THE HORRORS – "SKYING" "There’s no fault to be found with Skying – truly, every song here hits its mark, and while The Horrors are evidently a band happy to change its spots from record to record (and steal a few licks, too), only the most ungracious of observers could deny that they’ve now crafted […]
WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE – "FIELD SONGS" "[Whitmore's] voice, an increasingly formidable piece of weaponry, reached its apparent apotheosis in 2009’s Animals In The Dark, an apocalyptically bluesy disc that transcends its workmanlike folk template. Field Songs dials back that massiveness: Accompanied by the chirping of crickets or birds, each song reins in Whitmore’s craggy, righteous howl, calming it […]
THE CIVIL WARS – "BARTON HOLLOW" "The Civil Wars seems like the moniker for a band exploring overt, loud disagreement. But the brand of longing, melodic chamber-pop and folk from the duo of John Paul White and Joy Williams puts the emphasis on 'civil'—'courteous or obliging; polite.'" Nathan Spicer, Paste
SMITH WESTERNS – "DYE IT BLONDE" "The music is still dispensed in rambunctious bursts of infectious noise candy and messy swagger. But the sound is more fleshed-out, the playing tighter, the beats crisper and the vocals brighter … In the three years since Smith Westerns formed, the young group has continued to perform with the poise […]
BON IVER – "BON IVER, BON IVER" "[Justin] Vernon has taken that voice, and these arrangements, and crafted an album that unfolds like a suite. The structure is flawless right up to its conclusion, 'Beth/Rest', which has been much remarked upon for its unabashed and unironic embrace of 80s adult contemporary pop sounds." – Mark […]
DAWES – "NOTHING IS WRONG" “For me, it’s about a catalog. I look at the bands that have up to 20 albums and I feel that’s a real achievement, if this next album was giant and huge and we got to play our next shows at a stadium and then we went away and all […]
DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR. – "IT'S A CORPORATE WORLD" "We're from Michigan. We love cuddling, puppies, long walks … on the beach. Can you get down with that?" – Josh, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.