Pixies aren't the same without Kim Deal, or so I've heard from many music fans in the weeks leading up to the return to St. Louis of the pioneers of American alternative rock.
Crunching and surging straight out of the loudest post-'90s corners of alternative rock, "Be Ready When I Say Go" by Emperors will connect with any fan of Built to Spill or the Pixies.
Still reveling in the success of rising to No. 11 on Billboard's alternative chart in 2013, the Mowgli's offer a sound rooted in their sun-dappled Southern California home. Their songs burst with love for life, fellowship and good times.
On the band's sophomore LP, "The Projection Room," Sleepy Kitty blends its massive pool of influences into a classic indie-rock sound with an artistic edge that only a duo this multi-talented could achieve.
The riveting lyrics and grungy sound make Speedy Ortiz's debut full-length album "Major Arcana" one to be played again and again.
"Thirty years of sludge" may sound like the villain of a cleaning product infomercial, but it is actually a testament to just how long the Melvins have been making music.
Fans sporting tattoos, beanies, backwards hats and dark clothing crowded into the Pageant ready for a sold-out Deftones show. Never have I seen (in recent memory) so many sleeved-up men and women. It made my own tattoos (also on display) seem oddly normal, their counter-culture aspect weirdly nullified by the inky surroundings.