Jul 02, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

In the six years since Irish indie film phenom Once was released, star Glen Hansard (already noted for his work with folk rock band The Frames) has racked up an Academy Award, a Grammy nomination, eight Tony Awards for the film's Broadway translation, and been handpicked for a number of national tours, including two with now good friend Eddie Vedder More

Jun 29, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

This collection of Aretha Franklin singles, drawn primarily from the 1980s, manages to sound, at times, both fresh and retro cool. Even though nobody really needs reminding of Aretha Franklin’s brilliance, nor should we pretend that by 1980 her most seminal work wasn’t more than a decade behind her, the bulk of the material on Knew You Were Waiting is a total joy to listen to.

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Jun 28, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

The Knack has been very unfairly defined in the public consciousness by its one big hit, 1979’s “My Sharona.” However, that track, off the band’s debut, Get The Knack, of the same year, is highly unrepresentative of who The Knack was as a band.  More

Jun 27, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

For more than 10 years, Texas songwriter Salim Nourallah has been mixing his love of The Beatles and '70s power pop with a storytelling folk approach to create nuanced, hummable pop music. More

DIIV

Oshin

Captured Tracks

Jun 26, 2012 Music Issue #41 - Yeasayer

After a bevy of 7-inch releases, incendiary live shows, and blog hype that's gradually built to a fever pitch, DIIV have at last delivered their debut LP, Oshin. Upon first exposure, it doesn't seem highly dissimilar to frontman Zachary Cole Smith's other band and Captured Tracks labelmates Beach Fossils, with whom Smith plays guitar. More

2:54

2:54

Fat Possum

Jun 25, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

From Joy Division through The Cure, to Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, and The Mission, there was a time when 2:54's variety of forlorn music was in perpetual supply. These days, a gloomily-inclined music fan must either settle into genre blends or explore the deeper indie fringes for a more traditional goth-rock fix. More

Jun 22, 2012 Music Web Exclusive

Since her 1996 debut Tidal, Fiona Apple has split her time between playing the little girl lost and the woman scornedalternately struggling for freedom from lousy lovers and childhood horrors. On the epically titled The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, her first album in seven years, Apple is back to fighting the enemy within, expelling the tangled cacophony of her demons into song. More

Jun 21, 2012 Music Issue #41 - Yeasayer

Nineteen-eighties jangle lost its godfather with the retirement of R.E.M. in 2011, but it regained a venerable distant cousin to the Athens, GA greats with the reunion of The dB's. Falling Off the Sky, the act's sixth LP and their first in nearly 20 years, is astonishingly the first to feature co-frontman Chris Stamey alongside ex-R.E.M. sideman Peter Holsapple since the former's acrimonious departure subsequent to 1982's Repercussion.


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Jun 20, 2012 Music Issue #41 - Yeasayer

Surely Neil Young must be off his rocker. For his first album in nearly 9 years with Crazy Horse, the band that began its association with Young with epic, career-defining tracks like "Down By the River" and "Cowgirl in the Sand" and cemented its legacy in albums like Rust Never Sleeps and 1990's Ragged Glory, Young has decided to record an album of classic American compositions. More