The Portland, Oregon band Thanks fires up a dark and danceable sound on "Bad Tattoos." Contrary to the song's title, there's nothing regrettable about it.
In December of 2013, KDHX DJ Jason Robinson placed "Major Arcana," the explosive debut album from Speedy Ortiz, on a year-end top 10 list titled the "Household Names, and Some That Will Be Edition." Two years later, that prophecy is coming true. Last month, the Boston-based experimental rockers released their sophomore album, "Foil Deer," launching the five members into a swarm of critical praise and national attention.
The last time St. Vincent performed in St. Louis she supported the Black Keys. She was excellent. Without the heft of a headliner whose energy drooped lower than a basset hound's ears, Annie Clark was able to give the audience a piece of her self.
Being my third time as witness to San Fermin's live show, I thought I knew what to expect.
Built to Spill returns on its eighth album, "Untethered Moon," with a new rhythm section but the same indie rock sound.
Kyp Malone, guitarist for TV on the Radio, calls me from the steps of his Brooklyn apartment in New York. Sirens are going off in the background. It sounds like the beginning of a song he might write.
The Go! Team deviates from the formula of their past three albums on "The Scene Between" by downsizing to only one core member and bringing in guests for all of the vocals.
Courtney Barnett brings energy to the mundane issues of everyday life by adding rhythm, melody and wit to her musing stories on "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit."
The no-budget, no-pretension, no-gimmicks DIY rock of American Wrestlers (aka St. Louis musician Gary McClure) has yielded some surprising results: 1) A signing to the heavyweight indie Fat Possum Records and 2) the irresistible statement of purpose called "I Can Do No Wrong."