"his guy is doing something very cool. I'll admit I didn't get on board until this latest album, but I went back and picked up the rest of his catalog and it's a consistently good listen."
"The current one is
, and it evokes glam rock of the '70s - there are a lot of themes that pay homage to the likes of Bowie and Adam Ant - with smart lyrics and stick-in-your-head catchy tunes. But not only does he create concept albums, Kurt brings it to the stage with the kind of production values that do justice to the music."
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"His scintillating brand of punk, new wave, and glam rock will excite you about the direction of contemporary music."
"KURT RILEY: A PERSONA HEAVY, UNAPOLOGETIC, AND INFINITELY CREATIVE..HIS VISION IS PROGRESSIVE...AND INTERGALACTIC...
positions itself as both a relic and an intuitive sculpture. The past overwraps the present, creating a singular present...Nowhere is this more prominent than in the dense and shadowy “Century”.
"(Riley's music) is a bit like traveling through an incandescent tunnel...it shines spectacularly with its intricate immediacy...it's definitely worth the trip."
turns to the spectacle and ennui of current technology, evidenced in trends like the 24-hour news cycles and slacktivism...Riley’s music is more often focused on joy and memory, and Riley and his banD consistently knock it out of the park with action-packed arrangements and pristine technical chops."
is)...an intergalactic fantasia...that of an artist who gazes both at the history of rock 'n' roll and at a dream of a more moral existence."
"(Riley's live performance is) unflagging in its energy, unpredictable due to its creativity, and unapologetic in its boldness."
"one thing is for sure...whatever persona kurt riley puts together next...it is bound to be just as enticing as the accompanying record will be."
"Toward the end of his life, david bowie once characterized himself as a man lost in time, but Kurt Riley is just beginning to find himself in it."
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