Michael Chapman

True North

Paradise of Bachelors

Feb 07, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

To hear Michael Chapman for the very first time can be a confounding experience. The British progressive-folk statesman's music is hypnotic, elaborate, sentimental; any cushy description feels facile, pointlessChapman's 40-plus album discography consists of enchanting guitar craftsmanship that's too dense to be considered American Primitive, too complex to be folk, too rustic to come close to jazz. More

FEELS

Post Earth

Wichita

Feb 07, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

FEELS, the buzzy L.A. psych-rockers who are amongst Ty Segall's favorite local bands-Segall is also a long time producer for the quartet-sound like they mixed the past 30 years of SoCal punk and Pacific Northwest indie rock with a dropper of liquid LSD in a liquor bottle and smashed it atop their heads. More

Feb 06, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Jamie Stewart had rested on his laurels for a while. Though 2017's Forget challenged gender norms and flayed a few nerves, reigning electroclash champs Xiu Xiu toned down the jump scares and turned in a rather seductive trip, with much of the same color swathes from 2014's Angel Guts: Red Classroom.  More

Feb 06, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Pop-friendly soul can have a decidedly generic feel to it when done badly but for the most part here on her third full-length, Emily King traces the well-worn outlines of accessible R&B at the least adequately and, particularly in the early minutes of the record, pretty damn well. More

Jessica Pratt

Quiet Signs

Mexican Summer

Feb 05, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Freak folk songstress Jessica Pratt leans in on Tropicalia; the '60s hybrid of Brazilian and African rhythms fused with pop. Hallmarks of odd time signatures and unconventional song structures are already idiosyncratic to Pratt's songwriting. "This Time Around" is darker in tone and more introspective.  More

Weezer

Weezer (The Teal Album)

Crush Music/Atlantic

Feb 05, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

What is the deal with Toto's "Africa?" I ask purely from the perspective of a critic confused by how this glossy and very silly '80s pop song has captured the public's imagination over all of the other glossy and very silly '80s pop song. If I knew the answer, I imagine I might be able to appreciate The Teal Album. More

Panda Bear

Buoys

Domino

Feb 04, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

What type of music has Noah Lennox not made? Between his discography with Animal Collective and a steady stream of solo work as Panda Bear, Lennox, the Lisbon, Portugal-via-Baltimore avant-gardist has covered and furthermore bolstered a patchwork of ambient, neo-psychedelia, experimental chamber-pop, and bedroom-pop, the latter not as much a formal genre but a phenomenon Lennox laboriously contributed to over the past two decades. More

Cherry Glazerr

Stuffed and Ready

Secretly Canadian

Feb 01, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Prior to now, Clementine Creevy and her Cherry Glazerr crew were just hanging out. 2017's Apocalipstick eschewed formal honesty for situational slacking-the slow-blooming feminist, escapades in the kitchen, dirty underwear worn three days in a row. Good times, by every party guest's standards. More

MONO

Nowhere Now Here

Temporary Residence

Feb 01, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Back in league with longtime engineer Steve Albini, Japan's foremost orchestral guitar-rock exports MONO offer up their 10th studio album in their 20th year as a band. More