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The xx | Coexist

The xx's sleeper electro-soul debut was defined by its silences as much as its sounds: by the pauses between dusty, cymbal-less beats, stoned basslines, and echoing guitar pings, and by the pregnant tension between the voices (the unison NyQuil croons o
Young Turks (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  September 07, 2012

Deerhoof | Breakup Song

Jammy San Francisco art-noise rockers Deerhoof got us going with the clever online "Jingletron" last month and left fans jittering with excitement for Breakup Song.
Polyvinyl (2012)
By SEAN CORBETT  |  August 31, 2012

Lynyrd Skynyrd | Last of a Dyin' Breed

The eponymous track of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 13th studio album opens with a tease of gritty gusto — a skank-nasty slide riff a few ghostly notes short of Led Zep's "In My Time of Dying."
Roadrunner Records
By RYAN REED  |  August 31, 2012

Matthew Dear | Beams

Matthew Dear has always been a producer first, DJ second, and songwriter third.
Ghostly International (2012)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  August 31, 2012

Swans | The Seer

Swans albums are the unparalleled expression of multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira, who often sounds like he's either deranged with enthusiasm or deranged with bitterness.
Young God (2012)
By RYAN FOLEY  |  August 31, 2012

Animal Collective | Centipe de Hz

Animal Collective deserve credit for not doing what most artists in their position would do right about now — namely, get reactionary.
Domino (2012)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 31, 2012


Loudon Wainwright III ages appropriately

The reason why Loudon Wainwright III drives us crazy is the same reason why we love him so much.
Grown man
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  June 08, 2012

Kate McGarry makes a feminist move on the standards songbook

On a first listen to Kate McGarry's new Girl Talk (Palmetto), you might not suspect any special agenda — this is simply the kind of original, heartfelt treatment of a well-chosen mix of songs that the singer has led us to expect in her half dozen release
In her own time
By JON GARELICK  |  April 06, 2012
Assaf Kehati - Flowers and Other Stories

Assaf Kehati Quartet | Flowers and Other Stories

The Boston-based Israeli guitarist Assaf Kehati and his quartet know how to straddle the great divide.
AKJazz (2011)
By JON GARELICK  |  July 15, 2011
Assaf Kehati - Flowers and Other Stories

Assaf Kehati Quartet | Flowers and Other Stories

The Boston-based Israeli guitarist Assaf Kehati and his quartet know how to straddle the great divide.
AKJazz (2011)
By JON GARELICK  |  July 15, 2011
new Givers album 'In Light'

Givers | In Light

When Givers self-released their first EP two years ago, it was easy to pigeonhole the Lafayette, Louisiana, quintet as just another baby buzz band, a dime-a-dozen blog filler.
Glassnote (2011)
By DEVON MALONEY  |  June 10, 2011

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Face to Face | Laugh Now, Laugh Later

Putting 1999's Ignorance Is Bliss aside, Face to Face still sounds the way they always have.
Antagonist (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  May 27, 2011

Gold Panda | Lucky Shiner

There are usually two options for electronic hip-hop records: mellow trip or study in complex head-buggery.
Ghostly International (2010)
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 22, 2010

Kings of Leon | Come Around Sundown

Kings of Leon seem to have hit their stride on their fifth studio album — but it's more of a stroll, and they're not heading anywhere particularly new.
RCA (2010)
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 15, 2010

The Cinnamon Fuzz | Cruise of the Century

Self-released (2010)
Self-released (2010)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 08, 2010

The Birthday Massacre | Pins and Needles

If you disregard the distorted guitars, the spooky sound effects, and the unapologetically gothtarded imagery, not much separates the Birthday Massacre from honest-to-gosh bumblegum pop.
Metropolis Records (2010)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 01, 2010


Women | Public Strain

For their sophomore effort, Women returned to the same Calgary studio that had birthed their 2008 debut, the basement of fellow musician/neighbor Chad Van Gaalen.
Jagjaguwar Records (2010)
By MICHAEL GRIMES  |  October 01, 2010

Abe Vigoda | Crush

Over the past three years, Abe Vigoda have made some serious progress, going from California kids making cryptic but pretense-free DIY clatter to the sole opening band on one of Vampire Weekend's national tours.
Post Present Medium (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  October 01, 2010

No Age | Everything In Between

What are a couple of LA noise rats like No Age trying to say with a stargazing track like "Katerpiller" smack in the middle of their new album?
Sub Pop (2010)
By MATT PARISH  |  September 24, 2010