Los Campesinos!

Romance is Boring

Wichita/Arts & Crafts

Jan 28, 2010 Music Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

If Los Campesinos!' first album, Hold on Now, Youngster, was the sound of worked-up adolescents pining for easy sex, and its rush-released follow up, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, the sound of crushed young adults learning there's no such thing, the group's latest, Romance is Boring, is the inevitable realization that even stable relationships don't make sex any less elusive. More

Charlotte Gainsbourg

IRM

Elektra/Because

Jan 27, 2010 Music Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

As an actress, Charlotte Gainsbourg has made a career by placing herself in the hands of collaborators. In 2006, she took that theory into the studio for the first time in 20 years, working with Air, Jarvis Cocker, and Neil Hannon to create dreamy sophomore album 5:55. Now, four years later, Gainsbourg is back with a little help from a friendthis time, Beck. More

Jan 25, 2010 Music Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

What an incredible year for Animal Collective! First they release their monumental Merriweather Post Pavilion to near universal critical acclaim. It charts in the Billboard Top 20, a feat nearly unimaginable 10 years ago when the band began releasing albums. More

Jan 22, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

How much faith can one have in a band that breaks up in the wake of the release of their third album? Shame really as The Rakes' third-time-is-a-charm effort, Klang sounds like the British quartet is sticking to what it knows best: Taut and punchy energy that defined them since their debut, Capture/Release. More

Jan 14, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Stephen Wilkinson aka Bibio ruled 2009 with three full-length releases. Vignetting the Compost came out in February on Mush and was more of Bibio's Boards of Canada-without-the-beat pastiche that his fans have come to expect. He then put out his Warp Records debut, Ambivalence Avenue, in June, and branched out into more beat-oriented and vocal material to great effect. More

Beak>

Beak>

Ipecac

Jan 14, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Portishead's Geoff Barrow joined with fellow Bristol musicians Billy Fuller and Matt Williams in January 2009 to create a disciplined soundscape called Beak>. More

Lady Gaga

The Fame Monster

Streamline/Interscope

Jan 13, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Lady Gaga's appearance on Saturday Night Live last year was notable not only for her game-changing piano improvisation during her second performance, which showcased her stunning voice and piano skills, but also for the passing of the pop torch to her from Madonna during a skit. More

Devo

Freedom of Choice

Warner Bros.

Jan 12, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Despite Devo's ubiquitous name-recognition, even most rock nerds would be hard-pressed to conjure up more than the chorus to the band's lone hit, 1980's "Whip It." This infectiously catchy cut from Freedom of Choice, Devo's third album, secured the band's status as a novelty act. More

Jan 11, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Devo is Akron Ohio's Greatest Musical Act. Granted, there's not much competition for the title. Chrissie Hynde? Well, she shipped off to the U.K. before she made it big. Disqualified. The Black Keys? Great band. But it would be a shame for any townparticularly the one-time "Rubber Capital of the World"to have a musical heritage that begins in the 21st century, and it's hard to see how any act can compete with the sublime weirdness that is Devo. More