All posts tagged music review

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The Knife: Shaking the Habitual

Hackles are bound to prick up the moment a band tries to make “important music.” That phrase usually conjures vision...

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‘Redline’ sights and sounds dazzle

Action films, almost to a one, take a cavalier approach to the conventions of physics, warping what we know about the na...

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Review: Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience”

No doubt the reader is familiar with Justin Timberlake — his profitable stint with N’Sync, the two solo albums that ...

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Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ still impressive 35 years later

I was born to my parents when they were thirty years old, which means that they were as old as I am now when Fleetwood M...

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Jose James brings life into Blue Note debut

Minneapolis has been known as a locus of innovative funk, R&B, and soul music since the late 1970s, when José James was...

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‘Slippery Rock’ improves on smooth jazz

Few genres in all of music are despised more than smooth jazz. Kenny G, the crown prince of this commercially-oriented s...

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‘Silver and Gold’ explores secular twists on Christmas

Between 2006 and 2010 Sufjan Stevens released only a single album, a recording of a classical piece written for a film d...

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Fun. plays Calvin’s biggest concert to date

Two months ago, more than 800 students waited as long as seven hours to get tickets for Fun.’s concert at Calvin. And ...

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‘Ocean Roar’ lives up to its namesake

Low-fidelity production, so-called “lo-fi,” has been embraced by a diverse set of musicians and movements within the...

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Simplicity and complexity coexist in healthy tension in Sun Araw and the Congos’ newest album

California-based musician Sun Araw produces experimental psychedelic music that owes an obvious debt to Jamaican dub pro...