Indie Rock

Iceage Announce Rarities Album Shake the Feeling, Share Title Track: Stream

Iceage have revealed that a new compilation album titled Shake the Feeling: Outtakes & Rarities 2015–2021 will arrive on September 23rd via Mexican Summer. The announcement comes along with a music video for the title track that showcases the Danish quintet’s raw and visceral live set. Over 12 tracks, Shake the Feeling offers a peek into the band’s vault during the era between 2014’s Plowing Into the Field of Love to last year’s Seek Shelter. The album features a bounty of unreleased material like an acoustic rendition of their early 2021 single “Shelter Song” and covers of Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Keep It with Mine” and Abner Jay’s “My Mule.” The collection also hosts a few songs that won’t be entirely unfamiliar to fans, including the Beyondless outtake “All the Junk on the Outskirts,” whic...

Blondie, Mac DeMarco, and Tori Amos to Participate in Inaugural Band Shirt Day Fundraiser

As if you needed another reason to hoard band tees: September 16th, 2022 will mark the inaugural Band Shirt Day, a global fundraising initiative that brings artists together to donate proceeds of their merch sales to charitable organizations of their choosing. Today, the organization has unveiled the first round of participating artists, which includes Blondie, Mac DeMarco, and Tori Amos. Sargent House, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Maine, Tragically Hip, The Format, Urge Overkill, Flipper, Monophonics, and the Estate of Jóhann Jóhannsson are just a few more of the growing lists of artists putting their merch to good use this Band Shirt Day — you know, besides filling up your closet. As for the donation recipients, artists have chosen organizations including Planned Parenthood,...

Maya Hawke Shares Smile-Inducing New Single “Sweet Tooth”: Stream

Maya Hawke has shared “Sweet Tooth,” the delectable second offering from her upcoming sophomore LP Moss. The single comes with an accompanying music video that was inspired by a dental emergency happening in realtime for the Stranger Things star. On “Sweet Tooth,” Hawke experiences the sweetness of unconditional love along with the unexpected stings from such a deep, emotional connection. Over a light, acoustic strum, she opens the tune with the lyrics, “Told my mother that I love her,” which is likely a dedication to her mother, actress Uma Thurman given the song’s first-person perspective. She gives further praise in the chorus, saying: “I’m grateful for everything you put me through/ It’s the only reason I’m any good to talk to,” before affectionately referring to the song’s subject as ...

Maya Hawke Shares Smile-Inducing New Single “Sweet Tooth”: Stream

Maya Hawke has shared “Sweet Tooth,” the delectable second offering from her upcoming sophomore LP Moss. The single comes with an accompanying music video that was inspired by a dental emergency happening in realtime for the Stranger Things star. On “Sweet Tooth,” Hawke experiences the sweetness of unconditional love along with the unexpected stings from such a deep, emotional connection. Over a light, acoustic strum, she opens the tune with the lyrics, “Told my mother that I love her,” which is likely a dedication to her mother, actress Uma Thurman given the song’s first-person perspective. She gives further praise in the chorus, saying: “I’m grateful for everything you put me through/ It’s the only reason I’m any good to talk to,” before affectionately referring to the song’s subject as ...

Low Cancel Tour Dates, Citing Mimi Parker’s Cancer Treatment

Low have canceled some of their August 2022 shows in Europe, citing drummer/vocalist Mimi Parker’s ongoing cancer treatment. “As some of you know, Mimi has been fighting cancer,” the husband-and-wife duo wrote on social media today (August 15th). “Recent developments and changes in treatment have made extensive travel impossible at this time. Our hope is that she will respond to new treatments and be able to play the shows we have scheduled for the fall, including the Water is Life Festival in Duluth on September 4.” The band continued: “We are very sorry for the inconvenience of ticket shuffling and travel expenses/changes. We welcome your positive hopes/prayers as we hope and pray for you all.” Advertisement Related Video In January 2022, Parker revealed in an interview on the SHEROE pod...

Bill Callahan Announces New Album YTI⅃AƎЯ, 2022 Tour Dates

Bill Callahan has announced his new album, YTI⅃AƎЯ, which, in case you didn’t guess, is the word “reality” spelled backwards. The project will arrive on digital platforms and CD on October 14th via Drag City, with the vinyl edition releasing next year. He also unveiled a new run of California tour dates (grab your tickets here). The lo-fi artist’s main collaborators on YTI⅃AƎЯ were Matt Kinsey on guitar, Emmett Kelly on bass/backing vocals, Sarah Ann Phillips on piano/backing vocals, and Jim White on drums. In a statement, Callahan explained the motivation behind the album. “I wanted to make a record that addressed or reflected the current climate,” he said. “It felt like it was necessary to rouse people — rouse their love, their kindness, their anger, rouse anything in them. Get their sen...

Tegan and Sara Navigate Adolescence in First Teaser Trailer for High School: Watch

Tegan and Sara are just a pair of precocious girls navigating adolescence in the first teaser trailer for High School. Based on their memoir of the same name, the series will premiere October 14th on Amazon Freevee. While many people view the singer-songwriters as an inseparable duo, the new teaser focuses on their glaring disagreements. “What happened to your eye?” a girl asks in the high school bathroom. “My sister punched me in the face,” comes the reply. When questioned if they’re twins, one says, “No,” as one says, “Yeah,” and later we hear the complaint, “We’ve had to share everything.” But just because they squabble, that doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. Towards the end of the teaser, we see them pick up a guitar and write a song, singing togeth...

Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine Perform NPR Tiny Desk Concert: Watch

Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam have found freedom on the other side of peak popularity: past branding, past pretense, where all that’s left is joy in making music. The newfound friends took a break from touring the country together to perform a joint Tiny Desk Concert, and their set was as casual and exuberant as if they were noodling around on the porch on a Saturday night. The pair have an easy chemistry, with Bird playing the handsome straight man and Beam the class clown. “We started learning each other’s songs,” Bird said. “I love Sam’s writing” — at which time Beam interrupted: “I love your handwriting.” They opened with “Make a Picture” from Bird’s 2022 album Inside Problems, before moving on to the 2007 Iron & Wine favorite, “Flightless Bird, Ame...

Raffaella Breaks Down New EP LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (ACT I) Track by Track: Exclusive

In our Track by Track feature, musicians and bands provide insight into each song on their newest project. Our latest edition comes from our August Artist of the Month Raffaella, who tells us the backstories behind her new EP LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (ACT I). Raffaella doesn’t just wear her heart on her sleeve — she wears it like a badge of honor. On her new EP LIVE, RAFF, LOVE (ACT I), our August Artist of the Month pours out her emotions through her sparkling indie-pop. But, as its ironic title might imply, the EP also carries an air of playfulness, with nods to old Lindsay Lohan movies, Joyce Carol Oates novels, and storied New York City bars. Today, the rising indie pop star is giving us a Track by Track breakdown of the EP, out Friday (August 12th). Produced by Raffaella’s real-life part...

10 Post-2000 Indie Albums You Forgot You Kinda Dig

This article originally ran in 2014 and has been updated. For more ’00s nostalgia, check out our Whatever Happened To…? series. In 2001, after years of Korn and Britney tyranny, it suddenly became cool to make guitar music again. If you were in a band, you had your choice of two sounds: garage rock and dance-punk. That may be oversimplifying things a bit, but in the wake of the Strokes, the White Stripes, Interpol, and Franz Ferdinand, an awful lot of groups jumped on one of those bandwagons. A lot of them wore conductor hats, and most were pretty terrible. But some were actually decent, and their CDs — as in compact discs, as in you bought ’em at Best Buy for $9.99 — were the soundtrack to an era everyone seems to have forgotten. It’s time we dig out the following 10 albums and make ‘00s ...

Santigold Dares You to “Shake” on New Single: Stream

Santigold is closing in on the release of her comeback album Spirituals. Ahead of its September 9th release, the indie veteran has shared another preview of what’s to come today with the single “Shake,” produced by SBTRKT. At just under two minutes, “Shake” doesn’t let its brevity prevent it from packing a punch. SBTRKT bolsters the song with a puttering, slightly off-kilter beat that feels a little reminiscent of Radiohead’s “Kid A,” as Santigold sings a message of perseverence over an ascending synth loop: “I won’t buckle under pressure/ Imma be alright/ I will never follow/ If I know the way/ But if you got my back/ I got you, set your worry free.” “‘Shake’ is one of those songs…that basically write themselves, and all you have to do as the artist is be open enough to reach out and...

Broken Bells Detail New Album INTO THE BLUE, Share “Saturdays”: Stream

Broken Bells have announced their new album, INTO THE BLUE, is out on October 7th via AWAL. The musical duo of The Shins’ James Mercer and Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) also shared the latest single “Saturdays.” INTO THE BLUE finds Broken Bells drawing influence from The Beatles and Pink Floyd, as well as pulling from genres ranging from ’60s psychedelia and ’70s rock and AM Gold to ’80s new wave and ’90s trip-hop. The roster of the underground label Elephant 6 also continued to serve as a major inspiration. Pre-orders for the album are ongoing. See the artwork and tracklist below. Related Video Living up to its name, “Saturdays” wears the aforementioned inspirations on its sleeve and brings to mind a lazy weekend afternoon in the sun, though its lyrics aren’t as joyful as the melodies. ...