Indie Pop

Work

Shout Out Louds: Work

This is one of those bands I always forget I like until I listen to their albums. They just don't come to mind--probably to anyone. Aren't they from the same pl...
Vapours

Islands: Vapours

The ever-changing sound of Islands is once again evident with their poppiest and most accessible record yet. Long gone are the echoey ghosts of their former inc...
Great Plains

Head of Femur: Great Plains

Well, ain’t that some hippie shit? Ok, not hippie, but some touchy feely indie stuff that is like part Beatles and part something else I don’t really dig. Thoug...
Ripe

Ben Lee: Ripe

It's hard to believe this is the same kid from Noise Addict who wrote such infectious little punk pop ditties. This is a guy who has never (as far as I know) be...
Or Give Me Death

Aqueduct: Or Give Me Death

I never get sick of this album. There's something just so familiar about it, all throwback and achingly current at the same time. It has cool drum machines and ...
Return to the Sea

Islands: Return to the Sea

You'd figure that starting off your album with a nine minute song would automatically disqualify you from indie pop rock stardom. but you'd be wrong. Imagine a ...
I Sold Gold

Aqueduct: I Sold Gold

It's kind of like The Rentals meet 12 Rods. I'm not sure where that gets us other than into the land of 80s retro weirdness--as if the album cover isn't enough ...
Plans

Death Cab for Cutie: Plans

What would they do as a follow-up? Popular indie bands moving to major labels after whoring themselves out on every teeny-bopper TV show on earth, and almost be...
Travistan

Travis Morrison: Travistan

Lord, Jesus, this album is not good. I wanted so badly to like this thing, but Morrison, the former lead singer of The Dismemberment Plan, decided to turn up th...
On My Way

Ben Kweller: On My Way

Judging by the album cover, this guy is like fifteen years old. Of course anyone under 25 looks like a teenager to me these days. Despite his young appearance, ...