Maestro

Kaizers Orchestra

Maestro

2005

Alternative/Indie Rock

Anybody wondering what happened to Tom Waits after Frank's Wild Years or Radiohead after OK Computer need look no further than Norway's Kaizers Orchestra. While they remain true to their penchant for Tin Pan Alley nightmare music, the 12 cuts that inhabit Maestro veer wildly from genre to genre, taking bits and pieces of punk, folk, funk, jazz, and rock and shredding them to bits.

- James Monger

Middle Cyclone

Neko Case

Middle Cyclone

March 3, 2009

Alternative Country-Rock

Neko Case has made consistently dark and tuneful albums throughout her career and Middle Cyclone is a terrific showcase of her arresting lyricism and lush instrumentation. Highlights include the bittersweet "Magpie to the Morning" and a pleading and stomping cover of Harry Nilsson's "Don't Forget Me."

- Zac Johnson