April 6, 2012 |
Raise your hand if you saw the lineup for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Fest and were like, "...huh?" Yeah, that's OK. Bone up on your indie band knowledge and introduce yourself to the 40-plus acts scheduled to perform at the fest with a playlist of the full lineup CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PITCHFORK MUSIC FEST 2012 PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY.
October 8, 2012 |
**1/2 (out of four) Hopefully you like Ellie Goulding. In the coming months you're likely going to see a lot of commercials that use music from her new album “Halcyon.” Goulding makes music that scans as “cool” in a generic way: slightly moody synth-pop with nods to trends in electronic music. She falls in an odd middle ground as a sort-of pop star with artsy “indie” vibes, in the same vein as Lana Del Rey or Florence + the Machine (both of whom Goulding also resembles musically)
February 17, 2012 |
***1/2 (out of 4) Having limited exposure to previous work from Fun (an indie super-group comprising members of the Format, Anathallo and Steel Train), I showed up to the New York outfit's sophomore full-length merely expecting some fun indie pop. Receiving stadium-ready songs like “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monae) and “One Foot,” both songs either currently or soon to be invading every commercial in the known universe, was a kick to the gut I didn't mind one bit. The title track has lush vocals from Nate Ruess and guitar play that...
September 3, 2013 |
Some songs and artists just don't need a lot of description. Watch/listen to the above video for "Promiseland" and see why I'm excited about 90 Pounds of Pete, the solo indie pop project from Winnetka-raised Young Jesus drummer Peter Martin, 21, who's currently a senior at Loyola University New Orleans. And just between you and me: I've heard several more of his upcoming tracks, and they're great too. Watch Matt on “You & Me This Morning,” Friday at 6:55 a.m. on WCIU, the U email@example.com Want more?
July 10, 2012 |
***1/2 (out of four) While many of its contemporaries in '80s new wave nostalgia drowned their music and accompanying emotions in electronic filters, Twin Shadow's 2010 debut “Forget” embraced the era's tradition of moody music on its own terms. George Lewis Jr., Twin Shadow's creative force, delivered sharp production and musicianship that recalled actual period bands rather than merely leaning on the '80s shorthand of Human League-style synth effects. For a breakup album, however, “Forget” could have the effect of leaving its listeners more...
December 6, 2011 |
***1/2 (out of four) “You mean the new album from the not-weird-enough version of The White Stripes?” Look, I'm not a Black Keys disciple. It's one of those indie groups making beautiful things happen from not much at all, but it's also one of those groups that doesn't taste quite right without a bottle of whiskey. Whether or not you agree that The Black Keys are better appreciated after a few rounds at a bluesy bar, you'd be hard-pressed to argue that “El Camino” isn't a big contender for best rock album of 2011.