Tegan and Sara

Heartthrob

Warner Bros.

Jan 25, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

When Tegan Quin spoke to Under the Radar about this then-untitled record in early 2012, she expressed feelings that it could be a door-opening album for the band. "I feel like we've hit on something that's going to allow people to connect to it and get into it," she said. "Just like Ace of Base." More

Jan 24, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

Anything in Return is a self-assured, adult album. Full of determined beats, it's worlds away from our first introduction to Toro Y Moi, 2010's chillwave hallmark-heavy Causers of This, and a quantifiably large step up from early works comp June 2009. The shift is not a surprise. More

Nightlands

Oak Island

Secretly Canadian

Jan 23, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

Dave Hartley may be better known in his role as the bassist for The War on Drugs, but Nightlands is his baby. It's a meticulously-rendered solo project; his 2010 debut, Forget the Mantra, experimented with a mix of found audio and home recordings to create its unique musical patchwork. On Oak Island, Hartley moves away from sonic collage and into Eno-esque studio exploration.  More

Jan 22, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

Esben and the Witch's goth rock billing seemed a bit ill-fitting; their debut had the gloomy atmosphere down pat, but it lacked the pomp and theatricality inherent in so much of the genre's best. Its songs meandered on for too long; elements that should have conveyed suffering only came off as sulking. There was a sense that the band knew what it wanted, but wasn't exactly sure how to achieve it. Wash the Sins Not Only the Face sees this U.K. trio mature and finally deliver on so much of the promise they showed early on. More

FIDLAR

FIDLAR

Mom + Pop

Jan 21, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

Sometimes an album comes along that seems naturally like the right thing at just the right time. Should you need one, FIDLAR is the perfect antidote to 2012. More

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

Sam France and Jonathan Radothe young duo behind Foxygenhave a wealth of ideas running through their heads, and probably two sweet-ass record collections. This was evident in the twists and leaps of their all-over-the-map Take the Kids Off Broadway EP, which not only changed styles and genres across its seven tracks, but regularly did so mid-song.  More

Free Energy

Love Sign

Free People

Jan 16, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

Philly power-pop quintet Free Energy really loves the '70s, and that adoration for a bygone era is apparent on their freewheeling sophomore record, Love Sign. More

Jan 14, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

If the hyper-sensitive, self-aware sorrow-pop of Girls wasn't your thing, then it is strongly advised to stay far, far away from this first solo effort from former frontman Christopher Owens-the dude is wearing his heart on his sleeve here, bigtime. More

Yo La Tengo

Fade

Matador

Jan 11, 2013 Music Issue #44 - Best of 2012 - Grimes

If Yo La Tengo's career were human, it would have been granted the right to vote shortly after their 1997 album I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One. (Feel old yet?) As they approach the end of their second decade together, it seems almost inevitable that the Hoboken, New Jersey band would start ruminating on the deeper stuffchiefly life and death. Dark?  More