May 27, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

One of those Avett brothers and the singular Jessica Lea Mayfield team up here for a 12-song tribute to Elliott Smith, whose life ended in tragedy and whose songs often plied the same trade. More

May 26, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

On his second full-length, Chicago-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Ryley Walker continues to draw inspiration from the most virtuosic finger-pickers and vocalists of the late '60s and early '70s.  More

May 22, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Ruben Nielson returns with another anachronistic beauty, this one hitting the eardrums like a dusty Numero Group find from a home studio in the '70s U.S. Rust Belt, fashioned meticulously, mad-scientist style, with an army of synthesizers patched together and deployed deep in the off-hours.  More

May 21, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Johanna Warren's nūmūn is an occasionally non-simpatico mix of timeless pastoral psych à la legends Linda Perhacs and Vashti Bunyan, and '90s Lilith stalwarts such as Natalie Merchant. More

May 20, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

This Israeli three-piece impressed psych fans at last year's SXSW, conjuring humongous, swirling clouds of melodic noise which seemed much too large to have come from such a compact lineup.  More

May 19, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

The Charlatans tend to come back strongly in the face of tragedy. The death of original keyboard player, Rob Collins, brought the group's immensely popular (in the U.K. anyway) Tellin' Stories. The still-fresh death of drummer Jon Brookes has evoked, Modern Nature, 12th album with the strongest songwriting in recent memory for the group, whose first release was 25 years ago. More

May 18, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Coming to the end of the "David Bowie Is..." exhibition, this U.K. singer/songwriter was reminded of reasons why she chose to pursue music: the creative freedom it allowed artists to explore, to change, and to push their own boundaries. Browsing Bowie's many transformations, she felt regret at holding on to one sound and persona. Soon after, Beth Jeans Houghton, formerly of the Hooves of Destiny, became Du Blonde. More

May 15, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Hot Chip have built a career on transcending and challenging the parameters of dance music. More

May 14, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Sometimes, different is good. Other times, it's bad. In the case of Wilder MindMumford & Sons' latest album, different is drastic. The band took a very public hiatus in late 2013, which finally concluded earlier this year.  More