The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards

Regardless of your listening habits or past run ins with The Dead Weather’s expansive musical family tree – The White Stripes, Kills, Queens of the Stone Age, and Raconteurs among them – it’d be difficult to refute the evidence that their sophomore LP unrepentantly rocks hard and heavy. Whether or not the furious barrage of dark blues-rock on Sea … [Read more...]

Charlotte Gainsbourg – “IRM”

Charlotte Gainsbourg (hopefully) needs no introduction.  “IRM” is the first single off Charlotte’s new album IRM, which she co-produced with Beck.  In order to more fully appreciate “IRM”, however, it would be prudent to pinpoint certain events in her recent past that have lead up to its creation.  Over a year after the release of her second album … [Read more...]

The Flaming Lips – Embryonic

In the months preceding the release of the Flaming Lips’ new album, Embryonic, frontman Wayne Coyne provided more than enough justification and subsequent warning that we were not going to have another sweetly glistening electro-pop record on our hands, à la 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots or 2006’s At War with the Mystics. Indicating that … [Read more...]

The Mars Volta – Octahedron

When El Paso buddies Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez dismantled the increasingly successful At The Drive In in 2001 to form the Mars Volta, it touched off what would become a firestorm of activity for their new project. By embracing a robust yet nebulous form of musical experimentalism and eschewing nearly all precepts for mainstream … [Read more...]