Odd Blood

BY Lisa Kirchner in Music

After a three-year hiatus, Brooklyn experimentalists Yeasayer are back with a sophomore release that proves they’re not opposed to exploring new territory and they’re not afraid to dance. Read More
Xiu Xiu is the brain baby of experimental indie rocker Jamie Stewart, and on Dear God, I Hate Myself he’s joined by new bandmate Angela Seo, who takes on piano, synth, and drum-programming duties. Read More
The Watson Twins have matured beyond what they're most known for: singing backup on Jenny Lewis' 2006 solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat. Read More

July Flame

BY Lisa Kirchner in Music

While Japan is nowhere near the powerhouse of the U.S. or the U.K. in terms of worldwide musical influence, it's always had a thriving pop-music scene. Read More

Contra

BY Lisa Kirchner in Music

Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut earned the group a million great reviews, even more screaming fans, and, of course, a legion of haters. Read More