Articles tagged surfer blood, indie rock

16 Jun 2013 // 10:04 PM

Beach Day: Trip Trap Attack

Beach Day will not win any awards for being the most original band in the universe with their '60s girl group, surf rock and garage sounds, but the group is competent enough to provide a somewhat winning formula.

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10 Jun 2013 // 10:05 PM

Surfer Blood: Pythons

Pythons is a fine slice of punchy garage pop, the kind to be blared from car stereos on sun-fueled, summer road trips that would coincide with the album’s June release.

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29 May 2013 // 10:03 PM

Dead Gaze: Dead Gaze

Dead Gaze's promisingly hazy indie pop too often gets mired in effects and questionable songwriting choices, obscuring the fact that its songwriter Cole Furlow can write a perfectly decent pop song when he sets his mind to it.

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Dump: I Can Hear Music + Superpowerless

Even when the amps buzz, these suit one's own bedroom rather than the family garage.

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Candy Claws - “Transitional Bird (Clever Girl)” (stream)

Candy Claws returns with its signature dreamy, inquisitive style. In this incarnation, however, the band fleshes out its expansive fantasy world with musical ideas that fit its scope.

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The National: Trouble Will Find Me

The National keeps on growing older gracefully with the impeccably executed Trouble Will Find Me, but it might just be that the venerable group has reached the point of no-longer-increasing returns.

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Shy Boys - “Something” (stream)

Brandon Biondo, the supremely talented and perpetually underrated mastermind behind Coolrunnings, Walsh and the Dracula Horse label teams up with bassist/co-vocalist Nichole McMinn in his newest project, Shy Boys.

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14 May 2013 // 9:30 AM

The Orange Peels: Sun Moon

Sun Moon is a superb collection of songs that will want you to head out in your muscle car on a sunny summer day with the windows down and the tunes flowing out of the stereo.

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Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City

The New York-based indie juggernaut Vampire Weekend hits a masterful peak with its third LP, Modern Vampires of the City. It’s the kind of album that indie bands aim at but so often miss as it captures an old soul sporting new clothes.

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The Appleseed Cast: Illumination Ritual

Illumination Ritual is like a watch that you want to take apart and view all the individual springs to see what makes it tick, particularly when it comes to the rhythm.

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In Praise of  Built to Spill’s “The Weather”

“The Weather” is the dreamy and evocative final track on Built to Spill's 2001 release Ancient Melodies of the Future, and it's a song that's certainly no "dud".

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Poetic or Introspective Registers Carom Off R-Rated Vernacular in ‘The King of Good Intentions’

The King of Good Intentions depicts scenes that have not yet vanished, although most of its record stores have, on shady blocks off Melrose or Wilshire.

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British Sea Power: Machineries of Joy

British Sea Power still play like the Jim Thome of indie rock. They strikeout often, but they’re always swinging for the bleachers.

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6 May 2013 // 10:06 PM

Deerhunter: Monomania

Music is a neccessity for Bradford Cox, and on Monomania he asks whether or not that's good for him.

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Wire Never Propped Up Punk’s Posing Corpse: ‘Read & Burn’

"With the meaningless luxury of hindsight", Wilson Neate echoes back at the band its own detachment -- and its dry wit. This reverberates with his own sharp, honest, but affectionate reaction to Wire's sounds and moods.

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28 Apr 2013 // 10:06 PM

!!!: THR!!!ER

Goofy and smart in all the right ways, !!! has crafted a record that just puts a big, gaping smile on one's face and feet a' shufflin'.

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Iron and Wine: Ghost on Ghost

There’s a slack feel to the proceedings that comes across as being peaceful and easy going, exactly the kind of singer-songwriter stuff that could be heard on the dial some 35 or 40 years ago.

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23 Apr 2013 // 10:04 PM

Young Galaxy: Ultramarine

Young Galaxy have written a killer opening song ("Pretty Boy"), and then they spend the rest of Ultramarine trying to reach that same level of success without ever quite making it.

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23 Apr 2013 // 10:03 PM

The Dear Hunter: Migrant

An endearing and impressive collection of beautifully orchestrated indie rock.

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The House of Love: She Paints Words in Red

Nearly all of this album feels circular. The songs do not take advantage of the chance to escape, but prefer to keep within safe sight of where they start.

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