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A Quick Q&A with Future Islands’ William Cashion

How to describe Future Islands' new record, On the Water (Thrill Jockey)? Well, if you're Pitchfork, who gave the record a 7.7 rating, you say: "With the songs' energy scaled back, the efforts of the other two band members come to the fore. Gerrit Welmers handles the keyboards and programming, bringing an evocative, setting-sun vibe to slowburners like "The Great Fire" (a soulful duet with Jenn Wasner of fellow...


MAHA sets 2012 date

* MAHA Music Festival liked their 2011 move to Aksarben Village so much that they have already confirmed that the 2012 edition of the indie music-focused festival will return to the midtown development, once again centered at Stinson Park, South 67th Street and West Center Road. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, August 11th, though no acts have been set yet. Last year's edition moved to Aksarben Village...


Tight Knit

Manchester Orchestra kept the process all in the family on their third studio album, Simple Math.

Keyboardist Chris Freeman says the Atlanta band produced the record, released in May 2011, with longtime band collaborator Dan Hannon. Hannon has been a part of every album the band has made, Freeman says.

“He's been like one of our family members,” Freeman says.

Hannon pretty much functions as an extra band...


Third Quarter Album Reviews Roundup

Just like when Christmas decorations begin popping up at your local grocery store, critics know they're on the home stretch when record labels begin sending out reminders of releases to consider in their year-end "best of" lists. Ah, but it's still only the November. We've two months left for records to hit the shelves (digital or otherwise). That said, I think we've probably already heard the best of '11. Below...


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