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Braids’ ‘Flourish // Perish’ Is the Ethereal Yoga Soundtrack You Didn’t Know You Needed

Calgary art-rock trio Braids reach back to sounds considered passé, revitalizing them through selective editing and a ratio of reverence to irreverence that's hard to…
Michael Tedder / August 21, 2013

Smith Westerns, ‘Soft Will’ (Mom + Pop)

In 2011, the young quartet Smith Westerns shambled out of Chicago with their second album, Dye It Blonde. It wasn't the most original take on…
Michael Tedder / July 10, 2013

Queens of the Stone Age, ‘…Like Clockwork’ (Matador)

Here are two things to get out of the way regarding Queens of the Stone Age's sixth record, ...Like Clockwork. First: Prodigal renegade bassist and…
Michael Tedder / June 3, 2013

Laura Marling, ‘Once I Was an Eagle’ (Ribbon)

Oh, wunderkinds. They grow up so fast. British folk singer Laura Marling debuted at the age of 18 with 2008's Alas, I Cannot Swim, the…
Michael Tedder / May 28, 2013

The Flaming Lips, ‘The Terror’ (Warner Bros.)

The Flaming Lips have never been shy about indulging themselves, but lately they've been on the kind of tear normally reserved for 13-year-old boys whose…
Michael Tedder / April 15, 2013

Soul Man: Jim James Sees the Light at New York’s McKittrick Hotel

There was a time when the phrase "solo album from the frontman of" was a roundabout way of saying "your favorite band is about to…
Michael Tedder / February 21, 2013

Nataly Dawn, ‘How I Knew Her’ (Nonesuch)

Employing social networking and cheap audio-visual editing software to bum rush the music industry, the California YouTube sensation Pomplamoose have become so widely adored and…
Michael Tedder / February 15, 2013

Frightened Rabbit, ‘Pedestrian Verse’ (Canvasback/Atlantic)

Scotland routinely breeds some of the most pure-at-heart songwriters around. It also routinely breeds some of the most self-conscious songwriters around. They are often the…
Michael Tedder / February 4, 2013

The Joy Formidable, ‘Wolf’s Law’ (Atlantic)

Joy Formidable singer-guitarist Ritzy Bryan often seems like a pitiless and superhuman assassin from a comic book, laying waste to your pleasure centers with one…
Michael Tedder / January 23, 2013

‘Comedy Bang Bang’: Behind Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts’ Spastic Anti-Talk Show

More is more and still not nearly enough on Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang Bang, the IFC network's first venture in to the ever-crowded talk show…
Michael Tedder / June 8, 2012

Japandroids, ‘Celebration Rock’ (Polyvinyl)

Vancouver drum-and-strum duo Japandroids confront the passage of time on their sophomore album, Celebration Rock. Specifically, they slap that bastard in the face and burn…
Michael Tedder / June 4, 2012

Say Anything, ‘Anarchy, My Dear” (Equal Vision)

Toward the conclusion of Say Anything's fifth album, Anarchy, My Dear, there's a burst of multi-tracked-to-heaven guitars that gradually swells grandly with digitally delayed classic-rock…
Michael Tedder / March 19, 2012

Los Campesinos!, ‘Hello Sadness’ (Arts & Crafts)

Los Campesinos! can't stop adorning their odes to existential grief with snappy handclaps, but the Welsh septet are still showing signs of growth on this…
Michael Tedder / November 15, 2011

S.C.U.M., ‘Again Into Eyes’ (Mute)

They can name themselves after an infamous radical-feminist essay and collaborate with all the cutting-edge visual artists they want, but that doesn't change the fact…
Michael Tedder / October 4, 2011

Mates of State, ‘Mountaintops’ (Barsuk)

Married duo Mates of State are in their second decade of refashioning Brill Building harmonies and new-wave wooziness into odes to domestic bliss. On their…
Michael Tedder / September 13, 2011

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