Album Reviews

Villagers
The Art of Pretending to Swim

Sep 21, 2018 Web Exclusive

For Villagers' Conor O'Brien, "folk" is more than just a genre of music. Rather, the music he creates with his project, Villagers (who have now released their fifth studio LP, The Art of Pretending to Swim), has shifted to embody an atmosphere far beyond the folksy proclivities of the group's first full-length, 2010's Becoming a Jackal.

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Sep 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

On only their third full-length in the last decade Beak>, the Bristol trio led by Portishead's Geoff Barrow, meld their overt Krautrock obsessions with a slice of subdued psychedelia. Spotted with muffled, R. Stevie Moore-like vocals and bathed in warm, low electronica, >>> holds some of the band's most immersive and enveloping material to date.

Joyce Manor
Million Dollars to Kill Me

Sep 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

If there was any doubt over whether Californian punks Joyce Manor would continue in the poppy direction they were going in after 2016's Cody, there is surely none now on their latest effort Million Dollars to Kill Me. Their fifth album sees the band at their most straight-up pop/rock, but also at their most mature, ageing their sound like a fine wine in comparison to their scrappy, beer-and-pizza soaked opening triad of records. 

Classic Interviews

Baio

Baio
Marathons And Math

Dec 29, 2015 Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Chris Baio's smoothly grooving rhythms, seductively soothing vocals, and effortlessly catchy hooks make the synth-inclined indie rockerand Vampire Weekend bassistseem like he was born to be onstage. But, in fact, he was born in a marathon.

Interviews

James - Tim Booth on “Living in Extraordinary Times”

Sep 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

Tim Booth is right. We're living in extraordinary times. James' new album, its 15th, the title track from which this line is taken, illustrates the concept through songs that alternate between the band's most personal and most political in recent memory. 

Devon Welsh on “Dream Songs”

Sep 18, 2018 Web Exclusive

There's a sort of unspoken line one can cross with an emotive vocal style. On one side of it, healthy reflection is accessible, encouraged even. On the other, a reaction of mild cringing is not uncalled for. 

Pleased to meet you

My Firsts: Joey Dosik

Aug 22, 2018 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Joey Dosik

Lists

Beach House - 10 Best Songs:  Ranking the Best Tracks from Teen Dream to 7

May 23, 2018

With their latest album 7, Beach House has now released eight albums (seven studio albums and one rarities and B-sides release) and 83 songs. Distilling these 83 songs down to a 10 best was a daunting task but one that was met with an enthusiastic glee. Not much is better than revisiting Beach House's entire catalog of their signature dream-pop formula of airy guitars, hushed indie-rock beats, and ethereal vocals. From their self-titled 2006 debut to the recently released 7, their sound shimmers with lush and gossamer melodies, catchy beats and softly soaring guitar riffs. Of course it proved too difficult to pick just 10 tracks, so below is list of the top 14. A 10 best and four honorable mentions.

Of course all of this is subjective, this is simply the opinion of one writer. No doubt you have your own list of favorite Beach House songs. And yes, we are aware there are no songs from the band's first two albums, 2006's Beach House and 2008's Devotion; we feel they truly came into their own with their third album, 2010's Teen DreamBy Matt the Raven

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Live reviews

Interpol at House of Vans Brooklyn, August 24, 2018

Sep 17, 2018 By Charlie Duerr

As I approached the House of Vans, my eyes were met with what had become a familiar neighborhood scene in Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the past eight years-hordes of young, fashionable New Yorkers assembled outside the doors of 25 Franklin Street in long queues that winded and wrapped around the block in serpentine like fashion. But tonight would be the last time. 

Blog

Talk Talk - “Spirit of Eden” Turns 30

Sep 17, 2018 By Timothy Michalik

"It was very, very psychedelic. We had candles and oil wheels, strobes going, sometimes just total darkness in the studio. You'd get totally disorientated, no daylight, no time frame." So goes the story, told by Talk Talk's engineer Phil Brown, when discussing the synth pop-turned-art rocker's landmark 1988 album Spirit of Eden






Cinema Reviews

Assassination Nation

Sep 21, 2018 Issue #64 -  Kamasi Washington

Assassination Nation plays like an elongated Black Mirror episode.

DVD Reviews

Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Studio: Lionsgate

Sep 21, 2018 Web Exclusive

Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a highly-stylized and romantic homage to a crazy idea struggling against insurmountable odds to become a new American dream.

Television Reviews

Ozark (Season 2)
Netflix

Aug 30, 2018 Web Exclusive

Viewers love a drugs-and-organized-crime show, don't they? Netflix's Ozark, which debuted last year, delves into an aspect of this world not explored in depth in other shows: money laundering.