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Marnie Stern | The Chronicles of Marnia

In the arena of charming and entertaining indie-music figures, Marnie Stern stands unopposed.
Kill Rock Stars (2013)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 15, 2013

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Push The Sky Away

Much like the similarly low-key The Boatman's Call , Cave's highly anticipated 15th album with the Bad Seeds manages the puzzling feat of making a great band seem inconsequential, if not entirely absent.
Bad Seed Ltd. (2013)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 22, 2013

Beach Fossils | Clash The Truth

Last year in an interview with the Phoenix , Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils said his sophomore album would be inspired by "a lot of frustration from a lot of different sources."
Captured Tracks (2013)
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 22, 2013

Atlas Genius | When It Was Now

Atlas Genius are schooled students of modern pop architecture, seamlessly bouncing from Coldplay-styled acoustic rock to fizzy Phoenix funkiness to deadpanned Strokes-ian guitar chug. But When It Was Now is more like an alt-pop NOW compilation than a
Warner Bros (2013)
By RYAN REED  |  February 22, 2013

Mike Cooley | The Fool On Every Corner

A Mike Cooley solo album is a treat for Drive-By Truckers fans.
Cooley Records (2013)
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  January 11, 2013

Free Energy | Love Sign

For some context on how to approach the Philadelphia-based Free Energy as a classic-rock revival band, turn to their recently released video for "Dance All Night," one of the best tracks off sophomore album Love Sign .
Free People Records (2013)
By SEAN CORBETT  |  January 11, 2013


Young Fathers | Tape One

Scotland does boldly inventive/wildly playful indie-pop (and prior to that, post-punk) with such machine-like efficiency that it's been a detriment to the country's other genres.
Anticon (2012)
By RYAN FOLEY  |  December 14, 2012

Majical Cloudz | Turns Turns Turns

Devon Welsh is a frequent collaborator with his best friend Grimes, but he's also been recording introspective songs by himself for years.
Arbutus Records (2012)
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 14, 2012

Big Boi | Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

"Been a handsome-ass nigga since my mama wiped my bottom," raps Antwan Patton (a/k/a Big Boi, a/k/a Sir Lucious L. Leftfoot, a/k/a Daddy Fat Sax, a/k/a Billy Ocean) minutes into his schizoid sophomore album.
Def Jam (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  December 14, 2012

Memory Tapes | Grace/Confusion

It was a mad bummer when Philly's synth-infused post-punk outfit Hail Social quietly called it a day a half-decade ago after just two inspired releases.
Carpark Records (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 07, 2012

Chris Weisman | Maya Properties

Chris Weisman is surprisingly focused for someone so intrinsically weird.
OSR Tapes (2012)
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 07, 2012


The Fogcutters add to our Christmas cheer

When done right, Thanksgiving through Christmas is a month-long party of friends, family, and whatever beverage-and-food combination turns you on.

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 30, 2012

Scott Walker | Bish Bosch

Scott Walker's late-period about-face is one of the strangest in the annals of pop music.
4AD (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 30, 2012

What's F'n Next? Metz

The joke's on you if you still think Canada is just our laid-back, friendly neighbor up north. Futher proof to the contrary: Toronto's METZ, who would lead you to believe that Canada is one big furious mosh pit.
Toronto, Canada
By PERRY EATON  |  November 16, 2012

The Babies | Our House on the Hill

This fall, Freaks and Geeks started streaming on Netflix, and, coincidentally, the Babies released their sophomore album.
Woodsist (2012)
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  November 16, 2012

Isis | Temporal

 Temporal is an assortment of rarities culled from Isis' entire career, and it's a suitably bulky set in both length (almost two hours) and aural weight.
Ipecac (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  November 16, 2012


Deftones | Koi No Yokan

Deftones' brand of metal is artful and spacey, patient and textured: Stephen Carpenter's de-tuned distortion washes over like menacing storm clouds; Abe Cunningham's dextrous drumming takes cues from both hip-hop and prog; and, at his most melodic, Chin
Reprise Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  November 16, 2012

Emeralds | Just To Feel Anything

Compared to their predominantly improvisational past releases, everything here seems calculated.
Editions Mego (2012)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 09, 2012

Soundgarden | King Animal

Soundgarden have long been the most-likely grunge outfit to reunite; the only surprise here is that it took this long for them to get their shit together.
Seven Four Entertainment/Republic (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 09, 2012

Born Gold | Little Sleepwalker

Little Sleepwalker , written alone in the Arizona desert, is Born Gold's step back.
Audraglint (2012)
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  November 09, 2012

Prince Rama | Top Ten Hits of the End of the World

We are used to this kind of thing with bigger stars — where the biography starts to take over and we talk more about how gaga-licious the artist is than about the music — but less so with the underground. Prince Rama don't make it easy, but their music
Paw Tracks Records (2012)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 02, 2012


Bill Withers | The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums

Bill Withers has always been the down-to-earth, odd-man-out of the '70s soul brothers: he's the one who came bearing a lunch box on the cover of his relaxed 1971 debut, Just as I Am .
Columbia/Legacy (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 02, 2012

Aerosmith | Music From Another Dimension

Don't let Aerosmith's Music From Another Dimension confuse you. It was produced inside the normal, predictable dimension where all Aerosmith songs since Armageddon sound pretty much alike.
Columbia (2012)
By SEAN CORBETT  |  November 02, 2012

Neil Young inspires a chill new wave

Over six decades, Neil Young's musical expression has expanded beyond the rock and roll of his nascent years and the folk-rock that brought him his initial burst of renown.

By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  November 02, 2012

The Soft Moon | Zeros

Feeling disassociated, darkened, distressed, or just plain different this fall? Don't fret or suffer like the only hope out there for getting lost musically is by listening to early Depeche Mode or jumping on the Kraftwerk revival bandwagon.
Captured Tracks (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 26, 2012

Why? | Mumps, etc.

Why?'s fourth studio album has been marketed as a "return to form" after 2009's tepidly received Eskimo Snow , since frontman Yoni Wolf's trademark raps are once again prominent.
Anticon Records (2012)
By NICK JOHNSTON  |  October 26, 2012


Paul Banks | Banks

It has taken a decade, but Paul Banks has finally written his mission statement in song: "Death will come by ocean, I want that guarantee," he sings on "I Paid for That," a propulsive cut from his debut solo album.
Matador Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 26, 2012

Diamond Rings | Free Dimensional

"Love is a drug, and it's the only one I'm dealing," raps gender-bending synth-pop siren John O'Regan deep into his sophomore album.
Astralwerks (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 19, 2012

Bat For Lashes | The Haunted Man

It's no myth that artists tend to struggle with the dreaded second-album slump, but less clichéd and much more real is the third-album choke — especially when previous releases are so critically acclaimed.
Capitol/Parlophone (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 19, 2012

The recorded rebirth of Mean Creek

Outside their rehearsal space, Mean Creek are standing with their hands in their pockets, excited to dig into some discussion about their anticipated new record, Youth Companion .

By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 12, 2012