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2014 Stories by Rob van Alstyne

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  • London Grammar

    published April 2, 2014

    British indie-pop trio London Grammar's debut album, If You Wait, is simultaneously soulful and synthetic. While lead singer Hannah Reid's... More >>

  • Dum Dum Girls

    published March 26, 2014

    Always sounding a bit like a garage-rock take on Blondie's chic-pop stylings, Dum Dum Girls clean up and shine brightly on their third album,... More >>

  • Future Islands

    published March 26, 2014

    Heartbroken synth-pop heroes Future Islands' fourth album, Singles, is a document worthy of their high-drama live presence. Single "Seasons... More >>

  • Real Estate

    published March 26, 2014

    Formerly the breeziest blog-buzz band in all the land, New Jersey quintet Real Estate used to pen carefree songs with titles like "Let's Rock the... More >>

  • Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes

    published March 19, 2014

    Proffering smoothly polished piano pop of the highest order, Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes' sophomore album, Kid Tiger, blends the... More >>

  • Max Gremillion steps into the spotlight

    published March 26, 2014

    Max Gremillion has been active in bands for his entire adult life, but remained purposely slow in making his own music heard. With sporadic... More >>

  • Augustines

    published March 12, 2014

    Augustines swing for the indie-rock fences throughout their self-titled sophomore album. Up-tempo rockers like "Nothing to Lose But Your Head" are... More >>

  • Andrew Belle

    published March 5, 2014

    Sounding a bit like Coldplay covering M83, Chicagoan Andrew Belle's sophomore album, Black Bear, ditches the wholesome acoustic sound of... More >>

  • Bob Mould: "25 Years of Workbook"

    published February 26, 2014

    Last June, beloved ex-local icon Bob Mould blasted ear drums at Rock the Garden, mixing in choice selections from his thunderous back catalog with... More >>

  • We Were Promised Jetpacks

    published February 26, 2014

    Sounding a bit like the boisterous younger brothers of fellow Scotsmen Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks favor pretty much one tempo... More >>

  • Hospitality

    published February 5, 2014

    On their lithe and intelligent 2012 debut, NYC trio Hospitality set cleverly worded post-collegiate angst atop jangly '90s-redolent college-rock.... More >>

  • Gloss

    published January 22, 2014

    Growing up together in Eagan as indie-music-loving outsiders, three of Gloss's founding members were far from the toast of the town. "We didn't... More >>

  • Anonymous Choir is pitch perfect

    published January 22, 2014

    In the wrong hands, cover songs are often overly deferential to the almost-always superior source material. Nona Marie Invie's all-covers... More >>

  • Fair Oaks' inspiration flows from the Mississippi

    published January 15, 2014

    Andy Ulseth loves folk music, but much of the current Mumford-powered folk-pop explosion doesn't interest him. "Most popular folk music... More >>

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