89 items by Dave DiMartino

  • Petty Rocks, Heartbreakers Roll!

    Petty Rocks, Heartbreakers Roll! | ARTICLE

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye (Reprise) There is something that has become disturbingly retro about being a very good rock ‘n’ roll band: It’s almost a veiled insult, a subtle dig at taking a back-to-the-basics...

    July 29, 2014 1:30 PM ET
  • Ben Watt's Second Act: Here's 'Hendra'

    Ben Watt's Second Act: Here's 'Hendra' | ARTICLE

    In a world where the typical career cycle of most pop musicians includes a few singles, maybe an album or two, and then unavoidable oblivion, Ben Watt hasn’t been paying attention. He’s in it for the proverbial...

    July 25, 2014 12:25 PM ET
  • Morrissey 1, World Peace 0

    Morrissey 1, World Peace 0 | ARTICLE

    Morrissey: World Peace Is None Of Your Business (Harvest) There are very few people in popular music more interesting than Morrissey: He is driven, with the Smiths alone he has left a spectacular legacy—and that was long...

    July 16, 2014 5:21 PM ET
  • Slow Club's Soulful Surrender

    Slow Club's Soulful Surrender | ARTICLE

    A creative and colorful duo from Sheffield, England who continue to evolve in unexpected and sophisticated directions, Britain’s Slow Club have managed to be cute, musically sophisticated and stripped-down soulful in the course of their comparatively brief...

    July 15, 2014 5:15 PM ET
  • Carry On & On!

    Carry On & On! | ARTICLE

    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: CSNY 1974 (Rhino) While fewer records than ever need to be sold in 2014 to be included in Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, one of next week’s expected hottest records will be...

    July 8, 2014 4:20 PM ET
  • Extremely Thicke!

    Extremely Thicke! | ARTICLE

    Robin Thicke: Paula (Star Trak/Interscope) Yes, it’s something of a head-scratcher that the always agreeable, upbeat and friendly falsetto-prone Robin Thicke: 1) Has had more than the usual quick-blip-then-it’s-over career—the dude has methodically milked it and then...

    July 1, 2014 10:30 AM ET
  • Bootstraps: The Glory, The Grandeur & The Dandy Music

    Bootstraps: The Glory, The Grandeur & The Dandy Music | ARTICLE

    Though they don’t have a plethora of live gigs under their belt, or a frenzied following of manic fans trading performance tapes and videos, Bootstraps, still a very young band, are positioned enviably nonetheless. They are very good...

    June 30, 2014 10:25 AM ET
  • 'X' Rated And Proud Of It!

    'X' Rated And Proud Of It! | ARTICLE

    Ed Sheeran: X (Atlantic) There’s a school of thought holding that today’s biggest biggest pop stars should be as visually striking as they are musically memorable. In purely literal terms, that’s completely so here. But is it...

    June 24, 2014 10:30 AM ET
  • Empires Are Feeling Very Good Indeed

    Empires Are Feeling Very Good Indeed | ARTICLE

    Sharp, creative and bringing a commendable freshness to the sometimes drearily derivative world of contemporary rock, Empires are a remarkably good rock ‘n’ roll band. In a world full of faceless, regurgitated rhythms and emotion-by-numbers, the band’s music...

    June 19, 2014 2:55 PM ET
  • The Arrival Of Sam Smith

    The Arrival Of Sam Smith | ARTICLE

    Sam Smith: In The Lonely Hour (Capitol) Aside from being especially good and conspicuously talented, Brit singer Sam Smith is one of very few artists positioned exactly right to be the very next Big Thing. He’s already...

    June 17, 2014 5:04 PM ET
  • Gabriel Kahane Gives Touring A New Meaning

    Gabriel Kahane Gives Touring A New Meaning | ARTICLE

    One of the year’s very best albums has arrived in a comparatively low-key, unheralded manner—as often happens—and this is something you really shouldn’t miss. The Ambassador, the latest work by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Kahane, aims to tell...

    June 16, 2014 4:58 PM ET
  • Rhymes With Geppetto!

    Rhymes With Geppetto! | ARTICLE

    Jack White: Lazaretto (Third Man/Columbia) While it’s easy to admire much that Jack White has done in his career—his melding of business and aesthetics that has focused a whole batch of much-needed attention on old record companies,...

    June 10, 2014 2:50 PM ET
  • A Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin

    A Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin | ARTICLE

    Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (Deluxe CD Edition), Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe CD Edition), Led Zeppelin III(Deluxe CD Edition) (Atlantic/Swan Song) Certainly the week’s biggest music news must be the gala reissuing of the first three Led Zeppelin...

    June 4, 2014 2:05 PM ET
  • Neil Young’s Dream Letter

    Neil Young’s Dream Letter | ARTICLE

    Neil Young: A Letter Home (Third Man/Reprise) Between the massive hubbub generated by Young’s celebrated high-fidelity Pono venture and the good/bad vibes associated with the painfully ubiquitous former White Stripe Jack White, it might be difficult to...

    May 27, 2014 6:05 PM ET
  • Black Keys = Bee’s Knees!

    Black Keys = Bee’s Knees! | ARTICLE

    The Black Keys: Turn Blue (Nonesuch) With its gleefully psychedelic cover and its dreamy, drifting opening track “Weight Of Love” coming in at close to 7 minutes, the eighth album by the Black Keys is really quite...

    May 13, 2014 5:01 PM ET
  • Picturing Lily!

    Picturing Lily! | ARTICLE

    Lily Allen: Sheezus (Warner Bros.) There is something unexpectedly complete, satisfying and against the grain here on Lily Allen’s third album: For something so intrinsically wrapped up in the notion of fashion—the new and the now—it is...

    May 6, 2014 11:10 AM ET
  • Neon Trees’ ‘Psychology’ Wins On Dual Fronts

    Neon Trees’ ‘Psychology’ Wins On Dual Fronts | ARTICLE

    The success of Neon Trees’ new “Pop Psychology” album—which enters the Billboard charts this week at No. 6--on one hand illustrates that good, carefully crafted rock ‘n’ roll music still can draw a significant audience. And on the...

    May 2, 2014 11:55 AM ET
  • Damon Albarn’s Mechanical World

    Damon Albarn’s Mechanical World | ARTICLE

    Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots (Warner) That Damon Albarn still seems not only relevant but downright innovative in 2014, so many years after the accelerated rise & fall of Britpop in the early ‘90s, is a very good...

    April 29, 2014 10:15 AM ET
  • Like A Neon Rainbow

    Like A Neon Rainbow | ARTICLE

    Neon Trees: Pop Psychology (Island/Mercury) There are certain records that seem to arrive at precisely the right time, offering music that resonates, fat-free and without excess, that are fascinating for their absolute purity. And that would be...

    April 22, 2014 4:08 PM ET
  • Kan Wakan Are Moving On

    Kan Wakan Are Moving On | ARTICLE

    There are many routes to fame and world cultural dominance, especially in today’s music business—so if new and exceptionally interesting L.A. band Kan Wakan are now being touted as playing “the song from HBO’s new promo,” then,...

    April 15, 2014 10:10 AM ET