1. My Morning Jacket Rocks Austin With New Songs

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although it wasn't an official South by Southwest show, My Morning Jacket lit up the crowd at Austin's the Parish last night (March 11) during a private party for the Independent Film Channel, perform Although it wasn't an official So ...

  2. BRIGHT EYES, "Noise Floor: Rarities (1998-2005)"

    November 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A few years back, Saddle Creek bundled together Bright Eyes' first five out-of-print LP releases into a boxed set, indicating that there is interest in just about anything that Conor Oberst touches. A few years back, Saddle Creek bundled togeth ...

  3. ENSEMBLE, "Ensemble"

    November 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Ensemble is the moniker of Montreal composer Olivier Alary, an artist who garnered recognition after he signed with Fat Cat earlier this decade. Ensemble is the moniker of Montreal composer Olivier Alary, an artist who garnered recognition after he ...

  4. THE WALKMEN, "Pussycats Starring The Walkmen"

    November 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 When most bands put the finishing touches on their new album, they're content to kick back, relax and marvel (or stress) at what they just accomplished. But not the Walkmen. When most bands put the finishing touches on their new album, they ...

  5. MARK FOSSON, "The Lost Takoma Sessions"

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 So the story goes: Tiffany Anders, while obsessing about John Fahey, discovers her cousin Mark Fosson recorded an album for him. So the story goes: Tiffany Anders, while obsessing about John Fahey, discovers her cousin Mark Fosson recorded an album ...

  6. THE KNIFE, "Silent Shout"

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Three albums in, the Long Winters aren't worried about impressing anyone. Their latest, "Putting the Days to Bed," isn't flashy or self-conscious; instead, it's a substantive collection of back-to-bas THE KNIFE Silent Shout ...

  7. BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT, "Brightblack Morning Light"

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Brightblack Morning Light has crossover written all over it: Two hippies from Northern California who live(d) in tents, care about wild life and create long, slowly winding, Rhodes-heavy jams. Brightblack Morning Light has crossover written all over ...

  8. CAMERA OBSCURA, "Let's Get Out of This Country"

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Like their Scottish pals Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura has been plugging along across the pond for a decade now. And much like B&S, the band lean toward blissful, summer pop that sounds gr Like their Scottish pals Belle & Sebastian, ...

  9. THE SLEEPY JACKSON, "Personality (One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird)"

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Australia's Sleepy Jackson was clearly adept at playing with its "sound" on 2004's "Lovers," but has chosen (wisely?) to take a clear-cut path on this new full-length. Australia's Sleepy Jackson was clearly adept a ...

  10. MASON JENNINGS, "Boneclouds"

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Early this year, Minneapolis's Mason Jennings played for a jam-packed crowd at New York's Bowery Ballroom. Early this year, Minneapolis's Mason Jennings played for a jam-packed crowd at New York's Bowery Ballroom. Guys and gals a ...

  11. BEIRUT, "Gulag Orkestar"

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Beirut is the moniker of 20-year-old Brooklyn resident Zach Condon, a high school dropout who spent some time in eastern Europe soaking up the culture and music styles of the "old world." Beirut is the moniker of 20-year-old Brooklyn resid ...

  12. SERENA-MANEESH, "Serena-Maneesh"

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's been awhile since the release of some quality atmospheric shoegazing but Norway's Serena-Maneesh have fixed that. The easiest and most obvious comparison is to the late My Bloody Valentine, but t It's been awhile since the releas ...

  13. ESPERS, "II"

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although Philadelphia's Espers has been lumped into the ill-fitting "freak folk" category, the group is really not as odd as that label implies. Although Philadelphia's Espers has been lumped into the ill-fitting "freak folk ...

  14. TOM BROSSEAU, "Empty Houses Are Lonely"

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tom Brosseau has quietly released several bare-bones folk albums over the last four years, but if you haven't heard of him, that's okay. Tom Brosseau has quietly released several bare-bones folk albums over the last four years, but if you ...

  15. THE ESSEX GREEN, "Cannibal Sea"

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As power pop/punk continues to dominate charts and shelf space, sweet, bubbly indie pop is becoming more of a rarity. As power pop/punk continues to dominate charts and shelf space, sweet, bubbly indie pop is becoming more of a rarity. Even more rar ...

  16. JOLIE HOLLAND, "Springtime Can Kill You"

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In a perfect world, everyone would know the name Jolie Holland and she'd have a following as large as contemporaries Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. In a perfect world, everyone would know the name Jolie Holland and she'd have a follo ...

  17. SUNSET RUBDOWN, "Shut Up I Am Dreaming"

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Side projects should be taken with a grain of salt, but in this case Spencer Krug's Sunset Rubdown is one worthy of investigation. Side projects should be taken with a grain of salt, but in this case Spencer Krug's Sunset Rubdown is one wo ...

  18. BAND OF HORSES, "Everything All The Time"

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Band Of Horses emerged in 2004 out of the Northwest, and before anyone else might have had a chance, was snapped up by Sub Pop. Band Of Horses emerged in 2004 out of the Northwest, and before anyone else might have had a chance, was snapped up by Su ...

  19. MOGWAI, "Mr. Beast"

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mogwai's bipolar musical moods are evident on each of their albums, which shift at a moment's notice from ear-bleeding guitar rock to soft, sweet and almost sentimental sounds. Mogwai's bipolar musical moods are evident on each of the ...

  20. DESTROYER, "Destroyer's Rubies"

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Bejar often draws comparisons to the late, great Marc Bolan and David Bowie, mainly due to his high, nasal voice. But lately, Destroyer's arrangements only mildly hint at stardust memories. It's hard to tell if Dan Bejar's Destroyer p ...

  21. SHELLEY SHORT, "Captain Wild Horse (Rides The Heart of Tomorrow)"

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Shelley Short, an art school dropout who now calls Chicago home, is a relatively unexposed singer/songstress, which means she might have a tough time making a dent into what has become an increasingly Shelley Short, an art school dropout who now cal ...

  22. SYD MATTERS, "Syd Matters"

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A few things about Syd Matters that are worth mentioning that aren't necessarily related to his music per se, but important nonetheless. A few things about Syd Matters that are worth mentioning that aren't necessarily related to his music ...

  23. JOSE GONZALEZ, "Stay in the Shade EP"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." The Swedish-by way of-Argentina folk ...

  24. PEARLS & BRASS, "The Indian Tower"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Pearls & Brass are a three-piece rock unit from Allentown, Pa., a place not exactly known for stoner jams. They draw heavily from Sabbath and Zep, but are still able to make this heavy-duty rock f Pearls & Brass are a three-piece rock unit f ...

  25. EDITH FROST, "It's a Game"

    December 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Frost's voice is still sweet and innocent sounding, but her subject matters are hardly lightweight material. It's been awhile since we've last heard from Edith Frost -- four years to be exact. Apparently in the wake of a hefty tour af ...

  26. TANGIERS, "The Family Myth"

    December 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 If you haven't had enough of hyped new bands from the Great White North yet, Toronto's Tangiers would love it if you paid some attention to them. If you haven't had enough of hyped new bands from the Great White North yet, Toronto ...

  27. OKKERVIL RIVER, "Black Sheep Boy Appendix"

    November 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Those already on the Okkervil bandwagon will surely eat this up. But for the uninitiated, be warned: the appendix will only mean something if it has the rest of its body. Earlier this year, the stark intellectualism of Okkervil River's "Bl ...

  28. TRISTEZA, "A Colores"

    November 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 While the song titles hint at the Mexican surroundings, the music is slow and dark. When Jimmy LaValle decided to pursue his Album Leaf project full time, he left behind him a much longer investment: his southern California post-rock band, Tristeza. ...