Rostam

Half-Light

Nonesuch

Sep 15, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

It's hard to believe Rostam Batmanglij is only now releasing his debut solo album. A vital cog in Vampire Weekend until recently, he also collaborated with Hamilton Leithauser on last year's excellent I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, and scored The OA, a stylish and baffling Netflix sci-fi show co-written and directed by his brother. But believe it or not, Half-Light is the first time he's ventured out on his own. More

Sep 15, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Sløtface (pronounced Slutface, and spelt that way until censorship provoked a re-think) bring a classic pop-punk sound with explosively direct lyrics. The Norwegian four-piece manage to be both a throwback and something refreshingly forward looking as a result. More

Deerhoof

Mountain Moves

Joyful Noise

Sep 14, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

It's a good sign when the opening seconds of an album sound cool enough to just loop and repeat, and Deerhoof pull that off on Mountain Moves, their fourteenth album.  More

Sep 14, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

The earnest spirit of Sonic Youth resides within Lee Ranaldo's soul. Yet, it is his heart that he pours out in his first album since 2013, Electric Trim.  More

Sep 13, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Open Mike Eagle's sixth album is rooted deep in the art-rapper's Chicago background. While Dark Comedy cast its thematic net wider, covering everything from Mike's appreciation for Adventure Time to a dreary drive through Idaho, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream hones in on a number of more timely topics like black excellence, faith, and the impending apocalypse. More

Sep 12, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

On the third album from electronic duo Mount Kimbie (Dominic Maker and Kai Campos), it is the gnarly stuff that is best. Once the storming drums really get going, "Blue Train Lines" featuring King Krule, a long-time Mount Kimbie collaborator (and young English maverick in his own right), is a wonderfully troubled, breathless anthem. More

Sep 12, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Although only two post-Big Star tracks that he recorded in 1974 and 1975 were released during Chris Bell's short lifetime, some of the recordings finally came out as I Am the Cosmos in 1992 on Rykodisc and again in 2009 as an expanded two-disc set on Rhino Handmade.  More

Wild Cub

Closer

Mom + Pop

Sep 11, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Wild Cub tread a fine line between infectiously danceable tunes and '80s chart show parody. Sometimes as the synth kicks up a gear and the vocals rise in turn, it's easy to imagine Keegan DeWitt's Nashville-based band dressed in white suits, bopping on the spot while clicking their fingers in sync. More

Ted Leo

The Hanged Man

Self-Released

Sep 08, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Though he released a self-titled album with Aimee Mann under the name The Both back in 2014, Ted Leo has been unusually quiet this decade. For an artist who released an album every few years and toured relentlessly in the '90s with his band Chisel and then in the '00s with his backing band The Pharmacists, his absence was striking.  More