Oct 24, 2014 Web Exclusive
On her debut full-length Devotion, Jessie Ware achieved something many of her contemporaries still crave. The record's sound was unquestionably pop with a hint of soul, yet unlike Adele, its highly polished laments retained an air of credibility with discerning indie listeners.
Oct 23, 2014 Web Exclusive
Wampire look and sound like they're parodying something, but they're too damn good not to be taken seriously. They return with their follow up to 2013's Curiosity with another glam-infused record that boasts as many dance jams as hazy trips.
Oct 22, 2014 Web Exclusive
You're reading a Weezer review. Ergo, you're a geek, you spend time on the Internet, and you know what a troll is. Well, Rivers Cuomo has stopped trolling his fans: this is a return to "serious" (or as close to it as he ever got) songwriting from Weezer. Gone are the gimmicks, the novelty songs, and the bizarre collaborations.
Sep 01, 2008 Fall 2008 - Jenny Lewis
For Cassie, Katy, and Ali of Brooklyn’s Vivian Girls, being in a band began as a fun extension of a life filled with other pursuits. When the band started in March 2007, Cassie was studying illustration at Pratt Institute, Katy was finishing degrees in physics and education at Rutgers University, and Ali, also at Rutgers, was majoring in German. However, after three 7" singles and a limited-run pressing of the band’s debut album—which sold out within a week of its May release—things have been heating up. In fact, Cassie, Katy, and, Ali—who all prefer to be referred to only by their first names—were lucky to make it out of school at all.
Oct 24, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J
Collecting three volumes that concerned Ms. Murray and Co. (1910, 1969, 2009), Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill demonstrate their mastery of comics storytelling in this sprawling, Easter-egg filled amalgamation of lit and pop culture.
Oct 08, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J
John Darnielle is the songwriter/guitarist/vocalist for the band The Mountain Goats. Wolf in White Van is his first novel. The book traces protagonist Sean as he copes with life after a self-inflicted "accident" has rendered him with a deformed face.