Mar 27, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

There's a common phrase placed on art: "a meditation on death," which makes both the art and the act of grieving and realization of mortality seem like a gentle breeze. More

Mar 27, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Screaming Females inevitably get compared to Sleater-Kinney. Both are power trios, both play loud, simple indie rock, and both are led by women who absolutely wail.  More

Pelican

The Cliff EP

Southern Lord

Mar 26, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Given three remixes here, "The Cliff" began as an instrumental track on Pelican's 2013 post-metal must-have, Forever BecomingMore

Kendrick Lamar

To Pimp a Butterfly

TDE/Aftermath/Interscope

Mar 25, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Kendrick Lamar is not reluctant when it comes to being the voice of a generation. He may sound conflicted about his actions on record—insecure, remorseful, angry, pensive, probing—but he doesn't shirk the responsibility that comes with the power he has over his listeners. More

Fishboy

An Elephant

Self-Released

Mar 24, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

And you thought a concept album about a deaf, dumb, and blind pinball player was silly. Well, get this: a pop-rock opera about the elephant that was publicly electrocuted by Thomas Edison's Edison Manufacturing Company in 1903, in part to demonstrate the dangers of alternating current. More

Liturgy

The Ark Work

Thrill Jockey

Mar 23, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Liturgy takes underground metal's confounded expectations, along with their own progressive black metal vision, to the nth degree on The Ark Work. More

Mar 20, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Just where did Courtney Barnett come from? One moment she's an anonymous Australian singer/songwriter with a tangled mop of hair, the next she's at the helm of the new grunge revival. For someone who has released only a few—relatively impressive—EPs, it has been a meteoric rise. More

Mar 19, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

"Come on fellas, we gotta pay respect," announces the self-proclaimed "funkiest man around." What are Jon Spencer and his Blues Explosion comrades paying respect to, exactly? Well, to New York City, of course. More

Mar 18, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

The first thing that needs to be said about Moon Duo: if you can't bear repetition, they're probably not for you.  More