WIth endless Internet holes to fall into and streams to sail down, there are a few sources we keep returning to time and time again. Here’s a look at some of our favorite bookmarks.
This Week: The Big Pink bring more anthemic pop; Headcage is not an ironic name for Matthew Dear’s newest EP; NYC’s Expensive Looks; Howler’s dangerously catchy power pop; Kathleen Edwards’ fourth album gets a Bon Iver boost.
San Francisco’s Moon Duo started out as a side project for Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips. Joined by Sanae Yamada, the two have three solid releases and are due for another this year. Hypnotic, droning, their sound is unique.
You have probably just gotten over reading the endless 2011 best of lists, so now that you’ve recovered, let’s look at 2012 and the albums we are most excited about hearing. Assuming the world doesn’t end it should be a great year for your headphones.
To conclude our coverage of everything next-level in 2011, these are the eleven most compelling “breakout” acts of the year.
Around this time each year we have the ask, has the whole world gone list crazy? And yes, we have, and ours go to eleven. Here’s our favorites this year.
This Week: The Back Keys finally cross over; all that Amy Winehouse left behind; The Roots tell the story of a child who grows into a drug-dealer; Poland’s Jacaszek combines classical and electronic; Auto-crooner T-Pain is back with club jams and guests.
Now three albums deep, including this year’s fiery Sound Kapital, Dan Boeckner and wife Alexei Perry are a post-punk Bonnie and Clyde. Let’s peruse their videos.
This Week: Japanese weirdo rockers Boris’ third album for 2011; Gorillaz look back at 10 years of hits with a box set of singles; The Smashing Pumpkins remind you how great they were with reissues of Gish and Siamese Dream; Wilco puts out special vinyl for Record Store Day’s Black Friday.