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.
The centerpiece of Belle & Sebastian Write About Love is its title track. "Write About Love" is a marvel, a flawlessly constructed song that stands with the very best the band has ever done.
Indie-rockers Ra Ra Riot formed in early 2006, when they were friends at Syracuse University. After playing several house shows and venues around Syracuse as well as a handful of national festivals, the band released their debut record, "The Rhumb Line," in 2008.
You've got to hand it to Dirty Projectors. After all, the band somehow made all of frontman David Longstreth's most uneven and insanely complex ideas work.
Kele is the new side-project from Bloc Party vocalist Kele Okereke. In an effort to focus more on his interest in dance music and fuel his creativity, Kele released the album "The Boxer" in June.
It was our pleasure to welcome Interpol to the Current studios to take over our airwaves for a Theft of the Dial session.
Seattle pop rock quintet, Minus the Bear, have seen several changes since their last visit to The Current in 2008. They've signed to their first major label and have released a new album, Omni, that is loaded with big sounds, big synth, and big hooks.
The Reluctant Graveyard is a thoroughly entertaining album from start to finish; for all the talk of death, proceedings never even approach dreariness.
When it came time to record their second album, MGMT decided not to "play the game": rather than churning out another batch of hit singles, they instead pursued their own unique brand of disjointed psychedelia.
"Congratulations" is a bold, disorienting, sometimes abrasive album of experimentation run rampant. With this album, MGMT is answering to no one, yet everyone.
Three albums into an astronomic career, Beach House is the critically renowned project of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, Baltimore natives who make ethereal dream-pop sound easy.