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New This Week: J Mascis, Wytches, Opeth and More

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

As we near the end of summer, the New Release dormancy gradually begins to fade and New This Week returns to its regular weekly schedule. Today, everything from spry pop R&B to doomy electro-reggae to bright, gleaming power pop. In other words: Something for everyone. New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers: A carefree blast of no-ballads-allowed optimism after a relatively subdued period in the band's history. Sam Adams says: Its title's ostensible toughness notwithstanding, Brill Bruisers is an unabashedly… more »

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Classical Music For A Modern World

By Seth Colter Walls, Contributor

Sure, we play Bach, Beethoven and Mozart -- though we also dig the early music of Tallis, chance works by Cage, arias from Verdi and John Adams, as well as the composers on New Amsterdam records. Everything here was released after 2008, too, which is another way of declaring that notes written down on paper are still some of the most exciting ones to hear in all of contemporary music. more »

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