Lana Del Rey – Paradise

This past autumn Lana Del Rey repackaged her smash album Born To Die as a deluxe version titled Born To Die – The Paradise Edition.  The 2-CD set includes Paradise, a CD of 8 new songs, which is also available as a stand-alone disc.  While the name may suggest a tropical Eden full of sunshine and good vibes, the songs fall strictly into Lana’s … [Read more...]

Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures

The idea of Them Crooked Vultures sounded too good to be true. How could one take frontman Joshua Homme and reconnect him with the awesome drumming of Dave Grohl? But even with them two, they decided to also throw in Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones to play bass, for good measure. And yes, we’re talking about Jones, who was the bassist for one of the … [Read more...]

Wale – Attention Deficit

There was a lot of potential for Wale, a D.C.–based rapper that had a world of opportunities in front of him. In typical fashion, employing their eye for talent and ear for music, The Roots featured him on Rising Up’s bumping, lively closer, “Rising Down.” After Black Thought had set everything up for him with a few high-caliber verses and … [Read more...]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Club 101, El Paso, TX, 06/10/09

It was only a matter of time before Yeah Yeah Yeahs would finally perform in El Paso. Their penultimate stop before heading to the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee, the New York trio did everything they could do to squeeze us in. And rightfully so, the band's latest triumph, It's Blitz!, was primarily recorded at the Sonic Ranch, just outside of El … [Read more...]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

The fact that the whole thing commences with a warbling synthesizer, is enough reason to realize that this is an electronically-infused album. But like fellow New Yorkers, TV on the Radio, what Yeah Yeah Yeahs are king/queen for is creating album after album with a completely new sound. Even their EPs have been able to take on a life of their own … [Read more...]