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

Inlets

Inter Arbiter

twosyllable

Jun 09, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Sebastian Krueger, mastermind of Inlets, has toured with My Brightest Diamond and hung with Feist. But on his debut full-length Inter Arbiter, he channels his inner gentleman, creating a sweet orchestral ambient pop soundscape that owes more to Grizzly Bear or DM Stith than his strong-willed female co-workers. More

Jun 08, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

In 1989, The Cure turned mope up to 11 for their eighth studio album, Disintegration, creating a landmark, melancholy, synth-filled haze. Now, 21 years later Rhino is reissuing the goth-lite primer. The Robert Smith curated three-disc set includes the original 12-track album, live versions, and raritiesall demonstrating that the West Sussex quartet can still teach the kids a thing or two. More

Jun 08, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Standard Fare probably don't rate in the history of poorly named bands, but theirs is still an apt moniker. Based out of Sheffield, U.K. (home to the likes of The Human League, Pulp, and Arctic Monkeys, among many others) the trio got their handle from a sign on a city bus, but it's also a fitting descriptor for their sound: the usual influences abound, offering up a generic, if still pleasing pastiche of modern indie stylings. More

Jun 07, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

Blitzen Trapper emerged from almost reckless eclecticism with an instantly identifiable sound, and here they throw still more '70s hallmarks into their heady indie Americana stew. More

Mi Ami

Steal Your Face

Thrill Jockey

Jun 04, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Let's just get it out of the way at the start: Mi Ami has a divisive singer. Daniel Martin-McCormick's caterwauls are going to send some listeners home immediately, with a style that draws on hardcore predecessors like, say, Ian Svenonius or Guy Picciotto, but an octave up, and with more of a nod to the No Wave shrieks of Arto Lindsay or Lydia Lunch back in the day. More

Sleigh Bells

Treats

Mom + Pop/NEET

Jun 03, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Despite a name that evokes thoughts of Christmas kitsch and a stage persona that leaves many cold, Sleigh Bells are here to stay. With the blown-out speaker quality of last year's widely-circulated, under-produced demos ("Ring Ring," "Crown on the Ground," "Beach Girls," "Infinity Guitars") tamed to a more palatable squeal, multi-instrumentalist Derek Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss have created a delicious summer album, shimmying through the worlds of pop, electro, and hip-hop like a pair of sugar-buzzed kids in a candy store. More