Topic: Indie

Blake debut is bloody brilliant

About 30 seconds into the first track on James Blake’s self-titled debut, you realize that the dude has a pretty impressive pair of pipes. He’s got the kind of croon that can turn words like “of” and “out” into six syllable soul scratchers, and a falsetto that’ll give you goose bumps. But any joker can…

Matt and Kim’s ‘Sidewalks’: Still Matt & Kim, still unavoidably catchy, still a welcome change

Matt and Kim have come out with a new album, and it doesn’t include “Daylight,” their breakthrough hit that was stuck in your head last year. If you can handle that missing song you’re in for a treat because this record more than makes up for not having “Daylight” all over again. Matt Johnson and…

‘The Age of Adz’: A shocking new Sufjan

Sufjan Stevens has a lot to live up to. He is after all the artist who at one point was planning to make an album for each of the 50 states and claims to be able to fold a fitted sheet. Superpowers aside, his music has earned him a following that loves his folk-soaked, layered…

Of Montreal: ‘False Priest’: 13 tracks of terrible

There are plenty of reasons to wish it was still 2004. “Hey! Arnold” was still being aired, there was a thrilling presidential race to ignore, and Of Montreal was still good.  But in the last six years Kevin Barnes has developed a problem. He’s forgotten that there’s a difference between making idiosyncratic, off-the-wall-awesome pop albums…