Swedish brother-sister duo, The Knife, have become known for their innovative music and extremely weird live shows. Their recent collaboration with Mt. Sims (DJ Matthew Sims) and PlanningtoRock (Janine Rostron, a Berlin-based musician/performer) is definitely a challenge to those who would have called their music...

Artist Mark Mulroney can be extremely crude, with fluids and body parts galore, but that only serves to add character to his fascinating murals and sketchbook illustrations. This particular series of murals below interests me because of their atypical use of shape and space. It's...

From its opening train hijacking sequence to its creative opening credits, The Good, The Bad, The Weird seemed like a film that would be right up my alley. The first few minutes were so enjoyable that I was quite sure that the goofy, highly stylized...

Upon first listen to Odd Blood, Brooklyn-based band Yeasayer's sophomore album, those familiar with their debut All Hour Cymbals might scratch their heads and wonder if they are playing a practical joke on the listeners. Their debut was marked by folky, quirky, pop-melded tunes. On Odd Blood, Yeasayer seems to shrug off any expectations of continuity or reasonable transition. In order to wrap one's mind around the drastic change in musical approach, here is a brief play by play to clarify exactly what this means:
The opener, "The Children" features ominous, synthesized voices in a chanting style. The effect is unsettling. Luckily, this is a clear fake out: the second track, and the overwhelming choice for single, is "Ambling Alp," a positive anthem urging the listener to, "Stick up for yourself son/ No matter what anybody else does." From there, the tone is set -- swirly, and much more electronic than anything on All Hour Cymbals. Within this format, the midpoint, "O.N.E." is a clear winner: bouncy, fun, and making the most of the vocal talent that has defined Yeasayer in the past. "I Remember" is a mournful, emotional mix overdubbed with a ton of the bells and whistles that an over-produced album should have, but with the unique octaves that the vocalists are able to achieve. "Love Me Girl" sounds like it should be on a Justin Timberlake album, and "Mondegreen" is a funky dance track with the nice touch of group vocals and baritone sax. YEASAYER - ODD BLOOD ALBUM REVIEW CONTINUES BELOW

There is something going on in Motion Turns It On's album Kaleidoscopic Equinox. There is a lot going on. And sometimes it is almost too much to take in at once. The trio take the idea of the instrumental post-rock genre and put it on the...

Eskimo Snow is an album full of what I would call "unseeming pop songs." WHY? have managed to craft an album of songs that aren't particularly graceful or classically poppy, but somehow, it works. A couple lines from this song or that song manages to...

This is the second Arrington de Dionyso disc I've been given to review for Redefine, and fortunately for me, the quality seems to be improving. Whereas 2008's I See Beyond The Black Sun was intriguingly odd, I also found its endlessly meandering bass clarinet and...

Phil Elverum of ex-Microphone's fame is one of those artists who has garnered enough legitimate respect throughout his music-making career that when he says something rather off the wall -- such as how the decidedly not-black metal whatsoever project of Mount Eerie is going to...