Depeche Mode



Mar 20, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

It's rare for any musician from the '80s to smoothly transfer its appeal past that era without seeming like they're trying too hard to update themselves. The alternative is embracing their '80s-ness to such a degree it's almost pastiche. Depeche Mode has avoided both these pitfalls with a musical and visual style so individual it transcends trends.

Mar 17, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Some ideas are repeated a million times for a good reason. Take, for instance, the line about how easy it is to take a new Spoon album for granted. When a band releases four near-perfect records in a row, from Girls Can Tell in 2001 to Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga in 2007, even an excellent record like 2010's Transference (which is better than people gave it credit for at the time) can start to suffer due to the band's remarkable consistency.  More

Mar 17, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

As he croons away with that weather-beaten voice and twinkle-eyed cynicism, it's easy to forget Conor Oberst is only 37. A ubiquitous figure on the indie scene for decades, the man from Nebraska has released roughly an album every year since his 1993 debut.  More

Mar 16, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

For a bunch of barely 30-year-olds, the members of Real Estate sure know how to make some stellar soft rock. That's not meant as an insulttheir last album, Atlas, is one of the best albums of the last several years, drenched in mid-tempo melodies and lyrics about returning to a home that doesn't quite fit anymore.  More

Mar 16, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

The sophomore album from New Zealand's Nadia Reid is a hushed recordingakin to an intimate conversation over coffee on a lazy Sunday morning. The majority of the songs on Preservation are languid reflections on relationships and the self, brushed with religious imagery and steeped in sadness. More

Mar 15, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Laura Marling's Semper Feminaa Latin phrase taken from Virgil's Aeneid which roughly means "always a woman"is a superb showing of contemporary folk music. Like in her previous five albums,  More

Minus the Bear


Suicide Squeeze

Mar 15, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Minus the Bear reunite with their original label, Suicide Squeeze, to release an album that is as far removed from their original material as the band has yet gone.  More


Yours Conditionally

Mutually Detrimental

Mar 14, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

The formula that seems to work for the husband and wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore is to set out to sea and become inspired to make a record. Their first, Cape Dory, was conceived after a seven-month sailing excursion on a boat they bought together after college. More


Up Tomorrow

Sunday Best

Mar 14, 2017 Music Web Exclusive

Laurence Galpin has long been appreciative of the agency of sound vis á vis imagery. He grew up with traces of the John Martin and Nick Drake records his parents would play following after him on his walks through the panoramas of Sussex, England. More