Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:07:44 +0000
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZHere's how humbug hipsters stuck at family gatherings can commandeer the stereo and not upset the seasonal apple-cart.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZTally your time-signatures! A guide to the essential, indispensable math-rock records.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZWe debate the question that has plagued mankind for centuries: what do 'alternative' and 'indie' actually really mean? And is it just the same thing?
2016-12-07T11:07:44Z10 records, no singing. Well, almost. Ten of the brightest lights shining in post-rock's instrumentalist darkness.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe staunchly-punk, time-signature-juggling, nerdy instrumentalist mayhem of math-rock.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZWest Germany in the 1970s was a fertile time for progressive, mind-altering music.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZGiven the climate of reissues and reformations, it's no longer ironic to call these records 'classic indie-rock.' Here are the ten best.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZYour guide to the confusing basics of Alternative Music. Just remember: there are no dumb questions.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZHome taping didn't kill music, it revolutionized it. Here's 10 classic home-made records committed straight to analogue tape.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZTo English ears, the psychedelic, progressive, cosmic sound of early-'70s West Germany heralded a brave new sound: krautrock.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe '77 UK punk explosion has long been wildly overrated. It was everything that came after that was truly revolutionary.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe greatest ever indie record labels.
2016-12-07T11:07:44Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" >C86 cassette, which celebrates England's
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZSlow, sad, frighteningly quiet: a rollcall of classic 1990s LPs from these masters of the spartan.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZA look at the ragged instrumentalists and jazz-schooled dorks that've made up post-rock's wordless movement.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZEver wondered where's the best place to start for a Fall neophyte?
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZCrack out your Shrimper cassettes! It's a history lesson in the lo-fi movement.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZFrom Young Marble Giants to The Smiths to Galaxie 500, here's ten awesome Rough Trade LPs, from the golden age of indie.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZDon'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.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe class releases that defined the growth of twee from tiny, self-contained English scene to global underground culture.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe radical records that broke the mold, moved music forward, and influenced generations of artists to come.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe best 30 albums from the first 30 years of the all-conquering indie powerhouse.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZDewy, dreamy, distorted guitar. Mumbled, barely-there vocals. It's ten classic shoegaze LPs, from MBV on down...
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe defining entries in any alternative record collection. The iconoclasts whose singular sound has shaped a whole generation of underground acts.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThese 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.
2016-12-07T11:07:44Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >What it Means:
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZFor many, Neu!'s debut 1972 LP served as the unofficial birthplace of the krautrock movement.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe moment My Bloody Valentine issued their third album, 2013 was a great year for indie music.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZRanging from portraits of cult heroes (Roky Erickson) and global icons (Radiohead), here are the greatest music documentaries of all-time.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZTeen pin-up turned avant-garde recluse. The strange music and even stranger life of Scott Walker.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZIgnored, reviled, or 'lost' on their original release, these obscure LPs eventually proved hugely influential.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZFrom Boogarins to Weaves, Haerts to Vår, Béisbol to Wampire, here's indie music's Class of 2013.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZSort through the glut of new releases with this guide to the upcoming indie-music release schedule.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZIn an era of retromania, are the any bands left that aren't reforming? Gladly, there are...
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZFrom studio perfectionists to singular idealists, with a host of rockbands in between, here's ten figures of infinite influence.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe Scottish outfit have had a long (and brilliant) career of sterling pop songs. Here are the ten best.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZWhen the Dinosaur Jr honcho obtusely let his bassplayer go, Barlow turned around and aired his grievances in a series of Sebadoh songs.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZRiot-grrrl's righteous indignation of sloganeering politics produced a run of raucous, rocking records.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZTired of records that sound like random collections of files? Here's 20 LPs of singular theme and sustained narrative.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZSufjan Stevens is an artist defined by his ambition.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZTen bizarre, embarrassing, and much-remembered underground live-shows that have endeared their own, modern-day mythology.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZHistory of glamorous English songstress Natasha Khan.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZChronicle of Jason Pierce's grandiose gospel-space-rock-soul outfit Spiritualized, from post-Spacemen 3 beginnings to his near-death experiences.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe disappearance and return of the narcotic balladry of the 90's platinum band- Mazzy Star.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThough 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.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe guitarist of the Scottish post-rock heroes is howling.
2016-12-07T11:07:44Z'In Conflict' finds the Arcade Fire fiddler ditching concept-record fantasies for sentiment, songs, and sequencing stitched with conflict.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe background, beginnings, and developments of Justin Vernon, also known as Bon Iver.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZFKA twigs, Haerts, Mas Ysa, Temples, and Thumpers headline 10 bands primed for a 2014 breakout.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe most distinctive, most striking, most lauded album covers in indie music history.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZBack in 1992, what t-shirt you wore really mattered.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe late Broadcast singer speaks sound as literature, the passing of time, and the power of make-believe.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZTasked with following up 2011's Whokill, Merrill Garbus's third Tune-Yards LP is both more anthemic and more anxious.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe life-and-crimes of A. Pink: home-taping enthusiast turned unexpectedly-influential indie music sage.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe National's slow, steady progression, from unknowns to the band who soundtracked Hope and Change.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZA look at the life and career of fearsome fretboard shredder, old-fashioned romantic, and all-around dork, Annie Clark.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZIt's the summery, nostalgic, warped-sounding electronic music that blew up the blogosphere in 2009.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZRidiculous ambition, vicious self-loathing, attacks on God, and a scream bordering on hoarse: the best works of Conor Oberst.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZOn the sixth National album, Matt Berninger ruminates on the lure of heaven.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZAn in-depth look at the brief history of the hype-starting New Yorker duo.
2016-12-07T11:07:44Z10 all-time great albums on the ultimate underground indie label.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZRachel's cinematic post-rock reached a high watermark on this series of haunting seascapes.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe non-spectacled half of the Norwegian soft-pop bards talks about staying true to their 'Quiet is the New Loud' ideal.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZBaltimore-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.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZFrom Tune-Yards to Sun Kil Moon to Angel Olsen, here's the highlights of another awesome year in indie music.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZNo Age's fourth album explores unexpected soundscapes, using noise as a compositional tool.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZA look at the fleeting flourish of folk-revival revivalists who've redreamt the imaginary hippy utopia for the new century.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe third Vampire Weekend album makes the band's most varied, divisive, daring work.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe Washed Out don also laments that we're all stuck with the name 'chillwave' for all eternity.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZFighting off Saab enthusiasts and a chorus of hater, Vampire Weekend remain eternally undaunted.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZLong before he went off the rails, Phil Spector marshaled his wall-of-sound behind the all-time classic Christmas LP.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZFor lovers of shoegaze, where to turn after My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive? Chapterhouse, my friends.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZBurying the stigma of the 'actor turned singer' forever, Zooey Deschanel's collaboration with M. Ward has produced some wondrous music.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZA riot breaks out, a bootleg is recorded, a mythical show is born.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZA story in which a warbling, harp-playing California girl becomes a towering colossus of the recorded medium.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZBands from all over the world are heading to Austin for SXSW. From Boogarins to Vaadat Charigim, here's 10 you better not miss.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZIsaac Brock's adventures with The Pixies, God, jail, Johnny Marr, and chart-topping success.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZPortland's Blitzen Trapper play a peculiar brand of Americana, and their leader has particular thoughts on the state of America itself.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZBiographical 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.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZAn in-depth look at the harmony-draped folk-pop experimentalists.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZChronicle of the rise and fall of Manchester's legendary Factory Records, home to Joy Division, New Order, the Happy Mondays and more.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe director-turned-musician's second LP boasts buzzing-fly bar-blues that doesn't measure up to his cinema.
2016-12-07T11:07:44Z'Ultramarine' is populated by young dreamers dealing with the sadness of growing up.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe life and times of a carrot-top'd, concept-album-obsessed Canadian fiddler who once called himself Final Fantasy.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZAcross 20 years and 15 albums, Chesnutt always had a host of willing collaborateurs. Page 2.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZBrooklyn's preppiest, poppiest indie outfit has made a career of bright melody and slight controversy.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZEnglish electronic act Broadcast presided over a brilliant career of beautiful, strange, eerie songs.
2016-12-07T11:07:44Z40 people were there, 4000 claim they were. A look at one of the most legendary, influential gigs in modern music history.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZDave Longstreth's project has gone from bedroom four-tracking to six-piece blow-out in a march from obscurity to popularity.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZLooking for potential breakout bands in 2013? From Indians to Savages, here's ten sure bets.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe Beach House vocalist talks about the 'sexual' qualities of their third LP, 'Teen Dream'.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZOn making records with Beck, Bob Nastanovich's gambling debts, and the industry of classic indie-rock.
2016-12-07T11:07:44Z'Doolittle' gets the greatest-albums-ever acclaim, but is 'Surfer Rosa' The Pixies' best album?
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZChronicle of Canadian post-rock powerhouse Constellation Records.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZWith Vampire Weekend, The National, and Neko Case on the docket, the 2014 Best Alternative LP nominees are weirdly good...
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZProfile of the life and death of the alternative legends
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2016-12-07T11:07:44ZKate Bush's grand, resplendent debut was a work of uncommon ambition and artistry for a teen prodigy.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZVictoria Legrand and Alex Scally recall the history of their slow, narcotic Baltimore duo.
2016-12-07T11:07:44ZThe National's perpetually-pounding drummer talks about dealing with the weight of expectations on 'High Violet'.