Review: Kanye West’s ‘Heartbreak’ Skews Midas Touch To Suit Dark Mood
2008 / Music

Review: Kanye West’s ‘Heartbreak’ Skews Midas Touch To Suit Dark Mood

Fame, fortune and the glory of forcing rival 50 Cent to cower in the bosom of tacky reality TV doesn’t appear to be enough for Kanye West anymore. His latest CD, “808s And Heartbreak,” is consumed by the emptiness of his former dreams and uses his formidable production acumen to simultaneously sell and shatter his erstwhile persona. Continue reading

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Review: Guns N’ Roses’ Much-Delayed ‘Democracy’ Displays Authoritarian Streak
2008 / Music

Review: Guns N’ Roses’ Much-Delayed ‘Democracy’ Displays Authoritarian Streak

This Sunday, long-suffering Guns N’ Roses fans will finally have in their hands something that many probably thought they’d never see again: a brand-new album. Literally 15 years in the making, the often-ridiculed “Chinese Democracy” documents band leader Axl Rose’s transformation from the savage ringmaster of sleaze rock to the finicky maestro of overproduced epics. Continue reading

Concert Review: Eagles Of Death Metal Bring Boogie Back To Rock ‘N’ Roll
Halloween / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: Eagles Of Death Metal Bring Boogie Back To Rock ‘N’ Roll

Long stuck in the shadow of the metal titans Queens of the Stone Age, the Eagles of Death Metal have so primed their swaggering, rock ‘n’ roll engine that no one will mistake them for a hot-rod side project again. Their recent concert in Madison, Wis., demonstrates their groove-oriented tunes can shake hips as well as preconceptions. Continue reading