Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Libraries

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Stuart McLamb recorded the Love Language's self-titled 2009 debut low-fi style out of necessity. Its follow-up sinks in sonic hugeness. The opener "Pedals" sets the tone — a grand, sweeping track that struggles under the weight of its wall of sound. Such bigness can serve McLamb's songs — "This Blood...

Continue reading »

King of the Beach

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 12:00 AM

After Wavves' second album became one of 2009's breakouts, frontman Nathan Williams claimed he was going to explore more grown-up directions. Dude's barely old enough to drink, so why would he want to age his band? It would've been a better decision to release another album of noisy sunshine-ridden garage-surf,...

Continue reading »

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Glitter bullets

Famed for stage antics, how do the Ruiners do on record?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Anybody who knows local rock 'n' roll has likely seen the Ruiners by now, or at least heard of them. Stories of the band's antics border novelty and are legion, such as frontman Rick Ruiner's penchant for setting his leather trousers ablaze on stage, the fights, clink stints and all...

Continue reading »

The Suburbs

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Everything Arcade Fire does is big: the ballads, the rockers, the kitchen-sink epics. Even the band's more introspective songs are grand in scope. This has been their routine from the start, but on their terrific third album, The Suburbs, they make even the most restrained moments sound as if the...

Continue reading »

Say Goodnight to the World

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Dax Riggs' sound has been evolving for years — from the sludge rock he played with Acid Bath to the indie rock he now makes on his own. On his third solo album, he adds some blues and folk to the mix. Riggs' genre-jumping hasn't always been smooth, but he...

Continue reading »

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Last waltz

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

All signs point to Slum Village's new Villa Manifesto album being the hip-hop vets' final chapter. If the Twitter drama surrounding SV's impending split is true (it sounds more like the day after prom), their latest full-length is a fitting end to a storied career, and a respectable conclusion for...

Continue reading »

How I Got Over

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Starting with the dizzying sweep of 2002's Phrenology and continuing through the sharp funk of 2008's Rising Down, the Roots have evolved into one of the nation's most consistently dazzling bands, repeatedly justifying their hype on records that deftly express the African-American experience while rocking smarter than most of their...

Continue reading »

Mines

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Portland, Oregon's Menomena continues to swap instruments and build ideas on its fourth album of indie prog-pop. But where the group's other records combined pop smarts with mysterious thematic flourishes, the relatively straightforward lyrical approach on Mines ends up sounding quite brave. The difference here is in the directness —...

Continue reading »

Teflon Don

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

On 2009's plush and vibrant Deeper Than Rap, Rick Ross spit the spunkiest rhymes of his career. He's like a younger, looser and stranger Jay-Z, with a knack for curious imagery and free-associative boasts. His fourth album is duly impressive, full of ritzy pop-funk cuts, prideful anthems and elegant glimmers...

Continue reading »

Best Things to Do In Detroit

Most Popular

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation