Articles tagged alternative rock

The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘90s - Part 4 (40 - 21)

The fourth part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, including Suede, Manic Street Preachers, Pulp, and My Bloody Valentine.

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They Might Be Giants: Phone Power (take two)

They Might Be Giants’s 19th studio album is a reminder to the world that if they aren’t indie rock’s answer to Lennon and McCartney, they could at the very least be geek rock’s heirs to Difford and Tilbrook.

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The Jezabels - “Smile” (video) (premiere)

"Smile" is latently ferocious, waiting until just the right moment to bite with swirling guitars and crashing percussion operating under lead singer Hayley Mary’s misanthropic howl.

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19 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Various Artists: C87

C87 is a deep dig down a particular acre of the ‘80s pop estate, pulling up dozens of in-between-scene gems that gleam as they reflect off one another.

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Cowboy Mouth - “Broken Up” (video) (premiere)

The video for “Broken Up” is partly set in a brewery, which is an accurate distillation (pardon the pun) of the song’s sound.

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Beware of Darkness - “Dope” (video) (premiere)

“Dope” is all spunk and quick-licking riffs, starry and sharp guitars cutting through with gale force after a quietly powerful chorus.

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Only Tongues Can Tell: A Conversation with Frank Reader of the Trashcan Sinatras

Trashcan Sinatras bassist Frank Reader discusses the band's new album, the origins of the group and the reality of being a working musician in 2016.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘90s - Part 1 (100 - 81)

The first part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, starting with 100 through 81. Stay tuned for part two on July 11th.

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30 Jun 2016 // 10:09 AM

Editors - “All the Kings” (Singles Going Steady)

Editors returns to the synth-centric new wave revivalism they first introduced on 2009's In This Light and on This Evening.

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29 Jun 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Invisible: Patience

After four years and a couple brushes with death, the eclectic UK indie trio return with their most fully-realized meeting of the funky and the sublime.

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28 Jun 2016 // 3:57 PM

Pulp - “Common People” (Singles Going Steady Classic)

This ageless anthem was one of those moments when the outsiders took over and everyone wanted in.

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28 Jun 2016 // 2:15 AM

The Shelters: The Shelters

The Shelters exist somewhere indeterminately between Tom Petty's "American Girl" and the Strokes' "Last Nite", crafting a high-energy blend of garage rock and old-fashioned Americana.

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28 Jun 2016 // 2:10 AM

The Posies: Solid States

After nine albums and almost 30 years as a band, the Posies continue to challenge themselves and push their well-honed power-pop sound to the limit.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Getaway

The Getaway has the unmistakable aura of pointlessness. There’s no passion, no tension, no thrills, nothing memorable to draw the listener into the sonic world the Chili Peppers and producer Danger Mouse have tried to create.

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Vulture Whale - “Can’t Help It” (video) (premiere)

Vulture Whale's “Can’t Help It” is exactly what you’d expect from a scuzzy stoner rock song.

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Silent Pictures - “Twisted Smiles” (audio) (premiere)

The sound coming out of Silent Pictures is less a formidable wall and more a shifting dune of sand, all-enveloping and immersive but also weary and accommodating.

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The Temper Trap: Thick As Thieves

Dougy Mandagi's feverishly operatic voice -- a spectacle in and of itself -- saves Thick as Thieves from becoming just another anodyne, stadium-ready rock trifle.

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20 Jun 2016 // 2:10 AM

Rooney: Washed Away

Beach playlist essentials pepper the latest from Rooney.

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Travis: Everything at Once

Travis may never be able to cut loose from their folk rock trappings. But Everything At Once has enough injections of passion and departures from the regular formula to merit attention.

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Garbage: Strange Little Birds

Strange Little Birds is far better than it has any right to be, as few bands ever deliver such a steady and satisfying record this far into their career.

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