Nov 02, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

1988's Big Thing is widely regarded as the worst Duran Duran album. But similar to Notorious, released two years earlier, the music on Big Thing sounds better now than it did 20 years ago. More

Nov 02, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Now that we're a few decades out from the often terrible but always fun musical landscape of the 1980s, it's easier to get some perspective on some of the era's biggest bands and biggest releases. More

Nov 01, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Modern music is just as guilty of setting the stage for a mega ’80s comeback as are the artists who defined the era. The synthesizer has pushed its way back to the top of the mix and so it makes—musical—sense for the instrument’s masters to give things another go. More

Oct 29, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

This has been a banner year for San Francisco's Fresh and Onlys: a U.K. tour with Deerhunter, an invitation (via Matt Groening) to play All Tomorrow's Parties, festivals in New York and Big Sur, and a rapid succession of 7" records that have been selling out as fast as labels can release them. Ending the year with Play it Strange and a November tour with Clinic puts a fine feather on their 2010 hat. More

Oct 28, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Much like their synth guru forefathers, Hot Chip write and arrange music that was meant to be remixed by people who were born to make us dance. Although they've released three consecutive critically acclaimed records, Hot Chip albums as beginning-to-end complete musical statements arefranklyoverrated. More

Oct 27, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Swedish-born singer Robin Miriam Carisson, better known as Robyn, has a proven track record of making effortless, forward-thinking, and sophisticated pop music. She's never made a bad album and since her 1995 debut Robyn has consistently kept critics and listeners on the edge of their seats always wanting more. More

Oct 26, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Tom Krell, the man behind How to Dress Well, has been strategically releasing snippets from his ethereal debut, Love Remains, for over a year and given the overwhelmingly positive response to those previews it comes as no surprise that the album has become one of 2010's most hyped. More

The Phantom Band

The Wants

Chemikal Underground

Oct 22, 2010 Music Issue #33 - Fall 2010 - Interpol

The Phantom Band released one of 2009's truly underrated records in Checkmate Savage. A captivating hodgepodge of Tom Waits-like junkshop instrumentation, Krautish rhythms, and a Will Oldham-infused folk fascination, the record hopscotched dramatically stylistically, but still cohered into a satisfying whole. More

Das Racist

Sit Down, Man

Mad Decent/Greedhead/Mishka

Oct 21, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Das Racist's two 2010 mixtapes, Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man, (both free) are packed with music that's at times complex and direct, and churlish and witty. Their first single, "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," was the definition of a novelty song, but those that dig deeper are rewarded with a smart hip-hop group swirling amongst the bong smoke. More