Jun 18, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

Shadow is a near-perfect title for the new album from Glasgow's Teenage Fanclub, because for U.S. fans the band is an enigma. It's been five years since Fanclub's last release, the band rarely tours, and didn't even have a decent website until recently. More

Turin Brakes

Outbursts

Cooking Vinyl

Jun 17, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

There are two distinct groups that like the U.K.-based duo Turin Brakes. First group: those who own every album, notice minute distinctions in style, have a distinct memory attached to every song, think they were robbed of the Mercury Music Prize, and make big fools of themselves around the band. More

Jun 16, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

It is such a raging disappointment when you hear an album that you thought defined an era for you years after the fact and you can't find one thing on the album that you can hook yourself onto. More

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