indie rock

Surfer Blood, “1000 Palms” review

“1000 Palms” opens with pitch-bent drones, an explosion of thumping toms, squiggly guitars and a lot of promise. Surfer Blood’s third full-length record never quite matches that intensity again, not to mention the energy of “Astro Coast,” the Florida band’s debut.

Waxahatchee, “Ivy Tripp” review: “Directionlessness” on a natural path

“Ivy Tripp,” the title of Katie Crutchfield’s third album as Waxahatchee, is a term she invented for “directionlessness, specifically of the twenty-something, thirty-something, forty-something of today, lacking regard for the complaisant life path of our parents or grandparents.” The record certainly captures that, and it’s unsurprising if you’ve heard Waxahatchee before.

Denver musicians acquire ownership stake in national indie label Misra Records, plan to sign Denver bands

UPDATE: On Friday, Jan. 24, Misra announced it has teamed up with Sub Pop to license its catalog to "TV, films, ads and more." Check out the site for Sub Pop licensing site with its list of Misra artists, which they'll be adding to in the coming days, and look for Misra to be "celebrating with SPL at SXSW." Members of the Denver indie supergroup Somerset Catalog, including John Kuker and Bryce Merrill, have become the new co-owners of Misra Records -- a national indie label with releases from such critically-acclaimed acts as Destroyer, Phosphorescent, Jenny Toomey, Evangelicals, Shearwater and Centro-matic.

Album review: Superchunk, “I Hate Music”

Superchunk, "I Hate Music" (Merge) The indie rock lifers in Superchunk are not known for their stylistic right turns. While the Chapel Hill, N.C., quartet has grown in its signature mix of crunchy guitars, punk-influenced melodies and propulsive drumming over its 24 years and 10 studio albums, each new outing finds singer-guitarist Mac McCaughan and company settling deeper into that sound as opposed to tinkering with it.

Robert Pollard, Smug Brothers and Motel Beds: Dayton rises (record reviews)

There was a time not long ago in Dayton, Ohio, when excellent music seemed to ooze from every rusty pore of the post-industrial landscape, when bands left and right were grabbing national attention for their tuneful indie and alt-rock amid a growing sense that Ohio music (which included the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati scenes) was taking over not just MTV and Rolling Stone and Spin, but the world.

Album reviews: The Horrors, Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro, "Good One" (Secretly Canadian) It's been a strong year for stand-up comedy albums, with killer entries from Louis C.K., Natasha Leggero, Doug Stanhope and today's release of new discs from Marc Maron and Michael Ian Black, both on Comedy Central Records.