indie rock

The Black Watch Might Be Signaling the Beginning of Their End

The Black Watch Might Be Signaling the Beginning of Their End

With Weird Rooms, John Andrew Fredrick and the Black Watch are at the late height of their powers and perhaps the end of their life as a group.

The Decemberists’ New LP Offers a Unified Whole

The Decemberists’ New LP Offers a Unified Whole

The Decemberists’ As It Ever Was, So It Will Be indulges the right indulgences (mostly) but makes space for the group to speak with tenderness and gravitas.

Joan of Arc Are Resurrected at Last (Just Ask Tim Kinsella)

Joan of Arc Are Resurrected at Last (Just Ask Tim Kinsella)

By putting Joan of Arc’s collected works in a dynamic box set, Tim Kinsella gauges how fans and critics are reconciling with the band’s work with modern ears.

LØLØ Brings Genre Agnostic Approach to Heartbreak

LØLØ Brings Genre Agnostic Approach to Heartbreak

LØLØ’s anything-goes approach to rock music and a strong sense of melody make her debut album a winner, even if the lyrical topics get a bit repetitive.

Songs: Ohia’s ‘Magnolia Electric Co.’ Remains a Dark Triumph

Songs: Ohia’s ‘Magnolia Electric Co.’ Remains a Dark Triumph

Songs: Ohia’s Magnolia Electric Co. remains a dark triumph in the face of adversity. It was the turning point and apex of Jason Molina’s brief life and career.

The Decemberists’ New LP Is a Return to Form

The Decemberists’ New LP Is a Return to Form

The Decemberists straddle between the exotic and quotidian, the real and imagined, to reveal that existence is most interesting when lived in a liminal state.

Kathleen Hanna, Riot Grrrl, and Punk

Kathleen Hanna, Riot Grrrl, and Punk

Riot Grrrl’s activism and grass-roots activity showed the movement was more concerned with breaking the rules and conventions than breaking through in punk.

Eels Are (As Always) Unafraid of Life’s Blemishes

Eels Are (As Always) Unafraid of Life’s Blemishes

On Eels Time!, Mark Oliver Everett offers up his many different temperaments and reminds us why he is cautiously optimistic despite the pervading melancholy.

Pillow Queens Bring the Rock to ‘Name Your Sorrow’

Pillow Queens Bring the Rock to ‘Name Your Sorrow’

Dublin’s Pillow Queens have a pair of strong singers and solid musicianship, but their songwriting is a bit hit-and-miss on their third LP Name Your Sorrow.

The Killers’ ‘Hot Fuss’ 20 Years On: A Layered Hit That Still Slays

The Killers’ ‘Hot Fuss’ 20 Years On: A Layered Hit That Still Slays

The Killers’ Hot Fuss is made for the hips and heart, not the brains. Their best tunes are eminently digestible, meant to have you vibrating from the first few bars.

Post-Punk’s A Certain Ratio Continue Their Revival

Post-Punk’s A Certain Ratio Continue Their Revival

A Certain Ratio find inspiration in their past work and the music that initially inspired them to create art that exists quite nicely in 2024. 

King Hannah Deliver Another Satisfying Set of Songs

King Hannah Deliver Another Satisfying Set of Songs

Liverpool’s King Hannah reference indie rock contemporaries on Big Swimmer but advance their sound through unique soundscapes that stand on their own.