Alternative Pop

Alt pop is music that has broad appeal but that involves performers who are outside the musical mainstream and that is typically regarded as more original, eclectic, or musically or intellectually challenging than most pop music.

Prolonging the Magic

Cake: Prolonging the Magic

By the time this, their third album, rolled around, Cake had established a sound that was genuinely theirs. You have the vibraslap, the mix in of South American...
Fashion Nugget

Cake: Fashion Nugget

Cake is kind of the nerd's alt band. The Jeremy Piven-looking lead singer sports a stupid fisherman's hat and plays some instrument that sounds like a rattlesna...
Comfort Eagle

Cake: Comfort Eagle

And as if my oracle self was looking down on the world and saying “you sure are a bunch of pasty mutherfuckers” I called the whole Cake/tv show synergy. “Short ...
Days Are Gone

Haim: Days Are Gone

There's so much about this album that I really want to not like. There's like some serious Taylor Dayne action going on here, which would normally make me run s...
Port of Morrow

The Shins: Port of Morrow

The Shins are a funny band. Nobody, with the exception of Natalie Portman's character in Garden State, goes insane over them. The truth is, their music really w...
Cults

Cults: Cults

Not to be confused with my high school hard rockin' heroes, The Cult, this band would seriously disappoint if you were looking to head bang to a Rick Rubin prod...
Broken Bells

Broken Bells: Broken Bells

Gotta say, I'm pretty disappointed with this album. I generally like The Shins, and appreciate Danger Mouse's production, but he does this thing where he strips...
Let Go

Nada Surf: Let Go

This is honestly the album on which I “rediscovered” Nada Surf. I mean, we all heard “Popular” a million and half times on the radio and MTV and in CMJ samplers...