‘Tuned In’ review: Skaters debut leaves nowhere to go but down
Published 3/4/2014 at 3:46 p.m. 0 comments
Skaters should have dropped a few clunkers into their debut full-length release “Manhattan,” because now they’ve all but doomed themselves to a sophomore slump. “Manhattan” is a better debut than it has any right to be — especially for a ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Pink Martini, Von Trapp collaboration creates weird ‘Dream’
Published 3/4/2014 at 3:39 p.m. 0 comments
Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale is a Dr. Frankenstein of exuberant jazz/classic pop music. The Von Trapps (Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August, ages 19-25) are four singing great-grandchildren of “Sound of Music”-inspiring Captain and Maria von Trapp. So fittingly, on ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Brazilian Girls vocalist takes a French-ish turn
Published 2/25/2014 at 12:44 p.m. 0 comments
The New York City band Brazilian Girls (featuring only one woman and no Brazilians) has been making playful, hard-to-define electronic/lounge/dance/pop for a decade, and it sounds too good to be true to find out lead singer Sabina has made her ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Neneh Cherry sure to draw mixed reaction to ‘Project’
Published 2/25/2014 at 12:38 p.m. 0 comments
From the mainstream U.S. perspective, “Blank Project” is a good title for Neneh Cherry’s new release because her name likely draws a blank. Some will associate the Swedish performer with her 1988 rap/dance single “Buffalo Stance” (her only memorable U.S. ...
‘Tuned In’ review: It’s St. Vincent’s world, and we just live in it
Published 2/25/2014 at 12:27 p.m. 1 comment
St. Vincent’s sound is like a musical mirage – a place we all want to be, even if we know it’s too good to be true.
‘Tuned In’ review: It’s a long, yet gorgeous, way down for Dawn Landes’ ‘Bluebird’
Published 2/18/2014 at 1:46 p.m. 0 comments
Using elegant strokes, Dawn Landes gently paints a portrait of heartbreak on her new “Bluebird,” essentially a break-up album marking her 2012 split from fellow singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.
‘Tuned In’ review: Meg Myers’ brilliance glows on ‘Shadow’
Published 2/18/2014 at 1:40 p.m. 0 comments
Meg Myers sounds like she’s undeniably on the verge of a breakout. Undeniable because she flaunts so much talent and presence on her new EP “Make a Shadow.” And also undeniable because she’s so intimidating, you hesitate to deny her ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Beck moves into a subtle ‘Phase’
Published 2/18/2014 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments
After a six year semi-hiatus that included time to recover from spinal damage, Beck returns with a new “Morning Phase.” Or more appropriately, he re-materializes, the narrator of what feels like a beautiful lucid dream.
‘Tuned In’ review: Sarah Dooley proves lovably smart on ‘Stupid Things’
Published 2/11/2014 at 5:08 p.m. 0 comments
Indiana native Sarah Dooley demonstrated her comedy chops in 2008 and 2009 when, as a student at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York, she starred as the title character in the hilarious web series “And Sarah” (available on ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Women stand out, fittingly, on ‘Girls’ soundtrack
Published 2/11/2014 at 4:11 p.m. 0 comments
Opinions on the HBO show “Girls” are extreme – from the fans who find it to be a groundbreaking, unflinching character study of a group of New York 20-somethings who are learning about themselves and each other, to the detractors ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Candice Glover’s ‘Music Speaks’ makes familiar pitch
Published 2/11/2014 at 11:45 a.m. 0 comments
Last year’s edition of “American Idol” was the season of the woman – and not just because bickering judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey contributed to the beleaguered show’s downward spiral. It was also the year with the strongest group ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Neil Finn’s ‘Dizzy Heights’ cautiously comforts
Published 2/4/2014 at 3:55 p.m. 0 comments
Neil Finn is making art of middle-age angst. The New Zealander famous for his work last century in the bands Split Enz and Crowded House is now pondering life with the perspective of a 55-year-old on his new “Dizzy Heights.”
‘Tuned In’ review: X Ambassadors make case for reasonable dreams
Published 2/4/2014 at 3:04 p.m. 0 comments
Everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Dolly Parton has bemoaned “barely getting by,” the working-class nightmare that inhibits the American dream. But for whatever reason, dreams don’t always come true. And maybe they weren’t the right dreams in the first place. ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Maximo Park’s retro sound informs ‘Too Much Information’
Published 2/4/2014 at 2:43 p.m. 0 comments
Some enduring music genres have a timeless sound: A singer with an acoustic guitar can produce classic folk; plug in the guitar and add a rhythm section, and you could have classic rock; add a steel guitar and/or banjo and/or ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Comedian Dave Konig goes straight ahead on ‘Crooked’
Published 1/28/2014 at 12:52 p.m. 0 comments
No one is going to bust a gut listening to comedian Dave Konig’s new “Your Face Is Crooked.” His material isn’t the kind to make his audience laugh so hard they can’t breathe, tears streaming down their face. That kind ...
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