Oct 27, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Richard Hawley has always felt of another time. His first few records traded on this timelessness, using deceptively simple melodies and little adornment to put the true star, his astonishing voice, center stage. As his solo career progressed, Hawley slowly shifted more into the now, expanding and refining his sound.  More

Oct 26, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

People tend to think of an artist's side-project as having less credibility than his main output vehicle, but that should not be the case for EL VY. A partnership made up of Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls, EL VY makes highly polished studio indie pop.  More

Oct 23, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney's solo debut, Many Moons, immediately announces itself as the finest side-project from a member of the band's camp. However, that's the only thing this record does do instantaneously. You could listen to the album-opener "Awake" about a dozen times before Courtney's languid soloing suddenly strikes you as an essential part of the composition.  More

Oct 22, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan tapped into another side of himself when he joined fellow Brits, production duo Soulsavers, for their 2012 album, The Light the Dead See. A noted shift away from the dance-pop electronics of his primary group, Soulsavers' dusty, organic sounds allowed Gahan to bare his soul and forced the listener to bare theirs.

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Oct 21, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Listening to traditional folk music, particularly from regions like the Appalachians or Catskills in times before and just after the Civil War, is like the best time machine you could envision. Moments of frightening specificity ("I dug your grave last night" from "Pretty Polly") combine with a general sense of lost love and melancholy ("Pretty Saro") to form a wholly realized snapshot of a setting that seems beyond time and place. More

Oct 20, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

With its last album, 2011's Degeneration StreetThe Dears returned to its roots, at least lineup-wise. Past members Patrick Krief (guitars/vocals), Robert Benvie (guitars/keyboards/vocals), and Robert Arquilla (bass/vocals) returned to the fold after a period away from the band, and a new member, drummer Jeff Luciani, rounded out the group that had since its formation been anchored by married couple Murray A. Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak.  More

Oct 19, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

When Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House announced the existence of a new album less than two months after the release of this year's excellent Depression Cherry, it was a surprise to many of their fans. The band declared that the album was "not a companion to Depression Cherry or a surprise or B-sides," claiming that they were merely experimenting with release schedules.  More

Oct 16, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Funk's always been at the heart of Alan Palomo's work. The Neon Indian vanguard may have spent the past six years convincing us he's some sort of psych pop freethinker, but the facts speak for themselves. More

Oct 15, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

As reputations go, The Twilight Sad's is as loud as they come. Since the release of their debut LP 14 Autumns & 15 Winters, the Scottish ensemble have earned a reputation for their ear-canal-crushing compositions.  More