The Cure

4:13 Dream

Suretone/Geffen

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

The Cure’s thirteenth album, released after yet another four-year wait (since 1992’s Wish, they’ve been following the same schedule as the Summer Olympics—probably not intentionally) begins with a wonderful one-two punch. More

Crooked Fingers

Forfeit/Fortune

Red Pig/Constant Artists

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Putting on a pair of headphones and listening to Forfeit/Fortune is like stepping into a weird museum—everything catches the eye and the constant wonder is, “How did someone put all this in one place?” More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Dark Developments brings together Athens, Georgia musicians Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power in one of the most intriguing collaborations of the year. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Those who recognize Chairlift’s mesmeric single “Bruises” from an iPod Nano commercial will probably be surprised to hear the rest of the trio’s debut long-player. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

I reviewed Pelle Carlberg’s last record, and I was halfway tempted to turn in the same review this time around. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

As is the case with many avant-garde composers past and present, the material of Simon Bookish (aka Leo Chadburn) is simply too weird, obtuse, and left field to ever be popular outside of elitist art circles, let alone most self-described indie rock enthusiasts. More

Bloc Party

Intimacy

Atlantic

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

From the opening notes of  debut Silent Alarm, Bloc Party has given the impression of a band that’s in it for the long haul. Silent Alarm contained a perfect balance of adventurousness and safety, the latter in the form of tightly constructed pop songs. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music

They’ve always flirted with dance music, with the best moments of their first two releases often driven by barbed guitars and angular hooks that were often underscored by a remarkably propulsive rhythm section that locked down airtight grooves. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

In one form or another, nearly the entire history of rock ’n’ roll has been devoted to rebelling against society. But on the followup to Love Is All’s crush-worthy 2005 debut, Nine Times the Same Song, singer Josephine Olausson devotes nearly every song to simply avoiding society. More