Oct 13, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Where the Action Is! is the Southern California answer to 2007's San Francisco box set, Love Is the Song We Sing. With some exceptions, that NorCal Nuggets set focused on the infinitely collected works of the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Santana, and other Summer of Love bands. This new LA compilation digs much deeper and dredges some stellar tracks to the surface with 101 tracks spread over four discs and supplemented by copious amounts of liner notes about the bands, producers, and the stories behind the songs. More

Oct 12, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

On its self-titled sophomore release, San Francisco's Or, The Whale offers a collection of 11 sweet country tunes that thrive mostly on tight, soulful, and slightly twangy harmonies.  More

Oct 09, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

With a dark, more experimental sound and no help from her longtime band The Licks, Terra Incognita (which roughly translates to "uncharted territory") seems an appropriate title for Juliette Lewis' first proper solo album. More

Oct 08, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Regardless of your views on love, marriage—or Michael Cera's status as an indie heartthrob—writing off the Paper Heart soundtrack in its entirety would be like pulling a football away from Charlie Brown as he goes to kick it—heartless, cold... and all too tempting.  More

Oct 07, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

It's a little insulting to describe a Scarlett Johansson record in movie terms, since by all accounts, she takes the whole thing very seriously. However, Break Up, her second record, feels as pat as a bad romantic comedy, with Yorn miscast as one of the leads.  More

Oct 06, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Though Alberta Cross originally hail from London, their Neil Young-inspired vocals, watery guitars, and psychedelic production sound like they could have come tumbling out of Alabama or the hills of L.A.'s Laurel Canyon, efficiently appropriating the darker Southern Rock sound with an added tendency for narrative, dynamic arcs.    More

The Shaky Hands

Let it Die

Kill Rock Stars

Oct 05, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

After the departure of their drummer Colin Anderson and frontman Nicholas Delffs' "soul-searching" trip to India, Portland's The Shaky Hands are back where we left them on their third release: making rootsy post-punk. More

Oct 05, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

In their seemingly endless run of touring, most notably in support of Eddie Vedder on the Pearl Jam frontman's solo treks of the last couple years, Liam Finn and Eliza-Jane Barnes established themselves as perhaps the most electrifying live duo since The White Stripes. This EP follow up to Finn's 2007 debut, I'll Be Lightning, features Finn and Barnes trying to establish on record the identity they have so successfully forged on stage. More

Oct 02, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

A supergroup made up of drummers brings to mind all the wrong images: primarily that of multiple rotating drum kits with an absurd amount of toms, banging out hour-long solos that were only originally created as a way for everyone else in the band to go backstage and do blow. Luckily Drummer is not that band. More