Nov 10, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Springtime Carnivore's origin story is one that feels plucked from Dust Bowl-era Americana: a former tightrope walker from a traveling circus troupe rediscovered her family's dusty old piano while rehabilitating from a leg injury. That would have been an uncommon enough tale in 1930, but it's even more so in 2014. More

Nov 07, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Why aren't these called singles anymore? Three songsone of them previously releasedand a remix only make an EP in the most minimalist sense, but we'll take it. More

Deptford Goth

Songs

37 Adventures/PIAS

Nov 06, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Daniel Woolhouse, aka Deptford Goth, gained something of a cult following for his 2011 debut Life After Defo. Its slow, contemplative production added emphasis to lyrics of heartache and family issues, all the while sounding somehow thoroughly expansive despite the intimate nature of Woolhouse's vocals. More

Nov 05, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Pop music, almost by definition, is watered down. Music for the masses means accessibility is king, marked by obvious on-ramps, broad-based topics, and a sunny-side-up disposition. Pop music as escapism. Of course, this is less about set-in-stone rules and more about this reviewer's half century-long observance of Top 40 radio fare. More

Nov 04, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

If you are (like I was) largely unfamiliar with the delightful indie pop band Belle and Sebastian, perhaps the film and its soundtrack, God Help the Girl, is the perfect introduction. More

Nov 03, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

The first riff on Black Moon Spell (on the title track, no less) is proof that Kyle Thomas (aka King Tuff) is gunning for a space among the guitar heroes. More

Tony Allen

Film of Life

Jazz Village

Oct 31, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

For a man in his mid-'70s, Tony Allen still has a hell of a lot of reach. In recent years, the legendary Nigerian sticksman-once hailed as the best drummer in the world by Brian Eno-has imparted his Afrobeat influence over artists as diverse as Sébastien Tellier, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Flea. More

Literature

Chorus

Slumberland

Oct 30, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

The word "jangly" seems to come up more often in indie pop reviews than anywhere else, but when it comes to a band like Literature and their new album Chorus, it's hard to think of a quicker way to sum up their sound. More

Oct 29, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

The polite female vocals, the wispy shoegazing guitars, the sudden transition from oceanic sonics to more pop-based songwriting: it seems like The History of Apple Pie is posturing to be the next Lush. More