Review: The xx – I See You

For a band that seemingly emerged out of nowhere, the xx have made an impressive impact. Their 2009 debut xx received unanimous critical acclaim and won the 2010 Mercury Prize, despite relatively little radio play and the absence of any singles that could be called a “hit.” More importantly, the band’s sound became highly influential…

Review: Yeasayer – Amen & Goodbye

  There are some bands out there that elicit a uniform response of “this is good, but all their albums sound the same.” Yeasayer is not one of those bands. Their 2007 debut All Hour Cymbals combined psychedelic sounds, assorted chanting, and Middle Eastern musical influences to make one of the more unique releases in…

Review: Miike Snow – iii

Miike Snow occupy an interesting space in electronic music. For many, electronic music has become synonymous with dance music to the point that genres like techno, house, and dubsteb are all under the umbrella genre “electronic dance music” better known as “EDM.” Yet it would seem inaccurate to call Miike Snow a dance group. Their…