• Low : Drums & Guns

     For their eighth studio album, Duluth’s Low have, in many ways, returned to their "slowcore" roots (a term the band has actually always despised): slow tempos, minimalist arrangements, and the vocal harmonizing of married bandmates Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker.  ...
  • The Good, The Bad & The Queen : The Good, The Bad & The Queen

    If Damon Albarn isn't the most prolific superstar of our time, he's definitely right up there....
  • Dean & Britta : Back Numbers

     Dean Wareham has been a weighty player in indie music since the late eighties, first with Galaxie 500, and then in the much-loved, recently-disbanded Luna.  Wareham & Luna bassist Britta Phillips, already one of indie music’s best looking couples, have put together some mellow, melodic...
  • The Flowers Of Hell : The Flowers Of Hell

     As the future of instrumental music in the indiesphere is being gradually swallowed up by post-rock, let it be said that there's more to it than that.  More than just a wall of swirling noise or overwrought effects, noise-pop could be considered a step backwards,...
  • The Eternals : Heavy International

     To confuse the Indiana-based trio named The Eternals for the Chicago-based trio with the same name would be downright hilarious.  The former is a pasty southern gospel group while the latter specializes in making some of experimental hip-hop's most intricate grooves.   If either...

  • The Apples In Stereo : New Magnetic Wonder

     It’s been five years since the last Apples in Stereo studio album, 2002’s Velocity of Sound.  One could be concerned that The Apples’ bright, catchy music might feel out of place today, if not a retread, or that the band itself might have changed so...
  • Harlem Shakes : Burning Birthdays EP

     The garage dance Harlem Shakes have got nothing to do with Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, but instead hail from the only part of New York that is more likely to be followed by an exclamation point, Brooklyn.  

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  • Idlewild : Make Another World

    After motoring uphill on an increasingly steeper slope of fame, expectation, and contractual obligation, Scotland's Idlewild have finally ridden over the crest, thrown it in neutral, and can just coast now....
  • Au Revoir Simone : The Bird Of Music

     Au Revoir Simone are Sirens.  With innocently enchanting synthpop, the three Brooklyn gals can take you by surprise so that you'll keep listening just to make sure they're real.  Their second album, The Bird of Music, features their fluffy electronica and meek rhythms in...