Brenda is a three-piece (all male, naturally) pop-rock group from Portland, Maine, with a "sound firmly rooted in '90s lo-fi and alt-pop," according to their label. Their debut LP, Silver Tower, holds true to this assessment, though "firmly rooted" may be better stated as...

The lead-in to Arms And Sleepers' new disc, Matador, is only a little over a minute, but it does what it's supposed to. In just that short time period, it wordlessly sets the stage for the rest of the disc, with twinkling keys pricking in...

Collaborations, collaborations, collaborations. They sometimes get tired and predictable, but when they're done correctly, as Kate Cleaves and Matt W. Moore have done with their show, Convergence, they can be exquisite. Toss in one part geometric works of Moore and one part soft organic form of...