May 24, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

For the better part of seven decades, the inimitable Mavis Staples has served us all as prophet and priest. At times, the gospel legend will stand and sings from the periphery with a harsh prophetic voice, calling us all toward our better selves. More

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May 23, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

In 1994 Stereolab were slowly becoming a recognizableif not quite householdname. Television appearances on shows such as Channel 4's The Word and MTV's 120 Minutes had raised the band's profile somewhat to the point where expectations surrounding the imminent arrival of album number three had reached fever pitch in some circles.

May 23, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

If there's one band deserving of some long overdue recognition for their contribution to shaping music it must be Stereolab. More

May 22, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Los Angeles gets a bad reputation from so many people who judge it from their position outside the snowglobe of the city, people whose experience of it is often fleeting and transient. Endless movies and songs have been written about it, tales of disappointment or elegies for dreams deferred. More

May 21, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

On Big Thief's rapturous and microcosmic third album, U.F.O.F., the band find themselves vibrating through the grand designs of nature, looking to the stars and pondering the hidden connections that envelop us all.  More

May 21, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Liverpudlian quartet Clinic have bewildered listeners and confounded expectations for over two decades now. So it shouldn't come as any surprise that Wheeltappers and Shunters continues that trait. More

May 20, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

If I had to name the new Interpol release myself, A Fine Mess might've been my pick without even knowing there was an included song of the same name. More

May 20, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

For their eighth studio albumtheir second since returning from a three year hiatus in 2013Scottish indie rockers Idlewild have returned to their roots by way of producer Dave Eringa.  More

May 17, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Not long into "You Had Your Soul With You" one realizes The National's new album I Am Easy to Find is closely related to their last one, 2017's Sleep Well Beast: they share the same quest for meaning in a fractured world, the same skittering heartbeat, shimmery melodies and abrupt endings. More