in the South. Despite a mixture of eye-poppin' musical sequences and social commentary, the musical misses many cues. Julie Haverkate provides analysis.
The Thermals are keeping the vitality of mid '90s-styled indie rock alive and well.
They Might Be Giants brings a kid-friendly show to the hard Rock Live in Orlando.
Proto-type Theater, a performance troupe based in Brooklyn, NY and Lancaster, England, revisits themes of love, death, and fame seen through the prism of Bonnie and Clyde in Third Person (Redux).
Florida's annual Wanee Festival is a 3 day Southern-style jamfest featuring over thirty bands. The 2010 edition found The Allmann Brothers and Widespread Panic topping a bill of over 30 bands.
With over 40 albums and an unassailable legacy as the originator of one of Africa’s most popular and enduring sounds, the job of curating Fela Kuti’s catalog for the 21st century is a difficult and enviable task. Ink 19 dives into the Knitting Factory’s Chop n’ Quench, Fela’s first nine albums re-released, and gives a heads up on the Na Poi set of albums due to drop on May 11.
Because Because Because (Pound You Into the Ground Records). Review by Robert Sutton.
Black Tambourine (Slumberland). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Mr. Sad Clown (429 Records). Review by Sean Slone.
Cops Don't Care 7"/ Spring St. (M'Lady Records/ Quite Scientific). Review by Aaron Shaul.
NA$TYJAM$ (Sharing Machine). Review by Rose Petralia.
Reflect (Forgeagainrecords). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Essra Mohawk / Primordial Lovers (Collector's Choice Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Rain on the City (Bar None). Review by Sean Slone.
Present Passed (Postfact Records). Review by Rose Petralia.
Earthly Delights (Load Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
The Way of the World (Anti). Review by James Mann.
Winter Honey (Seksound). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da (Universal Music Group/ Vagrant Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Reimaginator. Review by Joe Frietze.
Sandy's Album Is Here At Last! (Collector's Choice Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Communion (Yep Roc Records). Review by Laura Pontillo.
III (Soft Abuse). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Crazy Heart - Original Motion Picture Sound Track (Fox Search Light / New West). Review by Al Pergande.
Is Passed in Sleep; At Night He Hunts (Jumberlack Media). Review by Nora Richardson.
The Red List (20 Buck Spin). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Feast of the Hunters' Moon (Sugar Hill). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Various Artists (Matador). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Civilization (Dead Tank). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Women & Country (Columbia Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Things That Fly (Sugar Hill). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Supernatural (Legacy Edition) (Arista/Legacy). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Pierre Comtois breaks down the first ten years of Marvel into three phases and the comics that epitomize them in his Field Guide.
Does that sound like the Beatles to you? Author Kristofer Engelhardt delivers an updated version of his exhaustive 1998 guide, detailing the individual Beatles' musical contributions to other artists' recordings.
This new tome from Michael Eury brings back Matthew Moyer's childlike sense of wonder even better than a real, live Captain Action plastic figurine would. No mean feat.
Stan Lee tackles Manga. You knew he would.
It's easy to be jealous, but it's probably better to follow Damon and Naomi's example of growing up and growing awesome in a musical genre overcrowded with manchildren, the ins and outs of which can be glimpsed on the 1001 Nights DVD.