Nov 16, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Eight years is a long time to wait between albums, but in the case of Karin Dreijer's solo project, Fever Ray, it was worth the wait. Half of successful duo The Knife, with brother Olof, and rooted in the same experimental electro pop, Ms. Dreijer's Fever Ray branches out and explores the darker side of glossy and rhythmic electronic music. Those who liked 2009's self-titled debut will love Plunge. More

Nov 15, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Charlotte Gainsbourg sings in both French and English on Rest, her first album in seven years. While the actress and singer previously wrote only in English, intimidated by the superstardom of her late father, French musician Serge Gainsbourg, this linguistic duality brings out haunting layers of mystery on her fifth album. More

Cults

Offering

Sinderlyn

Nov 14, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Cults, the duo of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin, have made a winning combination of retro synth rock and hazy dream pop since their self-titled debut in 2011. Although releasing only two previous albums, their sound is both familiar and comfortable while only occasionally seeking the adventurous.   More

Taylor Swift

Reputation

Big Machine

Nov 13, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

"Baby, let the games begin," chants Taylor Swift on "...Ready For It?" a track of pummelling synths and undoubted ferocity. More

Angel Olsen

Phases

Jagjaguwar

Nov 09, 2017 Music Issue #62 - Julien Baker

There is something about the way Angel Olsen's voice crackles, howls, and pulsates that gets right into your bones. More

Fits

All Belief is Paradise

Father/Daughter

Nov 08, 2017 Music Issue #62 - Julien Baker

Brooklyn-based bassist Nicholas Cummins found temporary homes in PWR BTTM and Fern Mayo before forming Fits with friends last summer. Their bass-driven melodic ideas and vocal samples eventually turned into fully realized punk constructs-all succinct, all catchy as hell.  More

Robert Plant

Carry Fire

Nonesuch/Warner Bros

Nov 07, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

At age 69, Robert Plant can still unleash a youthful holler that Tarzan would marvel at. But on his 11th solo album, the golden god is aware that he's in his golden years. At the end of "The May Queen," a cantering acoustic guitar pauses and Plant's voice emerges from the dust to repeat the refrain, "The dimming of my light."  More

Nov 03, 2017 Music Issue #62 - Julien Baker

There's not much left to say about The Queen is Dead, arguably the high point of The Smiths' formidable catalog, that hasn't been written before. Nevertheless, the notable thing about this reissue is the previously unreleased material on the bonus discs, which is enough to entice the interest of long-time fans who thought they'd heard everything there is to hear. More

Shamir

Revelations

Father/Daughter

Nov 02, 2017 Music Issue #62 - Julien Baker

Earlier this year, Shamir self-released an album on SoundCloud called Hope. It was about as homemade-pop as you could get, complete with background noise and a buzzing amp. With that came the news that he had been dropped from his label, XL, and was abandoning his debut's dance-pop sound for something that came more naturally to him.  More