Losing their edge, again: The year of indie rock’s inevitable midlife crisis

Back in February, Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth took to his Instagram to pose an existential question: “Is it me or is the condition of indie rock in the 24½th century both bad and boujee?” “Bad,” he meant, in the sense that it was now largely a “musically underwhelming” Xerox of groups that came before. “Boujee”…

Here’s your first chance to listen to Fleet Foxes’ new album, Crack-Up

The official release date for Fleet Foxes’ long-awaited new album, Crack-Up, is still some days away, but NPR has made it available to stream early for those in the mood for some sprawling indie rock to distract themselves from everything else that’s happening. (As referenced in a recent New York Times profile of the…

Here are the new albums to expect this June

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…