Corey Beasley teaches composition and literature in the Northern Virginia Community College system. He recently received his MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from George Mason University. You can contact him at coreylaynebeasley_at_gmail_dotcom. He spends too much money on neckties.
Monday, December 3 2012
Here's a confession: It was hard to define what the term "indie rock" meant in 2012. But this list takes a shot by reemphasizing the "independent" in "indie rock".
Tuesday, December 20 2011
A “Best of Indie Rock” list, by definition, will be an eclectic bunch. And the process of culling through what the genre had to offer is a task this year -- the indie world has had a banner 2011.
Wednesday, December 7 2011
Noah "40" Shebib, Doc McKinney, and Illangelo provide a welcome reminder that a talented rapper or a gifted singer isn’t all it takes to create memorable, moving hip-hop or R&B.
Sunday, July 17 2011
Eric Axelson of the recently-reunited The Dismemberment Plan talks to us about where his band fits in today, the Dischord acts of DC's past, the strange habits of Japanese audiences, and his band's new live record.
Monday, June 20 2011
Adored by critics even as she continues to figure out which ProTools plug-in works best for her. This is the story of EMA ...
Wednesday, December 12 2012
This year saw a number of interesting developments in the indie rock world, all reflective of the genre's ever-expanding palate.
Sunday, September 16 2012
With a high-stakes presidential election around the corner, many people have wondered what's happened to protest music in America. From Pussy Riot to Paul Ryan, taking stock might not be as simple as it was a few decades ago.
Wednesday, August 22 2012
On the occasion of Pitchfork's first ever crowdsourced Best Of list, we reappraise the webzine's favorite albums of 1996-2011.
Wednesday, July 11 2012
Grimes's Claire Boucher is the indie heroine of the year, which makes it all the more interesting that she's using her newfound celebrity to subtly challenge what we expect of women in the entertainment industry.
Monday, May 21 2012
What happens when the world of rock music collides with the world of the fine arts?
Tuesday, September 10 2013
The Weeknd's major label debut finds the young artist faltering in the face of quick success and critical acclaim.
Tuesday, August 27 2013
King Krule finally drops his long-awaited debut LP, a beguiling late-night record bound to be one of the year's most indelible releases.
Thursday, June 6 2013
UK duo Disclosure marry familiar electronic touchstones to blissful pop vocals to make one of the year's best records.
Monday, May 27 2013
Washington, DC’s Sweetlife Festival does things a bit differently. And that is a very good thing.
Thursday, May 23 2013
London trio offers grooves and hooks to spare on its debut LP, rising to the top of the post-xx fray.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
New York shoegazers Wry Climate premiere new track "Fire Escape Games" on PopMatters.
Friday, October 4 2013
On a joint tour, Waxahatchee and Screaming Females prove why they're two of the best rock acts in the world right now.
Wednesday, May 29 2013
To celebrate the National's new record, Trouble Will Find Me, we count down frontman Matt Berninger's best lyrics.
Monday, October 29 2012
Grimes brings a newly perfected live set to a thrilled crowd in DC.
Thursday, October 18 2012
Twin Shadow brings lovely, thick swaths of melodrama to the stage in DC.
Tuesday, April 24 2012
Sweetlife has its eye on the future of summer festival culture.