R.E.M.'S Collapse Into Now opens with a pair of crunching rock songs not far from those on 2008's solid but one-dimensional Accelerate.
The style and character of all classical music can be seized from its origins, "syncopated and jazzed up" to be far removed from its geneses, writes Liz Bouman.
Fourteen albums deep and with rock in recession, Bono Inc. find themselves in the rare position of fighting for relevancy.
Grown women could sorely use a riot grrrl movement of their own. Because later life still throws out what a disgusted Tracey Thorn, on Sister, recognises as the "same old s***".
Wellington's Darren Watson has unplugged for his sixth solo album after a barnstorming career with Chicago Smokeshop.
"When the whole world seems fake, give me something real," Shemekia Copeland pleads on Smoked Ham and Peaches.
If Some Girls isn't the best Rolling Stones album - and it's not - it's surely the most fascinating in terms of the band's history and development.
Drinking deeply of psychedelic rock and Aquarian philosophy, soul smoothie Miguel returns with fourth long-player War and Leisure, an intoxicating and deeply personal blend of the sensual and the...
This is supposedly the final compilation of archived Hendrix material from the period 1968 through 1970.
This members of this line-up have been serious contributors to the New Zealand rock scene for decades.
Jan Preston is classically trained but after hearing Winifred Atwell playing boogie-woogie she was hooked.
> Beachwood Sparks. The Tarnished Gold. Sub Pop. Sounding like it's been around forever, the third album from Californian collective Beachwood Sparks is in thrall to the sound of droopy...
Kiwi producer Lord Echo's latest effort continues a penchant for dancefloor-tested tunes and grooves, a pick-and-mix collection of reggae, East and West African music, American funk and soul and...
This first in a series of EPs from Glaswegian folk-poppers Belle and Sebastian feels like an intentional harking back to a similar run of 1997 releases that helped certify their indie cred.
Twin Fantasy is a re-imagining of Will Toledo's 2011 lo-fi album of the same name, lifting it to new heights.
This members of this line-up have been serious contributors to the New Zealand rock scene for decades: blues vocalist Hammond Gamble, bassist Andy MacDonald, and Brent Eccles, today best known for...
Michael Houstoun has been a very popular and respected internationally acclaimed New Zealand pianist, teacher and recording artist for half a century.
> The Rubens. The Rubens. Ivy League Records. Australian quartet the Rubens have drawn comparisons to the Kings of Leon for their crushed-soul sound but the more glaring influences are...