Mar 26, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

2001. Boy bands continued to reign, and music fans, for the most part, still bought physical CDs at some store called Best Buy (you might have heard of it). So naturally, when Gorillaz's self-titled debut was released that year, there was something incredibly refreshing about it. More

Mar 25, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

As sweet as apple pie and as American as nostalgia for a Norman Rockwell-colored era that never really existed, The Living Sisters' Love to Live is a non-guilty pleasure aimed at an all-ages audience. However, given the charming absurdity of Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), sly subversiveness of Inara George (Bird and the Bee), and no-nonsense style of Eleni Mandell, one can't help but wish for a bit more from these talented women. More

Mar 23, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

In 2007, The Deadly Syndrome came roaring onto the Los Angeles music scene with a sound that featured off-kilter vocals, squeaky synths and songs that played more like epic bipolar journal entries than self-contained three-minute ditties. In short, theirs was the music of youthful exuberance. Sure it didn't always work, but damn was it exciting! With their sophomore outing Nolens Volens, The Deadly Syndrome has taken a clear step towards maturation. More

Zola Jesus

Stridulum EP

Sacred Bones

Mar 23, 2010 Music

A lo-fi goth EP dipped into the synth-coated melodrama of the 1980s, Stridulum reaches for the depth of human emotion, and often gets there. However, while intensely personal and beautifully constructed, it often teeters on the edge of excess, as Zola Jesus (née Nika Roza Danilova) allows her larger-than-life ambitions to translate into a singularly oppressive tone. More

Mar 22, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

Over the past ten years and four releases, Goldfrapp has set the electro-pop bar high, gliding between dreamy soundscapes (Felt Mountain, Seventh Tree) and dance (Black Cherry, Supernature). Now on their fifth album Head First, the duo takes on Italo disco, going by the numbers to create uncharacteristically mixed results. More

Mar 19, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

If 2008's A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night played up the neurotic streak singer Josephine Olausson established on debut Nine Times That Same Song, the Gothenburg, Sweden quintet's third offering zags back toward the sunny and soaring end of the pop spectrum. More

Jónsi

Go

XL

Mar 18, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

The thing about Sigur Rós: It sounds like nothing you've ever heard before. The thing about Sigur Rós bandleader Jónsi's solo album: It sounds like Sigur Rós... only stronger. More

jj

jj nº 3

Secretly Canadian

Mar 17, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

jj jumped onto everyone's radar last year with nº 2, yet somehow they remain elusive. What we do know: Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander craft dreamy pop tunes with heavy doses of Balearic house music, cavernous reverb, and the great melodic sense that seems intrinsic to Swedes. More

Mar 16, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

The Besnard Lakes take their grandiose cues from the '70s: massive sounds, massive ideas, double albums, and seven-minute opuses. Their harmonies are rooted in the Brian Wilson and Sgt. Pepper era. The vocal treatment, all reverb and wide-open space, is clearly set in the here and now. More