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.

Thin Mind

Wolf Parade: Thin Mind

There was a time when Wolf Parade was “challenging” music. But it seems the owners of that tradition have spun that mantle off to side projects and personal quibbles. Or...
It's Real

Ex Hex: It’s Real

I don't know much about Pat Benatar other than the fact she was a style icon. And played some 80s rock tunes that stylized power chords and put some ballz into the genre...
Cut Your Teeth

Necking: Cut Your Teeth

Necking is a term that my mom (Boomer that she is) used when I was a kid. Like way too much. She used it in reference to her own high-school days and to anything having...
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...