Album Review

On ‘Green and Gray,’ Pile is growing up, but not growing soft

Pile Green and Gray Exploding In Sounds Records · May 3, 2019 There’s a certain sense of ease with Green and Gray, despite all of the tension surrounding it and showcased in the tracks. The past 12 years have been more than eventful for Pile. They’ve toured mercilessly from Allston basements to a soon-to-be Boston […]

Welcome to ScHoolboy Q’s melancholic trap hell

ScHoolboy Q CrasH Talk Top Dawg Entertainment · April 26, 2019 The album is a story. It’s got a beginning, middle and end. You need to listen to the whole thing, in order, or else you miss out. The mask ScHoolboy Q shows the world in his latest album is one of a sad gangster. […]

Show Me the Body’s ‘Dog Whistle’ doesn’t pack a punch

Show Me the Body Dog Whistle Loma Vista Recordings · March 29, 2019 The problem is that, unfortunately, underneath all the scuzz and distortion there aren’t any memorable songs. Last month I had the pleasure of seeing Show Me the Body tear apart Northeastern University’s After Hours with their ferocious blend of hardcore punk and […]

Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Humbug’ turns 10

Arctic Monkeys Humbug  Domino Records · August 19, 2009 Most Arctic Monkeys fans can admit that the first time they listened to Humbug, they didn’t like it. With its slower tempos, crunchy guitar, and psychedelic organ accompanying Turner’s low croon, Humbug is an album that requires a certain mood to listen to: a hate-everyone-and-everything kind of […]

Jade Bird’s debut is an instant classic

Jade Bird Jade Bird Glassnote Records · April 19, 2019 On her debut self-titled record, Bird allows her raw voice to drive the album, showing that Brits can do Americana too. Jade Bird is an anomaly. A folk, Americana singer but British. A tiny and unassuming young woman at first look, but powerful and demanding behind […]

Priests want a revolution on ‘The Seduction of Kansas’

Priests The Seduction of Kansas Sister Polygon Records · April 5, 2019 The Seduction of Kansas is a great album for radicals, and a terrible album for everyone who disagrees with Priests’ agenda. In their second politically-charged album of the Trump era, The Seduction of Kansas, Priests is still very angry. Their last album, Nothing Feels […]

Boston’s Mellowgod releases EP ‘Apollo’

Mellowgod Apollo Blue Space Records · April 5, 2019 Since entering the hip-hop scene in 2015, Mellowgod has released two EPs and two singles, “Bankroll” and “Andy Milonakis”. Since these first releases, Mellowgod’s unique sound and lyricism have developed into something different that can be heard in the execution of his new EP, Apollo. Mellowgod is […]

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Californication’ turns 20

Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication  Warner Bros. Records · June 8, 1999 Californication encapsulates everything that the Red Hot Chili Peppers represent stylistically as a band. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have always challenged the conventions of rock music. With almost a dozen studio albums, they have had much opportunity to experiment with their sound and influence […]

Quelle Chris unloads a rapid-fire slew of ideas on ‘Guns’

Quelle Chris Guns Mello Music Group · March 29, 2019 Quelle Chris has had a lot of labels thrown at him over the course of his prolific career: “oddball,” “alternative,” “woke,” “quirky,” etc… I won’t resort to such name-calling, but that’s because I have no idea what label I’d put on his music anyway. Quelle (pronounced […]

Modest Mouse’s ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’ turns 15

Modest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad News Epic Records · April 6, 2004 Good News For People Who Love Bad News, the fourth studio album from Modest Mouse, was a departure from the group’s earlier work. Lead by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Brock, the band had just achieved critical acclaim for their previous […]

Listen Live