Jun 02, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

As Willie Nelson himself puts it in the press release: "This is my definition of real country music." This is handy information, since followers of Nelson have witnessed about a hundred definitions of country musicthe '60s songwriter who wrote "Crazy," the '70s progressive strains of The Red Headed Stranger, the glitz of Stardust, the very modern Teatro, or the inevitable reggae album Countryman, just to name a few. More

Jun 01, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

It is always the singer that gets the most attention, even when your group only has two members in it. Erasure equals Andy Bell and all his outlandish, outrageous, "out"-ness. More

Woods

At Echo Lake

Woodsist

May 28, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Brooklyn-based folkie weirdos Woods were doing lo-fi psychedelia long before it was fashionable, so its fitting that they're one of the few bands working in that field that's actually worth a damn. More

May 27, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

There is a never ending need for music that sounds sad even when it is not. Aqualung's Matt Hales understands this and handles his sensitive audience with care. More

The Dø

A Mouthful

Six Degrees

May 26, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

The Dø's debut LP, A Mouthful, aims for the itches that '90s dream-pop scratched, but finds smart, beat-driven hooks along the way. The Paris-based twosome of Finnish expat Olivia Merilahti and French multi-instrumentalist Dan Levy pronounce their name like "glow," and they do just that in this genre-bending release that justly earned them the bragging rights of being the first English-sung album recorded by a French band to hit #1 on the French charts in the country's history. More

Growing

Pumps

Vice

May 26, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

There are a helluva lot of toys out there these days for the curious musician, and it's good to know bands like Growing are playing with them. More

May 25, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Canada may have made a splash internationally in the 2000s with its wave of indie-rock bands, but one can be sure that this metal four-piece from Montréal couldn't care less. On its sophomore album, Priestess pulls no punches and delivers all blows in menacing fashion, borrowing heavily from the gods of metal's yesteryear. More

Pontiak

Living

Thrill Jockey

May 25, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

There's just something about Pontiak. On paper, how invigorating do pentatonic riffing, laidback jamming, fuzz pedals, and nods to early metal sound? It's an age-old formula now, no question, with legions of Clutches, Kyusses, even Orange Goblins terrorizing the countryside with roughly identical takes on stoner rock. More

May 24, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

After making Sound of Silver, one of those extraordinarily rare recordings in which the first listen thrills and the hundredth and two hundredth reveal new pleasures, James Murphy absolutely crushes the follow up, placing him on the shortlist of artists that truly matter. More