Aug 22, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

"Yet another elegiac record. It's reminiscent of I Often Dream of Trains," Robyn Hitchcock has said of The Man Upstairs, his 20th proper full-length as a solo artist.

Aug 21, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

With their twelfth album and one of their best in years, Manic Street Preachers display a stylistic freedom that one might call reinvention if it didn't still sound just like the Manics. More

Aug 21, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Sounding a bit like PiL had it been fronted by Strummer rather than Lydon, Lower play gothy, "angular" post-hardcore presumably intended to be enigmatically atmospheric. More

Aug 20, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

In the several years that it took Yeasayer's Anand Wilder and collaborator Maxwell Kardon to flesh out this work, one would think that they'd have developed a little bit of conceptual self-awareness. More

Aug 20, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Known for their gritty punk stylings that channel the workman-like spirit of Bruce Springsteen, these New Jersey natives take a dramatic step away from that sound on their first major label album.  More

Aug 19, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

I went into Electric Würms already a fan of Steven Drozd and Wayne Coyne, and with a soft spot for '70s prog. Yet this album left me a little confused. How does a side-project made up of the principle songwriters of a major indie-rock outfit qualify as a separate band? More

Bishop Allen

Lights Out

Dead Oceans

Aug 18, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

For post-millennial indie's resident Harvard-educated polymaths, Justin Rice and Christian Rudderthe driving duo behind Bishop Allenthis persistently-upbeat pop project is just one of their many pursuits.  More

FKA twigs


Young Turks

Aug 15, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

If it weren't for the very self-explanatory name LP1, you'd be forgiven for not believing it was British singer/producer FKA twigs' debut album. Rarely does a young artist make such an assured and confident statement with their first full-length album, andLP1 establishes twigs as one of those artists who is immediately and uniquely themselves right out of the gate. More

Aug 14, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Synth-rock acts, once heralded as the leading edge of indie, now face a challenge from critics and followers of underground music. As the genre has gone mainstream, its most prominent artists have enjoyed more commercial success, but have faced pressure from the press and an always-hungry audience to innovate or be ignored. More