Matt Author

Need a Lift? Call the AAA Girls for Buoyant Fun

Music editor Matt Gross caught up with the AAA Girls just as they were about to embark on a national tour to promote their new album, Access All Areas. The results, and the...

Lust for Life Sheds New Light On Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey Lust for Life (Interscope Records) The smoky-voiced songbird has returned from a two-year hiatus with her most expansive album to date, with 70 sprawling minutes and...

Tori Amos Goes Internal with Native Invader

Tori Amos Native Invader (Decca Records) On this, Tori Amos’ 15th studio album, the veteran presents more questions than answers. She explains herself thusly: “The songs on...

Grizzly Bear Makes Music for a Worried World on Painted Ruins

Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins (RCA Records) The longstanding indie darlings break new ground on a sensational, dynamic major label debut effort. Emerging from Brooklyn in the early...

Eli Lieb Surfaces With a New Look and Single, Shangri La

Can you explain the message behind “Shangri La” and also your decision to film the video in such an intimate way? “Shangri La” is a song about doing something you...

The Cranberries Linger over Their Hits on “Something Else”

The Cranberries Something Else (BMG) The Irish quartet’s latest release offers unplugged and orchestral versions of the biggest singles from throughout their...

Mary J. Blige Survives Divorce with the “Strength of a Woman”

Mary J. Blige Strength of a Woman (Capitol Records) The legendary R&B diva returns with her 13th studio album, which chronicles her recent divorce from her longtime manager...

Beth Ditto: Fake Sugar

Beth Ditto Fake Sugar (Virgin Records) The former lead singer of beloved indie band The Gossip effortlessly combines pop, rock, funk and blues on her debut full-length solo...

New Aimee Mann Record Features Songs of Mental Illness

Aimee Mann Mental Illness (SuperEgo Records) The acclaimed singer-songwriter returns to her roots on Mental Illness: showcasing melancholia in a nearly all-acoustic setting....

Punk, Pop and Dance: All Roads Meet in Blondie’s Pollinator

Blondie Pollinator (BMG) These punk pioneers return with a fresh collection of romantic infectious melodies on their 11th studio album. The set was recorded on their home turf at...

New Depeche Mode Album Lives up to Its Title: Spirit

Depeche Mode Spirit(Columbia Records) One of the most influential and beloved electronic pop acts of the genre returns with their fourteenth studio album from an unparalleled...

Interview: Big Ang

The mega fabulous VH1 reality star dishes the T!...