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Album Review: Justin Timberlake Gets Creative, Twangy, and Downright Stupid on Man of the Woods

– Download the episode  |  iTunes  |  Podchaser The Lowdown: The culture is finally fed up with Justin Timberlake, the epitome of white, good-looking, cis male-until-told-otherwise privilege, which got him a second chance at the Super Bowl halftime show after crippling Janet Jackson’s career last time. Bad timing for his fifth solo album, Man of the Woods, a funky,

Album Review: Ty Segall Goes Long and Gets Loopy on Freedom’s Goblin

The Lowdown: On his latest (and longest) record, indefatigable rock-god-in-waiting Ty Segall beefs up his sound with a brass section while giving himself over to a bout of anything-goes creativity that hits way more than it misses. The Good: The brass, which adds showband strength to power pop numbers like “Fanny Dog” and “Alta” or

Album Review: Machine Head’s Passion Can’t Carry the Bloated Catharsis

The Lowdown: Machine Head’s ninth full-length marks the California metal stalwarts’ most strident – and discombobulated – record in years, packing in 74 minute of blistering solos, anthemic choruses, nü-metal drug PSAs, Motörhead tributes, and even folksy, election-inspired screeds. The Good: Though its pristine production and predominantly clean vocals deviate from the militant, groove-metal palette

Album Review: Dave East Ruggedly Carries on the New York Rap Tradition on Paranoia 2

The Lowdown: A sequel at least in name to last year’s Paranoia: A True Story, the latest from this Harlem rapper with the Nas co-sign carries on the New York rap tradition. Decidedly less commercial than its immediate predecessor, Paranoia 2 returns to the Kairi Chanel mixtape vibe that initially endeared him to lyrically minded hip-hop

The Doors, 'Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970′: DVD Review

More than 50 years after their debut LP, the Doors remain one of the most intriguing, distinct and powerful bands to ever roam the earth. Even though their lifespan was short (just a little more than years with singer Jim Morrison), their legend and legacy have grown and thrived in the decades that followed. An array of live

December's Biggest Classic Rock Stories: 2017 in Review

We closed out 2017 by learning who was going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but also that the making of a long-delayed classic rock movie had hit yet another snag. But while a legend saw his daughter become a reality TV star, another got accused of sexual misconduct, and a versatile and

November's Biggest Classic Rock Stories: 2017 in Review

November brought an end to a great era of rock music and also to a horrific chapter in musical history, while the continuing backlash against sexual misconduct reached the heights of the genre. Some light relief came in the form of a movie tie-in and a duet of giants that went viral. AC/DC’s Malcolm Young