Nitelife Boogie

Nick Curran

Nitelife Boogie

July 10, 2001

Alternative/Indie Rock

Since his death from cancer in 2012, Nick Curran's legacy as one of the most maverick and urgent roots artists of his generation has only grown deeper. His vintage, time-hopping aesthetic and raw, punk-informed energy are evident in the work of contemporaries like JD McPherson and the Black Keys. Still, listening to his exuberant yawp on Lloyd Price's "I'm Glad, Glad," it's hard to imagine anybody nailing post-war R&B with as much no-holds-barred gusto and charisma as Nick did.

- Matt Collar

Kaleidoscope

Coldplay

Kaleidoscope

August 4, 2017

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Serving as a b-side bookend to the band's Head Full Of Dreams era, this EP surprises by reminding listeners of a younger, less poppy Coldplay (the distracting inclusion of the Chainsmokers' song aside). The Big Sean collaboration is upbeat, sure, but typically inspirational. Fans of X&Y and Ghost Stories should enjoy the remaining trio of songs that get dark, weird, and experimental, especially the Brian Eno reunion, "ALIENS."

- Neil Z. Yeung