David Tiso concocts gnarled, hydra-Zorn headbangers like some kind of metal mad scientist on Ephel Duath's fifth album. Producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel) grounds the insanity with a vicious low-end.
Ten years after its release — and seven months after the death of singer Jason Molina — The Magnolia Electric Co is still an ambitious and unsteady beast, strangely graceful and crying out to be explored. Throughout the album, Molina sings of his own smallness and struggle, but also the stubbornness inherent in standing up as the gravitational forces of grief try to pull him down.
The Welsh singer's third album conjures images of Tom Verlaine's band Television and Velvet Underground collaborator Nico. But Cate Le Bon is no follower: She's a strong songwriter and a powerful, sultry singer with her own distinct phrasing.
Joel and Ethan Coen's new film looks at the early-'60s Greenwich Village folk scene, as populated by a brooding moocher played by singer-actor Oscar Isaac. Its soundtrack, like the movie itself, reflects the way many different strains of folk music collided in the early '60s.
The group produced some of the most pleasurable alternative rock of the '90s, and is back with its first new album in fourteen years. The ten new songs on Magic Hour go down easy, with lessons in fun, loyalty and self-appreciation.
The band from Denton, Texas, was deep into the recording of its fourth album when its lead singer left the group. It forced the remaining members to scrap the new songs and start over with a brand-new sound. The result is Midlake's best record in years.
A few lost nights out rekindled the Australian foursome's flame for acid house, which has resulted in an album bearing clear evidence of that style's rallying call to let your hair down — albeit filtered through Cut Copy's pop kaleidoscope.
The quartet harnessed tension on its 2012 debut, delivering fierce, fuzzy pop songs that could be sweet or sharp, depending who sang them. On its second album, Swearin' is up from two singers to three, and the personalities at play are even more distinct.