Mar 22, 2013 Music Issue #45 - Winter 2013 - Phoenix

Fair or not, Is This It and Room on Fire, The Strokes' one-two punch from the first few years of the '00s, loom heavy over all of their subsequent releases. And for good reasonthose albums remain immensely listenable and enjoyable, the sheer pop prowess and technical chops belied by how casual they felt.  More

Suuns

Images Du Futur

Secretly Canadian

Mar 21, 2013 Music

Suun’s debut full-length, Zeroes QC, stood out with a volatile mélange of electronic experimentation and big-guitar rockist leanings. This time out, the Montréal group is more consistent, diving more wholeheartedly into their Kraut-y electronic side, bringing modern-day Liars or Clinic to mind. More

Phosphorescent

Muchacho

DEAD OCEANS

Mar 20, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

While Matthew Houck would not be strictly classified as a country musician, he's taken a wonderful lesson from country about range of emotion. Muchacho, his latest album, swings from heartbroken to celebratory and back again, sometimes within one song.  More

Mar 19, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Denizens of the Internet launched the word "epic" squarely into overuse territory, but with your permission, reader, I'd like to reclaim it to discuss The Chronicles of Marnia. More

Mar 18, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Gradual change is rare for most groups, but Duluth, MN trio Low has morphed from a slowcore band into a folk-tinged rock outfit over its 20 years of existence. Like most indie bands, Low will trot out a new production style or genre experiment alongside each full-length release. More

Suede

Bloodsports

INGROOVES/FONTANA

Mar 15, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

After an 11-year dearth of new material, Britpop’s pompous progenitors are back from what we’d long feared might be the musical hereafter. More

Mar 14, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

The Mary Onettes has been releasing dreamy indie-pop from Jönköping, Sweden since Swedish label par excellence, Labrador, put out the band's Lost EP in 2006. Seven years and two albums later, the band has decided to change its tactic a bit. More

Mar 13, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Since his 2002 debut LP, Oh Me Oh My..., a glorious tangle of lo-fi tape hiss and acoustic vignettes, Devendra Banhart has traversed myriad stylistic avenues. More

David Bowie

The Next Day

ISO/Columbia

Mar 12, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Unlike My Bloody Valentine's similar release of m b v, rumors hadn't even existed of a new David Bowie record before The Next Day's announcement on the artist's 66th birthday. After a decade of fan speculation that Bowie might be done or—worse—dying, it seems our fears were for naught and our patience has been rewarded.    More