47 items by Mike Powell

  • Half of Where You Live

    Half of Where You Live | ALBUM REVIEW

    Recorded while he dog-sat for his aunt and uncle, this London producer's debut compacted the big sounds of techno, hip-hop and ambient into music so transfixing it could make a walk around the block seem like...

    June 11, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Personal Record

    Personal Record | ALBUM REVIEW

    Listening to the classic-rock jigsaw puzzles Eleanor Friedberger and her brother Matthew create in the Fiery Furnaces can be difficult work. As a solo artist, she's more approachable. Her second LP is full of crisp, jangly...

    June 4, 2013 12:10 AM ET
  • “What Love Is Made Of”

    “What Love Is Made Of” | SONG REVIEW

    U.K. singer Katy B's polyglot club pop nearly won her the Mercury Prize two years ago. The ravey, effervescent "Love" is B's first single of 2013 – durable music, but by no means trailblazing. "Give it to...

    May 20, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Impersonator

    Impersonator | ALBUM REVIEW

    Don't be thrown by the name: The music Montreal duo Majical Cloudz makes is cold, stark and confrontationally intimate. Over a backdrop of loops and electronic drones patient to the point of static, Devon Welsh bellows lyrics...

    May 16, 2013 10:19 AM ET
  • Get Deap!

    Get Deap! | ALBUM REVIEW

    L.A. guitar-drums duo Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards play trashy blues-rock with a wink—a modern tradition rooted in music made 40 years ago. There's plenty of White Stripes in their style, but their sound has a...

    May 8, 2013 10:45 AM ET
  • Head in the Dirt

    Head in the Dirt | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like hundred-dollar sandblasted jeans, the grit and grain on Hanni El Khatib's second LP feels less like the product of time and more like careful craftsmanship. Produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, this is desert-burned blues...

    May 8, 2013 10:25 AM ET
  • Beach Boys Kick Off 50th Anniversary Tour in Tucson

    Beach Boys Kick Off 50th Anniversary Tour in Tucson | ARTICLE

    You probably could've guessed it was a Beach Boys show just by the shirts the men in the audience wore: Collared, short-sleeved and oversized, with palm trees, hibiscus flowers and nautical gear printed all over them....

    April 25, 2012 9:17 AM ET