In His Image infests itself with the grinding groove sickness of Assück, the pig-grunt punk of Insect Warfare and a boozy slurp of Black Sabbath doom. The Athens grindcore band's final album seethes and swelters in 23 minutes of abominable terror.
Less than a year after a terrifying cancer diagnosis, the soul star stages a triumphant return. Set, as always, against The Dap-Kings' characteristically springy horns, Jones growls and struts through 10 timeless songs that couldn't sound better suited to the big stage.
Four years ago, Gabriel released an album on which he covers some of his favorite songs. Now, the objects of his affection reciprocate, as his material is covered by Lou Reed, Arcade Fire, Randy Newman, Regina Spektor, Bon Iver, David Byrne and more.
No contemporary artist is more dedicated to keeping the funk alive than Los Angeles producer Damon Riddick, a.k.a. Dâm-Funk. His collaboration with iconic rapper Snoop Dogg is heavy on George Clinton's cosmic grooves and notable for its many moments of subtlety.
The pianist's first visit to France and the 3,000-seat Salle Pleyel concert hall ended in disaster. Fifteen years later, after he became an international star, Monk returned to the same stage with his own band, planning a surprise.
Each of the 10 songs on Fellow Travelers pays tribute to an artist with whom Shearwater has toured. It's fascinating to hear the band function as a skeleton key that opens up the works of Xiu Xiu and Coldplay and St. Vincent alike.