Dec 30, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Somehow able to continuously skate the cliff of insanity for extended periods of time without falling, Deerhoof is a true pearl of progressive rock (while still holding off on the proggy bullshit, thank God). More

Peacers

Peacers

Drag City

Dec 30, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

With each project essentially squatting on borrowed time, existence is fragile in the start-up world. Mike Donovan, a longtime staple of the San Francisco music scene, seems to have that frenzied mindset in common with his new neighbors. More

Pope Francis

Wake Up!

Believe Digital

Dec 29, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

The news of Pope Francis' "prog rock album" went viral when it was first announced, but, like a lot of seemingly exciting things on the Internet, the concept turned out to be a little misleading. More

Dec 29, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Since forming in 2007, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have released three full-length albums along with a series of 7" singles and EPs. While the albums are all very good to excellent, they tend to try out ideas that would be otherwise out of place on their EPs and occasionally that leaves weaker material.  More

Dec 28, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader spend much of their time during their day jobs impersonating others as comedians. So it's no surpriseand a pretty natural extensionwhen they decided to form their own soft rock spoof band The Blue Jean Committee. More

Club 8

Pleasure

Labrador

Dec 23, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Swedish indie pop pioneers Club 8 celebrated 20 years as a musical couple (which included several years as an actual couple) in 2015. That experience and chemistry are easy to track on the veteran band's release of Pleasure, a new eight-song LP that  More

Dec 22, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

It's safe to say that in the less than two years since her old band Vivian Girls announced their official breakup, Cassie Ramone has been busy. Christmas in Reno, her first (yes) Christmas album and second solo album overall, follows last year's The Time Has Come and stylistically is quite similar.  More

Dec 22, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

This overdue compilation collects obscurities from Cass McCombs' unruly songbook. It's a motley patchwork, but one that never fails to fascinate, with a tracklist that skips from White Light/White Heat-style rave-ups to Beatles-esque grandeur to modern protest music. More

Dec 21, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Gimme Fiction was a landmark album for Spoon, another big leap in the middle of a career that had already made two or three big ones. Coming three years after Kill the Moonlight, a collection of roughshod soul sounds, Fiction sounded slick and rich, laying down massive piano and bass grooves and riding them through to the three-minute sunset. More