A Track-by-Track Review of Kate Pierson’s ‘Guitars and Microphones’

Monday, February 16, 2015 at 3:24 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Though she’s been a shining spectacle of punk, pop and disco for more than 30 years, Kate Pierson of the B52s hadn’t put out a solo release until now. To commemorate the feat, we’re doing a track-by-track exploration of the album that features collaborations with Sia, Nick Valensi of the Strokes and Dallas Austin.   1) “Throw Down the Roses”“I don’t want to be a Fender guitar played by a rock star/Don’t string me along,” sings Pierson on the... READ MORE

Album Review - Catfish and the Bottlemen, 'Balcony'

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Catfish and the Bottlemen are four lads from Wales with sex on the brain. One could say any young fellas worth a scrap from anywhere have sex on the brain, but these cats couple that lust with razor-sharp hooks and anthemic vocals.   Balcony, their full-length debut on Island/Communion, squishes 11 taut tantrums into one consumable box. Bastille fans will foam at the shuffling “Sidewinder,” with its persistent beat and Van McCann’s pub-doused singing. There are the... READ MORE

Concert Review - Albert Hammond Jr.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts For all the cool mystery that seems to envelope the members of the Strokes, the Wiltern audience sure learned some intimate facts about guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. In his opening slot for British Bob Dylan disciple Jake Bugg, he admitted to the crowd that he urinates "in pitch black, just like Vin Diesel's movies." Hammond revealed himself in concert to be the heart and soul of the Strokes' ragged rock. His own music was populated... READ MORE