Posts tagged with "Matador"

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE …Like Clockwork  [Matador] It’s been six years since Queens of the Stone Age released Era Vulgaris, and in that time, frontman Josh Homme has worked with the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, and drummer Joey Castillo has left the band. But in spite of—or maybe because of—the time away, the Queens’ sixth album reveals a renewed sense of self-assurance. It’s evident in the expansive sound, which allows the guitars... 

ICEAGE

ICEAGE
ICEAGE You’re Nothing [Matador] Barely into their 20s, the four Danish punks behind Iceage have already figured out what a cruel, alienating place the world can be. They radiate rage, but fortunately, they’ve found no shortage of ways to unburden themselves. On the follow-up to their stunning 2011 debut, New Brigade, the band once again smashes and refashions post-punk hallmarks, using the terse sounds of Gang of Four and Wire as rough templates... 

STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS

STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS
STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS Mirror Traffic [Matador] If you’re wondering how much of an effect last year’s Pavement reunion had on singer and guitarist Stephen Malkmus’ ongoing solo career, the answer seems to be … well, some. The Beck-produced Mirror Traffic has a vaguely Pavement-ish anarchic feel and playful energy, veering from the punchy stop-start rhythm of the sarcastic political comment “Senator” to the languid “Long Hard Book.”... 

INTERPOL

INTERPOL
INTERPOL Interpol [Matador] Interpol’s songs aren’t set in the real world—where people smile and go grocery shopping and wear colors other than black—but rather a swank, anxious underworld, where singer Paul Banks dresses to the nines and sips drinks with spooky lovers and personal demons. The New York City foursome recorded its fourth album just before parting ways with Capitol Records and bassist Carlos D. Those changes will register later,... 
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