It's not the best quality video, but it seems intentionally campy, like a stop-motion animation founded on webcams or point-and-shoot cameras. The resulting video for "Brett Easton Ellis Novel" (one has to wonder, did they really misspell Bret Easton Ellis on purpose?) is a homegrown...

The film-this-band-in-a-room music video aesthetic has grown tired through the years, and it's rare to find a garage rock video these days that can hold much attention. Leave it to the Scandinavians, who've been blowing up the music scene lately. The unpredictability in this video...

Brenda is a three-piece (all male, naturally) pop-rock group from Portland, Maine, with a "sound firmly rooted in '90s lo-fi and alt-pop," according to their label. Their debut LP, Silver Tower, holds true to this assessment, though "firmly rooted" may be better stated as...

Although Norwegian electronic experimental group Casiokids released their first album in 2006, the naïveté -- childishness, almost -- of their early release continues to define their stylistic mélange in their latest release, translated to ironically mean Great Vibe At A Local Bar. Their novice approach...

Italian Japanese are an alt-rock band from Southern California established by Allen Nicholas (lead vocals, guitar) and Chris McLaughlin (guitar, keys) and rounded out by additional members (Greene, Rodriguez, and Willis). While their debut LP The Lush, Romantic Weirdness would fit nicely in the iTunes...

Combining what could be grainy archival footage (it isn't) with disintegrating, ornamental backdrops, this video for "Clay Bodies" is a haunting mixture of HD-quality shots with 16mm. Directed by Jacqueline Castel. ...

If Destroyer Of The Void, Blitzen Trapper's fifth full-length album, is your first encounter with them, you will likely be intrigued by their uncanny homage to musical tradition and their inflection of strangeness within the seemingly familiar. A few listens will disarm you, and you’ll begin to recognize music you’ve never heard which, immersed as it is in musical tradition, is never simply derivative. Opener "Destroyer Of The Void" combines prog-rock and country, changing time and structure like Yes, Rushm or Genesis. Throughout the album there are vocal harmonies and chord changes evocative perhaps of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, or Simon And Garfunkel.

 

What else is there left to be said about Teenage Fanclub? They've influenced more bands than a porcupine has spines. They've changed with the times, evolving past the era of grunge and alternative almost effortlessly. And they still can write some amazing pop songs, as...