You haven't always been able to hear it in the actual music that comes out of the city, but Baltimore's DIY-heavy indie rock scene has always been a beautifully unsnobby and pop-happy sort of place.…   Read Story »
The music made by Savages, the four-piece London band who released their debut album Silence Yourself today, is a direct and linear thing. It's easy to get the sense that the band plots out its…   Read Story »
This used to be what indie rock sounded like. During the 1990s, Elephant 6 and Belle And Sebastian were outliers, and the genre (which really was more genre and less loose lifestyle appellation)…   Read Story »
If you know one thing about Brooklyn punk band the So So Glos, it's that they're good friends and frequent tourmates of Titus Andronicus, and if you know two things about them, it's that they're OGs…   Read Story »
The British singer Charli XCX emerged from the internet ether about a year and a half ago, around the same time most of us noticed Grimes, and she seemed cut from the same cloth. In her videos, she…   Read Story »
Three or four years ago, I saw Kurt Vile play one of the worst live sets of my life. He was the second act on a triple-bill at Chicago's Empty Bottle, one that also featured Fucked Up and Zola Jesus,…   Read Story »
When people describe Olympia, Washington, they usually talk about it as a deep-wooded, weeded-out hippie enclave, but I'm not sure they get across how much of a deep-wooded, weeded-out hippie enclave…   Read Story »
I love a lot of underground metal, but I'm a pretty bad underground metal fan. Underground metal, less a scene or even a single genre and more a vast interconnected web of global subcultures, doesn't…   Read Story »
I was worried about this one, and I was mostly worried because "Suit & Tie" sounds less like a first single and more like a work of brand maintenance. Jay-Z's indolent guest-verse was what really got…   Read Story »
You have to have a lot of balls to cover My Bloody Valentine, a band nobody's ever going to match guitar swirl-for-guitar swirl. The Canadian singer Rachel Zeffira has that. But in her take on "To…   Read Story »