Beach House

Bloom

Sub Pop

May 11, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Beach House isn't really an "ain't" kind of band, but the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" piece of folk wisdom runs strongly on Bloom. Despite the album title, the duo picks right up where it left off on 2010's Teen Dream.

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May 10, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Brian Jonestown Massacre, led by eccentric frontman Anton Newcombe, has gone through a particularly schizophrenic 2000s. Its recorded output has been uneven at best, with decent recordings sitting side-by-side with unlistenable dreck, and with each album it was not sure exactly which Brian Jonestown Massacre would show up. More

May 09, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Kids, let this be a lesson to you: play a great set, and you could end up with friend-of-Radiohead Nigel Godrich producing your third album. Thus was the fate of Here We Go Magic, who landed help from the unofficial sixth member of Radiohead after playing Glastonbury in 2010 and impressing Godrich. More

T.S. Bonniwell

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Real Gone

May 09, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Sean Bonniwell will be best remembered for his stint as the frontman of L.A. garage-rockers the Music Machine, but this 1969 solo album is a folksy singer/songwriter affair, with his soft, lilting croon accompanied by poppy, orchestral flourishes. More

May 08, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Is anyone making babies to Prince's music these days? With artist-turned-symbol-turned man's copulation catalogue faded to a kitshy memory ("Hey, remember that time we made out to 'Little Red Corvette'?" it seems to shout), British producer Adam Bainbridge has thrown his hat into the ring to become the next in R&B royalty. More

May 07, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

There's something noble about Dr. DeeDamon Albarn's latest passion project, a mostly folk record about 16th-century British mathematician and occultist John Dee. Albarn's desire to rescue a critical historical figure (Dee served as advisor to Elizabeth I and once owned perhaps the greatest library in England) from relative obscurity is certainly commendable. As a piece of music, however, the operatic folk of Dr. Dee doesn't leave much of an impression. More

Manhattan Blu-ray

Studio: MGM

May 06, 2012 DVDs Web Exclusive

Likewise to many of Woodly Allen's films, Manhattan is awash in conversation; but even more so than Annie Hall, the visual backdrop of Manhattan presents the viewer with riveting visuals of New York City in the late '70s. This is primarily attributable to the absolutely indispensable cinematography of Gordon Willis, the fulcrum of perhaps the most visually arresting film he and Allen collaborated upon. More

May 04, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Santi White starts her sophomore album with explosive momentum, opening with a Karen O collaboration appropriately titled “GO!”—the full caps and exclamation point are necessary to demonstrate how hard and fast it hits—featuring an incessant drum beat and nutty, high-pitched electronic vocals singing backup to her tribal rap-chanting. More

May 04, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

The fourth LP from Bristol, England’s Gravenhurst is another exercise in rootsy yet fractured indie folk. There’s been a steadfast consistency in the act’s work through the years, and Daylight is no exception. More