Category: Alternative Indie Rock

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Slowdive – Souvlaki

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Slowdive - Souvlaki       Jack Rabid: 'Though not as big and swirling as Just for a Day, there's more of an attempt to put advanced song structure and melody in place rather than just craft infinitely appealing, occa...

The National – Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

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The National - Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers       Tim DiGravina: 'For a band that's been compared to Joy Division, Leonard Cohen, Wilco, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the National sure sounds a lot more like the C...

Flotation Toy Warning – The Machine That Made Us

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Flotation Toy Warning - The Machine That Made Us       Flotation Toy Warning have been stealing hearts with their space-rock-chamber-pop since the beginning of the last decade. Their debut Bluffers Guide to the Fligh...

The Acid – Liminal

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The Acid - Liminal       Heather Phares: Even if they're not billed as a supergroup, the Acid's three members boast a formidable amount of talent (and other projects): Adam Freeland scored a hit single with 2003's br...

The Wrens – The Meadowlands

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The Wrens - The Meadowlands       Heather Phares: "The Wrens' third album, The Meadowlands, is a sprawling, shifting affair, perhaps reflecting the fact that it took four years to create. It's easy to take the sweet,...

Phoenix – United

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Phoenix - United       Jason Birchmeier: 'On their debut album for Astralwerks/Source, Phoenix applies a slick electronica aesthetic to traditional pop/rock songwriting, resulting in a quite adventurous album capable...

The Shins – Wincing the Night Away

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The Shins - Wincing the Night Away            Heather Phares: "The Shins will change your life!" That kind of proclamation is loaded with expectations when it's just one friend talking up a band to another, but it's ...

Peter Broderick – Home

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Peter Broderick - Home       Home is a collection of folk songs recorded at the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008. In late 2007, Peter Broderick toured all around Europe with the Danish ensemble Efterklang, playi...

Bright Eyes – Fevers and Mirrors

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Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors       Fevers and Mirrors is the third album by the Nebraska indie band Bright Eyes, recorded in 1999 and released on May 29, 2000. It was the 32nd release of the Omaha, Nebraska-based...

Grandaddy – Under the Western freeway

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Grandaddy - Under the Western freeway       Nitsuh Abebe: 'Being from northern California, Grandaddy always gets compared to Pavement -- and rightly so, in some respects -- but this probably isn't the best way to sta...

Beulah – The Coast Is Never Clear

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Beulah - The Coast Is Never Clear       MacKenzie Wilson: 'After the dazzling reception of 1999's When Your Heartstrings Break, Beulah wasn't concerned with following things up with something fashionable. The bandmem...

Galaxie 500 – On Fire

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Galaxie 500 - On Fire       Ned Raggett: 'Having already made a fine account of themselves on Today, the three members of Galaxie 500 got even better with On Fire, recording another lovely classic of late '80s rock. ...

Tom Waits – Mule Variations

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Tom Waits - Mule Variations       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Tom Waits grew steadily less prolific after redefining himself as a junkyard noise poet with Swordfishtrombones, but the five-year wait between The Black Ri...

Cranes – Forever

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Cranes - Forever       Ned Raggett: 'Bookended by two tracks that essentially are the same piece -- "Everywhere," a quicker, almost dancy number that still sounds uniquely Cranes, and the slower, stripped-down "Rainb...

Oceansize – Frames

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Oceansize - Frames       Alex Henderson: 'Never let it be said that Oceansize don't come up with their share of intriguing song titles. On Frames, the song titles include "Sleeping Dogs and Dead Lions," "Commemorativ...

The Head and The Heart – The Head and The Heart

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The Head and The Heart - The Head and The Heart       Mark Deming: 'Less than two years after they first came together, the Head and the Heart have become one of the most popular bands in their hometown of Seattle, W...

New Order – Get Ready

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New Order - Get Ready      John Bush: '.... Though there are several allowances for the electronic-dance form New Order helped develop, Get Ready is a very straight-ahead album, their first work in 15 years that's fo...

Lykke Li – I Never Learn

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Lykke Li - I Never Learn       Timothy Monger: 'There has always been something captivating about Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li. From the minimalist mix of icy electronics and playful indie pop of her 2008 debut...

Dave Gahan – Hourglass

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Dave Gahan - Hourglass       David Jeffries: 'After Dave Gahan released his debut solo album, Paper Monsters, in 2003, he landed three of his songs on Depeche Mode's 2005 album Playing the Angel, meaning Martin Gore ...

Green Day – ¡Uno!

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      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Green Day's new millennium elevation to Very Important Band is so complete that when they decided to return to their frivolous punk roots they couldn't do it in a small way. They starte...

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