Oct 31, 2017 Music Issue #62 - Julien Baker

Mood swings abound on Baxter Dury's whimsical album Prince of Tears. It's what can be expected from an artist that creates original music sounding like a combination of a less trippy of Montreal and a less quirky The Real Tuesday Weld all while channeling Lou Reed.   More

Oct 30, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

George Harrison would have turned 74 this year. He died in 2001 and his untimely death at such a relatively young age still haunts his fans, whose admiration for Harrison extends far beyond his role as one of the four Beatles, or even as a solo musical artist.  More

Jessie Ware

Glasshouse

PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope

Oct 27, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

The indie world doesn't exactly embrace sentimentality. There's emotion, sure, and lots of it, but it's often more on the side of heartbreak and depression than the side that celebrates love found, loyalty, and devotion. Perhaps it seems too easy to swing for the fences, to make a bid for big, relatable, emotional sentimentality.  More

John Maus

Screen Memories

Ribbon Music

Oct 26, 2017 Music Issue #62 - Julien Baker

If the test of time is the only true measure of an album's worth then John Maus's We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves is close to being a classic. In the six years that have passed since it was met with unanimous acclaim, the record's synthesized enclaves feel as alive and energized as they did in 2011. More

Oct 25, 2017 Music Issue #62 - Julien Baker

"Is that what you want? For me to be miserable like you?," Julien Baker sings accusingly on "Even." Unlike the morose and heartfelt debut Sprained Ankle, Baker's follow-up album treads the line of hard resolve, outwardly and internally, more than compromising sadness.  More

Chloé

Endless Revisions

Lumière Noire

Oct 24, 2017 Music Issue #62 - Julien Baker

One would be forgiven for hearing icy detachment in a cursory audition of Chloé's new record, her first in seven years, but upon closer inspection, there's actually a vulnerable, meditative tenderness to Endless RevisionsMore

Oct 23, 2017 Music Issue #62 - Julien Baker

Cécile Schott (aka Colleen) likes to keep it fresh. Having only recently introduced vocals to her immaculate ambient compositions, the French multi-instrumentalist throws up another curveball on Colleen's sixth LP by dropping her instrumental mainstaythe viola da gambafor a Septavox synthesizer. More

Destroyer

ken

Destroyer: ken (Merge)

Oct 20, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Destroyer has always been an incongruous name, the music hardly conjuring up a blast of hard rock. That was Dan Bejar's point, but there's something constantly overwhelming about his music. Especially as he continues to experiment and add new tricks, Bejar has a knack of filling every pocket of air, which he does again on his 12th studio album, ken. More

Oct 19, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Three years after their last release, The Barr Brothers have emerged from isolated recording sessions in a remote Canadian cabin with their finest album to date. Queens of the Breakers is the rewarding result from writing and recording without any advance preparation for the first time, a musical blank slate that allowed the trio to create such imaginative genre blends and captivating melodies.  More