Craig Finn left Brooklyn to record "Clear Heart Full Eyes" in Austin during a four-month break for the Hold Steady. While he arrived in Texas with songs in hand, the actual recording process -- including meeting up with producer Mike McCarthy and introductions to musicians Josh Block, Jesse Ebaugh, Ricky Ray Jackson and Billy White -- took only three weeks.
St. Louis locals Middle Class Fashion deliver upbeat, piano-driven pop with their first full-length album, "Girl Talk."
In a recent interview with Pitchfork, the Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney pissed off half of Canada when he posited that while the band would most certainly want to be remembered as more "awesome" like Led Zeppelin, it was also possible that they were more "annoying" like Rush.
Like many other things in life that I still haven't figured out, finding a methodology for creating year-end lists is something that I struggle with.
Greg Ward draws on various musical styles with his individual approach to the saxophone, offering an innovative take on modern jazz with "Phonic Juggernaut."
On "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming," M83 combines its usual ambient, shoegaze-inspired sound with catchier, pop melodies to create a diverse double album.