Sep 26, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

We can be honest here. Unless you're somewhat unbelievably hip, we can agree the main reason we know about The Vaselines is Kurt Cobain. More

Sep 26, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

The Proper Ornaments are happy-when-it-rains Londoners. Wooden Head, their sophomore album, plays like history's best jangly, nocturnal guitar bands being reduced to whisper levels (imagine the circular, noir-ish surf licks of Marquee Moon,"Just Like Honey," and early Felt emanating from a distant neighbor's window). More

Gulp

Season Sun

Everloving

Sep 25, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Gulp's Season Sun is to psychedelic rock what low-THC marijuana is to psychedelic drugs. More

Sep 24, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Every year deserves a keyboard record crying out to be performed in a concert hall instead of a club. In 2014, Perfume Genius's Too Bright is that record. More

Sep 24, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Though the members of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young had been performing solo or in various groupings since parting in 1970, there was a fervent demand for a regrouping of the "American Beatles" when they announced the 1974 tour represented in this set. More

Sep 23, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

The third record is the proving ground. Great debuts are a dime a dozen and surpassing the sophomore slump is an impressive feat, but the third time's the charm for a reason. More

Sep 23, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

"Take what you can and leave the past behind," sings Tom Petty on "All You Can Carry." "We gotta run." More

Sep 22, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Individuality goes a long way in the music industry, something SBTRKT (aka Aaron Jerome) found out when he emerged onto the underground dance scene in 2009. More

Common

Nobody’s Smiling

Def Jam/Artium

Sep 22, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Something strange happened to hip-hop in the past decade: the genre's most conscious artists, once considered incendiary, somehow became legacy artists. More