The Dandy Warhols: 'This Machine'
By all logical accounts, the Dandy Warhols shouldn't still exist. The band miraculously survived '90s major-label alt-rock buzz and somehow avoided a...
German electronic duo Mouse on Mars' new album embraces accessibility
England in 1819: 'Alma'
As often as indie rock lauds singers with fractured voices, it's powerful when a singer can truly sing and use their vocals to propel a song.
Oren Ambarchi: 'Audience of One'
So far, many of the best releases of 2012 have found pop artists stretching the limits of traditional songcraft through experimental techniques. Oren Ambarchi's latest has...
Julia Holter: 'Ekstasis'
On last year's Tragedy, Julia Holter struck an impeccable balance between the abstract and the accessible. Tragedy buried Holter's melodies in a static haze of...
Mouse on Mars: 'Parastrophics'
Few electronic artists are able to age as well as Mouse on Mars. The duo have constantly embraced new technologies and techniques while retaining a...
Howlin Rain: 'Russian Wilds'
Coming from the ashes of the wildly noisy Comets of Fire, Howlin Rain's music bears little resemblance to that group's cathartic psychedelic sound, mining instead traditional classic...
Leonard Cohen: 'Old Ideas'
It's a wonderful thing when artists you love surprise you with just how good they can still be, and that's exactly how I felt upon first hearing Leonard Cohen's Old Ideas.
Of Montreal: 'Paralytic Stalks'
On Of Montreal's last full length (2010's False Priest) there was a moment when the oversexed funk let up for an emotionally arresting (and dissonant) piano-and-strings ballad.
"Blue" Gene Tyranny: Detours
The latest record from this legendary San Antonio expatriate collects four haunting piano pieces that are largely characterized by the dichotomy between space and sound. Gene has always...
No one can ever accuse Prurient's Dominick Fernow of being a slacker. Last year, he released two "proper" albums, toured with Cold Cave, and cryptically...
House of Low Culture: Poisoned Soil
The latest release from former ISIS member Aaron Turner's new project begins with a piercing drone that segues into gorgeous analog synth and chant-like vocals...