The Decemberists: Hazards Of Love

Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war How to divide the conquest of thy sight; Mine eye my heart thy picture’s sight would bar, My heart mine eye the freedom of that right. My heart doth plead that thou in...

Venice Is Sinking: Azar

We music writers traffic in generalizations. Entrusted by you, the general public, to give advice on how to spend your hard-earned money, we are obligated to make comparisons to other, more familiar artists, in...

Efterklang: Parades

Reductionism is alive and well in music, and nowhere is this more evident and apparent than on Parades, the most basic electronica record ever made. Incredibly, however, the album is never boring or tedious; it...
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The Paper Jets: Origami Rock

Much like real jet planes, The Paper Jets soar through the air, creating a loud, booming noise in the process. Their music, however, is much less airborne, hopping easily from airy acoustic pop to driving rock....

The Appleseed Cast: Sagarmatha

Kansas is one of the flattest places in the world, where one can stand in a field and literally see for miles in all directions. It’s easy to see how this sense of loneliness and freedom could inspire a band li...

P.O.S.: Never Better

If there’s such thing as intellectual rap, P.O.S. has found it. Based in Minneapolis, he’s created an album that emanates anger, with uneasy and noisy beats underlining raps that are loud, rough, and guttural. ...