Articles tagged indie rock

Dent May: Across the Multiverse

With his fourth full-length, tunesmith Dent May finally settles into a persona well-suited to his particular brand of technicolor retro-pop, resulting in one of the best pop albums of 2017.

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The War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding

The War on Drugs have always had a way of conjuring sweepingly romantic images of the open road, but A Deeper Understanding finds them as desolate and far from home as they've ever been.

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Ledges - “Snow” (audio) (premiere)

Ohio trio Ledges returns with emotionally rich and nuanced taste of upcoming full-length.

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Oginalii - ‘Substance Abuse’ (audio) (premiere)

Oginalii confronts rock 'n' roll patriarchy and topples it with the ebb and flow of "Substance Abuse".

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Melville - ‘The New Zero’ (album stream) (premiere)

Captivating melodies meld with layered instrumentation on the latest from the Portland indie rockers Melville.

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15 Aug 2017 // 2:30 AM

Grizzly Bear: Painted Ruins

Grizzly Bear returns with Painted Ruins, the band's best album to date.

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Jason Molina’s Mythological Palette, Warts and All

Osmon lights the oil lamps on the process of Molina’s creative wonder, from toddling on the shores of Lake Erie to the indie folk pedestal he so deservedly sits upon today.

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Father John Misty - “Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution”

Father John tackles the modern age and wins. It’s hard to write an anti-consumerist tune and not come off as monumentally preachy, but he just about does it.

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The Karpinka Brothers - “You Make It Look Easy” (audio) (premiere)

An infectiously positive track from the Saskatoon folk-rockers with a retro-styled backbeat to boot.

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9 Aug 2017 // 12:15 PM

Trailer Trash Tracys - “Siebenkäs” (Singles Going Steady)

Dream pop filtered through a tropical island, Trailer Trash Tracys' latest manages to incorporate plenty of pop hooks into an arrangement that recalls the early '80s.

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Spirit Music: A Conversation With Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore talks with PopMatters about age, experience, musical partnerships, and new album Rock n Roll Consciousness.

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7 Aug 2017 // 2:30 AM

Soccer Mommy: Collection

One of the strongest young songwriters, Soccer Mommy's Sophie Allison, proves on Collection that her early releases stand the test of time versus new offerings and that the latter hasn't lost the vital factor that made her an artist to watch in the first place.

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4 Aug 2017 // 11:35 AM

The Horrors - “Machine” (Singles Going Steady)

The Horrors return in style like a band of nighttime buccaneers intent on crashing the party and laying siege to your hips.

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4 Aug 2017 // 10:24 AM

Grizzly Bear - “Neighbors” (Singles Going Steady)

Grizzly Bear's latest video has a sort of David Lynch-goes-Game of Thrones quality thing going on.

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Ghost Pavilion - “Vacant Stories” (audio) (premiere)

Influenced by a sense of mortality, this ethereal electropop track has been two years in the making.

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Arcade Fire: Everything Now

Arcade Fire is not old enough for this work as late career orthodoxy nor suave enough to cook these observations into delicious bites.

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The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli Talks About ‘In Spades’, Prince, and the Critical Beat

Greg Dulli tells PopMatters that "nothing's excluded when it comes time to write a song... I am absolutely omnivorous."

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Trailer Trash Tracys Blend World Beats with Dream Pop on “Siebenkäs”

Trailer Trash Tracys work some magic with Latin rhythms and dream pop on their new single "Siebenkäs".

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Manchester Orchestra: A Black Mile to the Surface

On their latest album, Manchester Orchestra show that gloominess pays off as long as you've got good songs and smart arrangements.

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Louis Schefano - “Wish Something Would Happen” (video) (premiere)

The ex-Remy Zero singer/songwriter's latest is a sparse yet poignant and biting rock reflection.

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