May 15, 2016 |
Releasing your super-secret, heretofore not-known-to-exist album with absolutely no advance notice to surprise the internet and snap the music world to attention? That's soooo early 2016, like something Kendrick Lamar would have done - and did, with his unexpected Untitled Unmastered - way back in March, for goodness sake. The new strategy, it seems, for fans trying to to figure out how they can actually listen to new music by their favorite acts, is a little different. Instead of ambushing them out of the blue - as Beyoncé did in 2013 when she revealed her previous, self-titled album with a midnight Instagram post - you tease with a hint beforehand, so fans can be ready to convene for a virtual listening party.
February 25, 2013
Various Artists Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys (Anti- ***1/2) It goes without saying that the double disc Son of Rogues Gallery , a 36-song compendium featuring Keith Richards and Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe and Courtney Love, Johnny Depp, Macy Gray, Dr. John, and many others, is a rambling, shambling affair. The sequel to 2006's Rogues Galley , the current seafaring collection once again has Philadelphia-raised longtime Saturday Night Live musical director and professional eclecticist Hal Willner acting as the musical captain of the ship.
August 22, 2012 |
The D.I.Y. ethic was a cornerstone of the punk and hardcore movements. But it's one thing to do it yourself when you're playing to a few dozen people in a friend's living room, and another when you're eight years into your career with more than 300,000 albums sold. The Doylestown quintet Circa Survive, who will play Friday and Saturday at Union Transfer to celebrate the release of their fourth album, Violent Waves , on their own label, have come to self-sufficiency after two albums on the independent label Equal Vision Records and a third, 2010's Blue Sky Noise , released on Atlantic.
July 7, 2012 |
It was tough to tell whether you were at a theme park or a pop concert Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center, where Coldplay was playing the first of back-to-back nights. The Chris Martin-led British quartet was up on stage — and in the crowd — playing music focused on its candy-colored fifth album, Mylo Xyloto (2011), mixed with ingratiating hits from throughout its dozen-year career. But the show was as much about the exploding bursts of color filling up the room as it was about the soaring melodic soft-rock that was being brought to life by pianist-guitarist-singer Martin and his bandmates, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, and Will Champion.
June 22, 2012 |
MUSIC Hooks Galore San Diego-spawned singer-songwriter Greg Laswell serves a poppy, propellant, piano-centric sound that echoes dramatically down the ear canals. His 2012 "Landline" album has been winning favorable comparisons to Coldplay and Radiohead at their most anthemic. Having notable female counterparts like Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson serving sirenlike backup parts has also perked up interest. Another album guest, Elizabeth Ziman, is Laswell's current tour opener with her band the Catapult.
June 19, 2012 |
Last summer's concert catastrophe occurred when Sugarland's stage collapsed in August, killing six, when a storm thrashed Indiana. On Saturday disaster struck in Toronto, where the stage collapsed before a Radiohead concert, killing Scott Johnson, the band's drum technician, who was trapped under the rubble. Three other people were injured. Officials from the Ontario Ministry of Labor searched through the wreckage for clues to the cause of the collapse. They were also investigating whether safety regulations and standards were followed and if staff were properly trained.
June 15, 2012 |
There's a not a band in the world better at projecting postmillennial unease on a grand scale than Radiohead, the six-man art-rock outfit from Oxford, England, that spent a lovely late-spring evening in Camden on Wednesday making beautifully jittery music. All century long, ever since the career-redefining Kid A in 2000, Radiohead has been turning inward, relying on fractured polyrhythms, ambient textures, and Thom Yorke's elegantly alienated vocals to convey a sense of sublime digital-age anxiety.
June 8, 2012
Radiohead The King of Limbs came as a surprise last year, not so much for its music, which was an extension of the moody, electronic art rock Radiohead has perfected, refined, then perfected again, but because it dropped with little advance notice: all of a sudden, a new Radiohead album. The record wasn't a groundbreaking statement like OK Computer or Kid A , but it was still one of last year's best, full of tense abstractions and abstract tensions. For this tour, the band has been playing nearly all of The King of Limbs each night, so expect a self-contained and textured set, although Thom Yorke will still twitch and jitter; guitarist extraordinaire Jonny Greenwood will still impress - he's the least flashy guitar hero in rock-and-roll.
February 22, 2011 |
Radiohead are masters of surprise. Going back to Kid A , the 2000 album that followed 1997's prog-rock landmark OK Computer with a left turn into ambient-electronic experimentation, the acclaimed British quintet have grown practiced at turning every release into an event that catches their fan base unawares. Last time around, with 2007's In Rainbows , the Thom Yorke-fronted band of Oxford townies got everybody's attention by releasing their music - at first, anyway - as a pay-what-you-wish download, embracing a music-should-be-free ethos they could well afford, having already spent a decade selling millions of CDs and packing arenas.
February 22, 2011 |
Rock gods Radiohead reign supreme, but new releases from Adele, Lauren Pritchard and Steve Riley also vie for attention. THE FUTURE OF MUSIC: Like its 2007 predecessor "In Rainbows," Radiohead's "The King of Limbs" (TBD Records, B+) is almost as interesting a marketing project as it is an album. The set was first announced in a band Tweet on Valentine's Day. It went on sale - online only at www.thekingoflimbs.com - last Friday, one day earlier than originally planned, priced at $9 in MP3 form and $14 as higher-quality WAV files.