Apr 29, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The exclamation point at the end of Telekinesis' self-titled debut may be a bit over the top, but if any band has earned itself an exclamation point, Telekinesis certainly has. Seattleite Michael Benjamin Lerner (the power behind Telekinesis' power pop) makes music that's straightforward and familiar—if not especially challenging—and with its hooks, perfect chord progressions, harmonies and hand clap-ready rhythms, Telekinesis! is one of the strongest power-pop debuts in years.  More

Rodriguez

Coming From Reality

Light in the Attic

Apr 28, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez recorded two albums in the early ’70s that went nowhere and when he was subsequently dropped from his label (Sussex), he returned to Detroit and gave up his career in music. Little did he know, but both albums grew in popularity in South Africa and Australia. This fact was discovered by Rodriguez’s oldest daughter when she stumbled on a pair of websites run by a South African fan searching for the missing singer. Rodriguez’s career was revitalized by the discovery although he still never caught in his home country where Cold Fact and its follow-up Coming From Reality remained virtually unheard. More

Apr 28, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Along with Motown, Stax Records defined an era of soul music in the '60s and '70s. And from the parents who lived with and loved the sound of Stax came children who would sample and appropriate the breaks into loops that would become the foundation of hip-hop. This compilation collects the original Stax hits that spawned so many hip-hop classics. More

Apr 25, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Ken Stringfellow has already made a name for himself in discerning music circles as half of the songwriting core of Washington power-pop band The Posies. More

Apr 25, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The latest single from this Australian experimental-pop five-piece may have earned the band its biggest "hit" thus far-top 40 Australian radio play and the band's highest charting US iTunes download being among the accomplishments-but this is certainly no sell-out move. More

Apr 22, 2009 Music Issue #26 Spring 2009 - Bat For Lashes

Super Furry Animals have been at the forefront of forward-thinking pop music for 15 years, and the band's ninth album shows that they continue to be as committed to their craft as ever. More

Bat For Lashes

Two Suns

Astralwerks

Apr 11, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Two Suns finds Natasha Khan sharing the conceptual zeitgeist with Beyoncé by exploring her own Sasha Fierce, an alter ego named Pearl-a "destructive, self-absorbed, blond femme fatale" to contrast her everyday "mystical, desert-born spiritual self." More

Dan Deacon

Bromst

Carpark

Apr 07, 2009 Music Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

Wham City warrior Dan Deacon comes at us with Bromst, his first full-length since 2007's Spiderman of the Rings and, boy, is it a doozy. This time he loses some of the surgical precision of his earlier work, opting for a more natural approach.  More

Mar 19, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

If Colin Meloy has, up to this point, written four full albums worth of excellent short stories, The Hazards of Love is his first crack at a novel. More