Posts Tagged ‘Indie Rock

MATT & KIM – Sidewalks

October 29, 2010

Matt & Kim, the too-cute couple duo from Brooklyn, present their third full-length album. Their sound hasn’t changed too much from their previous albums: upbeat indie pop/rock with nerdy male vocals. Fans of previous albums should be pleased. I’m personally not as crazy about this as I was for their first two albums, but I […]

RA RA RIOT – Boy EP

July 22, 2010

Ra Ra Riot were formed in Syracuse, NY, so I always feel a sense of hometown pride when I hear them mentioned (even though I’m not from Syracuse and most people from Syracuse probably have never heard of the town where I grew up or the town where I now live). Nonetheless, their ascent to […]

THE LOVE LANGUAGE – Libraries

July 7, 2010

Libraries is North Carolina’s The Love Language’s second album. I liked their first album and I like this one, too. I like the faster songs the most – they are at their best when they get the tempo cooking and the instruments rocking and everyone singing and yelling and making noise all at once. File […]

THE DRUMS – The Drums

July 4, 2010

The Brooklyn quartet finally releases their first full-length album, after tempting us constantly with singles and an EP. They sound like they came straight out of the 1980’s post-punk/indie scene. I’m shocked they’re not British. Their music is great and if they’re not huge by the time I post this review then I am sure […]

TOKYO POLICE CLUB – Champ

July 1, 2010

I’ve been holding off on writing about this album for a few weeks now because I haven’t been sure just how to describe my feelings about it. I don’t have a lot of time right now to wax poetically, so here’s the shortened review: My favorite new release, so far, of 2010. http://www.myspace.com/tokyopoliceclub http://www.tokyopoliceclub.com

WE ARE SCIENTISTS – Barbara

June 22, 2010

Third album from these guys. They’ve got a new drummer – Andy Burrows, formerly of Razorlight – for this release. Barbara is definitely a return to form for We Are Scientists. It may be just as good, if not better, than their debut album With Love And Squalor. We all know how many times I’ve […]

MATT and KIM – Matt and Kim; MATT and KIM – Grand

March 14, 2010

Matt & Kim’s self-titled debut was released in 2006, and Grand, the follow-up, was released in 2009. I’m reviewing them now because, while scouring the internet for shows coming to my area, I found that this Brooklyn-based duo is scheduled to play around here very soon. Not many bands playing original music play near where […]

SPOON – Transference

January 10, 2010

Let me preface this post by saying that I love Spoon. They are the band that I hear whenever I think of my freshman year of college. I fell in love with them that year and I was constantly listening to them. During my junior year of college I got to see them play in […]

AN HORSE – Rearrange Beds

March 4, 2009

They’re from Brisbane, Australia, and this is their first full-length album. They are a duo, comprised of Kate Cooper and Damon Cox. They play fairly standard indie pop/rock, with female vocals. It is pretty good. They remind me of Tegan and Sara quite a bit. http://www.myspace.com/anhorse http://www.anhorse.com

MALAJUBE – Labyrinthes

March 3, 2009

Excellent third album from the Montreal quartet. All of their songs are sung in French. I don’t speak that language, but the music is so good that it doesn’t matter that I have no idea what they are saying. Really awesome ‘indie rock’ and well worth giving a listen. If you speak French, let me […]

THE KINETIKS – Aye Aye Aye Aye [EP]

February 18, 2009

They’re a quartet of young lads from Dublin, Ireland. This is their second EP. They have an indie/garage rock sound similar to bands like the View, the Libertines, the Kooks, and the Rakes. There are some really great songs on this (“Lightbulb” is especially good), but in order to capitalize on this promise, they’ll need […]

The Love LanguageThe Love Language

February 11, 2009

From Raleigh, North Carolina; this is their debut. It’s good! They play indie pop that has a garagey, lo-fi feel to it. Catchy and instantly likeable. They sound like they could play a club and get everyone in the place singing along and doing handclaps and it wouldn’t feel hokey at all. They seem like […]

Army NavyArmy Navy

January 28, 2009

Much wimpier than their name implies. Their debut; it’s ‘indie’ rock/pop with nasally male vocals. They had a song on the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist soundtrack so they’ve probably got, like, a million fans already. You’ve heard this band’s sound before but you still like it. Recommended if you like Ted Leo and Death […]

AnnualsSuch Fun

November 24, 2008

They were talked about quite a bit in 2006 when their debut, Be He Me, was released, but soon after it seemed no one cared about this North Carolina band much anymore. But they’re back with their second album and it’s decent stuff. Folky indie-rock, they remind me of an indie pop version of My […]

Cold War KidsLoyalty To Loyalty

October 3, 2008

They’re from California, this is their sophomore album. They are classified as “indie rock,” though that term really doesn’t mean much these days. I think they sound like they have the vocalist of Ghostland Observatory (though Cold War Kids’ lead singer, Nathan Willett, wishes he was Thom Yorke instead of the guy from Ghostland) crossed […]

Mother MotherO My Heart

September 23, 2008

From Vancouver, this five-piece presents their second full-length album. There’s a brother and a sister in the band, it’s always good to see families making rock music together. The album is full of indie pop/rock with boy/girl vocals and harmonies, and some folk-rock influences (such as finger-plucked guitar, strings). It’s quirky and can get a […]

Band MarinoThe Sea & The Beast

September 16, 2008

They are a five-piece from Orlando. This album, their debut, was originally released in 2006 but has seen a nationwide “indie record shop” push this past year. As for the music, it’s indie folk-rock, complete with mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. The lead singer has a very distinct voice; imagine Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes spending time […]

BirdmonsterFrom The Mountain To The Sea

September 6, 2008

The second full-length for the San Francisco group. Their first album brought them many comparisons to Modest Mouse, but this album is full of melodic indie rock that now comes with country/Americana/outdoorsy overtones. Male vocals that are very nice. My favorite song off the disc is “The Iditarod”; Greg Crane’s music video for the song […]

Death Cab For CutieNarrow Stairs

May 13, 2008

Since I don’t really like music and, therefore, don’t pay much attention to it, I’ve never heard of these guys before. I guess they’re kinda popular? Well, this is their sixth album so they must be making records for a reason. It’s indie rock/pop, the guy who sings is probably heartbroken or longing for something […]

Jason AndersonThe Hopeful and the Unafraid

April 17, 2008

This is his third studio album and 6th album if you count the work he did under the Wolf Colonel moniker. Jason plays indie rock that is somewhat minimal and lo-fi and owes a huge debt to Bruce Springsteen’s sound. This might be my favorite Jason Anderson album so far, it is great. It’s no […]

The DecemberistsPicaresque

January 28, 2008

Having heard the song , “The Mariner’s Revenge Song,” I had great hopes for this album. This song, albeit almost nine minutes long, had great vocals, storytelling and backup musically. To follow that up, “The Infanta,” with it’s unusual introduction, sits in my mind as the second best song. The rest of the album blurs […]