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  • Boris

    published August 6, 2014

    No band in America sounds like Boris. They're experimental for sure, but "experimental" typically suggests uncertainty. Boris, meanwhile, nail... More >>

  • Paul McCartney

    published July 30, 2014

    Paul McCartney is now 72 years young and 51 years on from the Beatles' "Love Me Do." Inasmuch as a McCartney setlist includes songs old and new,... More >>

  • Woods

    published July 23, 2014

    Brooklyn folk-rockers Woods consistently offer pleasant lawn-chair strumming and harmonies ready to be accompanied by a cold microbrew. On April's... More >>

  • Sun Kil Moon

    published July 16, 2014

    Mark Kozelek, now best known as the man behind Sun Kil Moon after more than a decade in Red House Painters, has written glacial but entrancing... More >>

  • Sharon Van Etten

    published July 16, 2014

    Brooklyn-based folksy songstress Sharon Van Etten's repertoire has expanded naturally. "People say I'm a one-hit wonder," she sings on her new... More >>

  • Ought

    published July 16, 2014

    Ought's articulate post-punk frontman Tim Beeler is no one's idea of a great singer. Yet the New Hampshire-raised babyface has a little Lou Reed... More >>

  • Hundred Waters

    published July 16, 2014

    Hundred Waters could be the most unlikely signing to Skrillex's OWSLA label. The Gainsville group's singer, Nicole Miglis, and her bandmates have... More >>

  • Veruca Salt

    published July 9, 2014

    The grunge explosion made it possible for bands like Chicago's Veruca Salt — hitting somewhere between Pat Benatar and Pantera — to... More >>

  • Gillian Welch

    published July 2, 2014

    Gillian Welch's songs are mild Americana arrangements, yet they maintain a sense of atmosphere. She's not one for left turns, although her knack... More >>

  • Cut Copy

    published June 25, 2014

    Through four studio albums, Australians Cut Copy have retained their penchant for throbbing alt-rock grooves and now specialize in near-tropical... More >>

  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

    published June 18, 2014

    Nick Cave is the subject of the new documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, and it didn't come unwarranted. For more than three decades, the... More >>

  • Deafheaven

    published June 18, 2014

    Possibly more than the San Francisco unit's music itself, Deafheaven's rise to prominence was one of metal's hot topics throughout 2013, when... More >>

  • Mac DeMarco

    published June 18, 2014

    British Columbia singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco, 24, is the class clown of indie-rock freshmen. Sometimes the dilemma is whether to listen to his... More >>

  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    published June 11, 2014

    Of course it's not the same. Down from five to two members after the departure of Robbie Guertin and brothers Tyler and Lee Sargent, Clap Your... More >>

  • Maxwell

    published June 11, 2014

    The success of Maxwell's "Pretty Wings" and the rest of his 2009 comeback, BLACKsummers'night, was refreshing in that modern... More >>

  • Eagulls

    published June 4, 2014

    George Mitchell's deranged, airborne bellows in Leeds punk band Eagulls are strangely catchy. Could there be a world-conquering Oasis influence at... More >>

  • Swearin'

    published May 28, 2014

    Swearin's lack of self-seriousness makes them seem like a group who'd only play for a dozen friends. The scrappy, vaguely bookish indie-rockers... More >>

  • Conor Oberst

    published May 28, 2014

    Conor Oberst, one of our foremost chroniclers of despondence, has released more than a dozen albums across a number of projects. The Omaha... More >>

  • Wye Oak

    published May 14, 2014

    If you take away an act's defining instrument, how much of its essence is also drained? Remarkably little, at least in the case of... More >>

  • Mogwai

    published May 14, 2014

    Glasgow's Mogwai are among the faces of instrumental rock's Mount Rushmore. They're a tad less ambitious than Godspeed and lean away from the... More >>

  • Haim

    published May 14, 2014

    The all-in-the-family L.A. trio Haim covered glossy magazines before they even released an album. When the 44 minutes of pop-rock power moves... More >>

  • YG

    published May 7, 2014

    After first seeming like a forward-thinking singles artist, Compton rapper YG signed with Def Jam. He put out a string of mixtapes (start with... More >>

  • Chromeo

    published April 30, 2014

    Chromeo's hookup humor and brainy grooves — bedecked with synth clouds, swerving guitar, and bubbly bass — have kept the Montreal... More >>

  • Temples

    published April 23, 2014

    What's propelled English four-piece Temples past a million other psych-rock bands and into the Mainroom is the mastery they've shown in both the... More >>

  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

    published April 23, 2014

    Kip Berman, frontman of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, has said his intention for the fuzzy indie-pop band going back to their 2009 debut has... More >>

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