Jun 04, 2014 Music Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

Echo and the Bunnymen have never been the most dynamic of bands. There's no standout feature that makes them particularly remarkable, aside from their consistency. They've stayed modestly relevant in the decades since their post-punk heyday without straying too far from the atmospheric proto-indie foundation they built in the '80s.  More

Jun 03, 2014 Music Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

While Fucked Up may be referred to most often as a punk band, even a hardcore punk band, each of their last few albums poked a few holes in that envelope. Sure, Damian Abraham (Pink Eyes) provides the definition of in-the-red punk vocals on each and every song, but the band has explored a wide range of inventive approaches to their surrounding sonics. More

Jun 02, 2014 Music Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

Black HoursHamilton Leithauser's solo debut, was recorded shortly after The Walkmen announced an "extreme hiatus."  More

Jun 02, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

The best noise rock makes harshness and dissonance seem essential. A cacophony of fuzz and feedback, in the right hands, sounds absolutely vital, and more importantly, substantial. Bleeding Rainbow doesn't make noise rock, but on Interrupt, they're pretty noisy. The problem is, precious little of the album is substantial. More

Parquet Courts

Sunbathing Animal

What's Your Rupture?/Mom+Pop

May 30, 2014 Music Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

With their third full-length, Parquet Courts seemed at a precipice. They'd released a well-received album that had gotten national attention in Light Up Gold, and a blistering EP just a year later. More

May 30, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

One thing about Hauschka's music is that once you've seen it performed livehell, a YouTube clip will almost sufficeit's impossible to dissociate the visual from the sounds you're hearing.  More

May 29, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

For Record Store Day 2014, Dayton, Ohio's Misra Records released a 7" record with a new song by Torres on side A and one from Dayton's own Motel Beds on side B. More

May 29, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Lambchop's music is a beautiful, surprisingly hard-to-categorize mix of folk, blues, jazz, and lounge music. At the time of Nixon, originally released in 2000, the band consisted of 14 members, and in addition enlisted the Nashville String Machine and a choir. More

May 28, 2014 Music Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

If the last 10 years have proved anything, it's that Norwegian DJ and producer Todd Terje knows how to fill dance floors. But, rather surprisingly, this king of neo-discodespite spreading his infectious electronica across countless EPs and remixeshas never released a full-length until now. More