Spin Cycle: The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter

In the realm of swaying, stomping, harmonic pop-folk, The Avett Brothers stand only in the shadow of Mumford & Sons, a recent success story that, perhaps not-coincidentally, the long-running North Carolina brother-band is starting to bear more than a passing resemblance to. ...

Spin Cycle: Pet Shop Boys, Elysium

A quarter century after “West End Girls,” the Pet Shop Boys are still here. Mike A. reviews Neil and Chris’s brand new album Elysium

Metal Monday Volume 88 (9.17.12)

Devin Townsend definitely got the name right when brainstorming for his latest because “epic” and “loud” are definitely the best words to describe Epicloud. Yes, the hardest working man in metal and hard rock is back following the 4-album concept album released ...

Spin Cycle: Matchbox Twenty North

They’ve been gone for ten years, but not much has changed. Big Money reviews Matchbox Twenty’s new album, “North.”

Spin Cycle: The XX, Coexist

Does The XX’s “Coexist” successfully scale Mt. Sophomore Jinx? Gonzo reviews the “moody” outfit’s second album.

Metal Monday Volume 86 (9.3.12)

Meshuggah better watch their collective backs because a whole new breed of technical metal is out to get them. The latest djent worshipers ...

Metal Monday Volume 85 (8.27.12)

With Meshuggah coming up short on their latest outing, a new breed has come to capture the throne. Two of those bands, Stealing Axion and Monuments (More on them later), happen to be labelmates residing on Century Media. If you like ...

Spin Cycle: Joss Stone, The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2

A decade or so ago, Joss Stone was a novelty of sorts. A young British woman with a deep knowledge of classic soul, she debuted with an album of somewhat obscure ’60s and ’70s R&B covers, recorded with the assistance and blessing ...