Articles tagged alternative rock

23 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

Hecklers in the Van: A Tour Dispatch from Wussy

Yeah, sure: say that Wussy typify the "Midwestern sound," but do so at your own risk, lest you miss out on blazing songs dealing with alien gods and Biblical reckonings.

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20 May 2016 // 3:43 PM

Super Furry Animals - “BingBong” (Singles Going Steady)

When "BingBong" is not being occasionally annoying, it's fun, catchy and energetic, making it a great hit for the summer.

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Tanya Donelly: Swan Song Series

The compilation is a bit scattershot, but it does make a sturdy testament to years of talented work.

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19 May 2016 // 11:00 AM

The Stone Roses - “All For One” (Singles Going Steady)

The Stone Roses' "All For One" sounds like a lost collector's item from Britpop's heyday that finally barreled through some studio's dust-laden amplifiers.

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Barry Adamson: Know Where to Run

Know Where to Run will do little to seduce those already unwilling to wade through Barry Adamson’s spotty catalog, but in spite of a few regrettable artistic choices the album as a whole is eminently listenable, and for brief stretches even indispensable.

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As If Response Were Based on Fact: A Conversation With Wire

It's been nearly four decades since Wire put out Pink Flag, one of the most seminal rock albums of the modern era. Now, with their 15th studio effort, Colin Newman and Graham Lewis are fiesty as ever with zero signs of slowing down.

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17 May 2016 // 2:10 AM

Goo Goo Dolls: Boxes

Expectations are a dangerous thing.

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16 May 2016 // 2:08 PM

Radiohead - “Daydreaming” (Singles Going Steady)

"Daydreaming" sounds exactly like what you would expect Radiohead to sound like in 2016.

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11 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

Nothing: Tired of Tomorrow

With a lean run time of about 45 minutes, Tired of Tomorrow is a full-on assault, not to mention a welcome and long-awaited addition to Nothing's catalog.

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Trashcan Sinatras: Wild Pendulum

The beloved Scottish jangle-pop group returns with an album that plays on a surprising mesh of traditional sounds both familiar and otherwise.

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9 May 2016 // 3:47 PM

The 1975 - “A Change of Heart” (Singles Going Steady)

Some love it some hate it, the 1975 divide the opinion of the Singles Going Steady crew.

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6 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

Radiohead - “Burn the Witch” (Singles Going Steady)

"Burn the Witch" itself is quintessentially Radiohead, suffused, from the first burst of pizzicato string-twitches to the final chorus-swirl of orchestration and anxiety, with the band's ethereal crypto-rock aesthetic.

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The Jayhawks: Paging Mr. Proust

Classic elements of the Jayhawks sound mingle with adventurous influences from their contemporaries on the band’s engaging ninth release.

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22 Apr 2016 // 10:20 AM

Bob Mould - “Hold On” (Singles Going Steady)

The fact that Bob Mould is constantly writing and staying true to his vision while sounding current and relevant is highly commendable... and rare.

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PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project

Harvey's ninth album buzzes with energy, but her stories, for the first time, often make her sound like a tourist unable to scratch the surface of the places she documents.

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20 Apr 2016 // 2:04 AM

Lush: Blind Spot

The four songs here announce Lush's return, but they're just a tease.

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Weezer: Weezer (The White Album)

Weezer's long-awaited return to form continues with a loose concept album about California, complete with the requisite Beach Boys influences.

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Death Cab for Cutie - “Good Help (Is So Hard To Find)” (Singles Going Steady)

Complete with the requisite soaring chorus and unobtrusive guitar lines, this is a comfortable, paint-by-numbers Ben Gibbard song.

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Miracle Legion: Portrait of a Damaged Family

Miracle Legion returns after a 20-year hiatus and reissues their barely-noticed final album. It's an album that richly deserves to be heard.

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Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements

Trouble Boys is a deeply intimate and nuanced portrait, exposing the primal factors and forces—addiction, abuse, fear—that would shape one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive groups of all time.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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