I Saw [Waxahatchee] Live

It’s always a pleasure being reminded of rock’s ability to captivate. The indie rock project Waxahatchee, formed and helmed by singer/songwriter Katie Crutchfield, gave such a demonstration last Friday at Zanzabar. Crutchfield and crew made the stop in support of their latest record “Out in the Storm,” which released this past July. The record sells …

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Rank the Discography: The National

The National are perhaps the most seasoned members of the modern indie rock community. Since their formation in 1999, the Cincinnati five-piece have made amassed wide acclaim and recognition for their delicately-crafted, understated records that often require multiple listens to settle, but almost always include some deep emotional resonance ranging from the painfully melancholic, darkly humorous, and piercingly romantic . …

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Review: The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Music can be a delicate, complex, absorbing craft, and few understand that more completely than Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs. Over the course of the band's near ten year existence, Granduciel has been slaving away in prolonged studio sessions to create some of the most enveloping and minutely-detailed indie rock on the market. With …

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Review: Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

The break-up album has been a staple of popular music since its earliest days. There are no shortage of records that document the loss of a significant other, and the subsequent moving-on. After at least a half-century of the stuff, it can be difficult for an artist to successfully overcome genre traps and produce something great. Katie …

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Review: Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Arcade Fire are no strangers to ambitious projects. In fact, the Canadian rock group practically built their careers off of ambition. Their monumental 2004 debut, "Funeral," essentially carved out the path for modern indie rock with its complex structure, varied instrumentation, and passionate songwriting. The band carried acclaim and consistency through their next couple records, "Neon Bible" …

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Review: Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy

Since the fledgling days of Odd Future, Tyler, The Creator has made a name for himself as a problem child; someone who gives no fucks. His shows were rowdy, his lyrics and videos transgressive, and his persona polarizing, to say the very least. Beneath the edgelord façade, however, always lurked a talent waiting to be realized. …

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