Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:09:54 +0000
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZTally your time-signatures! A guide to the essential, indispensable math-rock records.
2016-10-22T11:09:54Z10 records, no singing. Well, almost. Ten of the brightest lights shining in post-rock's instrumentalist darkness.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZWe debate the question that has plagued mankind for centuries: what do 'alternative' and 'indie' actually really mean? And is it just the same thing?
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZWest Germany in the 1970s was a fertile time for progressive, mind-altering music.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe staunchly-punk, time-signature-juggling, nerdy instrumentalist mayhem of math-rock.
2016-10-22T11:09:54Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" >C86 cassette, which celebrates England's
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe greatest ever indie record labels.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZYour guide to the confusing basics of Alternative Music. Just remember: there are no dumb questions.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZHome taping didn't kill music, it revolutionized it. Here's 10 classic home-made records committed straight to analogue tape.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe '77 UK punk explosion has long been wildly overrated. It was everything that came after that was truly revolutionary.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZSlow, sad, frighteningly quiet: a rollcall of classic 1990s LPs from these masters of the spartan.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZTo English ears, the psychedelic, progressive, cosmic sound of early-'70s West Germany heralded a brave new sound: krautrock.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZFrom Boogarins to Weaves, Haerts to Vår, Béisbol to Wampire, here's indie music's Class of 2013.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZGiven the climate of reissues and reformations, it's no longer ironic to call these records 'classic indie-rock.' Here are the ten best.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZHere's how humbug hipsters stuck at family gatherings can commandeer the stereo and not upset the seasonal apple-cart.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZDewy, dreamy, distorted guitar. Mumbled, barely-there vocals. It's ten classic shoegaze LPs, from MBV on down...
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe class releases that defined the growth of twee from tiny, self-contained English scene to global underground culture.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZEver wondered where's the best place to start for a Fall neophyte?
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe radical records that broke the mold, moved music forward, and influenced generations of artists to come.
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2016-10-22T11:09:54ZFrom Young Marble Giants to The Smiths to Galaxie 500, here's ten awesome Rough Trade LPs, from the golden age of indie.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZA look at the ragged instrumentalists and jazz-schooled dorks that've made up post-rock's wordless movement.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZCrack out your Shrimper cassettes! It's a history lesson in the lo-fi movement.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZDon'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.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZTeen pin-up turned avant-garde recluse. The strange music and even stranger life of Scott Walker.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe best 30 albums from the first 30 years of the all-conquering indie powerhouse.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe defining entries in any alternative record collection. The iconoclasts whose singular sound has shaped a whole generation of underground acts.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZIgnored, reviled, or 'lost' on their original release, these obscure LPs eventually proved hugely influential.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe Scottish outfit have had a long (and brilliant) career of sterling pop songs. Here are the ten best.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe moment My Bloody Valentine issued their third album, 2013 was a great year for indie music.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZRiot-grrrl's righteous indignation of sloganeering politics produced a run of raucous, rocking records.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZTen bizarre, embarrassing, and much-remembered underground live-shows that have endeared their own, modern-day mythology.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZSort through the glut of new releases with this guide to the upcoming indie-music release schedule.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZTired of records that sound like random collections of files? Here's 20 LPs of singular theme and sustained narrative.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZWhen the Dinosaur Jr honcho obtusely let his bassplayer go, Barlow turned around and aired his grievances in a series of Sebadoh songs.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZIn an era of retromania, are the any bands left that aren't reforming? Gladly, there are...
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe background, beginnings, and developments of Justin Vernon, also known as Bon Iver.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZRanging from portraits of cult heroes (Roky Erickson) and global icons (Radiohead), here are the greatest music documentaries of all-time.
2016-10-22T11:09:54Z40 people were there, 4000 claim they were. A look at one of the most legendary, influential gigs in modern music history.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThese 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.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZFrom studio perfectionists to singular idealists, with a host of rockbands in between, here's ten figures of infinite influence.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThough 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.
2016-10-22T11:09:54Z'Ultramarine' is populated by young dreamers dealing with the sadness of growing up.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZChronicle of Jason Pierce's grandiose gospel-space-rock-soul outfit Spiritualized, from post-Spacemen 3 beginnings to his near-death experiences.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZLooking for potential breakout bands in 2013? From Indians to Savages, here's ten sure bets.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe third Vampire Weekend album makes the band's most varied, divisive, daring work.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZJulianna Barwick recorded her 4th LP in Iceland, but it sounds like it was made on a cloud.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe disappearance and return of the narcotic balladry of the 90's platinum band- Mazzy Star.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZRidiculous ambition, vicious self-loathing, attacks on God, and a scream bordering on hoarse: the best works of Conor Oberst.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZPortland's Blitzen Trapper play a peculiar brand of Americana, and their leader has particular thoughts on the state of America itself.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZFor lovers of shoegaze, where to turn after My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive? Chapterhouse, my friends.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZFighting off Saab enthusiasts and a chorus of hater, Vampire Weekend remain eternally undaunted.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZA look at the life and career of fearsome fretboard shredder, old-fashioned romantic, and all-around dork, Annie Clark.
2016-10-22T11:09:54Z'Loud City Song' finds the Los Angeles composer writing songs for the metropolis.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZBack in 1992, what t-shirt you wore really mattered.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZOn the sixth National album, Matt Berninger ruminates on the lure of heaven.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZNo Age's fourth album explores unexpected soundscapes, using noise as a compositional tool.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZIt's the summery, nostalgic, warped-sounding electronic music that blew up the blogosphere in 2009.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZSufjan Stevens is an artist defined by his ambition.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe director-turned-musician's second LP boasts buzzing-fly bar-blues that doesn't measure up to his cinema.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZAn in-depth look at the harmony-draped folk-pop experimentalists.
2016-10-22T11:09:54Z10 all-time great albums on the ultimate underground indie label.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZTasked with following up 2011's Whokill, Merrill Garbus's third Tune-Yards LP is both more anthemic and more anxious.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZMy Bloody Valentine's remarkable third album manages to live up to 22 years of wild expectations.
2016-10-22T11:09:54Z'In Conflict' finds the Arcade Fire fiddler ditching concept-record fantasies for sentiment, songs, and sequencing stitched with conflict.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZFor many, Neu!'s debut 1972 LP served as the unofficial birthplace of the krautrock movement.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZEnglish electronic act Broadcast presided over a brilliant career of beautiful, strange, eerie songs.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe Beach House vocalist talks about the 'sexual' qualities of their third LP, 'Teen Dream'.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZBurying the stigma of the 'actor turned singer' forever, Zooey Deschanel's collaboration with M. Ward has produced some wondrous music.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe guitarist of the Scottish post-rock heroes is howling.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZChronicle of the rise and fall of Manchester's legendary Factory Records, home to Joy Division, New Order, the Happy Mondays and more.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe Washed Out don also laments that we're all stuck with the name 'chillwave' for all eternity.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe most distinctive, most striking, most lauded album covers in indie music history.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZA story in which a warbling, harp-playing California girl becomes a towering colossus of the recorded medium.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZChit-chat with the chatty and charming St. Vincent. Page 2.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZA look at the fleeting flourish of folk-revival revivalists who've redreamt the imaginary hippy utopia for the new century.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZBrooklyn's preppiest, poppiest indie outfit has made a career of bright melody and slight controversy.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZIn Austin for SXSW 2014? Here's ten bands, from Connections to Seoul to Solids, you best keep your eye on.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe late Broadcast singer speaks sound as literature, the passing of time, and the power of make-believe.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZBaltimore-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.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZIsaac Brock's adventures with The Pixies, God, jail, Johnny Marr, and chart-topping success.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZProfile of the life and death of the alternative legends
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZVictoria Legrand and Alex Scally recall the history of their slow, narcotic Baltimore duo.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZShy southerner Sam Beam's quiet songs have made a loud noise on the alternative scene.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZFrom Tune-Yards to Sun Kil Moon to Angel Olsen, here's the highlights of another awesome year in indie music.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZPotted, spotted history of the impossibly successful Seattle indie-rock icons, as told by its members.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe greatest album ever made? The worst? Both?
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZAcross 20 years and 15 albums, Chesnutt always had a host of willing collaborateurs. Page 2.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZDustin Payseur recorded his debut LP in a loft without walls, rolling tape in front of house-mates who hated his music.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZTheresa Wayman feels out the emotions running deep in Warpaint's debut LP.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe National's slow, steady progression, from unknowns to the band who soundtracked Hope and Change.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZA riot breaks out, a bootleg is recorded, a mythical show is born.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe life-and-crimes of A. Pink: home-taping enthusiast turned unexpectedly-influential indie music sage.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZPulling double-duty in The Kills and The Dead Weather, Alison Mosshart is just trying to keep up with Jack White.
2016-10-22T11:09:54Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Born in: May 30,
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZDaniel Rossen talks his Elvis-obsessed childhood, mimicking Nick Drake, Department Of Eagle's dark songs, and the joyousness of 'Veckatimest'.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZChronicle of the rise and demise of the ultimate depressive songsmith.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZFrom Tortoise to the National Trust, ten of the best from the artful back-catalogue of Chicago's ever-influential Thrill Jockey imprint.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZAn in-depth look at the brief history of the hype-starting New Yorker duo.
2016-10-22T11:09:54ZThe second Volcano Choir LP inches closer to the second Bon Iver LP, repaving post-rock with golden vocals.