Oct 01, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

The past few years have seen Mark Ronson skyrocket into the higher echelon of producer/DJ/soul/dance music pioneers. More

Sep 30, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

With at least a half-dozen "best of" compilations dedicated to collecting Dick Dale's red hot guitar licks, do we need another? Probably not, but I certainly welcome any chance to reacquaint myself with one of the most incredible and influential guitarists of all time. More

Brad

Best Friends?

Monkeywrench

Sep 29, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

With its fourth album, Brad continues to be an under-appreciated band. Perhaps Best Friends? will change that. More

Sep 28, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

On a day that hundreds of people walked past junkies in a New York park and barely registered their presence, David Cross may have been the only one to see the humor in the heroin-enhanced citizens' determined ability to remain upright at all times. More

Oval

O

Thrill Jockey

Sep 24, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

The music of Oval seems constructed to be wildly polarizing to its listeners. Fans will likely consider Oval’s new two-disc O to be their magnum opus, while others might label a full run-through to be a maddening endurance test.

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The Walkmen

Lisbon

Fat Possum

Sep 19, 2010 Music Issue #32 - Summer 2010 - Wasted on the Youth

It’s hard to forget the frenetic, desperate energy of The Walkmen’s breakout album, 2004’s Bows + Arrows, when listening to just about everything else they’ve recorded.  More

Sep 17, 2010 Music Issue #32 - Summer 2010 - Wasted on the Youth

“You fetishistize the archetype,” of Montreal ringleader Kevin Barnes chides on track “Like a Tourist.” Perhaps he’s scolding himself. On False Priest, Barnes once again calls on the cabaret king archetype he’s carefully constructed over the past nine albums, inhabiting the role of glitter-dipped, master of ceremonies with the ease of an old shirt. More

Magic Kids

Memphis

True Panther

Sep 16, 2010 Music Issue #32 - Summer 2010 - Wasted on the Youth

Magic Kids’ glittery retro-pop debut was named Memphis for good reason. Doug Easley recorded the summery record at his River City studio, and, like its namesake, Memphis serves as a meeting point for R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, girl groups, and soul.  More

jj

nº 2 (reissue)

Secretly Canadian

Sep 14, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

The singing is simply pleasant, the lyrics, banal (sample: “It takes you down at the speed of sound/when you’re on the ground you never think that you’ll get up”), and the instrumentals float in and out as though tinged by that mysterious leaf that is on the cover (Hint: it aint’ oregano). So what exactly makes jj’s debut album jj nº 2  (recently released by new home, Secretly Canadian) so darn appealing? More