CD Reviews

KCSU’s Top Albums of 2014 (Zach Johnson)

KCSU’s Top Albums of 2014 (Zach Johnson)

It’s about the time of the year we bid adieu to 2014. As music director for the station, I listened to more albums this year than I ever have. And while it was probably the weakest year in music of the decade thus far, there were still a plethora of awesome releases that ...

Zach Johnson

December 11th, 2014

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CD Review: Cage the Elephant — <em> Melophobia </em>

CD Review: Cage the Elephant — Melophobia

Cage the Elephant’s new album is named for the fear of, or aversion to, music. If you know Cage the Elephant then you know they embody exactly the opposite. In their previous albums, Cage the Elephant (2009), and Thank You, Happy Birthday (2011), the Kentucky band ...

Emily Cubbage

October 7th, 2013

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Review: CHVRCHES — <em> The Bones of What You Believe </em>

Review: CHVRCHES — The Bones of What You Believe

In synthpop trio CHVRCHES’ debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, listeners can find a departure from the catchy-with-no-substance tracks that are often produced by the genre. The album, released September 24, is filled with lyricism and emotion that make the tracks ...

Emily Cubbage

September 26th, 2013

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Foxygen- We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic

Foxygen- We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic

If I told you that this whole dubstep/ electronica fad was just a bunch of noise, you’d probably never guess that I’m actually a 21-year-old girl, and not your father.  But all cynicism aside, when I come across an artist whose music can take me back to the origins of good ...

STaylor-Thorn

April 8th, 2013

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Review: Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside — <i>Untamed Beast</i>

Review: Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside — Untamed Beast

Paste Magazine called her a “lost librarian,” but Sallie Ford shouldn’t be giving you overdue book notices anytime soon, for two reasons. The first is her venom on Untamed Beast is frightening, surprising, and satisfying. As her fantastic band stomps around from one track to

Alex Hall

February 21st, 2013

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Review: Jamie Lidell — <i>Jamie Lidell</i>

Review: Jamie Lidell — Jamie Lidell

There was a compilation of electronic music the record label Warp released many years ago, and on the cover was a robot reclining in a chair listening to music through his headphones. That image describes many of Warp’s bands: stationary, subtle, head music. Not so for Jamie

Alex Hall

February 21st, 2013

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Review: Ian Pooley — <i>What I Do</i>

Review: Ian Pooley — What I Do

Ian Pooley is a very hard-working producer and DJ. Not only has he released 11 albums since 1993, he has recorded dozens of singles under his name or at least 13 other alter egos. German-born, Pooley takes many cues from other countries, especially Brazil, and on his new ...

Alex Hall

February 15th, 2013

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Review: Beach Fossils — <i>Clash the Truth</i>

Review: Beach Fossils — Clash the Truth

As long as recording equipment is relatively cheap, we will always have kids who learn three chords and then record an album in their bedroom. It’s not a bad thing at all, but it does increase the volume of CDs we get considerably. So it’s nice when one of those bands, Beach

Alex Hall

February 15th, 2013

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Guided By Voices – “The Bears for Lunch”

Guided By Voices – “The Bears for Lunch”

A week or two ago I wrote about A Fine Frenzy’s album “Pines,” the third record she’s released since her debut in 2007. Today I have another third record for you: Guided By Voices’ “The Bears for Lunch.” However, while “Pines” is A Fine Frenzy’s third album to date, “The ...

Alex Hall

December 21st, 2012

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Review: Ty Segall — <i>Twins</i>

Review: Ty Segall — Twins

If you weren’t able to catch Ty Segall’s performance at the GNU Gallery last week, you’re in luck, because the next best thing dropped Tuesday, Segall’s sixth LP “Twins.” I canvassed the station to find an appropriate title for theCaliforniarocker; the two most accurate I ...

Alex Hall

October 12th, 2012

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