Rogue Wave

Rogue Wave's second album, Descended Like Vultures, makes the complex indie stylings of their 2004 debut, Out of the Shadow, seem almost pared-down; here they flesh their sound out with full, almost romantic arrangements. Guitars alternately swell to anthemic proportions and recede into quiet strumming while vocals are similarly well-balanced, weaving their way through tracks and slipping into harmonies. The upshot recalls both vintage Beach …

Small Stakes

If Sufjan Stevens didn't seem well-loved enough already (recent sold out shows in New York required the addition of two extra nights for a total of five dates), he also has the privlege of Oakland-based artist Jason Munn silkscreening posters for his shows. Munn's studio, Small Stakes, churns out posters for the likes of Stevens, Joanna Newsom, Death Cab for Cutie, Built to Spill, and …