Album Reviews

BRASS’s ‘No Soap Radio': anthems for catharsis

BRASS’s ‘No Soap Radio': anthems for catharsis

A year-and-a-half after Vancouver punks BRASS debuted with their self-titled EP, they finally bear their first “full-length” album. The independently released No Soap Radio is a 17-minute blitz that captures their head-on intensity. Singer Devon Motz, drummer Rory Troughton, guitarist Tristan Milne, and bassist Zak Garret form the skull-crushing quartet. But no doubt, producer Jesse Gander […]

Alex Calder: Strange Dreams, Familiar Songs

Alex Calder: Strange Dreams, Familiar Songs

With a title like Strange Dreams, Alex Calder isn’t shying away from the dream pop associations that come to mind on his debut LP from Brooklyn imprint Captured Tracks. Calder shares 11 songs that sound familiar in one sense, shoegaze-wise, but in another sense because they are songs that could have been heard on his […]

Yusuf Islam Finds Balance on ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’

Yusuf Islam Finds Balance on ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’

Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens shows no signs of slowing down with a new folk-rock offering, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, from Sony Music and Legacy Recordings. With powerful rhythm-and-blues roots supporting the lyrics of a seeker, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone could be the strongest album Yusuf has released since his return to mainstream music in 2006. Yusuf […]

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