Charles Bradley

Black Velvet

Dunham/Daptone

Nov 14, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

As posthumous records go, there is nothing quite like Charles Bradley's Black Velvet. The soul singer, who passed away in September 2017, had made a name for himself late in life: first, in his early years, with a career as a James Brown cover artist (where he performed as the eponymous "Black Velvet"); and later, with his discovery by Daptone Records and the release of his debut album, No Time for Dreaming, at the age of 62. More

Tomberlin

At Weddings

Saddle Creek

Nov 13, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

There is no love more restless and anxiety inducing than a love that remains unconfirmed. Unreciprocated love is one thing—you know where you stand at least—whatever pain that may bring, but to be constantly given contradictory impressions of how someone actually feels about you is a pain that can provoke ceaseless torment.  More

Muse

Simulation Theory

Warner Bros.

Nov 12, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Simulation theory, for anyone who hasn't seen The Matrix, is a theory that argues reality is a complex simulation so realistic it convinces its inhabitant that it's real. It is also exactly the sort of thing you would expect Muse to write an album about, as it allows them to indulge in camp sci-fi fantasy while keeping an air of intelligence.  More

Nov 09, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

The "acoustic" album, more often than not, is a risky move. Yet, on J Mascis' latest solo, "acoustic" album, Elastic Days, the immortal indie shredder regresses into a catastrophically vulnerable state of mind. More

Richard Swift

The Hex

Secretly Canadian

Nov 08, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

The western frontier was an unforgiving place. Each town you rode into seemed to come with its own set of rules you had to navigate and adjust to immediately on arrival. And while this punishing and unpredictable environment often broke people down, it also was animated by a triumphant spirit of discovery and possibility.  More

Nov 07, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Ty Segall is a restless, erudite insomniac. Since January of 2018, Segall has dropped two full-length studio albums. Freedom's Goblin, a monstrous solo effort, and Joy, a full length with longtime creative buddy White Fence.  More

Nov 06, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Imagine a wanderer, and you'll probably conjure images of an aimless solo traveller, trudging along a dusty, sun-beaten track, guitar slung over one shoulder; it's a word synonymous with rootlessness, with the rejection of a fixed home, certainty and structure.  More

Nov 05, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

One of the otherworldly bands that made eclectic record label 4AD so appealing in the '80s, Dead Can Dance, the duo of multi-instrumentalist Brendan Perry and surreal vocalist Lisa Gerrard, are still going strong and celebrate the end of a 6-year hiatus with another ethereal and haunting, yet upbeat recording. More

Nov 02, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Within the first offering of Spencer Krug's towering swan song album as Moonface before he moves on with his solo composing sans alias, there is a signature stroke that nods to why he is one of the great musical outliers of this century.  More