Dec 15, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

LVL UP in an anachronistic sense are heirs poised to inherit Sub Pop's "Shins mantle," a classic pop act overlapping into the Venn diagram of commercialism.  More

Dec 14, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Weyes Blood, aka Natalie Mering, is a musician who spent copious time early in her musical career delving deeply into DIY ventures and noise projects such as Jackie-O Motherfucker and Nautical Almanac.  More

David Bazan

Dark Sacred Night

Suicide Squeeze

Dec 14, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

It's intrinsically difficult to review a holiday album given that it's intended to be listened to for only two months per year. The provenance for David Bazan's began in 2002, while he was still recording as Pedro the Lion.  More


Familiar Touch

Culvert Music

Dec 13, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Familiar Touch, the sophomore album from Toronto band DIANA, sounds familiar. Its shadowy '80s inspired synth-pop style, which wavers between energetic and sullen, is in-line with the throwback sound that has submerged contemporary pop music.  More

Dec 12, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Swedish outfit The Radio Dept. explores some darker spaces on their first studio album since 2010's Clinging to a Scheme, with their irrepressible pop gifts maintaining a buoyancy that doesn't disrupt the tenor of the lyrics.   More

Dec 09, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Ten years ago, Colin Meloy and his merry band of murder balladeers broke out from the indie label circuit with their Capitol Records debut, The Crane Wife. By that point, we all knew The Decemberists as a quirky Portland outfit with a flare for folk-tinged storytelling and a particular appeal to bookish liberal arts majors.  More

Dec 08, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

American WrestlersGoodbye Terrible Youth tackles the most difficult obstacle for any young, lo-fi, "bedroom pop" act: learning how to make your sound bigger and clearer without sanding off any of the appealingly rough edges.  More

Dec 07, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Kurt Wagner's ever-reliable Nashville outfit Lambchop hasn't been heard from since 2012's Mr. M, but last year Wagner and a couple buddies got together to release an excellent, subdued electronic album under the name HeCTAMore

Dec 06, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Tampa, Florida rock band Merchandise's new album A Corpse Wired for Sound is relentlessly minor-key and contains more than enough moaning about personal failures and relationships ending. However, it's also dynamic and poetic, with better songwriting and production values than the band has yet achieved. More