Indie Rock

Rooted in the sound and sensibility of American underground and alternative rock of the ’80s, it’s rock made by and for outsiders with a wariness of excess testosterone.

Problems

The Get Up Kids: Problems

The Get Up Kids were like the bratty kings of second-wave emo back in the late 90s. I listened to their 1999 album, Something to Write Home About, more times than I care...
Act Surprised

Sebadoh: Act Surprised

To this day Sebadoh created one of my more epic and ridiculous concert moments. It was 1996 and the boys were playing the long-gone NYC club, Tramps, to promote...
Phoenix

Pedro the Lion: Phoenix

I've always been a little weirded out by Dave Bazan's Christianity and the kind of pigeonholing of Pedro the Lion as a "Christian" band. After all, that's not my...
Fall Into the Sun

Swearin’: Fall Into the Sun

There’s something warm and inviting about boy/girl singing. Even if it’s not at the same time. Like Blake Babies or something I used to jam out to in the Discman...
Hot Thoughts

Spoon: Hot Thoughts

Spoon is a band I've been listening to for years. I've seen them live and created playlists on Apple Music and its predecessors that I just throw on shuffle and...
Return to Love

LVL UP: Return to Love

I believe this is the second LVL UP album I've reviewed in 2016, but why not stick with what you like, right? That said, I loved that first album, 2014's Hoodwi...
Camp Cope

Camp Cope: Camp Cope

Jesus, I just want this album on repeat in my head all day long. No, Camp Cope isn't some horrible MTV rehab show hosted by Bob Forrest, but is instead an all-w...
Hoodwink'd

LVL UP: Hoodwink’d

When I first saw this band, technically on the undercard with Pinegrove at a show I was to attend in Montclair, NJ, all I could think was "that name does not in...
Cardinal

Pinegrove: Cardinal

Dateline Montclair, NJ. Home to Stephen Colbert, media types and hippies of all stripes. An ethnically and economically diverse NYC-adjacent commuter town fille...