Articles tagged surfer blood, indie rock

Royal Canoe: Royal Canoe Does Beck’s Song Reader

This is an interesting experiment that doesn’t quite always work, but that probably says more about Beck than it does Royal Canoe.

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16 Oct 2014 // 10:00 AM

Weezer and the Problem of Fan Expectation

Weezer's new album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, walks the tenuous line between redressing the band's follies and giving in to banal fan service.

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16 Oct 2014 // 2:05 AM

Johnny Marr: Playland

Johnny Marr's second solo album suggests a consummate musician becoming more comfortable with his solo status.

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Dads: I’ll Be the Tornado

I’ll Be the Tornado is an enrapturing album, and one that you simply must hear with your mind and your heart.

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15 Oct 2014 // 2:06 AM

Foxygen: ...And Star Power

Try as you might to take Foxygen's ...And Star Power at face value, it's hard to because the mischievous duo does everything but play it straight on the 82-minute double LP.

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The Afterparty: An Interview with Bloc Party’s Kele

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke talks his new solo album, Trick, and explains how the album pushed him to make music in an entirely fresh way.

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Moose Blood: I’ll Keep You in Mind, From Time to Time

On their debut, Moose Blood proudly wears their ‘90s-emo-loving hearts on appropriately, studiedly tattered sleeves.

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13 Oct 2014 // 10:30 AM

Plug in Stereo: Plug in Stereo

If you listen to mainstream radio, you’ve heard songs exactly like this.

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We Were Promised Jetpacks: Unraveling

How many times can you challenge your audience to join you at the top of the room before these big moves become big tropes?

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Buddy Black and the Ghost Umbrellas: The Story on the Road to Waterloo EP

This is a Canadian folk-rock concept short album about two young vampire lovers who seek to become human again, combining the styles of Spirit of the West with the ambitious sprawl of Titus Andronicus.

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Screaming Females Drop “Wishing Well”, Hint at New Album

Copies of the band's latest 7" reference new album called Rose Mountain.

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Weezer: Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Everything Will Be Alright in the End is not an album: it's an act of contrition that you can dance to.

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8 Oct 2014 // 2:01 AM

The Young: Chrome Cactus

The Young's sophomore effort demonstrates the band's talent and potential but the overall creation is lacking.

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Hungry Cloud Darkening: Glossy Recall

This is an album that really takes many listens to warm up to and wrap your head around, but, once you do, you’ll find this is a wonderful collection of songs.

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Laetitia Sadier: Something Shines

The Stereolab songstress brings us an album of familiar themes that pushes her latest chapter into deeper territory and works to correct the missteps of 2012’s Silencio.

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Mecca Normal: Empathy for the Evil

Mecca Normal should find favor with fans from its mid-1990s K Records days with the astute Rorschach art rock of Empathy for the Evil.

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2 Oct 2014 // 2:04 AM

The Last Bison: VA

VA effectively charts a bold new course for the band that doesn't need to rely on folk rockers du jour.

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Lit Up: The National’s ‘Alligator’ and the Hope of Indie Rock

The National's seminal 2005 album Alligator shows the band, like America, to be lit up by white lights even as it is surrounded by darkness.

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Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues

Existential dread is nothing new for Will Oldham's performing persona, but this new record might be his most harrowing yet.

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1 Oct 2014 // 2:03 AM

So Cow: The Long Con

On So Cow's first full-band record, the trio sounds natural and the songs instinctual, even as they tighten into tense, nervous coils, twisting the edges and tilting the balance of typical garage rock structures.

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Joyful 2015 NYC Pride March in Photos

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"Two days after the historic 5-4 Supreme Court, New York City's Pride March, like others around the country, felt celebratory and joyful.

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