Blondes, ‘Swisher’ – Album Review
Blondes have steadily worked their way into dance music’s inner circle over the course of their short, three-year career.
AlunaGeorge, ‘Body Music’ – Album Review
AlunaGeorge’s first full-length, ‘Body Music,’ arrives after a year and half of build up, starting with the English duo’s excellent debut EP for Tri Angle Records, ‘You Know You Like It.’
Fuck Buttons, ‘Slow Focus’ – Album Review
London two-piece Fuck Buttons work in a realm of their own. Benjamin Power and Andrew Hung’s devotion to damaged electronics previously resulted in two very different albums of mental-hack computer music.
David Lynch, ‘The Big Dream’ – Album Review
Even before the release of his 2011 solo debut, ‘Crazy Clown Time,’ it wasn’t difficult to imagine what music from David Lynch might sound like. Lynch’s longtime collaborator and film composer, Angelo Badalamenti, helped create a cohesive sound for the director’s films, achieving a striking mixture …
Thundercat, ‘Apocalypse’ – Album Review
Saying Thundercat plays bass guitar is a little like saying Stanley Kubrick used a camera. Stephen Brunner’s main mode of expression is his instrument, but with his solo music, his virtuoso tendencies are a backdrop to something greater.
10 Best Ty Segall Songs
San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall has only been putting out music under his own name for five years now, but he's already released enough material to rival artists who've been at it a couple decades. There are a lot of songs to choose from, and given that he's got a couple more fu…
Maya Jane Coles, ‘Comfort’ – Album Review
It’s honestly a surprise Maya Jane Coles still isn’t a household name. For the past couple years, the young Englishwoman has made a habit of stamping her name on every club bill, every festival roster and every DJ mix series that matters. Never mind that she’s left each having singlehandedly rejuven…
10 Best Post-Rock Albums
Post-rock is an unwieldy genre. The descriptor covers a broad swath of nearly 25 years of music that's manifested itself into skewed visions of jazz fusion, classical and even dance music. The things that tie post-rock artists together are more general musical themes -- a sense of naturalistic …
Airhead, ‘For Years’ – Album Review
Airhead’s debut full-length for R&S opens with ‘Wait.’ The track first appeared in 2012 on a 7-inch for R&S and helped catapult U.K. producer Rob McAndrews to the label's A-team. ‘Wait’ remains unlike anything R&S -- or the London dance music community at large -- has produced, what with…
Overlooked Albums of 2013
It’s an unavoidable byproduct of today's hyperactive music coverage and the album release cycle: For listeners passionate about music -- especially the type of indie rock that floats under the mainstream radar -- there are always a few albums that feel undeservedly overlooked. But what c…