Dommengang | No Keys

WHO ARE THEY? A Brooklyn guitar-rock power trio whose name is Danish for Judgment Day — and who have now apparently relocated to Los Angeles. WHAT IS THIS? Their third...

Endless Boogie | Vol. I, II

WHO ARE THEY? A no-frills Brooklyn outfit whose epic, hypnotic guitar jams handily live up to their name (which they borrowed from a John Lee Hooker album). WHAT IS THIS?...

Jimmie Vaughan | Baby, Please Come Home

WHO IS HE? The veteran Texas bluesman was a founding member of the long-running Fabulous Thunderbirds — and the older brother of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, of...

Lewis Capaldi | Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent

WHO IS HE? A young Scottish singer-songwriter who just happens to be a distant cousin of former Dr. Who star and onetime punk rocker Peter Capaldi. WHAT IS THIS? His...

Institute | Readjusting the Locks

WHO ARE THEY? A Texas punk quartet that recently pulled up stakes and relocated from Austin to the Big Apple — all the better to feel downtrodden, one assumes. WHAT...

Imperial Wax | Gastwerk Saboteurs

WHO ARE THEY? The three surviving members of The Fall, picking up where they left off after the 2018 death of misanthropic frontman Mark E. Smith — and picking...

Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders Soundtrack | Various Artists

WHO IS HE? New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders went from glam-rock hero to a first-wave punk icon — but ultimately became a tragic figure and rock casualty, thanks...

Biffy Clyro | Balance, Not Symmetry: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

WHO ARE THEY? You know; those U.K. rockers. The ones who aren't Muse or The 1975 or Bloc Party. The other guys. The ones who sang that song. You...

Slowthai | Nothing Great About Britain

WHO IS HE? Ascendant British rapper Tyron Frampton, whose stage name supposedly comes from a childhood speech impediment that he certainly seems to have outgrown. WHAT IS THIS? His dark,...

The Heavy | Sons

WHO ARE THEY? You remember that band that was on Letterman that time? They did that song called How You Like Me Now? And Dave loved it so much...

Rammstein | Untitled

WHO ARE THEY? The unrepentantly provocative and pyromaniacal Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness) stormtroopers from Berlin. WHAT IS THIS? Their seventh studio release and their first album in a...

Interpol | A Fine Mess

WHO ARE THEY? The enduring New York post-punk outfit that's somehow managed to remain reasonably cool after more than 20 years together. WHAT IS THIS? An EP of leftover tracks...

Wu-Tang Clan | Of Mics and Men (Music From The Showtime Documentary Series)

WHO ARE THEY? The legendary Staten Island rap crew whose nine members are celebrating nearly three decades together — and I bet you still can't name them all. WHAT IS...

The National | I Am Easy to Find

WHO ARE THEY? That Cincinnati indie-rock band all your coolest friends worship — but you've never really been able to get into them no matter how hard you try...

Back Stories | My Album Reviews From May 14, 1999

Two decades ago, new albums from Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, Echo & The Bunnymen and others were spinning away in my portable CD player. Here’s what I had to...

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