Ryan Reed is a freelance music/culture writer/editor. He also contributes to Rolling Stone, Relix Magazine, Revolver, Pitchfork, and other publications.
Hear Green Day’s New Joan Jett-Sampling Song, ‘Oh Yeah!’
Power-pop track features vocal hook from Jett's 1980 cut "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)"
Sigur Ros Showcase Heavy New Material in Asheville, N.C. — Live Review
With its cold, sprawling interior and 7,000-plus arena-styled seating, Asheville's U.S. Cellular Center is an ideal showcase for a WWE brawl or a pre-season NBA game.
The Polyphonic Spree, ‘Yes, It’s True’ – Album Review
For such a huge f---ing band, the Polyphonic Spree make surprisingly disciplined music. The 10 tracks on 'Yes, It's True,' the psych-pop ensemble's fourth full-length, unfurl with a subtlety and tastefulness that defies their sprawling 21-person line-up. This is the band's tightest, most focused bat…
Heaven, ‘Telepathic Love’ – Album Review
Heaven have solid songs but zero passion. The Brooklyn dream-pop band's debut LP, 'Telepathic Love,' is tuneful but lifeless, with nine solid hooks strangled by lethargic vocals and mind-numbing reverb. There's no emotion, no urgency, no dynamics.
About Group, ‘Between the Walls’ – Album Review
Alexis Taylor is a goddamn enigma. When he's not busy reconfiguring the parameters of electro-pop in Hot Chip, he's moonlighting in About Group -- his haggard, polarizing free-jazz anti-supergroup. 'Between the Walls,' the band's third album, finds the quartet (Taylor, former This Heat drummer Charl…
Bell X1, ‘Chop Chop’ – Album Review
Leave it to Bell X1 -- Ireland's second-favorite alt-rock heartthrobs -- to soundtrack the apocalypse with a disco beat. 'The End is Nigh' closes the band's sixth studio album with that quintessential bread 'n' butter blend -- anthemic hooks and quirky emoting: "Who would make the cut / When ou…
Bosnian Rainbows, ‘Bosnian Rainbows’ – Album Review
When Omar Rodriguez-Lopez recently parted ways with prog-rock experimentalists the Mars Volta, fans were understandably baffled. As Volta's guitarist, composer, producer and overall sonic dictator, Lopez already had free reign to create whatever style of nutso music he desired...
Mood Rings, ‘VPI Harmony’ – Album Review
Mood Rings do the whole “reverb-worshipping guitar-pop” thing better than most. But the best moments on ‘VPI Harmony’ suggest they’re capable of way, way more.
Sigur Ros, ‘Kveikur’ – Album Review
When critics write about Sigur Ros, they often focus on the easy bullet points: the band's Icelandic heritage (along with its lazy accompanying imagery: wafting glaciers, massive boulders, deserted landscapes), singer Jonsi's cosmic falsetto, and their occasional use of gibberish vocalizations (whic…
Empire of the Sun, ‘Ice on the Dune’ – Album Review
Empire of the Sun have never been shy about their ambitions -- and they've never been afraid of looking like idiots. The Australian duo's debut album, 2008's 'Walking on a Dream,' was as puzzling as it was delectable: a stew of electro-pop grooves and art-rock atmospheres, tied together by a ridicul…