May 28, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Infinity Pool is just as deep and bottomless a record as its title suggests. More

Wampire

Curiosity

Polyvinyl

May 27, 2013 Music Issue #45 - Winter 2013 - Phoenix

Admittedly, Wampire is probably not the best band name, bringing to mind a spelling-challenged Robert Pattinson being followed around by pre-pubescent teenage girls. More

May 24, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

As a songwriter, Laura Marling has always gone toe-to-toe with her womanhood and its role in her relationships. Her latest effort, Once I Was An Eagle, sees her address this from two distinct aspectsfirst as a woman fractured and broken, later, with a confidence and conviction rebuilt.

May 24, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Desperate Ground, the sixth studio release from The Thermals, is a collection of short, punchy songs that balance bright pop punk against appreciably darker lyrics, while doing little to carve out the emotional drama called for by the libretto. More

May 23, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

When an artist releases an album after undergoing an affecting personal tragedy, it becomes all too easy for the reviewer to over-contextualize the record itself and condescend to the afflicted singer with sympathy points-out-of-ten. More

May 22, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Club 8 started out as a twee-pop outfit before gradually obscuring and veering towards electronics. On the duo’s eighth outing, Above the City, the electro-pop sound is very ‘now,’ but the Scandinavian indie-pop roots lend it distinctiveness thanks in part to Karolina Komstedt’s saccharine vocals.  More

May 21, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

By this time, you pretty much know what you're going to get with a new album from The National. Lots of sad lyrics, dark humor, shimmering guitars, pensive strings, and a sneakily good rhythm section that ends up being the heartbeat of the whole affair. More

Palma Violets

180

Rough Trade

May 20, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Such is the hype emanating from certain parts of the U.K. media around Palma Violets many critics and bloggers must be tempted to shoot them down at the earliest opportunity, to temper their potential egos before the band grows into a kind of musical Piers Morgan. More

Daft Punk

Random Access Memories

Columbia/Daft Life Limited

May 17, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

With an album as hyped as this, Daft Punk's first LP in eight years if you discount the Tron: Legacy score, it's probably worthwhile actually addressing the instantly tossed off online community reactions. More