Aug 03, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Niki & The Dove pose a strong argument for living life as fantastically as possible. The Scandinavian duo (vocalist Malin Dahlström and keyboardist Gustaf Karlöf) favor big choruses and even bigger sentimentspeppering their theatrical synth pop with talk of life, death, and love at its most extreme. As a result, the band's debut album Instinct feels like the result of years of studying at the feet of the material girl herself, marinated in the melancholy of their native Sweden. More

Junk Culture

Wild Quiet

Illegal Art

Aug 02, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Oxford, Mississippi's Deepak MantenaJunk Culture's wizard-behind-the-curtaintakes the languid, retro-pop vibes of the recent chillwave rush and injects his personal experiences of hurting and pain, giving some welcome emotional weight to this steamy woozadelica. More

Aug 02, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

The Cinematic Orchestra's Jason Swinscoe is taking the idea behind his artist persona's name to its ultimate realization. On the latest from Swincoe, In Motion #1, he enlists Dorian Concept & Tom Chant, Austin Peralta, and Grey Reverend to join him in creating music for visually compelling films. More

Tomas Barfod

Salton Sea

Fear of Friends

Aug 01, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Producer and drummer Tomas Barfod's latest collection of organically-infused minimal techno tracks is full of unfulfilled potential. More


Life Is Good

Def Jam

Jul 31, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Over the course of his career, Nas has declined from World's Best MC (back in the Illmatic days) to "oh yeah, that guy" territory (pretty much everything after It Was Written). With the release of Life Is Good, he's hoping to head back to the former. More

Jul 30, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

It's been 21 years since Blur released its debut, 1991's Leisure, an album that picked up where The Stone Roses left off and represented the first step in a career that both defined and shaped what we know as Britpop. With this anniversary of sorts, the band decided it was a great time for a career-spanning box set.  More

Jul 27, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

After the cold sterility of Hospice and the forlorn but livelier Burst Apart, The Antlers deliver a four-song EP that occupies an entirely new space. The tension that held those full-lengths together and made them so compelling is absent from Undersea, but surprisingly, the meditative flow of the music feels complete, though not quite as intriguing. More

Jul 26, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

With their sophomore release Gossamer, Passion Pit proves to be the gift that keeps on giving. What started as the mission of mop-topped singer Michael Angelakos to wrap up a Valentine's Day musical box for a past paramour (the collection of songs that would become Passion Pit's 2008 Chunk of Change EP), the project has now become a global love affair out to steal hearts with a dashing and mysterious second album that, in many ways, bests the band's debut. More

Jul 25, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Purity Ring frontwoman Megan James once revealed to Under the Radar, partially tongue-in-cheek, that her primary influences were "the five elements of nature." At this nascent stage of the band's career, when they only had the ubiquitously blogged "Lofticries" and "Ungirthed" to their name, there wasn't much to talk about. More