Nobody’s Smiling

Def Jam/Artium

Sep 22, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Something strange happened to hip-hop in the past decade: the genre's most conscious artists, once considered incendiary, somehow became legacy artists. More


This Is All Yours


Sep 19, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Alt-J's 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave, is one of the great modern indie success stories. The now-trademark unconventional and accessible songs took both the independent and the mainstream music worlds by storm, catapulting the band from the blogosphere to three Brit Award nominations and a Mercury Music Prize.  More



Temporary Residence

Sep 19, 2014 Music Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

Nick Zammuto's first post-The Books album was busy, wild, and eclectic, making pop music out of experimentation. On sophomore release Anchor, Zammuto remains as fidgety as ever, but this time around, he's given the music space to breathe.  More

Sep 18, 2014 Music Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

"Press Heavenwards" opens A New Nature with three minutes of beautifully spacious and dark atmospherics before the meat of the song even begins; this slow burn intro echoes Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" more than anything we've heard heretofore from this post-punk trio. More

Sep 18, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Engineers have done a bit of tinkering in the engine room since its third and last album, In Praise of More (2010). A round of lineup changesthe second in the U.K.-based band's history-has pared the dream pop purveyors down to a trio. More

Sep 17, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

In a Dream is a strange beastThe Juan MacLean has been on DFA since some of the New York label's earliest days, and yet their newest release feels almost like the sudden, indelible debut of a talented new artist. More

Melted Toys

Melted Toys

Underwater Peoples

Sep 17, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

The first song post-intro on Melted Toys' self-titled debut album, "Bummed Out," has a good chunk of instrumental which can pretty much be considered a peppy cover of The Smiths' "Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before." More


La Petite Mort

BMG Chrysalis

Sep 16, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

"Everything old is new again," as the saying goes. This applies as much to '90s Britpop groups as it does to anything else. Pulp reunited, Suede released a comeback record (which is arguably better than David Bowie's of the same year), and Blur played Coachella alongside The Stone Roses. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that La Petite Mort, a new record by James, has entered the fray in 2014. More

Sep 16, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Electronic minimalism is often a difficult thing to master. If the artist gets it right, it can capture that human emotion that computers are so prone to sidestep. If they get it wrong, however, the listener is left wanting something more substantial, something meatier to get their teeth into. More