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Alvvays: A Deeper Shade of Blue

In our latest digital cover story, the band—along with recent tourmate Maggie Rogers and album producer Shawn Everett—reflect on Blue Rev ahead of its one-year anniversary reissue, and how trusting the deep dives (and each other) makes it all worthwhile.

October 03, 2023
Patio, “Collection”

More cohesive than its title suggests, the second album from the Brooklyn trio is a snappy, bouncing clatter of post-punk vitality.

September 20, 2023
Bethany Cosentino Is Done Looking in the Rearview Mirror

The Best Coast vocalist on ripping up the rulebook and rediscovering herself during the creation of her first solo album, Natural Disaster.

July 26, 2023
Strange Ranger, “Pure Music”

Impressionistic contemplation of the past and discomfort with the present is buried under sodden, water-logged synths and glitchy samples on the genre-defying group’s third proper album.

July 19, 2023
Mezzi & Me: Bully on the One-of-a-Kind Companionship Behind “Lucky for You”

Alicia Bognanno details how the huge sound of her new LP comes from an intimate place.

May 30, 2023
Why Are There So Many Horse Bands All of a Sudden?

From buzzy broncos feeble little horse to folk supergroup Bonny Light Horseman, there seems to be an increasing number of equine-named artists; we investigated this phenomenon.

May 22, 2023
Slip Slidin’ into Modernity: Craig Finn on The Hold Steady’s Topical New Album

Finn talks about The Price of Progress, the group’s new collection of distinctly modern fables, and continuing to grow as a band after 20 years.

April 06, 2023
PACKS, “Crispy Crunchy Nothing”

Madeline Link finds hope in unlikely places on her warm, cranked-up second full-length.

April 03, 2023
Heartworms, “A Comforting Notion”

The buzzy UK group’s debut EP showcases Jojo Orme’s dizzying vocal style, as well as the Rolodex of varied influences she mines to produce something wholly original.

March 23, 2023
Disq, “Desperately Imagining Someplace Quiet”

On their second LP, the Midwesterners try on a host of different costumes, revealing multiple iterations of their malleable indie-rock sound.

October 05, 2022
2nd Grade, “Easy Listening”

The Philly-based five-piece encompasses the guitar-pop gamut, all the messy layers of human emotion, and a healthy dose of stars-and-stripes ephemera on their third LP.

September 29, 2022
Sports Team, “Gulp!”

In spite of characteristically good songwriting, the London-based post-Britpop group’s sophomore record wraps without any substantial revelations.

September 21, 2022
Death Cab for Cutie, “Asphalt Meadows”

The sonic postcards and arcane references on the band’s tenth studio album are driven by a newfound curiosity, one that succeeds in stretching their best components farther than ever before.

September 15, 2022
The Beths Are Learning Their Way Through Love, Life, and ’90s Pop Standards

Elizabeth Stokes discusses how the group’s new album Expert in a Dying Field was inspired in equal parts by the complexities of jazz and the harmonies of pop music.

September 14, 2022
10 Songs That Defined Why Bonnie’s Younger Years

With their sepia-toned debut LP 90 in November out now, the indie-pop quintet share a playlist of tracks they look back on fondly.

August 19, 2022
27 Songs That Inspired TRAAMS’s New Album “Personal Best”

Ahead of Friday’s release day, Stu Hopkins also notes 5 albums the band “straight up ripped off” on their new LP.

July 18, 2022
Axe Musicians, Still Know the Tricks: Pavement Show Us How to Reunion Right 

With shows in 13 countries booked throughout the fall, it looks like the third iteration of indie rock’s enigmatic VIPs gets the honeymoon that never was.

July 13, 2022
Automatic, “Excess”

The LA-based trio reshapes the aloof robotics of Kraftwerk and the auditory illusions of Melody’s Echo Chamber into their own unique voice on their second LP.

June 22, 2022
15 Acts Defining the Jangle Pop Renaissance

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Dehd, UV-TV, and more bands pushing rock music forward by pulling from the past.

May 09, 2022
Melody’s Echo Chamber, “Emotional Eternal”

Melody Prochet’s third LP is more contained than her previous album and more sophisticated than her spirited echo-pop debut.

April 27, 2022
Wet Leg, “Wet Leg”

The duo’s desperately anticipated self-titled debut elicits a too-cool-for-school demeanor and will appeal to any overthinking or underthinking post-millennial.

April 07, 2022
Camp Cope, “Running with the Hurricane”

The Australian “power emo” trio use their latest LP to heal storm scars, allowing themselves a less purposeful indulgence that nevertheless resonates with the same immediacy

March 23, 2022
The Reds, Pinks & Purples, Summer at Land’s End

The latest from Glenn Donaldson’s melancholy outfit is a rewarding release in an increasingly saturated jangle-pop landscape.

February 02, 2022
15 Great Alt-Rock Songs Inspired by Literary Fiction

From Green Day’s homage to “Catcher in the Rye” to Japanese Breakfast channeling Raymond Carver, here are some of the best tracks inspired by literature.

January 21, 2022
Art & CultureReviews
Kids on a Crime Spree, Fall in Love Not in Line

With a fondness for the usual jangling suspects, the band’s first release in 11 years is a cumulonimbus of reverby guitar-pop unconcerned with fitting in.

January 19, 2022