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Published: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:10:59 +0000

 



Top 20 Alternative and Indie Xmas Records

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



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

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



10 Most Inspired German 'Krautrock' Albums

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 10 Post-Punk Albums

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Alternative Music 101 - Your FAQ Primer

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 10 Twee Albums

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z




The 10 Best Ever Slow-Core Records

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 10 Classic Indie-Rock Records

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



The 20 Best Record Labels for Indie Music

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

The greatest ever indie record labels.



They made the San Franciso Sound

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z




10 Infamous Concerts

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 10 Albums by The Fall

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 10 Lo-Fi Albums

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 30 Albums of the 1960s

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Genre Profile - Post-Rock

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Alternative Music 101 - Genre Guide

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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.



10 Classic Rough Trade Albums

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



The 10 Best Shoegaze Albums Ever Made

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 30 4AD Albums

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



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

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Genre Profile - Shoegaze

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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Top 10 Alternative Starter Albums

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



30 Best New Indie and Alternative Bands of 2013

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



The Best Alternative Music Albums of 2013

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Scott Walker - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 10 Most Influential Figures in Alternative...

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 10 Bands Who'll Never Reform

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



sufjan stevens bio biography profile history...

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

Sufjan Stevens is an artist defined by his ambition.



Genre Profile - Lo-Fi

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



dinosaur jr j mascis lou barlow murph kicked...

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



10 Obscure Albums That Became Classics

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 10 'Obscure' Starter Albums

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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.



Nirvana - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z




Alternative Music History: The Sex Pistols Play...

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 10 Indie Music Documentaries

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 10 Broadcast Songs

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 20 Concept Albums

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Top 20 Sub Pop Albums

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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.









Bon Iver - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Mazzy Star - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Genre Profile - Freak-Folk

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Owen Pallett - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



The Pixies Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z




10 Iconic Album Covers

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Interview: Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



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

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



10 International Acts to Watch at SXSW 2014

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



beach house interview alex scally victoria...

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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.



Spiritualized - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Interview: Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

Parenthetical Girls' album 'Entanglements' is an ambitious, impressive orchestral epic. Here, frontman Zac Pennington spills the beans on its making.






Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampires of the City'

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Built to Spill - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

The later days of Built to Spill: a long hiatus, a love of basketball, a detached retina, and a hard-earned reputation as indie-rock elder statesmen. Page 2.



Interview: Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

Laetitia Sadier discusses the state of Stereolab, and the state of the modern world, on the eve of her beloved band's ninth album.



Interview: Theresa Wayman of Warpaint

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

Theresa Wayman feels out the emotions running deep in Warpaint's debut LP.



Animal Collective - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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.



Vampire Weekend - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Terri Clark Biography

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z




Dirty Projectors - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



2015 Best Heavy Metal Albums

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z




Interview: Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

The VW frontman defends himself against charges of cultural appropriation.



The National 'Trouble Will Find Me'

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Guide to the 56th Grammys Best Alternative...

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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






Interview: Nathan Williams of Wavves

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

Post Primavera meltdown, Nathan Williams talks about being the most hated man in the blogosphere.



Julianna Barwick 'Nepenthe'

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

Julianna Barwick recorded her 4th LP in Iceland, but it sounds like it was made on a cloud.



Devendra Banhart - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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10 Best Indie Bands to Follow on Twitter

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

The most entertaining indie-rock Tweeters.



Interview: Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



10 Bands to Watch at SXSW 2014

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

In Austin for SXSW 2014? Here's ten bands, from Connections to Seoul to Solids, you best keep your eye on.



Owen Pallett 'In Conflict'

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Grizzly Bear - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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






modest mouse band music lyrics bio biography...

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



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

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Interview: Bryan Devendorf of The National

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Julia Holter 'Loud City Song'

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

'Loud City Song' finds the Los Angeles composer writing songs for the metropolis.



What are Bands?

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z




Tune Yards 'Nikki Nack'

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



No Age 'An Object'

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Definitive Albums: Scott Walker 'Scott 4' (1969)

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

Walker's unquestioned masterpiece is an uneasy mixture of MOR balladry, lyrical savagery, and hesitant avant-gardism.



The Top 20 Rock Songs of the '00s

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z




Pavement: Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

Biography of the kings of lo-fi slackerdom, as told by Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs



Top 20 Albums of 2014 So Far

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



David Lynch 'The Big Dream'

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Definitive Albums: Chapterhouse 'Whirlpool'...

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Fear Factory - Genexus Review

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z




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

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



Arthur Russell - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

Chronicle of the life and times of the fallen angel of disco-as-art, New York cellist and home-recording scientist Arthur Russell.






Definitive Albums: PJ Harvey 'Dry' (1992)

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

Polly Jean Harvey's scorching debut LP introduced the world to a shocking talent of melodic intent and poetic ambition.



Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

The intently political Canadian co-op authored the blueprint for cinematic, apocalyptic post-rock.



Ariel Pink - Artist Profile

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

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



10 Trailblazing Female Musicians

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

Tired of tepid 'women in rock' lists? Here's ten fiery heroines that blazed radical new musical trails.



Morrissey 'World Peace Is None of Your Business'

2017-01-23T11:10:59Z

After penning his wildly-successful 'Autobiogaphy,' Morrissey returns to music-making armed with emboldened self-obsession.