Distant Star

By the Time It Gets Dark

May 10, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Oslo-based indie rock heroes Spielbergs show some remarkable power-pop chops on this, their debut EP. Blending the charging, melodic surge of Superchunk with the arms-aloft overdrive of Japandroids, the Norwegian three-piece vault through opener "We Are All Going to Die," before picking out an early 2000s NY-inspired guitar-line on anthem "Daisy! It's the New Me." More

May 10, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

If you spend enough time in London, avoiding the overtly upper-class locations and just take in the atmosphere and culture of the city at large, you can begin to understand the inspiration behind its music scene.  More

May 09, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Owing much to the stagnant nature of modern country music, Kacey Musgravesalong with acts like Chris Stapleton and...well, that's pretty much ithas appeared to be somewhat a beacon of hope that this genre isn't all outdated musings of heady optimism, pick-up trucks, and religious overtones.  More

May 09, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

In 2014, Tinashe was on the cusp of a mainstream breakthrough. Her debut album, Aquarius, had received critical acclaim and comparisons to fellow fast-rising artists FKA twigs and Kelela, as well as comparisons to R&B legends Janet Jackson and Aaliyah.  More

May 08, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are best known for their work in the post-punk, blues-rock, ass-kickin' posses Grinderman and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. But the two are slowly gaining traction as reliable composers for penning original scores for television and motion picture soundtracks. More

May 08, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

To create an album, without lyrics, that is worth listening to in a world that is so fast-paced and is informed so much by what has gone before that we liked, can be a daunting prospect. In the last few years, producers have fallen succinctly into two camps as they either deliver masterpiecesOneohtrix Point Never, Todd Terje, Aphex Twinor fall completely flat on their face-Bing & Ruth, The Orb.  More

May 07, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Although Janelle Monáe has never been shy, she has not always spoken openly about her beliefs. Her past albums, The ArchAndroid and The Electric Lady, were extravagant genre-mash-ups that pulled ideas from rock and classical music as effectively as they did from soul and hip-hop. However, they were essentially concept albums. More

The Sea and Cake

Any Day

Thrill Jockey

May 07, 2018 Music Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

Delivering your first record in six years sets a high bar for any band to try and meet in this age of streaming and diminishing attention spans. Chicago stalwarts The Sea and Cake had the added pressure of appealing to fans both and new with the absence of one of their key members, bassist Eric Claridge. More

May 04, 2018 Music Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

Rebound marks Eleanor Friedberger's fourth solo release since the disbandment/extended hiatus of her former band The Fiery Furnaces in 2011, a band that she was a member of alongside her brother Matthew Friedberger.  More