Bon Iver makes bolder, bigger,”wow” sound on “i,i”

On “i,i,” the newest Bon Iver record, Justin Vernon is not the first voice listeners hear.  After an intro that evokes many of the similar sounds and samples of the band’s 2016 release “22, A Million,” Mike Noyce, in a very similar way to British producer and singer James Blake, who also appears on the … More Bon Iver makes bolder, bigger,”wow” sound on “i,i”

“Tiny Changes” leaves large and important impact

At the end of Frightened Rabbit’s set at Newport Music Hall in Columbus on May 2, 2016, lead singer Scott Hutchison took a drink.  The organ-sounding piano had already begun playing the familiar chords of “Keep Yourself Warm,” one of the most beloved tracks on the band’s 2008 release “The Midnight Organ Fight.” The crowd … More “Tiny Changes” leaves large and important impact

“ANIMA” is a career-best solo effort from Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke needs Nigel Godrich.  From the moment the two worked together, it was magic — when Godrich, an English record producer, worked on Radiohead’s 1997 masterpiece “OK Computer.” Since then, Godrich and Yorke have been inseparable, producing each of Radiohead’s releases since then and even collaborating with Yorke on his solo work and the … More “ANIMA” is a career-best solo effort from Thom Yorke

“Help Us Stranger” has The Raconteurs in familiar, but still impressive territory

Jack White has remained busy over the past 11 years.  He has released three solo records, all with their own unique sounds and genres while continuing to sound like the former lead singer and guitarist of The White Stripes. He has released three albums with The Dead Weather, a side project formed with Alison Mosshart … More “Help Us Stranger” has The Raconteurs in familiar, but still impressive territory

Jonas Brothers hit a comfortable stride on “Happiness Begins”

This review was written by Chase Ray. You can follow him on Twitter at @ChasexRay. “Happiness Begins” is the band’s fifth album and first studio album in a decade after a long hiatus, where the brothers pursued solo careers to pretty decent success, with Nick embracing a pop/R&B sound that fit his voice well and … More Jonas Brothers hit a comfortable stride on “Happiness Begins”