Mar 08, 2011 Music Web Exclusive

With High and Inside, everyone's favorite baseball-loving indie-rock super group is back again with the second volume of its odes to the national pastime. And this time they have brought their friends. More

Radiohead

The King of Limbs

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Mar 07, 2011 Music Web Exclusive

(We're running multiple reviews of Radiohead's The King of Limbs. Read one written by Jim Scott here and below is Laura Studarus' take on the album.) Radiohead, as we know it, is dead. The English quintet that blossomed from early '90s rock poster children to new century electro weirdos, has returned after four years in the studio with The King of Limbs, their eight full-length. But rather than shake up fans by delivering either a truly terrible album or an innovative collection (or even a terribly innovative collection), we’ve been given a standard workhorse album—eight songs of expert, paint-by-numbers Radioheadness. More

La Sera

La Sera

Hardly Art

Mar 04, 2011 Music Issue #35 - Winter 2011 - Death Cab for Cutie

La Sera is the new project from Vivian Girls’ bassist/vocalist Katy Goodman. More

Mar 03, 2011 Music Web Exclusive

David Lowery’s solo debut is a laid-back and hazy, Americana-esque album that benefits from subtle instrumental flourishes, while putting at the fore the lyrical wit and wry storytelling that has become his trademark. More

Mar 02, 2011 Music Issue #35 - Winter 2011 - Death Cab for Cutie

The Dears' last album, 2008’s Missiles, came at a fractious time in the band’s history. More

Mar 01, 2011 Music Web Exclusive

When broken down, there’s nothing terribly unique about the building blocks of James Blake’s eponymous debut. Soulful vocals—more Motown than anytown—are flattened with (shutter) vocoder, and stirred into minimalist beats. It’s an oddball gathering of elements that one imagines could have been developed any singer/songwriter desperate to elevate his work past the bar and into the limelight. However, the odd assemblage works thanks to Blake’s ability to recognize a hook, leaving him as a go-to guy for gestalt—even if the ghost of Jamie Lidell’s back catalogue hangs heavy over the proceedings. More

Mar 01, 2011 Music Web Exclusive

Revolver's debut full length, 2010’s Music for a While, was a harmony-filled homage to the greatness of such bands as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel, and with two new originals and two covers, the Parallel Lives EP is a good primer for the uninitiated. More

Feb 28, 2011 Music Issue #35 - Winter 2011 - Death Cab for Cutie

Akron/Family offer up another full-length on Dead Oceans and continue loosely with the trajectory (or restless non-trajectory) they initiated on 2009’s Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free. More

Radiohead

The King of Limbs

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Feb 25, 2011 Music Web Exclusive

The King of Limbs opens with a snappy, off-kilter drumbeat, call-and-response electronics, and then Thom Yorke singing, “Open your mouth wide.” One minute into “Bloom” and the band’s first new album in four years, and the expectations could not be higher. And then… the beat continues, the electronics pulse on, and Yorke occasionally dips his toes in with a few lines here and there. “Bloom” never reaches the astounding heights Radiohead has become known for, but then again, neither does The King of Limbs. More