Dec 21, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

For people who can't stand Neil Young, who find his voice grating, his guitar screechy and disjointed, After the Gold Rush is the album they should most definitely avoid. Young detractors can also point to the issues with "Southern Man" since, well, Lynryrd Skynyrd already did (and who wouldn't want to be on that side of that argument?). More

Dec 18, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Perhaps Neil Young's most famous album, 1972's Harvest contains songs that belong in any time capsule of rock 'n' roll, the kinds of songs that can be found in jukeboxes in seedy bars as well as on iPods of hipster kids and the record collections of their parents. It features the only number one hit of Young's career, "Heart of Gold." More

Dec 17, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Gnashing guitar punctuated with snappy hand claps and crisp drumming explode out of the speakers to begin "Cinnamon Girl," and it stands as one of the best, most immediate openings to an album ever. The song is ferocious, and sets the tone for Neil Young's first album with Crazy Horse, his on and off backing band for the last 40 years. More

Dec 16, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Neil Young's first solo album after the breakup of Buffalo Springfield is pretty stunning to listen to 40 years after its release, especially in such pristine remastered form. More

Dec 15, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Four years after their eponymous debut, British quartet Engineers are back with a sophomore effort that methodically shifts their sound from pleasantalbeit sleepydream pop, to actively engaging shoegaze. However, while Three Fact Fader's highpoints often recall a more accessible Lush or Slowdive, Engineers are careful to treat their predecessors as reference points rather than crib notes. More

Dec 13, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The 30 songs on The Singles Collection effectively compile Creedence Clearwater Revival's first 15 singles in chronological order. All the most recognizable material is here, and, as such, this collection is nearly identical in content to the band's Chronicle Vol. 1 greatest hits album, excepting the addition of a few more tracks. More

Dec 11, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

You know it was bound to happen. Bristol noisniks Fuck Buttons, aka Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power, have hooked up with a big name boardsman-in this case DJ, remixer, and producer Andrew Weatherall-and toned down their aural apocalypse. More

Sufjan Stevens

The BQE CD/DVD

Asthmatic Kitty

Dec 10, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

For those who are hoping The BQE represents the long-awaited next installment in Sufjan Stevens' slow trek across the U. S. of A, look elsewhere. For those who are hoping to get some of Stevens' trademark Americana lyrics and witty storytelling, you, too, are barking up the wrong tree. More

Dec 09, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

It's interesting how the music that was "alternative" during the '90s has become the classic rock of today. This phenomenon is most apparent with Pearl Jam, their songs now seeming almost as much a staple of classic rock radio as, say, Led Zeppelin. However, in terms of sound and sentiment, one of the bands whose true ethos seems closest to that of classic rock fare is Foo Fighters. More