Dylan Siniscalchi at By Volume

I'm afraid of heaven because I can't stand the height. I'm afraid of you because I can't be left behind. St. Vincent - Regret

A Treasure Indeed

Our recap of Sunday’s Treasure Island Music Festival.

(Hardly) Bluegrass In the Park

Our recap of HSB 14 — possibly America’s finest massive music festival.

Love Inks – Exi

A deceptive gem of a record.

Billy the Kid – Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

An emotional, striking and all-around engrossing record.

Dralms – “Crushed Pleats” / “Divisions of Labour”

For a band that only just put out their debut single, Dralms sound extremely composed. “Crushed Pleats” and “Divisions of Labour” are two deceptively catchy songs that brilliantly display songwriter Christopher Smith’s soft tenor. He’s Dralms’ crux, but it feels like the quality of Smith’s vocals would be lost if it weren’t for the deftly-tuned synth-R&B […]

Blonde Redhead – Barragán

Ultimately a bit dull.

FKA Twigs – LP1

Trust in Twigs.

The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

A “celebration record” from an inherently celebratory band is a good thing.

Sinkane – Mean Love

A finely tuned album with more than a few serious jams.

White Lung – Deep Fantasy

Unfiltered, unhampered and flat-out great punk rock.

Amanda X – Amnesia

A promising debut of exhilarating guitar-rock.

Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour

Flashes of brilliance, but ultimately lackluster.

Ex Hex – Don’t Wanna Lose

Ex Hex are a trio out of the D.C. area, who later this year, will release their debut Rips on Merge. Their first single “Don’t Wanna Lose” joyously balances tinges of spacey prog and scuzzy garage rock with some palpable swagger. Simply put, the song goes for your gut. It’s a quick adrenaline jolt, but […]

SubmotionOrchestra – Time Will Wait

They’re back, they haven’t changed much, and that’s the best news possible.

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

Cinematic and ambitious, this is Van Etten’s best album yet.

Unfamiliar Frequencies 8

David Jimenez-Hughes, Meenk, Dillon Cooper, Laura Jae, Emilie Nicolas + many more.

Alvvays – Alvvays

A heartfelt and infectiously catchy debut.

David Sitek/Tinashe – Xylaphone

This has got to be Tinashe’s legit third exceptional coming-out-party in 2014.

Artist Spotlight: KNife

Savannah, Georgia based emcee KNife gives us insight on hip hop, politics and his growth. Also, stream his newest LP, Iconoclast.

Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear

A record of massive hooks and not much else. But, damn, those hooks.

Wale – The Followers

Looks like we all need a little bit of #nothing.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent

A touching and vastly intricate record, that’s deceptively accessible, packed full with luscious hooks.

Unfamiliar Frequencies 7

We’re seven editions in! This time around we have tunes from Congolese-Finnish emcee Gracias, Cali pop songstress LIZ and the beautiful and brooding folk rock of Shy Hunters and Emma Ruth Rundle + many more.

Sleep Party People – Floating

Not nearly enough of a good thing, but a good thing all the same.

Interview: Sleep Party People

Brian Batz discusses his recording process, his new LP Floating and those awesome bunny masks.

Unfamiliar Frequencies 6

Remember when we said the last edition of UnFreq’s was the longest yet? Oops…

Amen Dunes – Love

Love is an easy record to adore, despite its rough edges.

Sea Change – Bridges

A lurking monster of a song.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata

At this point, Gibbs isn’t worried about album sales, but album purity.

Iggy Azalea – The New Classic

-|insert bad pun about the album title|-

Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love

Bad year? How about some payoff?

Wye Oak – Shriek

Being wrong with excellent results.

Kolley – Real Love

He’s got moxie! No really, Kolley is killing it here on “Real Love”.

Nicole Atkins – Slow Phaser

Groovy, soulful pop music that is a bit all over the place, for better and for worse.

Gazpacho – Demon

Entrancing, but doesn’t go much of anywhere.

Unfamiliar Frequencies 5

The fifth edition of Unfamiliar Frequencies may be the largest yet, in both total number of tunes and Dylan’s general verbosity. James Gardin, Mean Creek, Weaves, Baby Guru, Shy Hunters, Kittygato and Candy Hearts featured, plus plenty more.

EMA – The Future’s Void

“Feel like I blew my soul out, across the interwebs and streams”

Samuel Cooper – Faucet

Endlessly entrancing while deceptively gruff, Cooper’s voice shines.

Unfamiliar Frequencies 4

We’re back! We’ve changed! But there’s still lots of music — True, The Skints, Iñigo Ugarteburu, Ismael Clark and Giano in our newest edition.

Sleep Party People – In Another World

The soundtrack to painting Jay Gatsby’s walls in blood.

Kevin Drew – Darlings

Like a classic MTV Unplugged where six play music written for a Broken Social fifteen.

Son Lux – “Easy (Switch Screens)” ft. Lorde

All this song needed was a little honest passion from Lorde.

Tycho – Awake

You can see clearly where Awake comes from, but it’s much harder to predict where it’s going.

ScHoolBoy Q – Oxymoron

Before, we were all, “there he go!” But now, it’s more like: “where are we, exactly?”

Ronya – Flame

Ronya’s hook-laden “Flame” is ablaze.

The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits

We’ve got your hits right here.

Amen Dunes – Lonely Richard

Serene guitars, surprisingly driving percussion and one hell of a guest vocal performance — let yourself be swept up in “Lonely Richard”.

Marissa Nadler – July

Ethereal and cold folk music. But still a deeply personal, engulfing and downright beautiful record.

Artist Spotlight: Shyla Day

“I want to change the world, whether a penny is earned or not!”

Tycho – Awake

Sunshine on a cloudy day.

Real Estate – Talking Backwards

More of the same, but that’s exactly how we like it.

Talen – Stopped Smiling ft. John Morrison

Swiss production team and Philly emcee pair up for a legitimate banger.

Ra Deflin – Tema ft. Jessica Johnson

Ra Deflin explores the lesser-end of falling in love.

BBC Sound of 2014: The Sound Part

We take a look at the music of a selection of what the BBC’s hype machine has tagged for success in the new year.

Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time

So bright. Tonight, tonight.

ScHoolboy Q – Man Of THe Year

So pass the bottle ain’t no need to squabble

Moonface – Julia With Blue Jeans On

Sing us a song, you’re the piano man.

M.I.A. – Matangi

Only 1 U M.I.A.

Nam Le – True Blue

Plant the seed.

Unfamiliar Frequencies 3

And we’re back.

Glasser – Interiors

Glacial melodies and pristine hooks; Glasser emphatically returns.

2 Chainz – B.O.A.T.S II: #METIME

I’ll take an entire record of 2 Chainz ad-libs please.

Drake – Nothing Was the Same

The story is all here — the words are just beyond jumbled.

Delorean – Apar

Inviting you to the growing pains party.

Volcano Choir – Repave

The heart and soul of Justin Vernon.

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Arcade Fire have returned and there is a lot of BASS.

Lycia – Quiet Moments

Quiet Moments presents surprisingly uplifting music from the illusive Arizona band.

Jon Hopkins – Garden’s Heart ft. Natasha Khan

Beauty, delivered in a snapshot.

Outside Lands 2013 – A Walk In The Park

There really was no fog on the first day – strange for San Francisco in August’s beginnings. The sky was clear, the sun was gleaming bright and the heat was intense just walking through Golden Gate Park to the festival grounds in the center. The famed city park is a near-perfect setting for a massive […]

Unfamiliar Frequencies 2

In the second of our inbox exploration we unearth even more underappreciated artists for the second edition of Unfamiliar Frequencies.

Jon Hopkins – Immunity

An rapturous journey through sound.

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels

“Sanity on the fringe of distorted”

Is That Enough?

A dynamic pairing creates an unforgettable experience.

Big K.R.I.T. – King Remembered In Time

Yo Krizzle where your sub at?

Empire of the Sun – Ice on the Dune

In an attempt at reinvention, Empire of the Sun return exactly the same. But that isn’t horrible.

Unfamiliar Frequencies 1

Our first of many highlights on the unknown and unsigned, lifted straight from our inbox. In this feature, Take Berlin, Zebra Katz and more.

Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

Captivating, intelligent and uncompromising — BoC pick up right where they left off.

Disclosure – Voices

Excellent homage to 90s UK garage.

Sigur Rós – Brennisteinn

That new-new post rock.

Camera Obscura – Desire Lines

Toned down in bombast but not in quality; a subtle but certain gem.

All The Wine: The National Live

Quality of alcohol be damned, The National are still triumphant as ever.

Dungeonesse – Dungeonesse

Wye Oak who? Dungeonesse is where Jenn Wasner belongs.

A Tall Kingdom

The National are old, or at least older than many of their newer fans may think. Lead singer and lyricist Matt Berninger is a sprightly forty-two, and the rest of the band are not far off. Six albums in, The National have only been a band since 2001, and if you consider 2005’s Alligator as […]

Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt

Katie Crutchfield expands her singular sound into a widescreen, immensely touching adventure.

I Hate Music

I don’t know when I first thought to pick up a book, and nor can I really pinpoint the time or place that I first penned a thing as a wistful pre-teen. I can remember wandering around city streets trying to find my way to a club where the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Mars […]

James Blake – Overgrown

A classic singer-songwriter in the purest sense but rather than wielding a guitar he prefers a keyboard and drum machine.

Titus Andronicus – Local Business

The same whiskey — just with a little more water in the glass.

Nico – The End…

Nico’s siren song to her bohemian generation has lost no luster at nearly forty years old.

Nas – Life Is Good

Nas returns with a solid shot for his old King of NYC crown.

Grizzly Bear – Shields

Grizzly Bear’s “rock record” is as graceful and intimate as it is superb.

Wild Nothing – Nocturne

Similar, yet, different. Jack Tatum continues his stride.

Osheaga Festival 2012

The wonderful people of Montreal prove there’s no Canada like French Canada.

Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

Frank Ocean transcends any and all hype by simply not forgetting the tunes on his exceptional debut proper.

Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

New life for old souls.

SpaceGhostPurrp – Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles Of SpaceGhostPurrp

Whispers turn to anthems on this South Florida MC’s proper debut.

My Bloody Reunion

MBV re-mastered casts a special sort of shadow.

Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…

RIYL: bad apple cliches, disgustingly consistent artists, surprisingly uplifting pop, fruit puns.

Curren$y – The Stoned Immaculate

High as a kite Curren$y still finds time to rap circles around most of his peers.

The Walkmen – Heaven

The Walkmen continue aging elegantly.

Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music

Wherein Killer Mike reminds us all that he is a G.

The Men – Open Your Heart

A rough record with impeccable songwriting.

The Men – Open Your Heart

A rough record with impeccable songwriting.

Big K.R.I.T. – 4Eva N A Day

A tumultuous mixtape where label conflict collides with brilliance.

The Shins – Port of Morrow

Mercer and The Shins: content and open, with a lot still to give.

Xiu Xiu – Always

A pale imitation of a band with something vital to say.


Moderat - II
Gazpacho - Demon
Sigur Rós - Brennisteinn
FT Parallel jalebi
Four Tet – Parallel Jalebi
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
ED - Forest
Dean Blunt - Stone Island
The Thermals - Desperate Ground

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