A Few Album Favorites from 2015

A Few Album Favorites from 2015

Though I didn’t hear all the music that came out this year (more like a mere fraction), 2015 was a great year for music fans. I may post more about my favorites of the year, but (for now) here are some top albums from 2015. Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color:Did anyone think the soul-rock throwback […]

Tame Impala’s Let It Happen: Dense Electronic Rock with Self-Indulgent Splendor

Tame Impala’s Let It Happen: Dense Electronic Rock with Self-Indulgent Splendor

Pausing after a tour for their 2012 psych-rock album, Lonerism, that spanned three years, but before a series of scheduled summer festival gigs, the Australian indie-rock group released a free single called “Let It Happen” on Tuesday. The song, which was announced on Twitter and posted on their website as a free download, is their first […]

Tearing Down the House: St. Vincent Kills It at Lupo’s

Tearing Down the House: St. Vincent Kills It at Lupo’s

The cover of St. Vincent’s self-titled 2014 album displays the art-rock songstress seated on a regal light-pink chair. Her hair is dyed white with bits of purple, her blue and purple dress has a glossy sparkle, and, more tellingly, her eerily unfazed expression (arched eyebrows, straight-ahead gaze) suggests the possibility of extreme power. And extreme power is […]

St. Vincent’s 10 Best Songs

St. Vincent’s 10 Best Songs

Tomorrow, art-pop indie-rocker Annie Clark (who goes by the alien pseudonym St. Vincent) will perform at Lupo’s, the forty-year old downtown Providence concert-venue. NPR’s All Songs Considered called her tour “the best live show of 2014” and her robotic choreography, gorgeous voice, and ecstatic guitar solos have earned raves from listeners and critics alike. Expect a review […]

The Grammys: Tiring and Tedious, Lightened by Lennox and Legend

The Grammys: Tiring and Tedious, Lightened by Lennox and Legend

The Grammys, unlike the Oscars, put entertainment first, awards second. Last night’s show, a tiring and tedious event brightened by only a few memorable moments, was lacking in both categories. The show opened with an AC/DC medley of the new “Rock or Bust” and their 80’s hit, “Highway to Hell”. It was an out-of-place, out-of-touch […]