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Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:07:44 +0000

 



Top 20 Alternative and Indie Xmas Records

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Here's how humbug hipsters stuck at family gatherings can commandeer the stereo and not upset the seasonal apple-cart.



Our 10 Favorite Math-Rock Albums

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Tally your time-signatures! A guide to the essential, indispensable math-rock records.



Alternative Music 101 - Are 'Alternative' and...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

We debate the question that has plagued mankind for centuries: what do 'alternative' and 'indie' actually really mean? And is it just the same thing?



The 10 Best Post-Rock Albums Ever Made

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

10 records, no singing. Well, almost. Ten of the brightest lights shining in post-rock's instrumentalist darkness.



Genre Profile: Math-Rock

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The staunchly-punk, time-signature-juggling, nerdy instrumentalist mayhem of math-rock.



10 Most Inspired German 'Krautrock' Albums

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

West Germany in the 1970s was a fertile time for progressive, mind-altering music.



Top 10 Classic Indie-Rock Records

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Given the climate of reissues and reformations, it's no longer ironic to call these records 'classic indie-rock.' Here are the ten best.



Alternative Music 101 - Your FAQ Primer

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Your guide to the confusing basics of Alternative Music. Just remember: there are no dumb questions.



Top 10 Lo-Fi Albums

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Home taping didn't kill music, it revolutionized it. Here's 10 classic home-made records committed straight to analogue tape.



Genre Profile - Krautrock

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

To English ears, the psychedelic, progressive, cosmic sound of early-'70s West Germany heralded a brave new sound: krautrock.



Top 10 Post-Punk Albums

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The '77 UK punk explosion has long been wildly overrated. It was everything that came after that was truly revolutionary.



The 20 Best Record Labels for Indie Music

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The greatest ever indie record labels.



Genre Profile - Twee

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

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The 10 Best Ever Slow-Core Records

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Slow, sad, frighteningly quiet: a rollcall of classic 1990s LPs from these masters of the spartan.



Genre Profile - Post-Rock

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

A look at the ragged instrumentalists and jazz-schooled dorks that've made up post-rock's wordless movement.



Top 10 Albums by The Fall

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Ever wondered where's the best place to start for a Fall neophyte?



Genre Profile - Lo-Fi

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Crack out your Shrimper cassettes! It's a history lesson in the lo-fi movement.



10 Classic Rough Trade Albums

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

From Young Marble Giants to The Smiths to Galaxie 500, here's ten awesome Rough Trade LPs, from the golden age of indie.



Alternative Music 101 - Genre Guide

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Don't know your shoegaze from your space-rock? Your twee from your C86? Read on to discover the peculiar secrets of all those baffling genre names.



Top 10 Twee Albums

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The class releases that defined the growth of twee from tiny, self-contained English scene to global underground culture.



Top 30 Albums of the 1960s

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The radical records that broke the mold, moved music forward, and influenced generations of artists to come.



Top 30 4AD Albums

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The best 30 albums from the first 30 years of the all-conquering indie powerhouse.



The 10 Best Shoegaze Albums Ever Made

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Dewy, dreamy, distorted guitar. Mumbled, barely-there vocals. It's ten classic shoegaze LPs, from MBV on down...



Top 10 Alternative Starter Albums

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The defining entries in any alternative record collection. The iconoclasts whose singular sound has shaped a whole generation of underground acts.



Top 10 'Obscure' Starter Albums

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

These unique, unusual, underground albums sound thrilling, strange, and amazing to this day. They're the best 'Obscure' albums lurking in popular music's fringes, inspiring many with their abundant artistry and individuality.



Genre Profile - Shoegaze

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

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Definitive Albums: Neu! 'Neu!' (1972)

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

For many, Neu!'s debut 1972 LP served as the unofficial birthplace of the krautrock movement.



The Best Alternative Music Albums of 2013

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The moment My Bloody Valentine issued their third album, 2013 was a great year for indie music.



Top 10 Indie Music Documentaries

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Ranging from portraits of cult heroes (Roky Erickson) and global icons (Radiohead), here are the greatest music documentaries of all-time.



Scott Walker - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Teen pin-up turned avant-garde recluse. The strange music and even stranger life of Scott Walker.



10 Obscure Albums That Became Classics

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Ignored, reviled, or 'lost' on their original release, these obscure LPs eventually proved hugely influential.



30 Best New Indie and Alternative Bands of 2013

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

From Boogarins to Weaves, Haerts to Vår, Béisbol to Wampire, here's indie music's Class of 2013.



Upcoming Alternative Album Release Dates

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Sort through the glut of new releases with this guide to the upcoming indie-music release schedule.



Top 10 Bands Who'll Never Reform

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

In an era of retromania, are the any bands left that aren't reforming? Gladly, there are...



Top 10 Most Influential Figures in Alternative...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

From studio perfectionists to singular idealists, with a host of rockbands in between, here's ten figures of infinite influence.



Top 10 Songs From Twee-Pop Heroes 'Belle and...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The Scottish outfit have had a long (and brilliant) career of sterling pop songs. Here are the ten best.



dinosaur jr j mascis lou barlow murph kicked...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

When the Dinosaur Jr honcho obtusely let his bassplayer go, Barlow turned around and aired his grievances in a series of Sebadoh songs.



Top 10 Riot-Grrrl Records

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Riot-grrrl's righteous indignation of sloganeering politics produced a run of raucous, rocking records.



Top 20 Concept Albums

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Tired of records that sound like random collections of files? Here's 20 LPs of singular theme and sustained narrative.



sufjan stevens bio biography profile history...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Sufjan Stevens is an artist defined by his ambition.



10 Infamous Concerts

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Ten bizarre, embarrassing, and much-remembered underground live-shows that have endeared their own, modern-day mythology.



Bat for Lashes - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

History of glamorous English songstress Natasha Khan.



Spiritualized - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Chronicle of Jason Pierce's grandiose gospel-space-rock-soul outfit Spiritualized, from post-Spacemen 3 beginnings to his near-death experiences.



Mazzy Star - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The disappearance and return of the narcotic balladry of the 90's platinum band- Mazzy Star.



Top 20 Sub Pop Albums

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Though it'll be forever associated with grunge, Seattle's legendary Sub Pop Records has reinvented itself in the new millennium, presiding over an eclectic lineup of increasingly-successful acts. Here're 10 picks from the label's first 20 years.



Interview: Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The guitarist of the Scottish post-rock heroes is howling.



Owen Pallett 'In Conflict'

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

'In Conflict' finds the Arcade Fire fiddler ditching concept-record fantasies for sentiment, songs, and sequencing stitched with conflict.



Bon Iver - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The background, beginnings, and developments of Justin Vernon, also known as Bon Iver.



10 Indie Acts to Look Out for in 2014

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

FKA twigs, Haerts, Mas Ysa, Temples, and Thumpers headline 10 bands primed for a 2014 breakout.



10 Iconic Album Covers

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The most distinctive, most striking, most lauded album covers in indie music history.



Kurt Cobain wears Daniel Johnston T-Shirt to VMAs

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Back in 1992, what t-shirt you wore really mattered.



Interview: Trish Keenan of Broadcast

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The late Broadcast singer speaks sound as literature, the passing of time, and the power of make-believe.



Tune Yards 'Nikki Nack'

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Tasked with following up 2011's Whokill, Merrill Garbus's third Tune-Yards LP is both more anthemic and more anxious.



Ariel Pink - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The life-and-crimes of A. Pink: home-taping enthusiast turned unexpectedly-influential indie music sage.



The National - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The National's slow, steady progression, from unknowns to the band who soundtracked Hope and Change.



St. Vincent - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

A look at the life and career of fearsome fretboard shredder, old-fashioned romantic, and all-around dork, Annie Clark.



Genre Profile: Chillwave

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

It's the summery, nostalgic, warped-sounding electronic music that blew up the blogosphere in 2009.



Top 10 Bright Eyes Songs

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Ridiculous ambition, vicious self-loathing, attacks on God, and a scream bordering on hoarse: the best works of Conor Oberst.



The National 'Trouble Will Find Me'

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

On the sixth National album, Matt Berninger ruminates on the lure of heaven.



MGMT - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

An in-depth look at the brief history of the hype-starting New Yorker duo.



Top 10 K Records Albums

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

10 all-time great albums on the ultimate underground indie label.



Definitive Albums: Rachel's 'The Sea and the...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Rachel's cinematic post-rock reached a high watermark on this series of haunting seascapes.



Interview: Eirik Glambek Bøe of Kings of...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The non-spectacled half of the Norwegian soft-pop bards talks about staying true to their 'Quiet is the New Loud' ideal.



beach house interview alex scally victoria...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Baltimore-based duo Beach House's slow, droney, comedown dream-pop has legions of listeners analyzing it for meaning. But the band's Alex Scally isn't one of them.



Top 20 Albums of 2014 So Far

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

From Tune-Yards to Sun Kil Moon to Angel Olsen, here's the highlights of another awesome year in indie music.



No Age 'An Object'

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

No Age's fourth album explores unexpected soundscapes, using noise as a compositional tool.



Genre Profile - Freak-Folk

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

A look at the fleeting flourish of folk-revival revivalists who've redreamt the imaginary hippy utopia for the new century.



Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampires of the City'

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The third Vampire Weekend album makes the band's most varied, divisive, daring work.



Interview: Ernest Greene of Washed Out

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The Washed Out don also laments that we're all stuck with the name 'chillwave' for all eternity.



Interview: Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Fighting off Saab enthusiasts and a chorus of hater, Vampire Weekend remain eternally undaunted.



Definitive LPs: Various 'A Christmas Gift for...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Long before he went off the rails, Phil Spector marshaled his wall-of-sound behind the all-time classic Christmas LP.



Definitive Albums: Chapterhouse 'Whirlpool'...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

For lovers of shoegaze, where to turn after My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive? Chapterhouse, my friends.



She and Him - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Burying the stigma of the 'actor turned singer' forever, Zooey Deschanel's collaboration with M. Ward has produced some wondrous music.



Alternative Music History: Suicide's 23 Minutes...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

A riot breaks out, a bootleg is recorded, a mythical show is born.



Joanna Newsom Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

A story in which a warbling, harp-playing California girl becomes a towering colossus of the recorded medium.



10 International Acts to Watch at SXSW 2014

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Bands from all over the world are heading to Austin for SXSW. From Boogarins to Vaadat Charigim, here's 10 you better not miss.



modest mouse band music lyrics bio biography...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Isaac Brock's adventures with The Pixies, God, jail, Johnny Marr, and chart-topping success.



Interview: Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Portland's Blitzen Trapper play a peculiar brand of Americana, and their leader has particular thoughts on the state of America itself.



Animal Collective - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Biographical history of Animal Collective, the shape-shifting American outfit who's earned a reputation as one of the new millennium's most important musical acts.



Grizzly Bear - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

An in-depth look at the harmony-draped folk-pop experimentalists.



Factory Records Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Chronicle of the rise and fall of Manchester's legendary Factory Records, home to Joy Division, New Order, the Happy Mondays and more.



David Lynch 'The Big Dream'

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The director-turned-musician's second LP boasts buzzing-fly bar-blues that doesn't measure up to his cinema.



Young Galaxy 'Ultramarine'

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

'Ultramarine' is populated by young dreamers dealing with the sadness of growing up.



Owen Pallett - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The life and times of a carrot-top'd, concept-album-obsessed Canadian fiddler who once called himself Final Fantasy.



Vic Chesnutt - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Across 20 years and 15 albums, Chesnutt always had a host of willing collaborateurs. Page 2.



Vampire Weekend - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Brooklyn's preppiest, poppiest indie outfit has made a career of bright melody and slight controversy.



Top 10 Broadcast Songs

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

English electronic act Broadcast presided over a brilliant career of beautiful, strange, eerie songs.



Alternative Music History: The Sex Pistols Play...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

40 people were there, 4000 claim they were. A look at one of the most legendary, influential gigs in modern music history.



Dirty Projectors - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Dave Longstreth's project has gone from bedroom four-tracking to six-piece blow-out in a march from obscurity to popularity.



Revisiting 2013's 10 Best Indie Music Groups

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Looking for potential breakout bands in 2013? From Indians to Savages, here's ten sure bets.



Interview: Victoria Legrand of Beach House

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The Beach House vocalist talks about the 'sexual' qualities of their third LP, 'Teen Dream'.



Interview: Stephen Malkmus of Pavement and The...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

On making records with Beck, Bob Nastanovich's gambling debts, and the industry of classic indie-rock.



Definitive Albums: The Pixies 'Surfer Rosa'...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

'Doolittle' gets the greatest-albums-ever acclaim, but is 'Surfer Rosa' The Pixies' best album?



Constellation Records Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Chronicle of Canadian post-rock powerhouse Constellation Records.



Guide to the 56th Grammys Best Alternative...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

With Vampire Weekend, The National, and Neko Case on the docket, the 2014 Best Alternative LP nominees are weirdly good...



Nirvana - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Profile of the life and death of the alternative legends



Devendra Banhart - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

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Definitive Albums: Kate Bush 'The Kick Inside'...

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Kate Bush's grand, resplendent debut was a work of uncommon ambition and artistry for a teen prodigy.



Beach House - Artist Profile

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally recall the history of their slow, narcotic Baltimore duo.



Interview: Bryan Devendorf of The National

2016-12-07T11:07:44Z

The National's perpetually-pounding drummer talks about dealing with the weight of expectations on 'High Violet'.