Though his music honors mid-century sounds with laser precision, the Tulsa rocker takes so many little chances in his songs that they never sound like mere replicas.
The film director is known for composing and performing his own soundtracks. On Lost Themes, he reaches beyond the movies to craft a collection of understandably cinematic-sounding music.
An arresting, frozen-moment splay of images and emotions, Phil Elverum’s latest album as Mount Eerie feels less like a meditation and more like a slow-motion mauling.
The Israeli singer has a compelling, unusual, wholly original voice. On Gold Shadow, his first official release in North America, he writes with passion and poetry.
On its third album, the band doesn’t quite shed its punk roots — at least not entirely — but it does sound like something out of a dream spent underwater.
Never locked to one mood, these vibrant, polished songs convey the spirit of a variety show in concert. But on Sky City, they replicate the intimacy and care of a great mixtape.
The Brooklyn band’s music has always had a larger-than-life flamboyance about it. But on Then Came The Morning, it’s elevated by nuance that ventures frequently and welcomely into grace.
With little more than a weary sigh, the singer flips the banal into the magical; she makes listeners wonder about the circumstances she describes.
The Glaswegian folk-pop band’s ninth album feels light on its feet, but without sacrificing the thoughtful, careful precision for which Stuart Murdoch and his collaborators are known.
The cinematic full-length debut from British producer Pete Lawrie-Winfield moves from spare piano and voice to moments that simulate the sound of smoldering rubble in a post-apocalyptic world.
The band’s frigid, deafening, brutalist post-punk nods toward experimentalism. A massive production, Viet Cong’s self-titled debut culminates in a furious bonfire of rage and release.
The rock trio’s first album since 2005 sounds as fresh and vital as a debut, but also as nuanced and skillful as the work of three players with a decade-long, inimitable rapport betwixt them.
Along with the brass band’s Punjabi roots, you’re likely to hear ’70s-style D.C. go-go beats, hip-hop, funk, trance-inducing South Asian Qawwali sounds and traces of South American cumbia.
The Cuban-American singer-songwriter’s debut is filled with the fire that comes from being in an abusive relationship. She’s been in love, hurt, scared and angry — but she’s nobody’s fool.
On the Vancouver songwriter’s fourth album, he plays with abrupt changes of tone and texture. Carefully conceived instrumental passages expand upon — and sometimes upend — his lyrics.
The beloved vocal quartet says goodbye with an all-American album that suits our troubled times. These Civil War and Reconstruction songs help us reflect on what divides us and binds us together.
More than 30 years ago, David DeBoy wrote a hit holiday song about a local delicacy. Its success led to other Baltimore-themed Christmas songs, then to albums and finally to a live show.
They might seem dusty, almost mystical or supernatural, but the vibrant songs on this three-disc set come from a golden age of gospel that set the path for rock ‘n’ roll.
The collaborative project made by rapper Royce Da 5′ 9″ and producer DJ Premier is in actual fact a hardcore rap fan’s dream come true.
A superstar cast made a real life love story — disguised as an action movie — just because.