May 24, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

The first two albums of Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES' career have shown how brilliant and how average they can be, largely in equal measure. Most of their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, is about as good as this sub-genre can possibly get, applying expressive and substantive melodic runs to infectious beats and brought together by the fascinatingly unique vocals of Lauren Mayberry. More

Heaven

All Love Is Blue

Little Cloud Records

May 23, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

All Love Is Blue is a quantum leap forward for the Brooklyn dreampop act Heaven, both artistically and sonically, making the protracted wait between albums more than worthwhile given the spectacular payoff. More

May 23, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

After a seven-year hiatus and a track record showing Snow Patrol achieving varying degrees of success with past projects, listeners will no doubt approach Wildness with some trepidation. More

May 22, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

The ascent of Jon Hopkins to the upper echelons of the electronica pantheon continues unabashed and unabated. Clocking in at over an hour of gloriously intelligent and equal parts groove and orchestrated cinematic brilliance, this truly is a tour de force from Hopkins.  More

May 21, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Over the last handful of years James Alex has led the often-changing lineup of Beach Slang at hundreds of wild-eyed, tender-punk, soul-punch shows and delivered a pair of bruised, spectacularly joyous rock 'n' roll albums in the shape of The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us in 2015 and A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings in 2016. More

May 18, 2018 Music Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

Wide Awake! is Parquet Courts' fifth album (or seventh, if you include the trimmings of Parkay Quarts and last year's Daniele Luppi collaboration) in as many years, with scarily prolific Andrew Savage releasing his first solo album late last year as well.  More

Courtney Barnett

Tell Me How You Really Feel

Mom + Pop/Marathon Artists/Milk!

May 17, 2018 Music Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

"I'm not your mother! I'm not your bitch!" drools Courtney Barnett on the opening to the sixth track of Tell Me How You Really Feel. Her voice is devoid of any expression, but, with her distinctive Australian twang, it's still unmistakably hers. More

FAN

Barton’s Den

Polyvinyl

May 17, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

The circle of life and death is something everybody has to come face-to-face with, sometimes much sooner than we'd like or had anticipated. For The Dodos' singer/guitarist Meric Long, both made his direct acquaintance in his adult life soon after each otherfirst with the death of his father and then with the birth of his first child. More

May 16, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Everyone's favorite jester-come-jazz/folk troubadour, Ryley Walker, returns after 2016's well-received Golden Sings That Have Been Sung with an equally hazily idiosyncratic collection. The opener, "In Castle Dome," develops a lethargic psych saunter that dominates the album's feel and rhythm.  More