Steve Gunn

Way Out Weather

Paradise Of Bachelors

Dec 19, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Steve Gunn continues his drift from the avant-garde world into popular music with another folk-tinged, guitar-worshiping set of tunes here, blending the long and varied history of hypnotic guitar into a perfectly pensive collection. More

Dec 18, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Since the dissolution of Sonic Youth, the world's foremost purveyors of organized noise and guitar feedback, Thurston Moore has been busy with side projects, none of which sounded particularly like his primary band. More

Simple Minds

Big Music

Caroline International

Dec 17, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

For the casual music appreciator, Simple Minds are a one-hit wonder who hit their peak with the ultimate movie ending song for The Breakfast Club with "Don't You Forget About Me." More

Dec 16, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

From the trendsetting groups that came out of the Madchester baggy scene, Inspiral Carpets were the least troublesome, which could be construed as the least hip. This, along with their dab hand at hit singles, has aided in the resilience of the group. More

Charli XCX


Neon Gold/Atlantic

Dec 15, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

We should all be pretty happy that Hot 100 success has done very little to change Charli XCX. After teaming up with hip-hop lightning rod Iggy Azalea for the semi-song-of-the-summer in "Fancy," it was easy to discern that the best part of that track was Charli's bratty, dramatic earworm chorus, and not the mediocre, ghostwritten rhymes from Azalea.  More

Dec 12, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

The Smashing Pumpkins' history can be told in two acts. Act one, an unconventional alt-rock band scores international success with a series of guitar-heavy albums for introverts. Act two, that band goes through a nearly uncountable series of lineup changes and spends the following 15 years releasing a comeback album every now and then, but never recapturing the spark of imagination that fueled their early success. More

Dec 11, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

"Slowcore" might have been the easy tag to pin on the Dallas, Texas band Bedhead, but this comprehensive overview amply illustrates the beauty created in recordings that reveal considerably more than a mere inclination not to break a sweat. More

Dec 10, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

PixiesDoolittle has officially reached the quarter-century mark, meaning the record is old enough to rent a car, get wasted on its own post-punk nihilism, and drive that car into a ditch to the sound of Black Francis' shiver-inducing scream (not that we'd ever endorse that kind of behavior). More

Dec 09, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Eighteen years. That's how long Scotland's most whimsical indie ensemble Belle and Sebastian has been around. For a band that's barely scratched the mainstream surface, it's some achievement, especially as Stuart Murdoch's wistful troupe still look a long way off from calling it quits. More