Johnny Cash

JOHNNY CASH Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition (Columbia) The expanded Folsom Prison pulls back the Man In Black’s Oz-like curtain to reveal some genuine gray between its classic bright spots. Carl Perkins opens the show with a grinning… Continue Reading

Jenny Lewis

JENNY LEWIS Acid Tongue (Warner Bros.) Over the course of four Rilo Kiley albums and now two solo albums, Jenny Lewis has cultivated a charming, knowing persona, mixing Debbie Harry’s downtown sexuality with Joni Mitchell’s West Coast melancholy and Loretta… Continue Reading

Glasvegas

GLASVEGAS Glasvegas (Columbia) Scotland’s Glasvegas (Glasgow meets Las Vegas) are the latest in retro-futurists. On their self-titled debut, the foursome combine their hometown’s Jesus and Mary Chain with My Bloody Valentine’s shimmering walls of feedback, balancing that with the surf… Continue Reading

The Killers

THE KILLERS Day & Age (Island Records) The best tracks from The Killers’ first two albums have sounded like lead singer Brandon Flowers doing not-unpleasant karaoke of better-established artists’ B-sides. And by that measure, Day & Age is an almost-perfect… Continue Reading

Franz Ferdinand

FRANZ FERDINAND Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino) Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand first busted onto the scene in 2004 with their self-titled debut, an arty, tongue-in-cheek dance rocker that was simultaneously highbrow and self-effacing. After accolades and record sales aplenty, the band… Continue Reading

Girl Power

Kickball Katy, the Vivian Girls’ bassist, mentions a rumor she heard somewhere, that NOFX’s contract contains a puppy clause. Apparently, there have to be puppies available at all venues where the band plays so they can get psyched up before… Continue Reading

Seeing the Light

Just like Bartleby the Scrivener responded to every request with “I would prefer not to,” Francis Farewell Starlite, the musical mastermind behind the dance-funk outfit Francis and the Lights, answers nearly every question I ask with, “I don’t feel comfortable… Continue Reading

Small Change

Since the Strokes are proudly synonymous with Seventies nostalgia, we’ll rely on a familiar pun from that decade to describe the New York band’s current status: with three active side projects and counting, the band have defined their lengthy hiatus… Continue Reading

Matt and Kim

MATT AND KIM Grand (Fader Label) Dance-punk duo Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino have spent the period between their self-titled 2006 debut and this month’s follow-up, Grand, touring in a ’98 green Astro that Matt calls President VANburen. He’s a… Continue Reading

M. Ward

M. WARD Hold Time (Merge) “When you’re absolute beginners, it’s a panoramic view,” acoustic journeyman Matt Ward warbles on the opening track of his latest album, Hold Time, and one can’t help but hear the wisdom of seven albums and… Continue Reading