Revisit some of the best slower albums of 2013 so far
Records that inspired today's youthful bands
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Phoenix
Halloween gets spookier with the right music
These records—from appropriately named bands—offer the ghoulish ambiance of cobwebs and boiling cauldrons, just the right mood to complement All Hallows' Eve, the darkest of all holidays. Hellbound
Poliça | Mom & Pop Music
The first album from Minneapolis synth post-pop group Poliça—2012's Give You the Ghost—inspired Bon Iver's Justin Vernon to exclaim to Rolling Stone: "They're the best band I've ever heard." On their second album Shulamith—just released this week—Vernon lends his sultry tenor vocals to the lead single "Tiff."
Lousy with Sylvianbriar
Polyvinyl If anyone can blend honky tonk and '70s acid rock, it is Of Montreal front man Kevin Barnes.
Savor our staff favorite 2013 summer albums
Self-Titled Nicki Bluhm and
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny IrionRte. 8 Records
The opening eight seconds of "Chairman Meow"—the first track from Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion's third album Wassaic Way—is a doppelganger for a song from Wilco's last album The Whole Love. The rest of the song isn't far off from that sound—and that's by design.
The Leisure Society
Alone Aboard the Ark
The Leisure Society
Full Time Hobby Equally at home in a rural, blue-collar, cedar-planked Surrey pub as it is in a lively urban London ale house, the music of Britain's The Leisure Society hits all the notes of traditional and modern British folk music.
Pacific Air | Republic Records
Much like their first single—the beach-y sounding "Float" released in 2012—Santa Ana, Calif. brother duo Pacific Air's debut album, Stop Talking, has instant appeal. Ten seconds into the opening track, "Lose My Mind," the song takes off with big-time summertime pop.
"I might walk upright, but then again, I might still try to die," Will Wiesenfeld whispers on "Worsening," the opening track on Obsidian, his second album recording as Baths. He bemoans against eerie broken glass electro beats cutting into the pillowy softness of his voice: "Where is God when you hate him most?
The Latest from Tango Alpha Tango
Tango Alpha Tango
It is easy to believe that the pauses between the songs of Portland rock outfit Tango Alpha Tango's new album Black Cloud are necessary respites allowing lead singer Nathan Trueb to wipe the sweat from his brow. These songs are hot.