Grooms

Exit Index

Western Vinyl

Dec 14, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

"Where are my millions?," Grooms' frontman Travis Johnson sings in nearly a catatonic stupor on the crepuscular Exit Index opener "The Directory." It conveys the dystopian nightmare of living in modern America, a fool's gold promise predicated upon avarice and a disdain for aesthetic beauty, making money and gaining power at any cost possible. More

Dec 13, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Margo Price is one of the most praised alt-country singers of the last few years. Her aclaimed  2016 debut Midwest Farmer's Daughter is now followed by this, her second proper studio LP (although an EP entitled Weakness was released earlier this year).  More

Acetone

1992-2001

Light in the Attic

Dec 12, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Underappreciated during their lifetime, the Los Angeles slowcore group Acetone are finally receiving some of the attention that they have long deserved via this fantastic compilation on the venerable Light in the Attic label.  More

Dec 11, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Guiding Light's debut is a mysterious, haunting trip, and one of the best melodic psych albums of the year. More

Dec 08, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Sneaking into Austin's Liberty Lunch in 1990 was one of my high points during the twilight of my teen years. Being 18 years old and broke during my first year of college made an instant miscreant out of me.  More

Godflesh

Post Self

Avalanche

Dec 07, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

At some point, Justin Broadrick must reconcile his past with his present. Listeners have shown the willingness to adapt to any iteration he devises. Even the reiteration of his signature project, Godflesh, finds fans welcoming it with wrenched-open arms. More

Dec 06, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

The first thing to get out of the way is how insane this 1980 project was from the start: Robert Altman, five years removed from Nashville, was given a big budget to direct a Popeye movie in an era when every movie wasn't descended from a comic.  More

U2

Songs of Experience

Interscope/Island

Dec 05, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

There's not much new musical ground U2 can break and not much new that can be written about one of the most well-known and popular rock bands in history. The band of four has had their ups and downs over a sometimes turbulent career spanning the better part of four decades now.  More

Dec 04, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

It's hard to imagine this now, but when Automatic for the People came out 25 years ago in 1992, it was hot on the heels of the previous year's gargantuanly successful Out of Time. "Losing My Religion" was ubiquitous and unavoidable everywhere you went and the anticipation for a new album by the kingpins of the '80s college radio/alternative rock scene turned mainstream stars was at a fever pitch.  More