Tag: Reviews

Maggie Rogers Embraces Rock Star Abandon on Thrilling Surrender

If there’s been one deserving criticism of Maggie Rogers since Pharrell Williams famously likened the then-NYU student to the Wu-Tang Clan in 2016, it’s that the singer-songwriter entered the pop zeitgeist too fully formed. Sure, songs from the Maryland-born artist’s anticipated debut LP, 2019’s Heard It in a Past Life, were deftly penned — a […]

July 26, 2022

Interpol Are Surprisingly Vulnerable on The Other Side of Make-Believe

Interpol’s debut album, 2002’s Turn On the Bright Lights, thrust them into the blistering limelight of New York indie rock and solidified their signature sound: addictively melancholy rhythms (“NYC”), gargantuan anthems (“PDA”), and despondent ballads (“Leif Erikson”). The band also embraced the mystery that enveloped them: They quickly became known for their earnest demeanor, monochromatic […]

July 20, 2022

Rage Against the Machine Bring the Sound and the Fury to Public Service Announcement Tour Opener

Rage Against The Machine finally kicked off their Public Service Announcement Tour last night, and Run The Jewels might have summarized it best while wrapping up their opening slot at Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Theater before introducing the headliners. “It’s the oldest story there is. It’s us versus them,” said Killer Mike, referring to the people […]

July 10, 2022

Elvis: Baz Luhrmann’s Gloriously Dizzying Film Takes Care of Presley’s Business

Baz Luhrmann’​s unparalleled, and some would say over-the-top production style works very well to present the ar​c​ of Elvis Presley‘s career. The story is told through the eyes of Presley’s mercurial manager, Col. Tom Parker, astutely played by Tom Hanks. The Oscar-winning actor draws us in with his conspiratorial voiceovers, and then we see Presley’s […]

June 22, 2022

Harry Styles’ Harry’s House Is a Beguiling Homage to ‘80s Pop Full of Romance and Regret

Since the release of his debut solo single “Sign of The Times,” Harry Styles has made it clear that the (one) direction he would be heavily inspired by classic rock. The McCartney-meets-Queen power ballad was just a jumping-off point—a marker of taste that was broader than his days as a One Directioner. All the while, […]

May 20, 2022

The Smile Builds an Alternate Universe Radiohead on A Light for Attracting Attention

Fifty-nine seconds into “The Same,” the first track from The Smile’s debut release A Light for Attracting Attention, the unmistakable voice of Thom Yorke begins singing about how “we are all the same” atop a sci-fi pulse of piano, acoustic guitar, and analog synthesizers. There’s no easy release from the tension of the song’s slowly […]

May 13, 2022