Rains of Castamere

An Indie Rock Game of Thrones

written by: Tyler Remmert on July 4, 2013

With a scene as focused on finding the next sound, it’s a wonder The Hold Steady and The National still command any attention whatsoever. “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” and “Rains of Castamere” are signs of their age catching up to them, if not so much in qualitative degradation as marketability fatigue.

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Kanye West – Yeezus

written by: Tyler Remmert on June 18, 2013

“Might just let you meet ‘Ye.” – Jay-Z, “N*ggas In Paris” It is no coincidence that Jay-Z’s next album, the magnanimously titled Magna Carta Holy Grail, is coming out on June 24. The serendipity is not in the specific date, nor the bizarre decision to partner with Samsung to release the record early; no, serendipity […]

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Brand New - Deja Entendu

The Spin Light – Deja Entendu Turns 10

written by: Tyler Remmert on June 12, 2013

Brand New felt like growing up, so it did. Less than two years after its pop-punk debut Your Favorite Weapon declared the Long Island quartet simultaneously juvenile and well-cultured in the art of the plucky, well-intentioned cuckold, here was an astronaut on a barren landscape, barely casting a shadow. Deja Entendu was an aggressive move […]

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Houndmouth – From the Hills Below the City

written by: Tyler Remmert on May 27, 2013

Mumford & Sons and Kings of Leon present a fantastic economic opportunity for bands like Houndmouth. The New Albany, Indiana (just outside of Loiusville) quartet isn’t so different from the scads of folk-rock bands that have filled out festival lineups for the past half decade: Blitzen Trapper, The Lumineers, The Weeks, Band Of Horses, The […]

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The So So Glos – Blowout

written by: Tyler Remmert on May 7, 2013

The So So Glos has quietly changed the course of the modern punk revival. The band did it without releasing a record (other than the roughshod duet of EPs Low Back Chain Shift and Tourism/Terrorism) or gaining even a modicum of hype. Instead, a trio of Brooklyn brothers (plus one) affected a phase shift from […]

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The Shouting Matches – Grownass Man

written by: Tyler Remmert on April 11, 2013

Justin Vernon is nothing if not an aggressively safe songwriter. His more adventurous meanderings in indie rock with Volcano Choir and Gayngs aside, Vernon’s myriad projects all find him blending into the necessary stylistic surroundings required to garner favor in such genres. Some work better than others: his impressionistic indie-rock on Bon Iver beats the […]

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Phoenix – Bankrupt!

written by: Tyler Remmert on April 8, 2013

When Sofia Coppola wed Thomas Mars, lead singer of indie-pop heroes Phoenix, it seemed very much an indie moment. Of course the wealthy, somewhat pretentious filmmaker obsessed with fuzzy indie rock and French New Wave would hook up with the roguishly attractive frontman of a French indie pop band currently undergoing a supernova of hipster […]

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Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt Art

Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt

written by: Tyler Remmert on March 16, 2013

Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee project takes an enormous leap forward on its second record, eschewing punk yet affirming the genre’s true characteristics.

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The Men - New Moon
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Samantha Crain – Kid Face

written by: Tyler Remmert on February 22, 2013

Making a living in Americana has to be difficult in the post-Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom universe. The fearless freaks of the San Francisco folk scene, and to a lesser extent the ascent of poet of the back porch, Sam Beam, have delineated a clear marker between what could reductively be titled “retro folk” and […]

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