Feb 26, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

Doldrums, aka Airick Woodhead, is the Canadian's first project since the late '00s, when he fronted The Hidden Cameras-championed indie pop act Spiral Beach. That band, despite their riotous, anything-goes live shows, were downright conventional in comparison to Doldrums. More

Feb 25, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Academy Songs, Volume I unfolds within the confines of an imagined all-boys prep academy in frontman John Orth's mind. And while the single "Golden Sparklers" delivers a flicker, it turns out to be more of a flash in the pan by the time the last track rolls around. More

Foals

Holy Fire

WARNER BROS.

Feb 22, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Holy Fire opens with a sense of gravity. A low buzz and a pattering in the distance draft images of cavernous space before the guitar even shimmers into existence. And then it builds, each new instrument stoking the fire. More

Foals

Holy Fire

WARNER BROS.

Feb 22, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Holy Fire is one of those records that could be succinctly summarized in five words: "This is a Foals album." Anyone familiar with their output since 2008 debut Antidotes will know exactly what it sounds like, with modulated synths combining with tremolated guitars (so much tremolo!) to sound a bit like all those bands whose albums Dave Sitek produced during his reign as King of Brooklyn circa 2008. More

Iceage

You’re Nothing

MATADOR/ESCHO

Feb 21, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

The second album from Denmark's Iceage opens with a delicious din. Throw on some headphones and lean into the dense swirl of crackling guitar, deep throb, and clattering drums of "Ecstasy." Had My Bloody Valentine incorporated economy and aggression into their mix circa Loveless they might have pounded out a similar trail.

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Feb 20, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Pissed Jeans' fourth album plays like the sound of a herd of buffalo charging from one end of a string of subway cars to another, and while they may slow their pace occasionally, cringing passengers know better than to climb down off their seats. More

Cult

CW, TUESDAYS 9/8 CENTRAL

Feb 19, 2013 TV Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

The lines between reality and fiction are blurred in Cult. The CW series is a frame narrative about a shallow, self-important reporter, Jeff Sefton (Matt Davis, The Vampire Diaries) and an overeager research assistant, Skye Yarrow (Jessica Lucas, Melrose Place).  More

Feb 19, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside's 2011 debut, Dirty Radio, was a cabaret-esque mix of rockabilly and old-timey pop that was endearing, albeit with somewhat of a novelty vibe. More

Feb 18, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

In 2012, Baltimore's Matmos released The Ganzfeld EP as a "taster" for this album. It was reportedly the outcome of a series of experiments into the "science" of telepathy and unsurprisingly turned out to be enormously self-indulgent rubbish. More