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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags

With Wig Out at Jagbags, Stephen Malkmus has released more LPs more under his own name than he did with his seminal ’90s slack-rock band Pavement. While Pavement’s indie legend status means that Malkmus’ “solo” output (no disrespect to backing band The Jicks) will be perpetually cast in the shadow of his earlier material, it in no […]

Kraftwerk – Live at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Kraftwerk – Live at Walt Disney Concert Hall

It is impossible to underestimate Kraftwerk’s influence on popular music. You could say Krafwerk is to electronic music what the Ramones were to punk rock, but let’s face it: many of the young people today sporting trendy Ramones t-shirts probably don’t even listen to the band’s songs anyway. Suffice to say, EDM — and all […]

Tokyo Police Club – Force Field

Tokyo Police Club – Force Field

It’s not often that a rock album opens with an 8 minute three part opus. Sure, Arcade Fire can get away with it, but Tokyo Police Club? Their last record didn’t have a single song that reached the 4 minute mark. This anomaly certainly leaves the listener ready to see what other surprises they have […]

Various Artists – Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound

Various Artists – Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound

Bless their hearts: the Numero Group has done it again. The label – perhaps best known for their Eccentric Soul series which, as the name kind of suggests, highlights lesser known labels and scenes from the sixties-soul era – has once again dug deep into an underexplored scene and unearthed a wellspring of could-have-been/should-have-been hits. […]

Nina Persson – Animal Heart

Nina Persson – Animal Heart

The common stereotype of Swedish music is that of bright, clean pop with every hair in place. Nina Persson, former lead singer and primary writer for The Cardigans breaks that stereotype — just a little bit. This new solo album, Animal Heart, finds the singer starting to reveal her some sincere emotion. You may not […]

The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

The War on Drugs last album, 2011’s Slave Ambient, felt like a cohesive work; the sort of album that could only come from a band with a good idea of who they are and what they want to sound like. It starts with a careless stumble of lo-fi drums, watery guitars, mumbly vocals and buzzing […]

Snowbird – Moon

Snowbird – Moon

We’ve long since forgotten about the delicate atmosphere of Cocteau Twins. Every other 80s band has had their sound and style exploited in some manner; yet, the Cocteau Twins have been left in the cold. In many ways, I’m glad of it. Their pristine sound remains unspoiled and ripe for rediscovery. In the meantime, though, […]

Soft Science – Detour

Soft Science – Detour

Detour does not sound like an album created by a group of people who released their debut nearly thirteen years ago, and I can’t really think of a bigger compliment to give a band that makes the kind of energetic guitar pop that Sacramento’s Soft Science do. It might explain, however, why the band seems […]

Luray – The Wilder

Luray – The Wilder

Luray is a town of about 5,000 people in northern Virginia, nestled unassumingly in the Shenandoah Valley. Luray is also the name of Shannon Carey’s family-heavy, bluegrass-shaded indie band out of Washington D.C. Currently, Carey and her troupe are dutifully on a intimate club tour of the eastern half of America in support of their […]

Beck – Morning Phase

Beck – Morning Phase

Beck’s Morning Phase makes a strong case for the continuing validity of full-length albums. Unlike so many other mere song collections dropped into the marketplace these days, this recording presents a consistent, appealing mood, start to finish. It’s similar in tone to Beck’s Sea Change. It differs in content from that one, however, in that […]