August 9, 2012 Presented as an old-fashioned Technicolor Western, complete with opening credits, the video for "Time to Run" allows Lord Huron's members to polish their acting chops while giving their song a visual stamp.
August 9, 2012 Working on a bed of clicks and ahhhs, Azure Ray unleashes what amounts to a long, slow summer swoon.
August 7, 2012 On stage, backed by a full band and ace utility player Heather Broderick, Van Etten alternately exudes quiet confidence, sweet shyness and bold aggression, depending on a given song or moment, and never lets her audience's attention lag.
August 7, 2012 Waits' dim view of war and those who wage it is anything but softened in a video by Matt Mahurin.
August 6, 2012 Known for mixing folk and electronic music, Orton unveils three new songs with just an acoustic guitar. Her next album, Sugaring Season, doesn't come out until Oct. 2, so consider this a sneak preview — alongside a lovely, spare version of 1999's "Sweetest Decline."
August 2, 2012 Working off a blues-rock template, Clark infuses his gritty songs with soul, pop and even reggae. Don't be stunned if he blossoms into a next-generation blues icon in the next few years; he's already well on his way.
July 31, 2012 WFUVIt's not hyperbolic to suggest that Sigur Rós is one of the world's greatest live bands, creating a hypnotic, almost overwhelming experience. Hear the group, back on tour after four years, as it plays a sweeping two-hour set at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell during Celebrate Brooklyn.
July 30, 2012 Watkins' new album, Sun Midnight Sun, is a smart, surprising collection of sweetly hooky songs that rest within pop, country and folk on the Venn diagram of musical genres.
July 30, 2012 FolkAlleytUnE-yArDs' strange, joyous concoction is wild, rhythmic, layered and swirling with surprises. Leader Merrill Garbus forms a cut-up collage of coos, howls and bold statements of purpose, but her live shows fan out into epic rave-ups, complete with a pair of saxophonists.
July 30, 2012 Since expanding from a duo into a sextet, Blind Pilot has given its warmly catchy, charmingly delicate folk-pop a bit of a propulsive kick. Both of the band's albums are stuffed with ringers: It's never released a bad song, and that's some kind of wonder to behold.
July 29, 2012 Hear 17 Fleetwood Mac covers by an impressive cross-section of talent, including The New Pornographers, Antony Hegarty, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Washed Out, MGMT, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, St. Vincent, The Kills, Tame Impala and more.
July 29, 2012 Stuffing 10 songs into 32 minutes, the L.A. rock band's first album in 15 years is a big, brash, vital blast of rock 'n' roll. Core members Steven and Jeff McDonald got their start playing this sort of stuff 34 years ago, but Redd Kross couldn't be farther from a dinosaur act in 2012.
July 29, 2012 In a crowded marketplace for young, big-voiced pop singers, it takes nuance and charisma to stand out; blaring pipes aren't enough. A 22-year-old from London, La Havas possesses a rich, expressive voice — but also, more importantly, a keen understanding of when to dial it back.