Eminem: 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2'
Remember when Eminem was invincible? Back when his disturbingly personal verses all but created emo-rap, and every self-conscious emcee from Kanye to Future...
Arcade Fire: 'Reflektor'
Maybe we should have seen this coming. I mean, when the Arcade Fire closed their last album (2010's The Suburbs), it was with the disco-rave up...
Sleigh Bells: ‘Bitter Rivals’
You probably know Sleigh Bells’ sound. If not, imagine Toni Basil singing “Mickey” with Nine Inch Nails backing her, and you're about in the ballpark. In short...
Iggy & the Stooges: 'Ready To Die'
Should Iggy Pop be allowed to make another Stooges record? I mean, technically he has the right, but after sullying the Stooges perfect ’69-’73 trilogy with...
Still Waiting for Limelight's Sonic Boom
It’s easy to get worked up with nostalgia about a place, particularly one you got wasted in a lot. That seems to go doubly true on the St. Mary’s Strip, where...
Can’t say I saw it coming, but Phoenix has started looking curiously like the biggest band in the world. Check their Lollapalooza headlining slot...
UTSA Music Dept. Presents Mother Falcon and Ernie Halter
Some classes take exams, others presentations. The assignment for the students in UTSA’s Music Marketing program? Throw a concert.
“The goal for us in the program is to work with professionals in the industry,” said UTSA Senior Michael Kelly. “Basically, t
Presente (which include liner notes written by Enrique Lopetegui, the Current's music editor) is a giant record. Beyond its runtime (78 min.) and the size...
Cheapskate's Guide to SXSW
It's SXSW's worst kept secret: you don't need those pesky wristbands, badges, or money in your pocket to get in on the action. Sure, the...
The SXSW spillovers have begun
The flood of day parties, showcases, and other artist appearances have begun pouring in for this year's South by Southwest, and so, naturally...
Pat Metheny: 'The Orchestrion Project'
Pat Metheny created a monster. Specifically, a robot monster dubbed the Orchestrion, a multi-ton, 30-something piece orchestral autobot, all...
Atoms for Peace: 'Amok'
I’m sure Thom Yorke hates the term “supergroup.” And if he cared, he’d probably hate my using it in the first sentence of the review for his new group...
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: 'The Jazz Age'
Ever wonder what “Do The Strand” would sound like if played by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven? Bryan Ferry is obviously the one guy who did, and he has...
A.M. Architect: 'Pattern Language'
It's now been a little over a year since SA-natives Diego Chávez and Daniel Sanush relocated themselves and their A.M. Architect project to Boston.
Frank Zappa: 'Finer Moments'
What would a trip through the Zappa archives be like? My vision is something akin to the scene from the end of the first Indiana Jones movie, with endless tape reels of...
Muse: 'The 2nd Law'
You gotta hand it to Muse — in the tongue-in-cheek era, they are proud to be fucking ridiculous. Because really, what band today could open a record with the...
Tame Impala: 'Lonerism'
For anyone who has taken on the burden of upholding a new band or artist, you've almost certainly been caught in the "they just don't make music like they used to"...
Mumford & Sons: 'Babel'
First, some numbers. Since its release in 2009, Mumford & Sons’ debut Sigh No More has moved 2.4 million copies in the U.S. These are Bieber numbers, certainly not the...
Chick Corea & Gary Burton: 'Hot House'
Commemorating the 40th anniversary since the release of their groundbreaking Crystal Silence, pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton hit the studio...
More Jazz'SAlive highlights
4:45pm — Red Young Trio
True masters of the Hammond B3, an instrument that's as notoriously difficult to play as it is to lug around, are few and far between. Fortunately, Jazz'SAlive will have one of its finest practitioners in Red Young, whos
Cat Power: 'Sun'
There are a few things we've come to expect from Cat Power, indie rock's most reliably miserablist singer-songwriter this side of Elliott Smith.
Deerhoof: 'Breakup Song'
Deerhoof has always felt like the little band that could: a bit too eccentric to reach wide notice, but charming enough in their weirdness to stay on the radar.
Marcus Rubio: 'Hello Dallas'
It's not often one comes across a track that earns a 10-plus minute runtime. Marcus Rubio has four of them on his latest effort...
Smashing Pumpkins: 'Pisces Iscariot (Reissue)'
It used to be so easy for Billy Corgan. Back before the endless line-up changes, the failed stylistic shifts, and embarrassing public outbursts, there was a time when his band ruled...
Pat Metheny: 'Unity Band'
It was starting to look like Pat Metheny was becoming a misanthrope. After all, it had been almost five years since the guitarist has played with anyone else on record...
Esperanza Spalding: 'Radio Music Society'
Esperanza Spalding is jazz's first bona fide star in decades. Understandably so: she's attractive, immensely talented, and plays an instrument bigger than she is. Of course, in the popular music landscape, being jazz-famous is about the fame equivalent of b
Jack DeJohnette: 'Sound Travels'
Since making a name for himself as the backbone of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew-era band, drummer Jack DeJohnette has solidified a reputation as one of jazz's most...
Live & Local: Ernest Gonzales
How do you make headphone music into an interesting live experience? Ernest Gonzales (aka Mexicans with Guns) seems to have considered this at length before...
Guided By Voices: Let’s Go Eat the Factory
2011 was a tough year for alt-rock nostalgics: R.E.M.'s break-up, Sonic Youth's expected split, even Pavement's reunion tour turned bittersweet on news that there would be no...
Charlotte Gainsbourg: Stage Whisper
If there's a group more likely to make terrible records than the offspring of rock stars, it's actors. Charlotte Gainsbourg just so happens to fall into both categories.
Two Current critics choose their favorite drinking songs
Billie Holiday’s “One For My Baby (AND One More For the Road)”
There’s a whole cannon of Holiday’s material we could choose from, but it’s her rendition of the standard “One More For My Baby (And One More For the Road)” that’s top shelf, an aching last-cal
The Black Keys: El Camino
Have the Black Keys been making the same record for the last 10 years? It's a question that invariably crops up after every new Keys' release...
The Beach Boys: The Smile Sessions
The Beach Boys' Smile long loomed as pop's greatest unfinished masterwork, before the weight of its ambitions took both Smile and the Beach Boys down with it.
White Denim: Takes Places in Your Work Space EP
Standard EP recipe: Add album rejects, studio scraps, perhaps one or two über-experimental tracks, stir for 15-30 minutes, and serve quickly to fans impatient for the next full-length.
Few artists define "experimental" quite as effectively as Björk, which goes a long ways towards explaining how she has managed to remain so relevant