Crocodiles

Boys

Zoo Music

Jun 03, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

The San Diego-formed garage psych duo Crocodiles (Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez) released their simple, scuzzy first album Summer of Hate in early May 2009 when the most credible aesthetic in music was distortion.  More

Wire

Wire

Pinkflag

Jun 02, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

There is something slightly odd about a band's 14th studio album, 38 years on from their debut release, being self-titled. It is almost certainly unintentional, but there's a neatness about the link between that and this, perhaps, being the first time they haven't felt so ahead of the curve More

Jun 01, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

There's nothing the Brits like more than hyping one of their own. It's a trait that explains why so few U.K. bands make it past album number two-by the time they've delivered a follow up, fickle tastemakers have already moved on to the latest hot piece of stuff. And then nobody listens. More

Jamie xx

In Colour

Young Turks/XL

May 29, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

While what made The xx so special was the trifecta of vocalist, bassist, and producer, it was the latter, Jamie Smith, who was always destined to take his skills elsewhere.  More

Tanlines

Highlights

True Panther

May 28, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

I only have memories of listening to Tanlines in summer months, which led me to mistakenly believe they timed each of their first three releases (two EPs and one LP) to coincide with the arrival of warm weather following demoralizing cold winters. More

May 27, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

One of those Avett brothers and the singular Jessica Lea Mayfield team up here for a 12-song tribute to Elliott Smith, whose life ended in tragedy and whose songs often plied the same trade. More

May 26, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

On his second full-length, Chicago-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Ryley Walker continues to draw inspiration from the most virtuosic finger-pickers and vocalists of the late '60s and early '70s.  More

May 22, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Ruban Nielson returns with another anachronistic beauty, this one hitting the eardrums like a dusty Numero Group find from a home studio in the '70s U.S. Rust Belt, fashioned meticulously, mad-scientist style, with an army of synthesizers patched together and deployed deep in the off-hours.  More

May 21, 2015 Music Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Johanna Warren's nūmūn is an occasionally non-simpatico mix of timeless pastoral psych à la legends Linda Perhacs and Vashti Bunyan, and '90s Lilith stalwarts such as Natalie Merchant. More