Matthew Dear

Bunny

Ghostly International

Nov 19, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

If Matthew Dear wasn't involved in numerous projectsco-founder of Ghostly International, Audion, Jabberjaw, False, and production duties all over the planetfans might have made a fuss about the six years between Bunny and last album Beams. More

Nov 16, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Indie-rock cognoscenti: did you know there is a Dave Matthews album by the name Lillywhite Sessions? Some quick history for the uninitiated: More

Nov 15, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Mark Kozelek reached his half century last year which could cause a period of reflection for some, perhaps slowing down for others. Back for a new Sun Kil Moon record (not the only music he's released this year) he shows no signs of the latter. As for reflecting on life, that's a given for Kozelek. Don't expect anything different from This Is My Dinner.

Charles Bradley

Black Velvet

Dunham/Daptone

Nov 14, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

As posthumous records go, there is nothing quite like Charles Bradley's Black Velvet. The soul singer, who passed away in September 2017, had made a name for himself late in life: first, in his early years, with a career as a James Brown cover artist (where he performed as the eponymous "Black Velvet"); and later, with his discovery by Daptone Records and the release of his debut album, No Time for Dreaming, at the age of 62. More

Tomberlin

At Weddings

Saddle Creek

Nov 13, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

There is no love more restless and anxiety inducing than a love that remains unconfirmed. Unreciprocated love is one thing—you know where you stand at least—whatever pain that may bring, but to be constantly given contradictory impressions of how someone actually feels about you is a pain that can provoke ceaseless torment.  More

Muse

Simulation Theory

Warner Bros.

Nov 12, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Simulation theory, for anyone who hasn't seen The Matrix, is a theory that argues reality is a complex simulation so realistic it convinces its inhabitant that it's real. It is also exactly the sort of thing you would expect Muse to write an album about, as it allows them to indulge in camp sci-fi fantasy while keeping an air of intelligence.  More

Nov 09, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

The "acoustic" album, more often than not, is a risky move. Yet, on J Mascis' latest solo, "acoustic" album, Elastic Days, the immortal indie shredder regresses into a catastrophically vulnerable state of mind. More

Richard Swift

The Hex

Secretly Canadian

Nov 08, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

The western frontier was an unforgiving place. Each town you rode into seemed to come with its own set of rules you had to navigate and adjust to immediately on arrival. And while this punishing and unpredictable environment often broke people down, it also was animated by a triumphant spirit of discovery and possibility.  More

Nov 07, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Ty Segall is a restless, erudite insomniac. Since January of 2018, Segall has dropped two full-length studio albums. Freedom's Goblin, a monstrous solo effort, and Joy, a full length with longtime creative buddy White Fence.  More