Can there be an album that's both vanilla and likeable? For solo artist Cary Judd, that paradox has been found in his latest record, Goodnight Human. Popping off with the uptempo track, "The Apocalyptic Love Song," most of Judd's songs hit strong strides, which are particularly...

If the sound of blistering guitars on the opening track, "Boys at the Metro," doesn't get a listener's attention, the "hey!" shouts will make it clearly known that Seattle's Tea Cozies are not willing to go unnoticed. Following a 5-song EP, which received airplay on...

"If I was writing the same songs at 29 that I was at 18, I would have a real problem with that -- both aesthetically and emotionally." -- Kevin Devine...

"When you're younger, you kind of freak out and want people to like you. I'm glad that I don't sound like I did 15 years ago." -- Ceci Bastida...

Upon first listen, it's not surprising to see how John Vanderslice has achieved acclaim in the indie rock world. He has all necessary ingredients -- a soft, sweet voice and well put together instrumentals -- of a non-religious Sufjan Stevens, without the concept albums. Reminiscent...

Thanks to bands like the Postal Service, synth-pop has steadily been creeping back into peoples' CD players (do people still use those?), and Plushgun is another band among the many that are taking cues from the likes of New Order and putting a contemporary twist...

From its auspicious packaging of cute cartoon caricatures of animals, it's easy to pass off Heart to Elk by Point Juncture, WA (who are really from Oregon) as another cutesy album made by indie rock kids that have a knack for writing songs that will...