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Cassette Fever in the Age of Bandcamp
The cassette tape is a miniature monument to a lost age of music; a small casket in which to hide memories and last hopes. [22.Apr.14]
The Music Industry's 1-2% Death Knell
Articles hailing "the death of the music industry" are a dime a dozen, but recent stories about album sales, iTunes Radio, and radio audience shares -- when bundled together -- indicate that the big shift everyone has feared is actually genuinely happening. [22.Apr.14]
The Safes - 'Record Heat' (album stream) (Premiere)
By PopMatters Staff
Chicago's the Safes smoke on their new record of classic power pop rockers with a bit of punk sneer and AM radio melodic harmonies. [22.Apr.14]
TEEN: The Way and Color
The Way and Color is a welcome and daring departure from TEEN's Spacemen 3-laced debut, 2012’s In Limbo, even though it doesn’t always hit its marks. [22.Apr.14]
G. Love & Special Sauce: Sugar
Sugar is not a sticky-sweet album. Whether or not that's good news to you, G. Love & Special Sauce have returned. [22.Apr.14]
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The Way and Color is a welcome and daring departure from TEEN's Spacemen 3-laced debut, 2012’s In Limbo, even though it doesn’t always hit its marks.
Sugar is not a sticky-sweet album. Whether or not that's good news to you, G. Love & Special Sauce have returned.
Occasional corniness aside, Cloud Cult have crafted an excellent live album.
Lil' Wayne hits the reset button on his Cash Money imprint, but with only minor roster changes is it worth the effort?
Year One, which collects three releases from the past year or so, serves as both a celebration of what has been and a preamble to what seems like an awfully bright future.
On BLUESAmericana, Keb' Mo' clears a few emotional cobwebs then plays in the mud. It's not his best, but it's got one of his best songs.
Smoke DZA's third album, Dream.Zone.Achieve, is strong on beats but weak on personality.
The renown British DJ hypes up some acid-inspired beats, but fails to capture attention.
Lacking their usual frenetic pace and diverse instrumentation, Architecture in Helsinki put out something surprisingly boring
The goods on Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold are such that it’s easy to consider that this artist is someone who is easily a person to keep tabs on and watch with careful scrutiny.
The expanded story of Slint's Spiderland shows that the album doesn't define place or genre so much as it illuminates a singular approach to making music.
The funky organ trio gets together in the studio with a live audience and an adventurous guitarist to break the mold.
Former Young Marble Giants vocalist Alison Statton steps out on her own with a collection of demos that seek to bridge the gap between what that group was and what Weekend would become, influencing countless indie pop acts in the process.
Eclectic, showing an appealing musical restlessness, Inner Fire is both enjoyable and exceptional.
The game never stops for the long-running bluegrass powerhouse.
They may not ever be able to achieve the dizzying heights of "Barbra Streisand", but Quack is more than worth the wait.
With a recent Grammy in hand and momentum on his side, a Nashville legend returns to the studio with some old friends.
The Colombian chameleon’s new eponymous album sees her ditching the squelchy Latin beats of her last English-language album, in favor of dipping her toe into country, ska, rock, and EDM.
Twilight have slammed the tomb shut and are hostile to all visitors, leaving a disconnect between the listener and the songs outside of “Oh Wretched Son” and “A Flood of Eyes”.
Although there are a few moments that lack the edge of his debut, Gravitas is a welcome return to form -- of sorts -- for Kweli.
Goodbye, guitars. Hello, electronics.
With Light and With Love is Woods' most cleanly produced record to date, and the brittle edges of their sound now melt around bright, bittersweet songs.
May Death Never Stop You proves to be a tricky overview of MCR's output, trying to please both casual fans and completists at the exact same time.
The Dandy Warhols didn't invent the wheel, they just drive really well.
Steve Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and Edie Brickell join each other on CD and DVD Live to provide music and comedy lovers with a fantastic live experience.
Indie pop for indie pop scholars.
Polish guitarist Grzegorz Lesiak does a musical about-face, pointing to grand things down the road.
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Features
The Eels prime-mover answers questions about the band's new album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, which follows the tradition of other tragedy-driven greats in his storied and beautifully sorrowful discography. [20.Apr.14]
By Monica Corton
When a song becomes forever connected with a product, particularly with the use of a parody lyric, it's deemed “baked” or “overused”. [15.Apr.14]
Columns
Sound Souvenirs
The cassette tape is a miniature monument to a lost age of music; a small casket in which to hide memories and last hopes. [21.Apr.14]
In Defense Of…
With the news that the singer-songwriter has passed, it's time to look back on someone Bob Dylan once dubbed 'The Greatest Living Songwriter'. [14.Apr.14]
From The Blogs
Articles hailing "the death of the music industry" are a dime a dozen, but recent stories about album sales, iTunes Radio, and radio audience shares -- when bundled together -- indicate that the big shift everyone has feared is actually genuinely happening. [22.Apr.14]
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