Reviews.

  • Video Review: Talib Kweli & Styles P, “Last Ones.”

    Rapper, activist, and intellectual Talib Kweli is hailed for his stellar collaborations. The Experience Vinyl curator has worked with giants like A Tribe Called Quest and Mos Def, as well as promising upstarts like Anderson .Paak. Most recently Kweli has reunited with his longtime rap collaborator: Styles P. The duo is set to release The […]

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  • Live Review: Breanna Barbara @Knitting Factory Brooklyn.

    Breanna Barbara is having a rough night. Her sunburst Stratocaster is on the fritz. There was talk of car trouble. Sound check took longer than it should have. Yet none of these foibles would have been known, had Barbara not mentioned them with a smile mid set. “It must be that Mercury’s in retrograde,” she […]

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  • Video Review: Xiu Xiu, “Wondering.”

    Slumber parties, pastel gowns, and candy are not the things of Xiu Xiu‘s world. And yet, the experimental noise-pop pioneers helmed by Jamie Stewart have found a perfect balance of benign and bizarre in their new music video for “Wondering.” The lead single off Xiu Xiu’s latest LP FORGET, “Wondering” is an irresistible pop song – albeit an unconventional […]

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  • Single Review: Juliana Hatfield, “Impossible Song.”

    Boston-based singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield joins in the art of dissent with a new album inspired by post-election distress. Pussycat – out April 28th on American Laundromat Records – is a protest LP for the here and now, its name no doubt plucked from the feminist appropriation of Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” remark (i.e. pussy hats, “pussy grabs back” […]

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  • Single Review: Vanbot “Collide (Krasnoyarsk).”

    Swedes know their pop music. Vanbot – the stage entity of Swedish singer Ester Ideskog – is no exception to the musical legacy that spawned acts like ABBA, Robyn, and Ace of Base. Though Vanbot hones a darker breed of synth pop…a more pensive and sinister take on dance music. More Tangerine Dream than “Dreamlover.” Vanbot’s […]

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  • Video Review: Katy Perry “Chained To The Rhythm.”

    It’s difficult to ignore the catchy, bouncing reggaeton of Katy Perry’s “Chained To The Rhythm” long enough to appreciate its subversive wit – but it’s worth a shot. Perry unleashed her latest hit live at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards the other week, dancing through a modular suburban set and dodging flying white picket fences. […]

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  • Single Review: Animal Collective “Kinda Bonkers.”

    Animal Collective, the experimental pop quartet that fragmented melodies and took the indie world by storm in 2003, are back with an eclectic new single and forthcoming EP. Songsmith’s Avey Tare, Deakin, Geologist, and Panda Bear released the aptly titled “Kinda Bonkers” earlier this week, and its accompanying EP The Painters hits streaming services Friday. But if […]

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  • Single Review: The Black Angels “Currency.”

    Black is back – The Black Angels, that is. The Texan psych rock five-piece announced their first full-length record in four years this week, and we’re getting pretty damn excited about it. Death Song will drop April 21st on the reputable Partisan Records. The LP was recorded between Seattle and the band’s native Austin, and […]

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  • Notes From A Novice: “My Aim Is True.”

    For about three days now, I’ve been listening to Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True on repeat. For someone whose sole association with Costello’s name is the comedic duo Abbot and Costello, this is quite a feat. Maybe it shouldn’t be, since I’m the co-founder here at Experience Vinyl; but the dirty little secret is […]

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  • EP Review: Ariel Pink, Weyes Blood “Myths 002.”

    To call Myths 002 baroque would be an understatement. While Ariel Pink is no stranger to the strange, this collection of songs gives the word a whole new meaning. Playing for years with His Haunted Graffiti, Pink’s music has long married low-fi grit with psychedelic swirls of color, but never abandoned pop melodies in the process. Now, […]

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