Jul 22, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Once upon a time, artists were reliant upon reinvention as their careers progressed; this model was perfected by pioneers like David Bowie and Paul Simon, who somehow managed to traverse myriad musical contexts while maintaining a thread of consistency throughout. It's a remarkable balancing act, and a necessary one if longevity is part of an artist's plans. More

Jul 19, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

They may not have medalled, but for Fuck Buttons, the 2012 Olympic Games in London were a career high. Despite their less-than-radio-friendly moniker, the duo from Bristol, England were catapulted onto the international stage via Danny Boyle's masterful opening ceremony, which revisited the U.K.'s cultural highs and lows in front of an audience of billions.  More

Jul 18, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

It's been less than a year since veteran synthpop wizards Pet Shop Boys released their mellow and moody eleventh studio album, Elysium. Having left Parlophone Records after 25 years, they've quickly returned with a brand new album on a brand new label. More

Jul 17, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

This raspy-throated singer and guitarist has snagged comparisons to fellow Australian Nick Cave, though his dramatic style can bring more of an industrial-smitten Bowie to mind. More

Soft Metals

Lenses

Captured Tracks

Jul 16, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Two years from its self-titled debut, this "synth-pop romance" has entered into a drab second phase. More

Kylesa

Ultraviolet

Season of Mist

Jul 15, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Ultraviolet, the sixth album from Savannah-based heavies Kylesa, took two years to write, and brings with it a democratic shift in band dynamics. Its members now play the roles of multi-instrumentalists, and singer Laura Pleasantswho shares vocal duties with Phillip Copepositions herself closer to center stage here than in previous outings.  More

Jul 12, 2013 Music Issue #46 - June/July 2013 - Charli XCX

Portugal. The Man stay true to form on their new album, Evil Friends, with soaring rock anthems, countertenor lines, and atmospherics. And this time around, acclaimed producer Danger Mouse was at the helm. More

Jul 12, 2013 Music Issue #46 - June/July 2013 - Charli XCX

Stepping inside a John Vanderslice album is like touring a factory where every room is filled with a new texture. Popping and crackling on one track, then smoothly polishing a haunting melody on the next, this master of unique effects makes his listeners think. More

Jul 11, 2013 Music Web Exclusive

Psychedelic Irish duo Solar Bears' second LP, Supermigration, more or less continues their foray into trippy sci fi-inspired soundscapes, but a bit more carefully. It's more complete than the band's previous effort, She Was Coloured In, with more prog rock influence fusing with their electronic-meets-acoustic sound. More