Mexican Summer

Sep 01, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

The act of reinvention is a time-honoured tradition in the world of pop. From global megastars like Madonna and Bob Dylan to lesser-known indie outfits like The Horrors, a shift in direction can often lead to rejuvenated results. More

Willis Earl Beal


Tender Loving Empire

Aug 31, 2015 Music Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

In the last two years since he was plucked from homelessness and obscurity, signed to (and quickly released from) a big record label deal, man of mystery Willis Earl Beal has been relishing his reclaimed life as a "nobody."  More


What Went Down

Warner Bros.

Aug 28, 2015 Music Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

It's pretty much a given by now that Foals are the leading arena-rock band of the indie-rock era. With 2008's Antidotes, they started out as a niche interest—a precise and calculated math-rock band. More

Aug 27, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

When a record is pushed as a 'cosmic ideal' by its PR team, you expect something different. And when that record has been produced by Angel Deradoorian, famed for her work as vocalist and bassline creator for New York progressives Dirty Projectors, there's a pretty good chance it will be. More

Aug 26, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

The Lost Worker Bee EP comes across as the sound of Elbow taking stock of their improbable (though highly deserved) ascent from U.K. indie also-rans to stadium-headlining behemoths, delving into new textures and ideas, yet still recalling the sort of subtle wonderment that made their early records so rich and rewarding. More

Aug 25, 2015 Music Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

Listeners never know what a new Destroyer album will sound like. Much of that is by design, of course-mastermind Dan Bejar is known to try to totally revamp the act's sound with each record. But from album to album, that uncertainty can grow frustrating, particularly in follow-ups to well-received and well-reviewed albums.  More

Aug 24, 2015 Music Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

Oh, the burden of expectations. After a promising self-titled debut, and then two consecutive knockouts in 2010's Teen Dream and 2012's Bloom (which must go on the shortlist of most beautiful albums of the 21st century), one could forgive Beach House a clunker. More

Aug 21, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

As if he hadn't blessed us enough already with January's beautiful Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper LP, Noah Lennox is back again already with a sweet little surprise Panda Bear EP of additional material.  More

Aug 20, 2015 Music Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

For such an overwrought moniker, Oberhofer makes psych pop far simpler than frontman Brad's last name suggests. The Brooklyn band returns with Chronovision, the follow-up to 2012's Time Capsules II, with sunny victories similar to forgotten '80s covers.  More