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Sharon Van Etten

Tramp

Jagjaguwar

Feb 16, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Sharon Van Etten's last album, Epic, was a way forward for her, both musically and psychologically. That album featured her first stab at warm, bristling full-band arrangements and a heavy dose of emotional bloodletting following a rather traumatic break-up (one of the ex's most egregious and repeated crimes was telling Van Etten she was a lousy songwriter/musician). More

Feb 16, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Shearwater’s three-album cycle that started with 2006’s Palo Santo and closed with 2010’s The Golden Archipelago—dubbed by the band as “The Island Arc”—explored a single musical and emotional commonwealth, driven by lush, almost progressive instrumentation and frontman Jonathan Meiburg’s affecting vocals. More

Field Music

Plumb

Memphis Industries

Feb 15, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Plumb marks the return of the brainy Peter and David Brewis, after setting up a new recording space (the previous spot they shared with The Futureheads closed its doors after 10 years). Life goes on, and thankfully so does Field Music. More

pacificUV

Weekends

Mazarine

Feb 14, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

This new LP from the Athens, Georgia space-rockers takes a dip into the shoegaze whirlpool with uneven results. More

Feb 13, 2012 Music Issue #39 - Best of 2011

With their third album, Brooklyn duo The Big Sleep (not to be confused with the short-lived early-'70s band Big Sleep) step away from working as a largely instrumental band toward a head-on stance with vocals at the fore. They are clearly ready for their close-ups. More

Feb 10, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

It's hard not to be put off by the hype. Before Lana Del Rey (née Lizzy Grant) had even released her debut album, she had accumulated nearly half a million Facebook "likes," was the musical guest onSaturday Night Live (in two vocally challenged performances devoid of much stage presence), and announced the re-release of what was essentially Born to Die's prequel, an album she made under her own name that failed to garner much attention upon its initial release in 2010. More

Feb 09, 2012 Music Issue #39 - Best of 2011

In their most rockin' album to date, Dr. Dog comes down from the clouds to unfurl their breezy pop from the ground. Infusing bluesy notes on "Lonesome," and a high-pitched guitar riff on "How Long Must I Wait" that wouldn't sound out of place on the last Black Keys album, the Philadelphia quintet finds a more distinct groove.  More

Feb 08, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

On dance-prog epic "Ye, Renew the Plaintiff," of Montreal freak-genius Kevin Barnes nearly screams himself hoarse: "I'm desperate for something, but there's no human word for it/I should be happy, but what I feel is corrupted, broken, impotent, and insane." More

Feb 07, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

In 1902 French director Georges Méliès released the short film Le Voyage Dans la Lune (aka A Trip to the Moon). It is considered to be the first sci-fi movie, in which, over the course of 14 minutes a group of scientists land on the moon and fight mushroom monsters, before returning home safely. More