Mar 19, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

One of the most gently amazing albums of the year thus far, Here We Go Magic is the work of Brooklyn’s Luke Temple. Recorded in only two months, Here We Go Magic has the well-worn feel of years of work. More

Mar 15, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Legendary house music producer Ashley Beedle and reggae-tongued/frequent Massive Attack collaborator Horace Andy team up on this spirited collection of original tunes and a cover of The Rolling Stone’s “Angie,” all written and recorded in five days. More

Mar 14, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

In 2008 Buraka Som Sistema blitzed the dance clubs with their musical mantra-cum-breakout single “Sound of Kuduro.” The single, which features M.I.A., utilizes Calypso and Soca pulses but jumbles local zest with pan-global junkyard electronics More

Feb 01, 2009 Music Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

On his seventh album since 2006, Will Oldham is preoccupied with the same things, such as love left to rot, his own stomach, and sex. Also intact is his soft-spoken and sometimes angelic voice, which belies the devilish humor contained within his lyrics. More

White Denim


Transmission Entertainment

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

Austin, Texas, trio White Denim has a minor identity complex. Caterwauling, slash and dash swing one moment (“IEIEI”); flailing funk rock grabs at MC5 the next (“All You Really Have to Do”). More

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

Songwriter Morgan Nagler is the real deal. She has earned the praise of her friend Jenny Lewis, among others, for the bittersweet lyrics that are on full display in Swim’s eleven tales of alternating hope and heartbreak. More


Ode to J Smith

Fontana International/Red Telephone Box

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

These days being championed by Oasis doesn’t do anything for your musical career. But in the mid-’90s, when Travis first came on the scene, Noel Gallagher’s endorsement brought much public awareness to the young Scottish group. More


The West

Beat the World/World's Fair

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

The West, a companion piece to the film The Legend of God’s Gun, sees Spindrift striking out on their own, and from under the protected wings of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. More

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

If U2 taught us anything, it’s that one doesn’t become the biggest rock band in the world by running in place. Even U2 had to evolve—they’ve managed to do it successfully over the years, as have their successors, Coldplay, as heard on their latest, Viva la Vida. Snow Patrol hasn’t received this memo, and if they keep releasing albums like A Hundred Million Suns, which is the equivalent of listening to someone tread water for 60 minutes, people will lose interest because there is nothing new in Snow Patrol’s tired repertoire to keep them coming back. More