Jul 07, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

An early-'80s Athens, GA band that never got the level of attention bestowed upon even the scene's second-tier commercial contemporaries (Pylon, The Love Tractors), The Method Actors were a flat-out terrific post-punk band, with a stentorian push-pull sound as equally indebted to Television as Gang of Four. Their records have aged remarkably well, as evidenced on this terrific compilation that culls pretty much everything the band did during their 1980-81 prolific peak. More

The Drums

The Drums

Downtown

Jul 02, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Summertime and escapism were the themes that pervaded The Drums' debut EP Summertime! The sweet rush of "Saddest Summer" and their U.K. hit "Let's Go Surfing" were evocative of innocent summers long gone, rife with lithe melodies and blithe handclaps. More

Jul 01, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

A notoriously rudimentary, inchoate home recorder, Ariel Pink has crafted some great pop songs over the course of a litany of obscure album releases. Sadly, they've largely been gems obfuscated in grime, their lo-fidelity a disservice to the brilliant melodic instincts at their core. More

Jun 30, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

Recorded live in the empty Georgia Theatre on only two microphones over the course of four days in May of 2008, and with no editing or post production magic, Sand & Lines: The Georgia Theatre Sessions gives listeners the feeling of their own private concert from the totally underrated Venice is Sinking. More

Jun 29, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

When The Roots signed on to be the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, it promised to be the first domino to fall in the famously accomplished band's evolution from hyper-competent musical innovators to near-ubiquitous NPR-friendly hip-hop stars. More

Jun 28, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

In Greek mythology, Midas is known for his ability to turn everything he touches into gold. Mates of State are his modern-day equivalent, instead transforming every song they cover into a melodic pop gem. Warm tones swirl through Crushes: The Covers Mixtape, the husband-wife duo's first attempt at recording and producing their own album. More

Jun 25, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

One of the most interesting facets of Stars is their near-complete lack of evolution. Flaunting their sad and sassy pop that appears to have emerged fully formed from day one, the Canadian five-piece theatrically redefines cool with tales of love, death, and life in between. More

BLK JKS

ZOL! EP

Secretly Canadian

Jun 24, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

BLK JKS' 2009 debut After Robots was a confounding album; bombastic and full of potential, but with too much unfocused energy to deliver any amazing songs or live up to the hype. More

Jun 23, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

With its debut, this Chicago-based, neo-psych four-piece nearly achieves the trippy sonic masterpiece it seems to have envisioned. Referencing '60s pop, '70s psychedelia, and '90s shoegaze, Apparitions often hits its mark. More