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BIG EARS 2010: The xx
Published 03/24/2010 at 12:05 p.m.
The U.K. press proclaimed the xx the new sound of young London after the release of their self-titled debut album in August 2009, and with good reason—the disc shows off the band’s surprising maturity and restraint. Sim’s slinky bass lines, ...
BIG EARS 2010: Dirty Projectors
Published 03/24/2010 at 11:29 a.m.
Last year, dozens of year-end top 10 lists heaped praise on Dirty Projectors’ sixth album, the Afro-electro-art-pop extravaganza Bitte Orca. From one perspective, the disc is the drum-tight culmination of nearly a decade’s worth of hit-or-miss experiments from the group’s ...
Eels Return With Their Saddest Album Yet
Published 01/28/2010 at 9:15 a.m.
After a four-year gap between 2005’s remarkable two-disc Blinking Lights and Other Revelations and last summer’s patchy experiment in duality Hombre Lobo, Mark Oliver Everett is back in a hurry with End Times—the saddest Eels album to date, which says ...
Beach House's Pop Sensibilities Shine Through on Sub Pop Debut "Teen Dream"
Published 01/20/2010 at 11:20 a.m.
This is easily the best Beach House album to date, as well as the best indie album of the year thus far—a statement that just might hold true come December. Legrand and Scally, as promised, have moved into new territory, ...
The Avett Brothers' Gambles Pay Off on Major-Label Debut
Published 12/22/2009 at 11:10 a.m.
For some longtime fans of the North Carolina-based Avett Brothers’ rough-around-the-edges brand of Americana, the mellow reworking of “Laundry Room” on I and Love and You seemed to substantiate their fears of a major-label soul squeeze. In reality, though, the ...
Jill Andrews Starts Solo Career in the Wake of the everybodyfields' Demise
Published 11/18/2009 at 10:15 a.m.
By no coincidence, the sad demise of the everybodyfields didn’t take long to sprout silver linings, as both Sam Quinn (with his new band Japan Ten) and Jill Andrews have moved on gracefully and creatively. In Andrews’ case, marriage and ...
Two New Reissues Fill in the Legend of the Feelies
Published 09/23/2009 at 12:43 p.m.
In the 18 years since the last Feelies album (1991’s Time for a Witness), critical analysis of the seminal New Jersey jangle-pop group has read increasingly like a college essay on social Darwinism. With crystallizing hindsight, the revered cult band ...
Black Moth Super Rainbow Take a Polished Turn
Published 06/16/2009 at 11:08 a.m.
He goes by the name Tobacco, his band is called Black Moth Super Rainbow, and his song credits include the tasty likes of “Lollipopsichord” and “Iron Lemonade.” He also knows what you’re thinking—and you would be wrong. There’s nothing psychedelic ...
Camera Obscura's Sweet melodies Hide a Dark Side
Published 04/29/2009 at noon
If Phil Spector’s descent into madness has cast a shadow over your old Crystals records, it might be time to take solace in the next best thing. Scottish indie-pop veterans Camera Obscura convincingly took up the torch for the wall ...
Indie Rockers War on Drugs Finally Getting Heard
Published 04/22/2009 at 3:31 p.m.
Wagonwheel Blues didn’t land on a whole lot of best-albums-of-2008 lists, nor did the single “Taking the Farm” find its way to an iPod commercial, Obama rally, or the dramatic denouement of a House episode. Still, as the saying goes, ...