Oct 08, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

The cover of Glen Hansard's Didn't He Ramble is deceiving: a wintry window defaced by scratches that serves as a barrier between the listener and songwriter. Anyone familiar with The Frames and Swell Season singer knows his songs offer a warm invitation into his world. More

Oct 06, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Girl Band by name, girl band by nature? Not this one. The Irish quartet are all male purveyors of guttural noise punk whose debut LP Holding Hands With Jamie is as searing as it comes. More

Oct 05, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

There is unlimited supply, on the Internet and in "real life," of opinions about Miley Cyrus, but nobody can deny that she is interesting. The young, innocent girl behind Hannah Montana—a property often synonymous with Disney's clean, family-friendly image—gradually evolves into a typical child-star trainwreck, exploring drugs and sexuality, and then into something else entirely: a relentlessly real, authentic, down-for-anything crazy person. More

Oct 02, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

If "beach goth" is already a musical genre taken by neo-surf rockers, then Lana Del Rey's new album Honeymoon has given birth to "tropical noir;" all the imagery of swaying palm trees and hallucinatory California sunsets with the heightened drama and mystery of an old Hollywood film score.   More

Oct 01, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

There are few more exhilarating experiences in music than Animal Collective live and in full flight. But anyone who's seen the Baltimore ensemble at their most disorientating will know their aural mastery is never a given. Fortunately Live at 9:30a renowned Washington, DC venuesits at the more pleasurable end of the spectrum, despite being recorded after the release of the impenetrable psych muddle that was Centipede Hz. More



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Sep 30, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein of JR JR (formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) are a uniquely in-sync duo with killer skills for making inventive, unexpectedly great indie pop; albums like 2013's The Speed of Things had Beach Boys-esque levels of ambition and a handful of catchy hits. More

Sep 29, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

It's fitting that Silversun Pickups dropped an epic video by filmmaker Mark Pellington to accompany the lead single "Nightlight" from their new album, Better Nature. L.A.'s favorite alt-rockers have exhibited an appetite for the cinematic since their debut Pikul dropped a decade ago. More

Sep 28, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

If there is anything we've learned about Alison Mosshart over the last decade, it is that she is a damn undeniable star, no matter what setting she's put in. Whether she's dueling with Kills partner Jamie Hince or collaborating with svengali Jack White, she exudes the sort of louche, effortless cool that you expect from rock stars, without ever coming across as apathetic. It's refreshing then that with The Dead Weather, Jack White (the notorious busiest man in rock) is capable of letting Mosshart truly take the reins. More

Sep 25, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Smoke Ring for My Halo remains a lasting statement of purpose and Wakin on a Pretty Daze was a massively generous comfort blanket of an album, but with b'lieve i'm goin down...Kurt Vile finally has gotten down to the essence of what he's been searching for since the beginning.  More