‘Tuned In’ review: Imaginary Cities mount eclectic uprising with ‘Fall’
Published 6/11/2013 at 12:32 p.m. 0 comments
Imaginary Cities puts a throwback vibe into a modern context on its new “Fall of Romance,” a dreamily peculiar piece of pop provocation.
‘Tuned In’ review: Disclosure’s ‘Settle’ doesn’t dance around its mission
Published 6/11/2013 at 12:25 p.m. 0 comments
Those who didn’t get the dance album they wanted from Daft Punk’s new “Random Access Memories” might be happy to settle for Disclosure’s “Settle.”
‘Tuned In’ review: Harry Connick Jr. should know where his strengths lie
Published 6/11/2013 at 11:09 a.m. 0 comments
Harry Connick Jr. is a jack of all trades and a master of some on his new “Every Man Should Know.”
‘Tuned In’ review: Little Mix’s ‘DNA’ is short on spice
Published 6/4/2013 at 11:50 a.m. 0 comments
Almost exactly 16 years ago, the Spice Girls released their breakthrough hit “Wannabe” in Britain, when the members of the new U.K. girl group Little Mix ranged in age from 3 to 5. And most of the Little Mix audience ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Gimmickry eclipses Willy Moon’s ambitions
Published 6/4/2013 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments
“Here’s Willy Moon” sounds like the byproduct of a laptop musician with a short attention span.
‘Tuned In’ review: Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘Clockwork’ comes just in time
Published 6/4/2013 at 11:21 a.m. 0 comments
The traditional rock genre has been eroding for years, dismantled by the advent of subgenres and the growing demands of music lovers who expect more than what a group of men can produce with a guitar, bass, drums and singer. ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Daft Punk’s ‘Random’ accesses retro realm
Published 5/28/2013 at 12:22 p.m. 1 comment
Daft Punk’s new “Random Access Memories” is ridiculously self-indulgent. But … indulge them.
‘Tuned In’ review: The air wears thin for Australia’s Alpine
Published 5/28/2013 at 12:20 p.m. 0 comments
Alpine’s “A Is For Alpine” is as clean and fresh as the smell of a pure alpine forest, but it’s too much work to get there.
‘Tuned In’ review: New Politics' ‘Bad Girl’ turns good with crazy commotion
Published 5/28/2013 at 12:14 p.m. 0 comments
On New Politics’ single “Harlem,” the band from Copenhagen embodies a young and lighthearted Green Day performing something of a mash-up of The Knack’s “My Sharona” and Toni Basil’s “Mickey.” The group punctuates its near-perfect pop confection with an irresistible ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Lenny Cooper’s music is muddy, but his aim is clear
Published 5/21/2013 at 12:04 p.m. 0 comments
Just about everyone wants to feel good about themselves, even if society in general has disdain for their lifestyle, and music has long been an effective means to rally the disenfranchised. For example, although they built their genre on hyperbole ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Aussie band Airbourne bares teeth with ‘Dog’
Published 5/21/2013 at 11:47 a.m. 0 comments
Airbourne’s “Black Dog Barking” is a celebration of obnoxious hard rock music – crass and clichéd lyrics, rote guitar solos, obligatory scream-along lyrics ... In other words, it’s great fun.
‘Tuned In’ review: ABBA’s Agnetha Faltskog keeps it classy
Published 5/21/2013 at 11:35 a.m. 1 comment
Some might shudder to learn ABBA’s Agnetha Faltskog drafted a producer of Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson to helm her new solo release, “A.” But they might also be surprised to learn Faltskog is less than a decade older than ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Exposed roots don’t help More Like Trees
Published 5/14/2013 at 12:08 p.m. 0 comments
The London trio More Like Trees jumped the gun with its debut full-length album, “Roots, Shoots & Leaves.”
‘Tuned In’ review: Nashville’s Here Come the Mummies create a party oasis
Published 5/14/2013 at 12:03 p.m. 0 comments
Party bands have been a guilty pleasure since ancient times. And maybe the Nashville-based Here Come the Mummies have been around that long.
‘Tuned In’ review: Look out Nicki Minaj, Sam Amidon may cover you next
Published 5/14/2013 at 11:45 a.m. 0 comments
Given that Sam Amidon slid a sly remake of R. Kelly’s “Relief” into his 2010 album of covers of traditional hymns and folk music (“I See the Sign”), it’s no surprise to hear him taking a stab at Mariah Carey ...
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