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By Matthew Herzfeld On Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

FILM: Hello My Name is Doris

A spirited-if-flawed inversion on a classic “coming-of-age” film, Michael Showalter’s Hello, My Name is Doris, starring Sally Field is now in theaters following an initial showing at the SXSW Film Festival More...

By Matthew Herzfeld On Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Kanye West: The Life of Pablo

Kanye West The Life of Pablo (GOOD Music/Def Jam Recordings) “Nobody knows what it means, but it’s provocative.” A polished-yet-sloppy opus from pop culture’s most irreverently outspoken figure, The Life More...

By Matthew Herzfeld On Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Yoko Ono: Yes, I’m a Witch Too

Yoko Ono Yes, I’m a Witch Too (Manimal Vinyl Records) Misunderstood and often maligned, the music of Yoko Ono ought to be celebrated, dissected, and danced to. And in effect, that is among the goals of her latest More...

By Matthew Herzfeld On Thursday, December 24th, 2015

A Folk Set Apart – Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, ETC: Cass McCombs

A Folk Set Apart Cass McCombs (Domino Recording Co.) You can hear the real and metaphorical dust that has collected on the tapes in folk rock slacker/songwriter Cass McCombs’ collection on A Folk Set Apart: More...

By Matthew Herzfeld On Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Beirut: No No No

Beirut No No No (4AD) The mastermind of Beirut, Zach Condon, has always had a way of singing about a place without actually singing about it. Indie-famous for locking himself in a room for weeks on end and conjuring More...

By Matthew Herzfeld On Friday, August 9th, 2013
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John Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs

John Vanderslice (Dead Oceans) An album whose very existence poses questions and offers a few answers, John Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs is a full-length cover of David Bowie’s 1974 album. Vanderslice is More...

By Matthew Herzfeld On Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
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Scout Niblett: It’s Up to Emma

Scout Niblett It’s Up to Emma (Drag City) Warped like a surrealist dream, It’s Up to Emma is the newest record from Portland indie punk guitar-slinger Scout Niblett. An album-length shout through the stages More...

By Matthew Herzfeld On Friday, June 14th, 2013

Os Mutantes: Fool Metal Jack

Os Mutantes Fool Metal Jack (Krian Music Group) Like a retiree at a college party, Os Mutantes’ newest album, Fool Metal Jack tries hard to relive long past revelry. When they play by their old tricks – More...

By Matthew Herzfeld On Monday, April 29th, 2013

Pat Metheny: Orchestrion Project

Pat Metheny Orchestrion Project (Nonesuch) A weird idea for a performance (call it an art project) and even weirder for an album, The Orchestrion Project is the newest release from the jazz guitar/fusion legend, More...

By Matthew Herzfeld On Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Sonny Smith: 100 Records Volume 3

Sonny Smith 100 Records Volume 3 (self-released) An LP-length step through the surf-rock carnival that is the bizarre, but innocent world in Smith’s mind, 100 Records is the third and last installment in San Francisco More...