Aug 13, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

An album for our Prozac-ed, Xanax-ed times, Bibio's Ambivalence Avenue, as the title suggests, doesn't reach any emotional highs or lows. It fits squarely in the middle, and seems to be just fine there. More

Aug 12, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Stardeath and White Dwarfs sounds like a Spinal Tap-rejected band name. However, from The Birth's cover art image of a man in mid-scream, to singer Dennis Coyne's falsetto, it's difficult not to view them in relationship to another motley crew—The Flaming Lips. The ties run deep: Coyne is the nephew of lead Lip Wayne Coyne, while the other band members have served as Flaming Lips roadies. More

Aug 11, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Bookended by two exciting tracks, the Jesus and Mary Chain-esque "I Wanna Kill," and the seven-plus minute builder "Young Drugs," Crocodiles' first full-length for Fat Possum shows tons of potential. More

Aug 10, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Following in the footsteps of both The Kills and The White Stripes, Band of Skulls' debut sounds like a slicker, poppier version of The Dead Weather. This Southampton, U.K. trio is clearly talented and, with time and by taking a few more risks in terms of song structure and production, could develop into a successful project. More

Aug 07, 2009 Music Issue #27 Summer 2009 - Jarvis Cocker

On the scale of rock star vanity, the solo project comes out on top, just above the supergroup. Add to that an alter ego, and things get dicey. Interpol singer/lyricist Paul Banks tries to break this trend, or ignores it altogether, with his Julian Plenti record. More

Aug 07, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

What can a set of remixers do with the pastoral, acoustic splendor of Balmorhea? Well, they can stretch it out, for one: Eluvium takes the six-minute track "Settler," and pushes it out to a full 17 to kick the record off. And somehow they don't wear out their welcome. They envelop. If you find your way through that experience—including its beyond-subtle, five-minute fade out—you're in the right mood (a trance) for the record.   More

Aug 06, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

As the band's name might suggest, there's a dark stain to U.K.-by-way-of-Australia rockers, Howling Bells. Even lead singer Juanita Stein has the youthful timbre of Eisley's Stacey DuPree, with an added touch of confidence and maturity. More

Aug 05, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

After his tragic death at the age of 32 from lupus, James Dewitt Yancey has gained the kind of notoriety and popularity he never quite achieved in life. There's a certain nakedness to the title and contents of Jay Stay Paid; the album clearly hopes to pay off some of Dilla's debts and support his children. It's difficult to take offense to this plain shilling, especially when the music (the album was produced by Pete Rock) is so great. More

Aug 04, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Two-thirds of Miike Snow (a band not a solo artist) have already proven themselves valuable assets to the world of pop. Having co-written and produced Britney Spears' hit "Toxic" in 2004, Pontus Winnberg and Kristian Carlsson joined forces with Andrew Wyatt to bring you the new self-titled Miike Snow album. More