instrumental rock

Dirty Three Prove the Theory That Love Changes Everything

Dirty Three Prove the Theory That Love Changes Everything

Dirty Three continue their long career of making organic, meditative post-rock jazz that always humbly approaches a single moment, without pretense or distraction.

MONO Recommit with Life-Affirming ‘Oath’

MONO Recommit with Life-Affirming ‘Oath’

MONO return with a post-rock album about faith and commitment, which serves as a fitting epitaph for their long-term artistic collaboration with Steve Albini.

Khruangbin Are Still Easygoing and Effortlessly Cool

Khruangbin Are Still Easygoing and Effortlessly Cool

A LA SALA delivers on what Khruangbin are known for: chill, mostly easygoing guitar melodies backed by a deep rhythm section groove.

Animal Hospital’s ‘Shelf Life’ Is Intense, Layered Maximalism

Animal Hospital’s ‘Shelf Life’ Is Intense, Layered Maximalism

Under the moniker Animal Hospital, Kevin Micka unspools a potent mix of instrumental tension and experimentalism on his first full-length album in three years.

15 Years of Mogwai’s ‘The Hawk Is Howling’

15 Years of Mogwai’s ‘The Hawk Is Howling’

The Hawk Is Howling is full of signature moments when Mogwai explore complex combinations of moods from bright to dark, soft to heavy, and sensual to horrific.

Explosions in the Sky’s ‘The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place’ at 20

Explosions in the Sky’s ‘The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place’ at 20

The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place is Explosions in the Sky’s most acclaimed album, establishing themselves as figureheads of epic, instrumental post-rock.

Explosions in the Sky Reach Uncertain Denouement with ‘End’

Explosions in the Sky Reach Uncertain Denouement with ‘End’

Explosions in the Sky summon an oracular experience, opening sonic spaces full of emotion and empty of subjectivity that can be imbued with a listener’s meaning.

Grails Balance Their Scales: The Reckoning of ‘Anches En Maat’

Grails Balance Their Scales: The Reckoning of ‘Anches En Maat’

Portland’s experimental post-rock kingpins Grails mark two decades since their debut with a new full-length retrospective LP and chat with PopMatters.

STS9 & Maddy O’Neal Beat the Heat at Area 15’s Secret Garden

STS9 & Maddy O’Neal Beat the Heat at Area 15’s Secret Garden

STS9, Maddy O’Neal and the Crystal Method team up for a two-night desert dance party at Sin City’s most mystical new venue, Area 51.

Black Duck Move Us on Their Intuitive and Fluid Debut

Black Duck Move Us on Their Intuitive and Fluid Debut

Black Duck’s debut is an instrumental tour de force sweeping the American landscape from the southern breeze and the northern chill to the majestic ocean.

Rodrigo y Gabriela Go Electric and Add Strings on New Album

Rodrigo y Gabriela Go Electric and Add Strings on New Album

Rodrigo y Gabriela’s In Between Thoughts, A New World spawned from lead guitarist Rodrigo discovering the philosophy of nondualism during his COVID-19 recovery.

The Sounds of the Fathers: An Interview With Codeine’s Chris Brokaw

The Sounds of the Fathers: An Interview With Codeine’s Chris Brokaw

Recording a series of guitar improvizations at a decommissioned Norwegian power plant is a tall order for any musician. For Chris Brokaw, it just makes sense.