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

Jun 07, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

Blitzen Trapper emerged from almost reckless eclecticism with an instantly identifiable sound, and here they throw still more '70s hallmarks into their heady indie Americana stew. More

Mi Ami

Steal Your Face

Thrill Jockey

Jun 04, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Let's just get it out of the way at the start: Mi Ami has a divisive singer. Daniel Martin-McCormick's caterwauls are going to send some listeners home immediately, with a style that draws on hardcore predecessors like, say, Ian Svenonius or Guy Picciotto, but an octave up, and with more of a nod to the No Wave shrieks of Arto Lindsay or Lydia Lunch back in the day. More

Sleigh Bells

Treats

Mom + Pop/NEET

Jun 03, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Despite a name that evokes thoughts of Christmas kitsch and a stage persona that leaves many cold, Sleigh Bells are here to stay. With the blown-out speaker quality of last year's widely-circulated, under-produced demos ("Ring Ring," "Crown on the Ground," "Beach Girls," "Infinity Guitars") tamed to a more palatable squeal, multi-instrumentalist Derek Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss have created a delicious summer album, shimmying through the worlds of pop, electro, and hip-hop like a pair of sugar-buzzed kids in a candy store. More

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