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Ra Ra Riot

Superbloom

Rob the Rich/Caroline

Sep 06, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Ra Ra Riot is a hybrid of Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, and The Shins, which is probably a winning formula in 2019. More

Miles Davis

Rubberband

Rhino/Warner

Sep 05, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Reviewing a Miles Davis album is a tricky thing to do. Reviewing a "lost" Miles Davis album that fans have been salivating over the prospect of for more than 30 years feels more than tricky, it feels potentially dangerous. More

Sep 04, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

The substance of a !!! record is largely found in its style. Over their two-decade running time, the band pronounced as "chk chk chk" has, for better or worse, remained wedded to the dance hall origins.  More

Sep 03, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Californian punks Ceremony have always prided themselves as being distinctive and standing out from the crowd. Not in an outlandish or boorish way, but more by the diverse nature of their influences. More

Whitney

Forever Turned Around

Secretly Canadian

Aug 30, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

It seems it would be sacrilege for Whitney to release an album in a season other than summer. The Chicago six-piece's 2016 debut album, Light Upon the Lake, seamlessly incorporated a bright, jammy, but somewhat sluggish country-rock ambiance, the sound of sluggish August heat and the triumph of fresh, new love.  More

Aug 29, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

From its opening notes, When We Are Inhuman establishes a sound that's lush and autumnal yet warmly worn free of polish, like a piece of finely crafted antique furniture. It's a well-suited match for the voice of mercurial indie nomad Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy).  More

Aug 28, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Only 18 months after his astounding record Transangelic Exodus brought Ezra Furman high acclaim, appearing on almost every best of the year list that counts, Twelve Nudes crashes into the world. It's very different to Exodus in many ways, yet very similar in its breathtaking consistency of quality. More

Aug 28, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

After 2000's magnificent and deeply underrated Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2), New Wave/modern rock legends XTC went on a hiatus that never ended, resulting in a subsequent breakup in the musical partnership between mainstays Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding in the mid to late 2000s. More

Aug 27, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

A lot has changed since The Futureheads' last release, 2012's entirely a capella Rant. When they quietly disbanded in 2013 due to lead vocalist and guitarist Barry Hyde's serious mental health issues they left us with a strong back-catalogue.  More