A BBC documentary about ’60s country-rock icon Gram Parsons has finally made it to DVD, wallowing on the high points of a seminal cult artist while taking on some of the legends surrounding his story.
The brother-sister combo of the Fiery Furnaces set indie-rock hipsters’ sensibilities alight in 2004 with their sprawling, unorthodox record, “Blueberry Boat.” The duo’s new album is almost as long, but full of more concise invitations to their weird sonic world.
Perceived primarily as Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme’s side project/dalliance with being the second banana, the Eagles of Death Metal proved an excellent, fun-loving boogie-rock act on their 2003 debut. Their new album is even better.
The Flaming Lips are in the catbird seat. They’ve won a Grammy, toured with Beck and have literally crowd-surfed while inside a giant plastic bubble at rock festivals around the world. But can their new album keep the band’s winning streak alive?