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

Zombi

Shape Shift

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Dec 21, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

The instrumental duo returns from hiatus with a new LP of hard-driving prog and '80s horror/sci-fi score-inflected tracks; it's their first of several written live in the studio, giving it an immediacy that their two preceding records lacked. More

Baroness

Purple

Abraxan Hymns

Dec 18, 2015 Music Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Baroness' first outing on their own Abraxan Hymns imprint finds them plumbing the depths of the well of harmonic Southern-tinged prog metal they first tapped to enormous success on 2009's Blue, and yet further on the 2012 double albumYellow & Green. More

Dec 18, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Multi-national shoegaze unit Cheatahs' latest dials down the volume for a psychedelic, textured sound that's a leap forward from their already-impressive debut album.  More

Dec 17, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Among certain Flaming Lips fans, the apex of their early career is not The Soft Bulletin, but rather Clouds Taste Metallic, an album more or less showcasing a band in a state prior to transition. More

Dec 17, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Clanging dissonance gives way to jangle-pop in "Reticence," the opener to the Irish post-punkers' second LP-a continuation down the shadowy path they took on The New Life.   More

Dec 16, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

When it comes to holiday albums, it seems like we've heard a thousand versions of the same classics. Some are so paint-by-the-numbers that it feels like a retread, with little to no adventure or creativity. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' new holiday album It's a Holiday Soul Party is not one of those albums. More