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The Notwist’s Droning, Clattering ‘Close to the Glass’ Zones Out on the Autobahn

Bavaria art-rockers the Notwist used to sound too metal for indie people and not metal enough for metal people — both of whom were mostly…
Chuck Eddy / February 22, 2014

Angel Olsen’s Stark, Fraught ‘Burn Your Fire for No Witness’ Is Equal Parts Heat and Smoke

Angel Olsen buries a thesis statement at the end of her third album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. On "Window," over a barely audible…
Alfred Soto / February 21, 2014

Phantogram Conjure Their Own Spell of Warm, Eerie, Nightmarish Melancholia on ‘Voices’

There are times when the hazy dream pop on Phantogram's second full-length flirts with the grimly wavy sound proffered by better-established bands like Beach House…
Brittany Spanos / February 14, 2014

Serenity Never: Lydia Loveless Brings a Gritty, Witchy Arsonist’s Zeal to ‘Somewhere Else’

Lydia Loveless makes unreasonable demands, and she damn well knows it. This 23-year-old Ohioan country-punk singer does a line at a party and decides to…
Keith Harris / February 13, 2014

NYC Art-Pop Fixtures Cibo Matto Return With the Charmingly Unnerving ‘Hotel Valentine’

Everyone has them: those unguarded moments when unfiltered joy or unbridled terror washes over you like a tidal wave. Kids experience such raw feeling naturally;…
Jon Young / February 13, 2014

Katy B Finds a Sophisticated, Spellbinding Dance-Floor Sweet Spot on ‘Little Red’

Katy B had very little chance of breaking big in America with her first album, 2011’s Katy on a Mission. Despite the Stateside shift toward…
Anupa Mistry / February 11, 2014

Tennessee Rapper Isaiah Rashad Proves Himself Worthy of Black Hippy on ‘Cilvia Demo’

The natural rapport that exists between Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock (collectively known as Black Hippy) is a sore thumb of sincerity…
Brandon Soderberg / February 6, 2014

Sun Kil Moon Drop 5,000-Plus Words of Sad-Bastard Knowledge on the Balls-Out, All-In ‘Benji’

We already knew a decent amount about Mark Kozelek — the insanely prolific, inimitably morose frontman for the legendary Red House Painters and now Sun…
Garrett Kamps / February 6, 2014

Polish Metal Gods Behemoth Come Back Haunted on Sinister, Thrilling Apex ‘The Satanist’

The return of Polish metal lifers Behemoth is nothing short of miraculous when you consider the hand they've been dealt: The Satanist is the band's…
Kim Kelly / February 6, 2014

Broken Bells Bark at the Moon on the Nervy, Red-Blooded ‘After the Disco’

Despite their masterfully rendered melancholic psych-pop, similarly wistful sci-fi videos, and respective indie-rock and hip-hop credentials, Broken Bells are ultimately about The Cinema. Shins frontman…
Barry Walters / February 5, 2014

Quilt’s ‘Held in Splendor’ Is a Frayed, Captivating Psych-Pop Odyssey

American folk music is often held as sacred, bound by hallowed traditions both acoustic and spiritual. So it seems almost too easy to name your…
Paula Mejia / January 23, 2014

Uncle Tupelo’s ‘No Depression’ Reissue Fetes a Hard-Luck Classic That Birthed a Whole Genre

Between Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, and the Avett Brothers, twang-y, revivalist roots rock might seem like a new thing, but all that's really new…
David Menconi / January 23, 2014

Warpaint Walk the Fine Line Between ‘Hypnotic’ and ‘Snoozy’ on Album No. 2

The first and last time I saw Spiritualized — seated in the balcony of Hollywood's Palace Theatre on November 12, 1997, during the Ladies &…
Garrett Kamps / January 20, 2014

Tink’s ‘Winter’s Diary 2: Forever Yours’ Stars a ’90s Baby Adept at Grown-Up ’90s R&B

Tink is an 18-year-old Chicagoan equally skilled at brash, speedy-spitting rap and deeply felt, real-talk-entrenched R&B. Her raps have received most of the praise, though,…
Brandon Soderberg / January 17, 2014

Dum Dum Girls Convene Their Own Dead French Poets Society on ‘Too True’

On their expertly arranged and fleet-footed third album, Dee Dee Penny and her Dum Dum Girls (current lineup: Jules, Sandy, Malia) exemplify what is hereby…
Jason Gubbels / January 16, 2014
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