January, 2014

Whirr – ‘Around’

By Alex Jalandra Whirr Around Graveface Whirr’s latest EP succeeds in capturing the essence of traditional, melancholic shoegaze, but Around’s excessive homogeneity leaves a little something to be desired. With…

Fuck Buttons – ‘Slow Focus’

By Jacob Eckert Fuck Buttons Slow Focus ATP Fuck Buttons have made their name through the outstanding noise soundscapes constructed on previous efforts like Tarot Sport (2009) and Street Horrrsing (2008). Unfortunately,…

Ty Segall – ‘Sleepers’

By Robert Weisblatt Ty Segall Sleepers Drag City In 2011, garage-rock guitarist Ty Segall confirmed that T. Rex’s Marc Bolan was one of his primary influences by releasing a fantastic…

A$AP Ferg – ‘Trap Lord’

By Sanai Meles A$AP Ferg Trap Lord RCA/ASAP Worldwide/Polo Grounds With the release of A$AP Mob’s Lords Never Worry mixtape last summer, A$AP Ferg distinguished himself from the rest of…

The Weeknd – ‘Kiss Land’

By Max Goodley The Weeknd Kiss Land XO/Republic After releasing three critically-acclaimed mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence) in 2011 and later remastering them in 2012, Ontario’s The…

Steve Gunn – ‘Time Off’

By Jacob Eckert Steve Gunn Time Off Paradise of Bachelors For my money, Steve Gunn’s latest effort is the best thing to come out of 2013. Although he’s currently a very under-the-radar name,…

Baths – ‘Obsidian’

By Zachary Issenberg Baths Obsidian Anticon After a rough year stuck in bed, Will Wiesenfeld (aka Anticon pop star Baths) releases his third album with a sharp turn towards the morbid….