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Jul 14, 2014 Music Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

Rarely do bands pull off such a marriage of sound and visuals that it's this hard to separate the music from their graphic palette. Gorillaz are probably the most famous recent example of this; Belle & Sebastian's consistently monochromatic artwork worked to a similar, if lesser, degree. More

Jul 11, 2014 Music Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

Slow Club have never quite got the credit it deserves. Too fey to be hipster, too awkward to be mainstream, the Sheffield, U.K.-formed/London-based duo of Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson has ghosted in and out of popular consciousness since 2006. More

Jul 10, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Revelation is the 14th album by Anton Newcombe and his Brian Jonestown Massacre, and the first to be fully recorded and produced at Newcombe's Berlin recording studio. In typically atypical Newcombe fashion, the album begins with a song sung entirely in Swedish by an artist named Joakim Åhlund. More

Jul 10, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

There was a time in the early '90s when R.E.M. could confidently call itself the biggest band in the world. The run of Out of Time and Automatic for the People shifted units by the bucket load, while Michael Stipe was the unwavering voice of the ordinary man; a Bono without the complications of actually being Bono. More

Jul 09, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

If you're not familiar with this Danish group, run to YouTube and find their brilliant "The Swans" video: the nine-minute space opera finds our spacemen-musicians landing their ship on a strange planet and confronting a monster-sized puppy, like something out of a Roger Corman film.  More

Jul 08, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

W. Cullen Hart's latest Circulatory System LP—a collage of Beatles-eque pop experiments and other sound scraps—offers a handful of inspired snippets mired in too much sluggish, avant-garde muck. Highlights include the whimsical "Aerial View of a Heart (From Above)" and "If You Think About It Now"—this project works best when Hart is dabbling in Sgt. Pepper/Kinks territory. More

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Gamel

Thrill Jockey

Jul 07, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

First things first: how do you feel about gamelan? Are you keen on malleted metallophones? Take note of this album's title and know that you are in for a heavy dosage. More

White Suns

Totem

Flenser

Jul 07, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

So White Suns plug in, and, hearing them, it, on record, you might be inclined to think that apocalypse is simply not enough for these guys. The sound of this Brooklyn-based three-piece is characterized by its high volume, aberrant noise, uncommon patience, and staggering power. Now, after a decade of experimentation and a handful of releases, comes Totem. More

Jul 03, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

High Life is the second album from Eno • Hydea collaboration between Karl Hyde (of Underworld) and Brian Eno (of everything)in as many months. Its predecessor, Someday World, was something of a surprise coming from them, considering its preponderance of pop melodies and forms. More