Hillbillies in Hell: Country Music's Tormented Testament

Various Artists

Hillbillies in Hell: Country Music's Tormented Testament

January 15, 2016

If you want to learn about the side of country music Ken Burns was afraid to tell you about in his recent PBS documentary, this is a strange and wildly entertaining place to start. These 28 vintage C&W rarities are full to the brim with bad behavior of all kinds -- sex, drugs, murder, Satan, and Charles Manson are just a few of the topics covered here, made to sound just as scary and/or fun as they deserve.

- Mark Deming

Is the Is Are

DIIV

Is the Is Are

February 5, 2016

Indie Rock

On Is the Is Are, it's easy to hear DIIV's growth since the Oshin days. The band finds salvation through ambition, using grunge's cathartic power and shoegaze's impressionistic, transporting qualities to turn pain into beauty.

- Heather Phares