June 9, 2013 The Canadian band's second album showcases Katie Stelmanis' massive voice and increasingly personal lyrics in style, keeping one foot in the conservatory even as both are occupied on the dance floor.
June 9, 2013 Overstuffed at 69 minutes, the Scottish band's 10th album plays out like a larger-than-life celebration of survival. Like the group itself, More Light is erratic and given to excess, but still reaching for transcendence — and vital enough to find what it's looking for.
June 6, 2013 As descriptors go, words like "alternative" and "indie" have become meaningless. But if your musical tastes fit into those categories, what do you say? Tips for shorthand you can use when trying to get your friends into new music.
June 2, 2013 On its second album, the beachy pop-rock band balances its fussy, studio-bound side with rich full-band chemistry and songs whose hooks pop into your thoughts days later. Pythons is more streamlined and straight-ahead than 2010's Astro Coast, but it's still catchy as anything.
June 2, 2013 A multi-instrumentalist and DJ, James Blake collaborator Rob McAndrews has an innate understanding of how to use snippets of sad music as shortcuts to emotion. But he also knows when to exude lightness and joy.
May 30, 2013 In NPR Music's advice column, thoughts on a debate that's raged in the music world for centuries.
May 26, 2013 As a solo artist, the Fiery Furnaces singer is the epitome of subtle, un-showy cool. On Personal Record, her palette expands to include a wider array of themes and perspectives, while she maintains a minimalist-cool sound that's sweet, simple and timeless.
May 26, 2013 Immunity is intended to mirror the feel of a night out, and it captures both highs and lows. In Hopkins' living, breathing world of sound, beauty and beats are always free to commingle in ways that move, in every sense of the word.
May 24, 2013 Josh Homme presides over a dense, textured, unpredictable sound that's equal parts mystery, intensity, beauty and bluster. QOTSA performed ...Like Clockwork in its entirety, plus an assortment of older material, in a sold-out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Hear highlights from the evening.
May 23, 2013 Even in an age of instant online gratification, you can still stay a step ahead of your friends.
May 19, 2013 Marling's songs dig well beyond the everyday, with each sung in a wise, dusky, brooding voice that always seems in control of its surroundings. The U.K. folksinger's fourth album, Once I Was an Eagle, takes a remarkable journey over the course of 16 hypnotic, subtly inventive songs.
May 19, 2013 Eight years after his last album with Harvey Danger, Nelson returns with a wonderfully catchy and quotable solo record. True to virtually every piece of music the singer-songwriter has ever written, Make Good Choices is fueled by a cocktail of quotability and charm.
May 16, 2013 The best cover songs, the ones that endure, bring out something that wasn't already there in the original.
May 12, 2013 The duo returns with a concept album about wildlife, with an emphasis on nature's capacity for destruction. Animals may burrow in and out of each of these songs, but they're merely helping humanity forge a pathway to madness.
May 12, 2013 On The Lighthouse, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins engineer an overstuffed, idea-packed collision of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, psychedelic space-rock, spoken-word poetry, protest music and more. Along the way, they examine innumerable intersections of love, politics, spirituality, healthy living, parenthood and world citizenship.