A really strong indy band that I first heard about from Hear Nebraska though they were also at SXSW. They alternate between “Wall of Sound” shoe-gazer stuff and more up tempo rock. What makes them work is the combination of Rachel Browne’s amazing voice/lyrics and some solid guitar work. The rest of the band is good too, but damn…
Their newest album, Episodic, has a slightly different lineup and less shoe gazer than their first. But it still has the same music and vocals that make the band so good.
Sounds like:MBV but with better vocals and less noise.
wait are we ever going to meet I feel you creeping out my feet shadow on the balance beam
Four piece band singing about young love/lust, growing up, and other perennial music topics. But for some reason Fast Times at Barrington High, their best album, contains just enough self awareness to not suck 5+ years down the line.
Sounds like: Something you'd hear on the O.C. or Dawson's Creek, only a few years after they've been cancelled.
This charade is never going to last, So pick your poison and pour yourself a glass… these are the fast times.
Status: Inactive. No wait, doing a reunion tour. Maybe?
Big time band that I like, but don't love completely. Only in Dreams, specifically “Bedroom Eyes” is very good, but they had a few noisy and indulgent tracks that were a miss. YMMV, so check them out anyways!
Sounds like: Blondie, The Go-Gos, mixed with a smudge of punk.
So yeah, one of those bands that started the genre of loud, noisy, cool, experimental stuff. But this was the 80s and 90s, and everyone was listening to Rick Astley, or whoever (how do I know, I'm not that old). So they didn’t make tons of cash.
Then they took a 10 year hiatus, came back, and released a new album a few years ago. Which critics loved, and fans loved, and I liked okay.
And Loveless, their first album, is their best album. Give it a chance or two, but if you don't like it you're not alone. I enjoy their stuff, but can't listen to them over and over like some bands. Still, there's nothing else like them if you're in the mood for it.
Sounds like: My Bloody Valentine.
Status: Legend. With a legendary break in between.
Rock Duo with a bigger sound than most five piece rock bands. One of the many bands I heard on the Scott Pilgrim Soundtrack and then immediately had to buy/borrow/steal all their music. Their first two albums are more grunge/punk while their newer stuff is closer to the MBV end of the spectrum.
Sounds like: The Kills, only better. The White Stripes, only not sucky.
Made a mistake, made a mistake, I wear the scars to show my shame.
What should I do? What should I do, when I'm the one to blame!
Status: Touring, working on their next album, being awesome.
As much a “project” as a band. This is a difficult group to categorize. It’s basically Conor Oberst + other people, doing whatever he feels like doing.
I enjoy the two albums I have, but like poetry, it's the kind of thing you need to experience in small doses. Unless you're really in a bad/sad place, then you need lots of it. This Urban Dictionary definition sums it up better than I can.
Sounds like: Conor Oberst, and Friends.
And I hang like a star, f-ing glowing in the dark, for all the starving eyes to see.
Status: Being Ernest, in a way only Midwesterners can be.