The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are one of the safest bets in indie music. Their first two albums were jam-packed with shoe-gazey pop that jangled with good cheer and lovely hooks. It was music for music fans, a modern group that looked back lovingly upon the Smiths and Belle and Sebastian without seeming […]
When you think Boise, Idaho, odds are you don’t immediately think “pop music.” After Boise’s Trevor Powers blew the indie would up with his Pitchfork-approved Youth Lagoon albums, though, more and more people are looking to this western outpost as a place where pop music can thrive. BAD90s comes from Boise, and are comprised of Eric […]
In a moment of backpack rap singularity, Danny Brown, Heems (formerly of Das Racist) and Despot have gone nuts over Vampire Weekend’s “Step,” a standout track on Modern Vampires of the City (a.k.a. our 8th best album of 2013).