Being a selective selection of some of today's new releases--this week, we'll look at a modern lover, a man you think you really know, a new take on Congotronics and soul songs with the spirit of the Beach Boys' SMiLE.
Within the first few songs of Andrew Bird's sold out show last night at the Orpheum downtown, the singer/violinist/samplerist/guitarist had taken off his shoes, revealing red socks that quirkily contrasted with his casual black vintage suit. It was Bird, totally comfortable on a stag ... More >>
Juana Molina's Un Dia is an offering to those of us tired of the same angry guitars and Xeroxed whiners, self-absorbed coffeehouse girls and monomaniacal rappers who build themselves into genre-specific bunkers and then dig deeper with each successive album. Molina, an Argentinian singer and actr ... More >>
The critics apparently aren't feeling LA music this year; it's been twelve years since LA snagged the number one spot on the estimable Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll (for Beck's Odelay). All the city got in the top 20 of the album category this year was a #13 nod for No Age's Nouns, and She ... More >>