Mar 06, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Young Fathers do not tend to mention politics explicitly on Cocoa Sugar but the weight of three years of political turmoil since their last album looms large over this new record. Like Kendrick Lamar's DAMN., it captures the anger and frustration of the current moment without directly addressing the cause. Instead, it lets its ingenious mix of soul, Krautrock, and hip-hop speak for itself.  More

Mar 06, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Rare Birds certainly has one of the more apt names for new releases that you will see in 2018. These are songs that are structured in something that you would consider a conventional manner, featuring artists that you would assume would be in Jonathan Wilson's orbit—Lana Del Rey appears the perfect female counterpart, Father John Misty the label-mate superstar—and yet, there is something off, something that prevents it from being the experience that you want it to be. More

Mar 05, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Camp Cope's second album, How to Socialise & Make Friends, is a sweeping, emotional rollercoaster. The Melbourne trio's storytelling continues to be stunning and humbled, lead-singer Georgia McDonald's anxiety so blatant and palpable it's hard to differentiate their lyrics from diary entries. More

Mar 05, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

You can say what you like about Andrew W.K., but he occupies a unique place in the pantheon of rock and roll. If you're looking for a motivational speaker who specializes in upscale, gonzo rock, then Mr. Wilkes-Krier is most definitely your man. More

Mar 02, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

In the late '90s and early '00s, multitudinous duos tested the conventional three-and-four-piece approach to composing and performing music. A twist to the traditional expectation of the guitar, bass, drums, and vocals emerged, and in the likeness of Flat Duo Jets, The White Stripes, Death From Above 1979, and No Age proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the age old conventional expectation created a risk, producing expansive sounds under personnel contraction. More

Soccer Mommy

Clean

Fat Possum

Mar 02, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Nashville indie rocker Soccer Mommy's story might sound familiar: Just as now-prominent artists such as (Sandy) Alex G, Car Seat Headrest, and Frankie Cosmos grew their intense Bandcamp followings into deals with leading indie labels, so too did she.  More

Mar 02, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

It's one thing to believe in magic, quite another to believe in the death of it. On Anna von Hausswolff's fourth album, her gothic, bewitched art turns toward grand doom. Dead Magic is a five song, 47-minute record that her career has been building towards, amounting to her most majestic and complete work to date. More

Gwenno

Le Kov

Heavenly

Mar 01, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

Language carries a living record. Sunken cities, forgotten legends, communal values lost in the shuffle of the individual ageevery tongue unlocks stores of secrets. More

Mar 01, 2018 Music Web Exclusive

It's just a hunch, but Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt, a concept album set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where even God has turned his back on the world, may be somewhat allegorical.  More