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”…

Everyone from Coldplay to Miley Cyrus honored Tom Petty with covers this week

This week a multitude of artists paid tribute to Tom Petty, who died of cardiac arrest on Monday at the age of 66. Such was the breadth of Petty’s long career influence and multitude of songs that you can already find a vast range of these live covers (on YouTube and elsewhere), from born-again country artist Miley…

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…

The guys from Fleet Foxes and Dirty Projectors think indie rock peaked in 2009

The ongoing debate about the relevance of rock music has been raging for some time, with essay after essay about why rock’s stock has fallen and who precisely is to blame for it. Last night on the battlefield of Instagram, Dirty Projectors singer/guitarist David Longstreth threw a question out into the void: “Is it me…

Arcade Fire made a star-studded horror movie, as Arcade Fire does

Arcade Fire released a 21-minute horror movie this past Friday, just in time for Halloween. Festi is “a look back at the Arcade Fire summer festival tour, 2011,” and while it’s ostensibly supposed to be scary, really it’s just a star-studded excuse to mess with the band’s fanbase. Structured around band member Will…