Oct 12, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Last year, Chicago-based electronic musician Dexter Tortoriello achieved the ultimate American dream—leaving it all behind. Tortoriello decamped to Hawaii where, before the money ran out and civilization came calling, he and girlfriend Megan Messina created All NightHouses’ stunningly sensitive debut LP. More

Oct 11, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

While the songs of Swanlights play like a logical extension of the progression from the last two albums by Antony and the Johnsons, they also feel like a possible conclusion, and maybe even a necessary one. More

Oct 08, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Listening to Deerhunter’s second and third albums (Cryptograms and Microcastles) was kind of like watching Neo make that first jump in The Matrix: there was just such a “holy shit”-ness to it all. Here was a band with one record under its belt growing up under our very ears. The distance they traveled over the course of tracks—much less whole albums—was astonishing. On their fourth record (though frontman Bradford Cox seems to record roughly as much as Tupac in his heyday), Deerhunter has settled into a comfortable, yet still thrilling, space. More


The Soft Wave

Smalltown Supersound

Oct 07, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

After recording 2007's In Light with only vintage analog synthesizers, Arp's Alexis Georgopoulos went back to the electronic drawing board and rethought his purity of approach. More

Oct 05, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

The third album by this Texas metal quartet is a sci-fi concept album. If you can get past the thematic silliness, the album is a hell of a trip. If not, you'll be better off waiting for The Sword's next album. More

Oct 04, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

When one thinks of obscure '60s psych rock, one seldom thinks of Illinois. But Spur was the Midwestern gem that could stand toe-to-toe with the greats of the era, mixing psychedelia, pop, countrified jangle, and straight up rock and roll. More

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


Best Friends?


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