Jun 23, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

With its debut, this Chicago-based, neo-psych four-piece nearly achieves the trippy sonic masterpiece it seems to have envisioned. Referencing '60s pop, '70s psychedelia, and '90s shoegaze, Apparitions often hits its mark. More

Steve Mason

Boys Outside

Double Six/Domino

Jun 22, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

For years, Steve Mason's debt-ridden music career has been under the raised axe of the executioner. If there's any justice in this world, widespread acclaim for Boys Outside will grant a permanent stay of execution for the one-time Beta Band frontman. More

Jun 21, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

The first thing that will shock most listeners about Rawhide's Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites is that the Hollywood icon's voice is incredibly smooth. More

Jun 18, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

Shadow is a near-perfect title for the new album from Glasgow's Teenage Fanclub, because for U.S. fans the band is an enigma. It's been five years since Fanclub's last release, the band rarely tours, and didn't even have a decent website until recently. More

Turin Brakes

Outbursts

Cooking Vinyl

Jun 17, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

There are two distinct groups that like the U.K.-based duo Turin Brakes. First group: those who own every album, notice minute distinctions in style, have a distinct memory attached to every song, think they were robbed of the Mercury Music Prize, and make big fools of themselves around the band. More

Jun 16, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

It is such a raging disappointment when you hear an album that you thought defined an era for you years after the fact and you can't find one thing on the album that you can hook yourself onto. More

Jun 14, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

It's hard to believe it's been almost 40 years since Graham Nash released his first solo album, Songs for Beginners. Debuting in 1971 while on hiatus from Crosby, Stills & Nash, the album was the first to showcase Nash's superb songwriting skills front and center, driven by a voice that so easily conveyed a complexity of emotion while retaining a certain innocence. More

Suckers

Wild Smile

Frenchkiss

Jun 14, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

Hearing "Save Your Love for Me," the opening track from Suckers' debut album, for the first time, one thought in particular will probably strike more than one listener:  Hopefully the rest of this album is just as audacious. More

Here We Go Magic

Pigeons

Secretly Canadian

Jun 11, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

The second album from Luke Temple's Here We Go Magic expands on the sound of his self-titled debut, which created rhythms and melodies from scratch, rotating them around each other in unexpected ways. More