Here's another preview of one of my Buried Treasure picks for this week's "Sound Opinions": A deliciously sweet hunk o' bubblegum-pop and glam glitter mixed up in a mess of greasy, oily, garage-rock grunge, and brought to us by one of Chicago's finest independent labels.
Gearing up with Team Sound Ops for today's taping of one our periodic excavations of buried treasures -- recordings that are flying pretty far under the radar (though that's all relative in the age of Internet ubiquity), but which we think deserve to be much more widely heard -- I've been utterly ca
Best Coast, "Crazy for You" (Mexican Summer/Wichita) Rating: 3.5/4 The debut album by the L.A.-based indie-pop trio Best Coast arrives like a cool breeze off the lake on the most oppressive day of the summer—and as such, the occasional moments o
Various artists, "Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Present Dark Night of the Soul" (Capitol) Rating: 3/4 More than a year after legal wrangling with Capitol/EMI threatened to make this all-star collaboration the first “great lost album” of the new millennium,&nb
Liz Phair, "Funstyle" (self-released) Rating:2/4You’ve gotta hand it to our wayward homegirl on this count, if no other: At age 43, a dozen years after “whitechocolatespaceegg,” her last beginning-to-end enjoyable album before she moved to Hollywood and
Alejandro Escovedo, "Street Songs of Love" (Fantasy) Rating: 3/4A favorite son of Texas and adopted hero of Chicago, Alejandro Escovedo has never been one to rest on his laurels, not with his groundbreaking early combos (the Nuns, Rank & File, and True Beli
M.I.A., "Maya" (N.E.E.T./XL/Interscope) Rating: 3/4“You want me to be/Somebody who I’m really not,” Sri Lankan-born, British-raised rapper and artistic provocateur Maya Arulpragasam chants on “XXXO,” one of the most stri