Articles tagged alternative rock

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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10 Jun 2016 // 12:30 PM

PJ Harvey - “The Orange Monkey” (Singles Going Steady)

PJ Harvey's "The Orange Monkey" dovetails an indie rock melody with a Warren Zevon-like lyrical predilection for strange characters and situational ambiguity.

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9 Jun 2016 // 9:30 AM

Garbage - “Empty” (Singles Going Steady)

"Empty" may not be reinventing the wheel, but at least Garbage are making quality alt-rock that stands on its own two feet instead of drowning in its influences.

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The 1975: I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

Colored with neon synthesizers and a widescreen John Hughes-esque aesthetic, The 1975's second album is a studied indulgence in '80s melodrama.

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Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds: La Araña Es La Vida

Kid Congo comes back with a record filled with hot lickin' and cool pickin'. It's rock 'n' roll through and through, and if it doesn't reinvent the album it'll certainly move you to catch a live show.

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Minor Victories: Minor Victories

The atmospheric British rock super group, which began as an idea for an experimental noise EP, manages to outweigh the heft of potential behind it.

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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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