Dec 19, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Coming straight off of last year's sparse, harrowing, raw Brace the Wave, the new Apocalypse Fetish EP feels like an extension of the mood, vibe, and sound of that excellent, heartfelt, deeply personal LP. More

Dec 16, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl celebrates 20 years of label existence by having a number of its artists run free with covers of their labelmates' songs. The result is a stylistic cornucopia made doubly pleasing by the obvious joy and care involved in musicians taking liberties with their peers' creations. More

Dec 15, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

The My Morning Jacket frontman is back with a follow up to his 2013 debut solo release Regions of Light and Sound of GodJim James is an artist whose work is clearly born of deep and varied influences, a man who takes his music seriously and for whom emotional resonance is a key anchor. More

Dec 15, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

LVL UP in an anachronistic sense are heirs poised to inherit Sub Pop's "Shins mantle," a classic pop act overlapping into the Venn diagram of commercialism.  More

Dec 14, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Weyes Blood, aka Natalie Mering, is a musician who spent copious time early in her musical career delving deeply into DIY ventures and noise projects such as Jackie-O Motherfucker and Nautical Almanac.  More

David Bazan

Dark Sacred Night

Suicide Squeeze

Dec 14, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

It's intrinsically difficult to review a holiday album given that it's intended to be listened to for only two months per year. The provenance for David Bazan's began in 2002, while he was still recording as Pedro the Lion.  More

DIANA

Familiar Touch

Culvert Music

Dec 13, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Familiar Touch, the sophomore album from Toronto band DIANA, sounds familiar. Its shadowy '80s inspired synth-pop style, which wavers between energetic and sullen, is in-line with the throwback sound that has submerged contemporary pop music.  More

Dec 12, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Swedish outfit The Radio Dept. explores some darker spaces on their first studio album since 2010's Clinging to a Scheme, with their irrepressible pop gifts maintaining a buoyancy that doesn't disrupt the tenor of the lyrics.   More

Dec 09, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Ten years ago, Colin Meloy and his merry band of murder balladeers broke out from the indie label circuit with their Capitol Records debut, The Crane Wife. By that point, we all knew The Decemberists as a quirky Portland outfit with a flare for folk-tinged storytelling and a particular appeal to bookish liberal arts majors.  More