Thanks to opening duties for some of underground-rock’s best-loved artists, New York low-fi rock group Grizzly Bear has seen its profile extend beyond the arty clubs and warehouses of Brooklyn to the top of music world tastemakers’ homepages. The group’s new album magnificently reinforces the buzz.
With a new album hitting stores, New York art-rock combo TV on the Radio is presented with the unenviable task of wowing fans as they did with their much-praised, post-9/11 masterwork, “Return To Cookie Mountain.” But for the follow-up, the band skews heady expectations and instead throws a New Wave dance party.
“Changes are no good” is something that the Stills sang about on their debut album, but the Canadian indie-rockers learned the lesson the hard way when their “difficult” second disc took a nosedive upon release. The band’s brand new record resurrects their old sound to win back the disillusioned rock hipsters.
For their debut album, New York rock quartet Interpol created a Joy Division-inspired songwriting template that rivaled the music of their mentors. Five years later, the band continues to rely on the same mold for its new album, but its latest reproductions no longer live up to its exhilarating-ly gloomy predecessors.
Saddled by more than a century of pop music history, it’s difficult to craft a truly original sound. New York art-rock combo TV On The Radio takes this challenge and their new album, “Return To Cookie Mountain,” is the full-flowering of their unique musical vision.
The new LP by New York noise-rock outfit, the Walkmen, is certainly a musical journey but will it take listeners to where it suggests it’s headed?