Articles tagged surfer blood, indie rock

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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30 Sep 2014 // 2:04 AM

S: Cool Choices

Former Carissa's Weird member Jenn Ghetto expands her solo project, S, into a full band for the best parts of Cool Choices. Oddly enough, it's when she's alone on the record that her emotions are the hardest to make out.

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Dive Index: Lost in the Pressure

There is elegant beauty and grace on display, and some very pleasant pieces of music.

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Hamish Kilgour - “Smile” + David Kilgour - “Lose Myself in Sound” (videos) (Premieres)

This year saw new efforts by the first family of the New Zealand underground, the brothers Kilgour. PopMatters premieres new videos from Hamish and David Kilgour.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage: Mended With Gold

On third LP, Mended With Gold, the band pursues escape velocity with the most commitment yet, making the most bombastic and polished arrangements of their career.

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Lowell: We Loved Her Dearly

If We Loved Her Dearly is any indication, Lowell has simply run out of material, if not ideas, musical or otherwise.

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Cookies: Music for Touching

Once you’re finished with this round, you’ll definitely want seconds.

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3 Jun 2014 // 2:06 AM

Bob Mould: Beauty & Ruin

Legends like Bob Mould are held to a different standard, and Beauty & Ruin has just raised his bar higher.

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“This Is Our Sophomore Attempt”: An Interview with Pixies

Speaking to PopMatters, Pixies detail every step towards Indie Cindy's creation, reception, and what's next for the group...

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The Knife and the Blood That Ensues: An Interview with Swans

PopMatters speaks with Swans frontman Michael Gira about the band's "joyous" new double LP, To Be Kind, covering everything from its undulating rhythms to its original titillating cover art.

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Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams

Timber Timbre have delivered one of 2014’s most potent and invigorating Canadian albums of the year.

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5 May 2014 // 11:03 AM

Collin Herring - ‘Some Knives’ (album stream) (Premiere)

Texas singer-songwriter Collin Herring is back after a five-year absence with an exciting new album. Sometimes things really are worth the wait.

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24 Mar 2014 // 2:06 AM

The Hold Steady: Teeth Dreams

While the Hold Steady's catalog has consisted of detailed character sketches and scenarios extolling the virtues of indulging the devil whispering in your ear, Teeth Dreams deals with the demons left in the wake.

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24 Mar 2014 // 2:05 AM

Owls: Two

Two is certainly a good album, and it’s absolutely the one Owls wanted to make. It’s just not always a record I want to listen to.

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Eternal Summers: The Drop Beneath

This is an LP that merits liberal use of the repeat button, and, even when it occasionally misfires, there’s always something interesting just around the corner.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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