Apr 27, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

Behold: proof youth is not wasted on the young. While you were whittling away your high school years on high-schoolish things, Long Beach four-piece Avi Buffalo was busy crafting breezy pop anthems that would land them a deal with Sub Pop before any member could legally drink. More

Fang Island

Fang Island

Sargent House

Apr 26, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Are they an indie-rock band playing prog, or a prog band playing indie rock? The Brooklyn-based Fang Island has a positive vibe to their sound that seems a bit incongruous compared to the bent-over intensity of many bands playing a progressive type of rock, but their debut album leaves no question that these guys could hold their own in a rumble with Porcupine Tree.

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Apr 23, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

As Pantha du Prince, German producer/DJ Hendrick Weber's approach for getting under his listeners' skin seems deceptively simple. Rather than spearing the cerebral cortex with massive beats and jarring chunks of samples, his music works like a slowly dissolving capsule. It's gentle but insistent, and by the time a full dose enters the bloodstream it should be clear whether this is a buzz worth prolonging or leaving it to wear off. More

Apr 22, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

This is not a Liars album. This is a sloppy gangbang of artists re-doing songs from Liars' stellar new album, Sisterworld. There are a couple of bright spots, but the collection just doesn't jive. I certainly adore most of the artists on the roster here and I doubt this is an attempt on Liars' part to make a buck; it just feels unnecessary. More

Apr 21, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

Plants and Animals' last album, 2008's Parc Avenue, was one of the year's best, a pastoral pastiche of '70s-flavored folk-rock grooves, aided by strings and horns, that set a genuine, organic mood of laidback cool. Since releasing the album, the Montréal trio has toured almost constantly, playing over 150 shows in the States and abroad. Perhaps as a result, the band's new album possesses a distinctly more volatile, rougher-edged sound. More

Awesome Color

Massa Hypnos

Ecstatic Peace

Apr 20, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Awesome Color are proving themselves trapped in the body of teenage boy suffering from delayed puberty. A talented band unable to find their own voice, their 2006 debut was pure Stooges worship. That was followed by Electric Aborigines, which failed to produce any tremendous songs; great guitar riffs, no memorable hooks. Massa Hypnos continues that downward trajectory with derivative songwriting and some blatant rip-offs. More

Apr 18, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Swedish pop fans rejoice. After a mere four years and four million delays, The Radio Dept.'s third album, Clinging to a Scheme, is finally completed. More

Apr 15, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Career suicide, heinous album art, and no regard for their fanbase. Those have been the three themes bandied about most often in early appraisals of Congratulations. More

Apr 14, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

First lady of Daptone Records Sharon Jones is back with her fourth album, I Learned the Hard Way, swaggering though 12 tracks of classic R&B like the ass-kicking, name-taking mother figure you've always wanted. More