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Dirty Beaches – Stateless

Dirty Beaches – Stateless

Stateless is the final LP from Alex Zhang Huntai, under his moniker Dirty Beaches. Except in the deep critical and listener circles where Dirty Beaches reign supreme as king(s) of underground lo-fi post-rock, much of the musical world won’t mourn the retirement of the Dirty Beaches name. But that doesn’t mean that Dirty Beaches haven’t […]

Avi Buffalo – At Best Cuckold

Avi Buffalo – At Best Cuckold

Is the lyrical tone of “Memories of You” – among the other notably blunt arrows in Avi Buffalo’s quiver – a product of being part of the first generation to grow up with immediate access to an infinite sea of pornography, or of just one particularly over-amorous mind? It is an admittedly prudish point to […]

Iceage – Plowing Into the Fields of Love

Iceage – Plowing Into the Fields of Love

Plowing Into the Field of Love is one of the rawest albums of recent memory. Not even recent memory. I have to cast back to the first half of British Sea Power’s explosive 2003 debut (The Decline of British Sea Power) to remember an album that offered this potent of a cocktail of guts, brains, […]

The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator

The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator

With the band having started with Andrew and Brad Barr, The Barr Brothers have spent the past four years impressing the folk realm with their experienced and inquisitive sounds and words. Their self-titled debut album appeared in September of 2011 and since then the band has seen a steady rise in both their fan base […]

Eno Hyde – High Life

Eno Hyde – High Life

Modern music owes a debt to Brian Eno that we may never be able to repay. Even when he’s not in front of the microphone or coraling musicians to help him achieve the musical visions within his head Eno is behind the mixing boards of some of the most relevant and talented bands and musicians cutting their sound […]

Rebecca Roubion – Christmas Lights

Rebecca Roubion – Christmas Lights

Since moving to Nashville a few years back, singer-songwriter Rebecca Roubion has been steadily working at fine tuning her sound, releasing two critically acclaimed EPs that highlight the artist’s saccharine sweet voice and her deceptively light and airy indie-pop sensibilities. Now Roubion has set her sights on the holiday season and her latest, Christmas Lights, […]

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams (take 2)

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams (take 2)

After what was, for him, an eternity without a new album (three years!), Ryan Adams has returned with a self-titled release. That kind of decision so far into an artist’s career always garners discussion about its meaning, and generally raises expectations for some kind of definitive artistic statement. For an artist as stylistically restless as […]

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams (take 1)

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams (take 1)

It’s kind of funny that Benmont Tench’s essential contribution to so many great Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers came to mind the first time I saw Ryan Adams perform “Gimme Something Good” on The Tonight Show. Well, wouldn’t you know that keyboardist Tench played piano and organ on this album? And it shows. Furthermore, any […]

Guided By Voices – Cool Planet

Guided By Voices – Cool Planet

We may not have known it at the time of release, but Cool Planet turned out to be the final LP from the reunited Guided by Voices. This capped a roughly three-year span in which the line-up responsible for canonical GbV like Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes dropped more albums than most bands do in […]

Ex Hex – Rips

Ex Hex – Rips

Mary Timony has bounced around from band to band – Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag – and has thus far only found temporary homes for her signature off-kilter guitar work and songwriting. Chalk this up to a variety of issues; bad luck, restlessness, geographical logistics (in the case of Wild Flag), but serious fans of Timony […]