Puberty 2

Dead Oceans

Jul 06, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Though the album's title bills it as a sequel of sorts to puberty, Mitski's Puberty 2 would perhaps be better titled as "puberty infinity." Its explorations of the ways humans love each other, hurt one another and balance soaring happiness with crippling sadness (often brought on by some manifestation of mental illness) suggest the highs and lows of puberty aren't a one time thing felt by teenagersor even a second thing felt by confused 20-somethings. More

Jul 05, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Puzzlement gives way to fascination when absorbing Natasha Khan's new album as Bat For Lashes. The unambiguous titles of the album, The Bride, and opening track, "I Do," lead you to think that maybe Khan devoted an entire project to the subject of her own marriage. More

Jul 04, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

By now, you know whether or not you like Melvins. The sludge-metal titans are kingpins of low-ended, experimental music at his point. A 2016 release, or even two, probably won't change your opinion on them, be it a positive or not so positive one. More

Jul 01, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Having had multiple previous incarnations as part of Test Icicles and Lightspeed Champion, Dev Hynes is a man of many musical faces. But it appears that his now three album old Blood Orange moniker is to be a welcome permanent fixture in the modern music consciousness. More

Jun 30, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

The early story on the Kaplan sisters, Piper and Skylar, focused primarily on their youth with occasional mention of their spacious synth pop. As teenage siblings, Puro Instinct made modest waves with 2011's Headbangers in Ecstasy (with help from Ariel Pink).  More

Jun 29, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Part of Tim Heidecker's brand of humor is rooted in uncertainty. You could call it a kind of anti-comedy, but it goes a little further than that. Heidecker has spent the better part of the last 10 years establishing a brand that is aloof and confident despite his lackluster output, which is why it is kind of hard to determine the level of sincerity of his first non-comedy solo album In Glendale. More




Jun 28, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Remember those first few glorious bars of "Seasun" from Delorean's 2009 breakthrough EP Ayrton Senna? Damn. A huge, synth-driven, sun-soaked, opening statement if there ever was one. They'd been around since 2000, but this was their moment. The Barcelona-based foursome had arrived.  More

Jun 27, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

The London electronic duo Plaid have sustained their passion for sound design and relevance in the genre by being equally attentive to the emotive aura and the architecture of their compositions.  More

Jun 24, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

For a while after 2012's Mirage RockBand of Horses' awkward, uncomfortable attempt at the mainstream, it seemed possible that the album would be the band's last artistic statement.  More