This Week: Lou Reed and Metallica – you decide for yourself; Portland’s Blouse is sugar and synths; Brian Wilson and the few remaining Beach Boys finish an album after 45 years; James Ferraro goes automated; The Soft Moon’s new EP: sinister, intense, dark.
This week: Beirut’s Balkan ballads; Widowspeak’s downer lover songs; DOM brings in a top producer for their new one; Pepper Rabbit uplifts and haunts; Neil Young’s “Lost Tapes” from 1991 are recovered.
This week: The Horrors bring an expansive third album with Skying; Arrange explores tragedy; Little Dragon is getting bigger; Fair Ohs soundtrack your August BBQs; Inc. excite and disappoint.
This week: Pictureplane gets physical; Crystal Antlers take it up a notch; Autre Ne Veut…you love it or you hate it; Future Islands most potent expression to date; Brooklyn MC Theophilus London has something for everyone.
This week: Washed Out’s much anticipated second release, How To Dress Well makes a dedication, Eleanor Friedberger leaves Fiery Furnaces, Zomby brings beats and Panda Bear, and a freebie from Yung Life.
This week: Pure X massages the mind, Brian Eno does glitch and poetry, Gardens & Villa attempt to deliver, Memory Tapes’ much anticipated sophomore effort, and Com Truise releases a major label victory lap.
This week: Bon Iver leaves the cabin behind, Ty Segall brings hummable hooks, When Saints Go Machine sounds familiar, YACHT keeps doing what they do, and James Leyland Kirby explores music and memory as The Caretaker.
This week: indie-tribal rockers WU LYF make a dangerously solid debut, Junior Boys keep doing what they do best, Sebadoh re-releases a 1994 favorite, Marissa Nadler gets honest, and Mathemagic’s airy beach pop doesn’t disappoint.
This week: Wood’s continue with more lo-fi magic, Brooklyn’s Ford + Lopatin synthesize and stimulate, Battles’ first album without their frontman (still good!), Mark Ronson gets Black Lips polished (for them), Arctic Monkeys continue their journey with a more serious sound.
This week: My Morning Jacket drops album number six, NYC indie-duo Cults makes a first attempt, Eddie Vedder soundtracks Hawaiian bonfires, and Death Cab For Cutie grows up.
This week: a new release from post-punkers Art Brut, Friendly Fires strive to keep the dance floor going with their sophomore effort, Thurston Moore’s Beck-produced album, White Denim’s free-jazz-noodling wins more fans, and Japanese metalheads Boris drop two albums at one time.