Jul 16, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The Sounds are very much a guilty pleasure. The Swedish five-piece make unapologetically '80s-sounding pop music with a generous helping of synth-y New Wave cool. They are fronted by a stunning blond and tour virtually nonstop in support of their albums. Yet, as indie rock goes, The Sounds are decidedly unhip. More

Jul 15, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Timber Timbre's Taylor Kirk has joined the ranks of so many songwriters by working with a changing cast of musicians under a collaborative name. His self-titled album debuted earlier this year on Out of this Spark but, after signing to fellow Canadian-based Arts & Crafts, the album is set to be reissued in Canada and internationally released over the summer.  More

Jul 14, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

1995's wonderfully weird Bunny Gets Paid is a great rambling mess of post-punk, blues, and lo-fi haze. It also happens to be the first step toward the incredible music that Tim Rutili, Ben Massarella, Tim Hurley, and Brian Deck would go on to make as Califone, and hints at the style that Deck would come to refine as a producer for Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, and Modest Mouse. More

Jul 13, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Was anyone really crying out for a Stay Hungry reissue? Regardless, here it is, and even if it's not particularly groundbreaking, it still holds up well as a reminder that the band weren't the cartoonish buffoons they're often viewed as having been. More

Jul 10, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

To say expectations were low for Mos Def’s fourth album is being far too generous. But by the shameful standards Mos Def set for himself, any album with some semblance of effort was bound to be heralded as a return to form, and The Ecstatic puts forth that modicum of effort.  More

Jul 10, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

It was only a matter of time before The Onion's "Area Man"—that semi-anonymous schlub feted in the trade for often the most mundane achievements—would be awarded his own anthem. And he couldn't find a more able chronicler than bandleader Matt Wilson, whose stick-strikes give the icon a confident metropolitan strut. More

A Camp

Covers EP

Nettwerk

Jul 08, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Fresh off the spring release of its U.S. debut, Colonia, A CampNina Persson (The Cardigans), Nathan Larson (Shudder to Think) and Niclas Frisk (Atomic Swing)have released a three-song digitally-released EP of covers that provides welcome complement to the band's other recorded work. More

Circus Devils

Gringo

Happy Jack

Jul 07, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Gringo is the seventh—count 'em, seventh—album by Robert Pollard and longtime collaborators Tim and Todd Tobias. Previous Circus Devils albums were crazy, psychedelic, noisy, and, well strange, but Gringo is billed by the band's website as, "Circus Devils goes acoustic!" More

Jul 07, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Detroit musician Josh Epstein is no stranger to explosive melodies. After all, his main creative outlet, The Silent Years, released an indie-pop gem only last year. As with most craftsman-like albums, The Globe's jovial ethos was contagious but largely flitted under the noses of the rock intelligentsia. In turn, Let Go reads like a classic stopgap EP but actually is a full-fledged bound in aesthetics. More