Nov 19, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

Cold Cave frontman Wesley Eisold exudes a downright clinical detachment in his analysis of relationships throughout his band's debut LP Love Comes Close. It's a compelling push/pull struggle of cerebral analysis versus arm's length emotion, largely devoid of histrionics, yet masterfully articulated by Eisold with sheer poetic clarity that differentiates the act from a litany of '80s electro revivalists. More

Om

God is Good

Drag City

Nov 18, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Music and meditation are often in overlap, and countless cultures don't even differentiate between music and religious practice. And bands like Om work to achieve that gray area in more western forms like, say, a rock band. God is Good, the band's new album, is just such an effort. More

Nov 17, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

At first glance The Strokes and Kiss wouldn't seem to have much in common, but as The Strokes continue to not release Strokes albums and instead put out solo and side projects, they become less and less the sum of their parts—much like that time each KISS member released his own solo record. More

The Aliens

Luna

Birdman

Nov 16, 2009 Music Issue #27 Summer 2009 - Jarvis Cocker

It's always funny reviewing an album after it's already been released in some form. Luna is finally coming out in America, but it was released in the U.K. in September 2008, which means reviews of it are already all over the Internet. One is presented with the challenge of not reading what has been written, lest it taint your own overblown appraisal.  More

Nov 13, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

These New England mad scientists have spent much of their time creating tribal, creepy soundscapes that defy description, at times bringing to mind contemporary post-rock meandering, early industrial, late psychedelia, or soundtrack music. The music is injected with a palpable tension. Call it sexual, existential, spiritual—no matter, there is a real unease and darkness that permeates their work. They ride it like a wave. More

Nov 12, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Indie kids beware—your heroes just got co-opted. While hardly a cohesive gathering, from Death Cab For Cutie doing what they do best (channeling youthful melancholy), to Lykke Li's unexpected gravitas, it would be difficult to ask for a better group of ambassadors. More

AC/DC

Backtracks

Columbia

Nov 11, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

One would think there would be a limited market for a box set like Backtracks. Collecting two discs of rarities (one studio, one live) and a DVD of promotional clips, marketed as an add-on to 2005's exhaustive double DVD set, Family Jewels, the box is mostly perfunctory. The live disc is unnecessary. The promotional video clips are mildly interesting, in a you'll-only-ever-watch-them-once kind of way. Even the studio rarities are just a handful tracks taken mostly from Australian-only LPs or singles, serving as somewhat of a disappointment for anyone hoping for a vault-clearing extravaganza. More

Nov 10, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

After the revolutionary OK Computer and Kid A/Amnesiac, Radiohead took a step sideways with Hail to the Thief. The band had refined its sound, and its particular brand of adventurous electronic/organic push/pull. More

Nov 09, 2009 Music Issue #27 Summer 2009 - Jarvis Cocker

Cymbals Eat Guitars make charmingly sloppy rock out of the indie hotbed of Staten Island, New York. At times, vocalist Johnny Ferocious channels Stephen Malkmus ("Cold Spring"), but the band sounds something more like mid-career Modest Mouse or Bright Eyes, creating lots of space to explore and following what would be small touches for another band for a minute or two. More