Andy Beta

Andy Beta appears in the following:

First Listen: Medicine, 'Home Everywhere'

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The shoegaze-y L.A. rock band never quite caught on in the '90s. In 2013, the group returned with its first album in 18 years — and on the follow-up, Medicine continues to create new wrinkles.


First Listen: Kindness, 'Otherness'

Sunday, October 05, 2014

British singer Adam Bainbridge doubles down on his many '80s influences (disco, '80s boogie and R&B, house music, go-go) while still making them sound refreshed.


First Listen: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, 'Gone Girl (Motion Picture Soundtrack)'

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gone Girl is Reznor and Ross' third soundtrack collaboration under the direction of David Fincher. As with their past work together, the music suits the story that inspired it perfectly.


First Listen: Electric Youth, 'Innerworld'

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Innerworld is awash in '80s earmarks, but it also conveys a sense of wistfulness; a sense of childlike splendor in danger of succumbing to the ravages of adulthood.


First Listen: Lia Ices, 'Ices'

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Ices' first two albums recalled the work of Cat Power and Tori Amos. But on her third album, the singer-songwriter expands her palette considerably.


First Listen: Merchandise, 'After The End'

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A DIY spirit pervades Merchandise's dark, well-crafted songs, even if they sound more at home in the gloomy climes of Manchester than in sunny Tampa, where the band is based.


First Listen: Benjamin Booker, 'Benjamin Booker'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Flashing both the raw talent of a recruit and the acumen of a much older musician, the singer-guitarist's self-titled debut shows off both his youth and his grasp of past musical forms.


First Listen: Sarah Jaffe, 'Don't Disconnect'

Sunday, August 03, 2014

A ferociously intelligent singer-songwriter, Jaffe never stops inventing, reinventing, exploring and reflecting on her (and our) place in a forbidding, foreboding world.


First Listen: JJ, 'V'

Sunday, August 03, 2014

On V, the Swedish duo strikes a curious balance among wildly divergent sounds. Along the way, it draws from cringe-worthy soft pop, indie-rock, and cutting-edge R&B and hip-hop.


First Listen: Wildest Dreams, 'Wildest Dreams'

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In his new band, venerable U.K. DJ Harvey Bassett indulges a love of psychedelic garage rock. Throughout Wildest Dreams, he displays an impeccable sense of when to rev up and when to lay off the gas.


First Listen: Strand Of Oaks, 'Heal'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The ten songs that comprise Heal had their genesis in personal crisis, with frontman Timothy Showalter's marriage crumbling apart while he was thousands of miles from home on an endless tour.


First Listen: Yann Tiersen, 'Infinity'

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tiersen, known for his work on the film Amélie, understands how to make music sound cinematic. On his eighth studio album, visuals are bound to pop into listeners' heads throughout.


First Listen: Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, 'Someday World'

Sunday, April 27, 2014

For 40-plus years, Eno has been a sonic abettor and collaborator beyond his own solo career. Here, he teams up with former Underworld member and vocalist Karl Hyde.


First Listen: 'The Space Project'

Friday, April 11, 2014

On a new compilation, an all-star cast makes songs out of sounds recorded from space. Participants include Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, The Antlers and more.


Revisionist History: 5 Crucial Frankie Knuckles Remixes

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The godfather of house music remixed far more records than he ever recorded himself. We revisit a handful of our favorite edits by Frankie Knuckles.


First Listen: Inventions, 'Inventions'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Explosions in the Sky's Mark Smith and Eluvium's Patrick Cooper combine their atmospheric sounds — one stormy and majestic, the other plaintive and evocative.


First Listen: Liars, 'Mess'

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A band with a taste for reinvention takes on the blippy moodiness of '80s acts like Depeche Mode, Erasure and Yaz.


First Listen: Actress, 'Ghettoville'

Friday, January 24, 2014

On his new album, electronic music producer Darren Cunningham seems focused on the space surrounding each lethargic drum hit, as he revels in tape hiss and lo-fi glitches.


First Listen: Daughn Gibson, 'Me Moan'

Monday, June 24, 2013

The homemade solo country-noir of Gibson's debut gets fleshed out by a real band, featuring pedal steel, cello, trombone and guitar work from members of Baroness and Brokeback. Remaining front and center, though, is Gibson's voice, which remains as dark and thick as blackstrap molasses.


First Listen: Gold Panda, 'Half Of Where You Live'

Sunday, June 02, 2013

On his second album, British electronic music producer Derwin Panda gets out and explores the world. It's been three years since his debut, and he's spent that time crafting a sort of travelogue.