Feb 25, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Academy Songs, Volume I unfolds within the confines of an imagined all-boys prep academy in frontman John Orth's mind. And while the single "Golden Sparklers" delivers a flicker, it turns out to be more of a flash in the pan by the time the last track rolls around. More

Foals

Holy Fire

WARNER BROS.

Feb 22, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Holy Fire opens with a sense of gravity. A low buzz and a pattering in the distance draft images of cavernous space before the guitar even shimmers into existence. And then it builds, each new instrument stoking the fire. More

Foals

Holy Fire

WARNER BROS.

Feb 22, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Holy Fire is one of those records that could be succinctly summarized in five words: "This is a Foals album." Anyone familiar with their output since 2008 debut Antidotes will know exactly what it sounds like, with modulated synths combining with tremolated guitars (so much tremolo!) to sound a bit like all those bands whose albums Dave Sitek produced during his reign as King of Brooklyn circa 2008. More

Iceage

You’re Nothing

MATADOR/ESCHO

Feb 21, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

The second album from Denmark's Iceage opens with a delicious din. Throw on some headphones and lean into the dense swirl of crackling guitar, deep throb, and clattering drums of "Ecstasy." Had My Bloody Valentine incorporated economy and aggression into their mix circa Loveless they might have pounded out a similar trail.

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Feb 20, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Pissed Jeans' fourth album plays like the sound of a herd of buffalo charging from one end of a string of subway cars to another, and while they may slow their pace occasionally, cringing passengers know better than to climb down off their seats. More

Feb 19, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside's 2011 debut, Dirty Radio, was a cabaret-esque mix of rockabilly and old-timey pop that was endearing, albeit with somewhat of a novelty vibe. More

Feb 18, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

In 2012, Baltimore's Matmos released The Ganzfeld EP as a "taster" for this album. It was reportedly the outcome of a series of experiments into the "science" of telepathy and unsurprisingly turned out to be enormously self-indulgent rubbish. More

Feb 15, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Push the Sky Away, Nick Cave's 15th studio album with the Bad Seeds, is steeped in a calm, restrained atmosphere. It could hardly be further removed from the raucous Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! or the wacked-out, sleazy garage rock Grinderman, which should please the Cave apostles who prefer his music stay morose. More

Feb 14, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album Rumours has sold over 40 million albums to date. To this day, Rumours is inextricable from the story of its creation, a process that took over the band members' lives at the exact time four of its members were severing romantic ties and a fifth was dealing with a breakup of his own. More