Articles tagged indie rock

Terribly Yours - “Golden Age” (audio) (premiere)

It’s a relatively straightforward indie rock song, but it sounds like it’s being tuned through a staticky TV set, an atmosphere of fuzz weighing down its otherwise light instrumental.

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Mail the Horse - “Backlash” (video) (premiere)

"Backlash" is the kind of rock as at home in a Williamsburg bar as a Topeka barn, a universal style meant to unite.

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27 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

Omni: Deluxe

Deluxe is a far better way to spend 30 minutes than many other 2016 releases shackled with the blanket terms of “indie” and “post-punk”.

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Forebear - “Luck of the Draw” (audio) (premiere)

“Luck of the Draw” starts and stops without warning, lunging forward with reckless abandon as a cool guitar chunks away behind pained vocals.

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Connections: Midnight Run

After the taut Into Sixes, the more fractured Midnight Run risks upsetting the formula the band has established, and yet that risk pays off at every turn.

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Cheshires - “Love This Feelin’” (audio) (premiere)

"Love This Feelin'" spins an update on classic rock, rambling psych dustiness taking center stage.

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25 Jul 2016 // 7:30 AM

The Strokes - “Threat of Joy” (Singles Going Steady)

The Strokes take a low key approach to the music, and it pays off handsomely.

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25 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

Spain: Carolina

Spain's sixth album features a wealth of smart, sophisticated songs from Josh Haden. It's a record both haunting and haunted.

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The Chairman Dances - “Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin” (audio) (premiere)

It’s the kind of spirited indie rock lazy music writers describe without fail as “jangly,” shimmering verses dropping into a dusty, stomping chorus reminiscent of the wandering rock of Springsteen and Darnielle.

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21 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Amazing: Ambulance

Ambulance finds the Amazing pushing forward, trying new angles, and adding moments of clarity and sparseness to their trademark bittersweet gauze.

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The Strike - “Eye for an Eye” (video) (premiere)

If you’ve ever said, “Man, do I wish Maroon 5’s pop was good,” this’ll tickle your fancy.

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Sadler Vaden - “Chameleon” (audio) (premiere)

In its slowness, "Chameleon" captures a lot of the leverage perfected during the latter days of what we traditionally consider classic rock.

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Be Calm Honcho - “Kid Go Hard” (audio) (premiere)

"Kid Go Hard" is steady, metered; a whimsical yet deeply grounded track.

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Band of Horses: Why Are You OK

Even though Why Are You Okay features some of Band of Horses' best work in a long time, it's still only slightly above average at best.

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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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Evans the Death: Vanilla

Vanilla is both the most complex and most impressive work the band has yet done.

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The Dead Ships - “First Mistakes” (video) (premiere)

Expect rock on “First Mistakes,” because rock is what you’ll get.

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Various Artists: Day of the Dead

Aaron and Bryce Dessner have masterfully assembled a dizzying array of contemporary artists to reinterpret the songs of the Grateful Dead.

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“No One Creates Art in a Vacuum”: An Interview with Car Seat Headrest

One of the most promising indie songwriters in a generation, Car Seat Headrest's Will Toledo talks about revisiting old material, living a modern life abutting Colonial Williamsburg, and the way that artists have always built on each other's ideas ... or at least until now.

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"In which we consider the challenges of and the reasons for making the “wrong” color choice in Pokemon Go.

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