Oct 01, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

There are few more exhilarating experiences in music than Animal Collective live and in full flight. But anyone who's seen the Baltimore ensemble at their most disorientating will know their aural mastery is never a given. Fortunately Live at 9:30a renowned Washington, DC venuesits at the more pleasurable end of the spectrum, despite being recorded after the release of the impenetrable psych muddle that was Centipede Hz. More



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Sep 30, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein of JR JR (formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) are a uniquely in-sync duo with killer skills for making inventive, unexpectedly great indie pop; albums like 2013's The Speed of Things had Beach Boys-esque levels of ambition and a handful of catchy hits. More

Sep 29, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

It's fitting that Silversun Pickups dropped an epic video by filmmaker Mark Pellington to accompany the lead single "Nightlight" from their new album, Better Nature. L.A.'s favorite alt-rockers have exhibited an appetite for the cinematic since their debut Pikul dropped a decade ago. More

Sep 28, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

If there is anything we've learned about Alison Mosshart over the last decade, it is that she is a damn undeniable star, no matter what setting she's put in. Whether she's dueling with Kills partner Jamie Hince or collaborating with svengali Jack White, she exudes the sort of louche, effortless cool that you expect from rock stars, without ever coming across as apathetic. It's refreshing then that with The Dead Weather, Jack White (the notorious busiest man in rock) is capable of letting Mosshart truly take the reins. More

Sep 25, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Smoke Ring for My Halo remains a lasting statement of purpose and Wakin on a Pretty Daze was a massively generous comfort blanket of an album, but with b'lieve i'm goin down...Kurt Vile finally has gotten down to the essence of what he's been searching for since the beginning.  More

Sep 24, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

So after the fights, the recriminations, and the bitter bile subside, a brand new New Order album surfaces. From the outside looking in, there's a touch of Pink Floyd circa 1987 about Music Complete's genesis, with a bitter estranged founding bassist and key member complaining about the right for the band to exist, while the other members attempt to replicate the extraordinary success of previous records. More

Sep 23, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

As good as CHVRCHES' debut album The Bones of What You Believe was (and it was very good indeed), the whole record did often seem to be running to catch up with arguably the finest opening track on a debut album this decade in "The Mother We Share."  More

Sep 22, 2015 Music Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

Much was made of Youth Lagoon's sheltered psychedelia almost immediately. Fat Possum's quick trigger finger led to the release of Trevor Powers' official debut, The Year of Hibernation, and the album landed on most Best Albums lists by year's end.  More

Sep 21, 2015 Music Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

Before needle touches groove on any Julia Holter record, you can confidently make at least three assumptions about it. It's going to be imaginative; it's going to be immaculate; and it's going to take your breath away. So it's hardly surprising to find the Los Angeles songstress's fourth LP Have You In My Wilderness is all of theseand possibly more. More