Mar 16, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

The Besnard Lakes take their grandiose cues from the '70s: massive sounds, massive ideas, double albums, and seven-minute opuses. Their harmonies are rooted in the Brian Wilson and Sgt. Pepper era. The vocal treatment, all reverb and wide-open space, is clearly set in the here and now. More

Mar 12, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Sometimes following the career of Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) is kind of like watching Winona Ryder's dating life: it's fascinating to see who will turn up next, but at the same time, there's always the lingering desire to see him pick one and stick with it. More

Mar 11, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

For a time I was convinced Spencer Krug did not sleep, instead spending his nights tapping away at a Casio keyboard, penning his next great indie rock fantasy. In addition to his role as Sunset Rubdown's frontman, the Canadian avant-rocker balances responsibilities in Wolf Parade and Swan Lake, as well as a burgeoning solo project deemed Moonface. With the release of Moonface's Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums, there's musical proof that Krug does, in fact, find the time for shut-eyeand that he dreams quite a bit while doing so. More

The HotRats

Turn Ons

Fat Possum

Mar 10, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Supergrass' Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey have impeccable taste. While on a break from their main band, Coombes and Goffey decided to team up with famed producer Nigel Godrich for this album of 12 cover songs. Among others, they tackle David Bowie ("Queen Bitch"), The Kinks ("Big Sky"), Roxy Music ("Love Is the Drug"), Sex Pistols ("E.M.I."), and Gang of Four ("Damaged Goods"). More

Mar 09, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

One of the most thankless jobs in music involves those trying earnestly to put a truly personal stamp on separate bands, especially when both are existing units. Such is the case with Alan Sparhawk, who has been a part of the fabric of Low since the early '90s. With the release of its second album, Sparhawk's new-ish band, Retribution Gospel Choir, is at least past the tabula rasa stage, but the singer/guitarist still has plenty of work ahead beyond his day job. More

Adam Green

Minor Love

Fat Possum

Mar 08, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Much like New York, the city that defines his sound, Adam Green is in a hurry. Maybe that's why all 13 songs on the former Moldy Peaches member's latest release, titled Minor Love, clock in at well under the three-minute mark. And perhaps that's why this is Green's sixth album in eight years. More

Mar 05, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

On her debut solo album, soul-pop singer/songwriter and former Jealous Girlfriends vocalist Holly Miranda is a reflection of the company she keeps. But that's not to say she rides coattails. Her point of view shines on The Magician's Private Library, but through the lens of TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, who served as producer. More

Mar 04, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Is it possible that certain traits are latent within every musician, rising to manifest themselves openly in some cases while lying dormant in others? If Of the Blue Colour of the Sky is any indication, the four men of OK Go have reemerged in 2010 for an unabashed unveiling of their funky side. More

Mar 03, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Depending on who you talk to, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is either a brilliant song cycle from the musical and lyrical genius of Roger Waters, or one of the most bloated examples of classic rock conceptual excess, '70s style. No matter on which side of the debate you fall, no one can argue the album's success in appealing to the masses and continuing to prove an important touchstone of musical youth. More