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

alt-J

This Is All Yours

Canvasback/Infectious

Sep 19, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Alt-J's 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave, is one of the great modern indie success stories. The now-trademark unconventional and accessible songs took both the independent and the mainstream music worlds by storm, catapulting the band from the blogosphere to three Brit Award nominations and a Mercury Music Prize.  More

Zammuto

Anchor

Temporary Residence

Sep 19, 2014 Music Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

Nick Zammuto's first post-The Books album was busy, wild, and eclectic, making pop music out of experimentation. On sophomore release Anchor, Zammuto remains as fidgety as ever, but this time around, he's given the music space to breathe.  More

Sep 18, 2014 Music Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

"Press Heavenwards" opens A New Nature with three minutes of beautifully spacious and dark atmospherics before the meat of the song even begins; this slow burn intro echoes Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" more than anything we've heard heretofore from this post-punk trio. More

Sep 18, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Engineers have done a bit of tinkering in the engine room since its third and last album, In Praise of More (2010). A round of lineup changesthe second in the U.K.-based band's history-has pared the dream pop purveyors down to a trio. More