Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit have been playing, recording and releasing music together since they were both in their teens. Their sophomore release, "The Lion's Roar," features guest appearances from Joe Pernice and Conor Oberst and was released in January.
A fusion of hardcore, post-punk and folk (not kidding), the London-based five-piece Dry the River don't sit neatly in one genre. Growing up singing in a choir and then later as a teenager in hardcore bands, frontman Peter Liddle pulled from his parent's folk influences to create the distinct sound of Dry The River. Don't let the beards and violin fool you - they are not another Mumford and Sons! With their debut "Shallow Bed" due out in April, the band is touring heavily to promote it.
Mac Wilson's review of the much-anticipated new release by The Shins.
Shearwater's first release on the Sub Pop label, "Animal Joy," is more aggressive than previous albums, focusing on the moments in life that, as lead singer Jonathan Meiberg describes, "bring your blood to the surface."
Van Etten has crafted a record bursting with meticulous sonic details, while also leaving plenty of space -- sonically and lyrically -- for contemplation.
If their past history is any indication, this should be the first of several new releases for Guided by Voices, which will inevitably find the band shaking off any rust and perhaps even turning up the 'rock' knob a little more.
Coldplay's music has always sounded universal and huge, but they take on an enormity on Mylo Xyloto that alternately thrills and leaves the listener distant.
When San Francisco band Girls burst onto the indie-rock scene in 2009, they were heralded with a huge amount of hype and buzz, thanks to their infectious, messy garage-rock sound and to singer Christopher Owens' bizarre and fascinating life story (short version: it involves cults).
I can give no higher compliment to "The Whole Love" than to favorably compare it to "Summerteeth," and while it may not reach the peaks of the Wilco catalog, it is clearly their best record in nearly a decade.
The Strokes' fourth album, "Angles," comes on the heels of a five-year band hiatus that saw numerous solo projects and sparked doubt over whether the band would ever record together again.
DeVotchKa's music is part of a trend that includes artists like Andrew Bird, Beirut and Calexico seemingly sprung from an alternate reality in which the British Invasion never reached American shores and yet the alternative movement flourished anyway.
The King Is Dead will touch most people in the same ways: as a breezy, enjoyable album that cuts down on the details and focuses on the pleasurable aspects of music and life. This is a solid way to ring in 2011.
Middle Class Rut is good ol' fashioned alternative rock, a band which has collaborated live with the likes of Alice in Chains and Social Distortion.
You would expect the side project of Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez to sound a lot like, well, Jose Gonzalez. But in fact, Junip was around before any of his solo material hit the market, and after a five year hiatus, the trio have reunited to play a krautrock form of folk with haunting drumkit and keys in tow.
Since forming ten years ago, the English, synth-loving electro-pop group Hot Chip have released four records and toured the world, and they're currently on tour with DFA label-mates LCD Soundsystem.