Nov 02, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Megapuss is one bizarre decision after another. This shouldn’t surprise people who have followed Devendra Banhart’s career. More

Magnetic Morning

A.M.

Friend or Faux

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Magnetic Morning is a songwriting collaboration between Adam Franklin of Swervedriver and Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, borne of mutual admiration of each other’s work. More

Longwave

Secrets Are Sinister

Original Signal

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Count Longwave as yet another “New York Band” from early in the decade that failed to live up to the hype (or potential). More

Little Joy

Little Joy

Rough Trade

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Rodrigo Amarante, Fabrizio Moretti, and Binki Shapiro’s self-titled debut as Little Joy is a short, sweet cup of garage-pop flavored with hints of sunny ’60s California folk, calypso, Brazilian Tropicalia, and even Carolina beach music. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

The most noticeable thing about the Kaiser Chiefs’ third long-player, Off With Their Heads, is its producer, Mark Ronson. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Formed a decade ago as a side-project for Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and his childhood friend Jesse Hughes, Eagles of Death Metal, like The Raconteurs, have quickly become a riotously popular and profitable live act whose success threatens to overshadow the band-members’ more established groups. More

The Cure

4:13 Dream

Suretone/Geffen

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

The Cure’s thirteenth album, released after yet another four-year wait (since 1992’s Wish, they’ve been following the same schedule as the Summer Olympics—probably not intentionally) begins with a wonderful one-two punch. More

Crooked Fingers

Forfeit/Fortune

Red Pig/Constant Artists

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Putting on a pair of headphones and listening to Forfeit/Fortune is like stepping into a weird museum—everything catches the eye and the constant wonder is, “How did someone put all this in one place?” More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Dark Developments brings together Athens, Georgia musicians Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power in one of the most intriguing collaborations of the year. More