Jun 23, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Indie music fandom 101 tells us that commercial success is overrated. Strange Little BirdsGarbage's first album in four years since Not Your Kind of People, though, is the lowest-charting of their career and perhaps this is telling: for it does feel like their least essential. More

Wye Oak

Tween

Merge

Jun 22, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

The latest release from Wye Oak, the project of Baltimore duo Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, is a brief collection of songs that did not make it onto 2011's Civilian or 2014's Shriek. Hence the clever title, Tween, referring to the fact that these songs exist somewhere in between these more official releases. More

Jun 21, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Michael Gira's post-2010 version of Swans chokes the air like a storm in a southern gothic nightmare, the slow-motion onslaught unrelenting as it chases restless dreamers around dark corners and long hallways.  More

Deerhoof

The Magic

Polyvinyl

Jun 20, 2016 Music Issue # 57 - M83

Ever since the release of Deerhoof vs. Evil in 2009, the normally rambunctious San Francisco ensemble has seemed somewhat restrained. The improvisation that punctuated Milk Man and The Runner's Four has vanished. Instead, the contents of Breakup Song and La Isla Bonita brought about a purer, more consistent reliance on melody. More

Caveman

Otero War

Cinematic Music Group

Jun 17, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Is this the same Caveman we met on 2011's WWF-referencing Coco Beware? Is it even the same group we were re-introduced to two years later on their self-titled sophomore LP? More

The Invisible

Patience

Ninja Tune

Jun 16, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

The mood of an album is often a direct corollary of the emotional state of its creators during the period of its conception. It seems that this was the first time in a while that the members of The Invisible were making music free from personal complications.  More

Jun 15, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Plants and Animals return from a three-year hiatus with their fourth LP, Waltzed In From the Rumbling. Their absence has indeed been felt; records so steeped in lush organic sounds are increasingly rare these days, and the few that do make it to our eardrums are generally lacking in originality and quality. More

Jun 14, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Where Manic Street Preachers' 1994 album The Holy Bible was a creative peak and a tragic chapter in their tale, 1996's follow-up, Everything Must Go, vaulted beyond expectations to provide them with a brilliant new start rather than merely a happy ending. More

Jun 13, 2016 Music Issue # 57 - M83

Had Neko Casek.d. lang, and Laura Veirs recorded only the track "Atomic Number," it's hard to imagine them even considering not going further. With a stark acoustic guitar and electronic beat, they trade vocals to begin: "I'm not the freckled maid/I'm not the fair-haired girl/I'm not a pan of milk for you to spoil." More