Jan 07, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

You've got to admire Tindersticks' endurance. Somehow, Stuart A. Staples' ensemble has managed to make it beyond the 20-year mark. That's despite the cinematic pretensions, the lack of any discernible hit, and, perhaps most impressively, Staples' own inimitable croon. In almost every conceivable sense, Tindersticks are a band that shouldn't have lasted. Yet here they are, two decades on, still going strong. More

Jan 06, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Seeing as Stephen Malkmus has spent the last couple of years living in Berlin, one might expect Wig Out at Jagbags to be his version of Low, or The Idiot, or Drum's Not Dead. Rather, it sounds less like it was conceived and recorded in Continental Europe than produced at Abbey Road, in the 1970s, by Paul McCartney. More

Dec 23, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

The trouble with studio albums is they don't always capture the essence of a band in the flesh. In the case of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds it's a point that's amplified by their blistering outings in support of album number 15, Push the Sky Away. More

Dec 23, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

I confess, earlier this year I was a little worried about Donald Glover, the uber-talent behind Childish Gambino. In less than five years, Glover has gone from wunderkind television writer, to an up-and-coming stand-up comedian, to a lead role on a hip sitcom, and now a defiant hip-hop artist. More

TOY

Join the Dots

Heavenly/[PIAS] America

Dec 22, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

If 2011 was the year of dubstep and 2012 the year when EDM decided to rear its head at every single opportunity, then what was the defining music sound of 2013? There's certainly a strong argument to be made that it's the year psych and drone rock left the coattails of Melody's Echo Chamber and Tame Impala and took off by itself. More

Dec 19, 2013 Music Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM

When listening to Lily & Madeleine, it's difficult to believe these sisters from Indiana are still teenagers. More

Upset

She’s Gone

Don Giovanni

Dec 19, 2013 Music Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM

With Upset, former Vivian Girls and Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler picks up her guitar and enlists the help of Hole's Patty Schemeland the result is exactly what you'd hope for. More

Dec 18, 2013 Music Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM

Noting that an Autechre album sounds awkward and difficult to enjoy is a little bit like complaining that James Bond's chat-up lines are a bit, well, shit. It feels like a valid criticism, but it's something that detractors expect at this stage, and that fans actively crave. More

Dec 18, 2013 Music Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM

Sweaty, bleep-bloopy digital pop, like Hall & Oates making hot, sweet love to a Nintendo Game Boy. More