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The Best Alternative Music Albums of 2013
The moment My Bloody Valentine issued their third album, 2013 was a great year for indie music.

The Best Alternative Music Albums of 2013
The moment My Bloody Valentine issued their third album, 2013 was a great year for indie music.

The Best Alternative Music Albums of 2013
The moment My Bloody Valentine issued their third album, 2013 was a great year for indie music.

The Best Alternative Music Albums of 2013
The moment My Bloody Valentine issued their third album, 2013 was a great year for indie music.

The Best Alternative Music Albums of 2013
The moment My Bloody Valentine issued their third album, 2013 was a great year for indie music.

The Best Alternative Music Albums of 2014
From Tune-Yards to Sun Kil Moon to Angel Olsen, here's the highlights of another awesome year in indie music.

The Best Alternative Music Albums of 2014
From Tune-Yards to Sun Kil Moon to Angel Olsen, here's the highlights of another awesome year in indie music.

Alternative Music and Indie Bands
Find new alternative bands and indie musicians to listen to. Learn about the best alt rock groups ever and up-and-coming indie artists. Browse alternative playlists.

The National Trouble Will Find Me
On the sixth National album, Matt Berninger ruminates on the lure of heaven.

Top 10 Krautrock Albums - Best Ever Kraut-Rock Records
West Germany in the 1970s was a fertile time for progressive, mind-altering music.

The Most Infamous Concerts in Alternative Music History
Ten bizarre, embarrassing, and much-remembered underground live-shows that have endeared their own, modern-day mythology.

Best Post-Rock Records of All Time (Top 10)
10 records, no singing. Well, almost. Ten of the brightest lights shining in post-rock's instrumentalist darkness.

Best Alternative Albums of the 2000s (Top 100 List)
The best records of the '00s.

Best Alternative Albums of the 2000s (Top 100 List)
The best records of the '00s.

Best Alternative Albums of the 2000s (Top 100 List)
The best records of the '00s.

Best Alternative Albums of the 2000s (Top 100 List)
The best records of the '00s.

Best Alternative Albums of the 2000s (Top 100 List)
The best records of the '00s.

Best Alternative Albums of the 2000s (Top 100 List)
The best records of the '00s.

Best Alternative Albums of the 2000s (Top 100 List)
The best records of the '00s.

Best Alternative Albums of the 2000s (Top 100 List)
The best records of the '00s.

Best Alternative Albums of the 2000s (Top 100 List)
The best records of the '00s.

Best Alternative Albums of the 2000s (Top 100 List)
The best records of the '00s.

The Best Twee-Pop Records of All Time
The class releases that defined the growth of twee from tiny, self-contained English scene to global underground culture.

30 Best New Indie and Alternative Bands of 2013
From Boogarins to Weaves, Haerts to Vår, Béisbol to Wampire, here's indie music's Class of 2013.

30 Best New Indie and Alternative Bands of 2013
From Boogarins to Weaves, Haerts to Vår, Béisbol to Wampire, here's indie music's Class of 2013.

30 Best New Indie and Alternative Bands of 2013
From Boogarins to Weaves, Haerts to Vår, Béisbol to Wampire, here's indie music's Class of 2013.

30 Best New Indie and Alternative Bands of 2012
From Diiv to Tops to Trust, these bands have stood out in a year of new music.

30 Best New Indie and Alternative Bands of 2012
From Diiv to Tops to Trust, these bands have stood out in a year of new music.

Top 10 Indie and Alternative Music Documentaries
Ranging from portraits of cult heroes (Roky Erickson) and global icons (Radiohead), here are the greatest music documentaries of all-time.

30 Best New Indie and Alternative Bands of 2012
From Diiv to Tops to Trust, these bands have stood out in a year of new music.

Top 10 Post-Punk Albums of All-Time
The '77 UK punk explosion has long been wildly overrated. It was everything that came after that was truly revolutionary.

Ten Greatest Shoegaze Records of All Time
Dewy, dreamy, distorted guitar. Mumbled, barely-there vocals. It's ten classic shoegaze LPs, from MBV on down...

Top 10 Bands Who'll Never Reform
In an era of retromania, are the any bands left that aren't reforming? Gladly, there are...

Top Ten Albums by The Fall and Mark E. Smith
Ever wondered where's the best place to start for a Fall neophyte?

Top Ten Classic Indie-Rock Records
Given the climate of reissues and reformations, it's no longer ironic to call these records 'classic indie-rock.' Here are the ten best.

Top 20 Indie Record Labels of All Time
The greatest ever indie record labels.

Influential Figures in Alternative Music (Top 10 List)
From studio perfectionists to singular idealists, with a host of rockbands in between, here's ten figures of infinite influence.

Top 20 Indie Record Labels of All Time
The greatest ever indie record labels.

20 Greatest Indie Rock and Alternative Concept Albums
Tired of records that sound like random collections of files? Here's 20 LPs of singular theme and sustained narrative.

20 Greatest Indie Rock and Alternative Concept Albums
Tired of records that sound like random collections of files? Here's 20 LPs of singular theme and sustained narrative.

Top 30 4AD Albums - Best Ever Albums on 4AD Records
The best 30 albums from the first 30 years of the all-conquering indie powerhouse.

Top 30 4AD Albums - Best Ever Albums on 4AD Records
The best 30 albums from the first 30 years of the all-conquering indie powerhouse.

Top 30 4AD Albums - Best Ever Albums on 4AD Records
The best 30 albums from the first 30 years of the all-conquering indie powerhouse.

Top 30 Alternative Albums of the 1960s
The radical records that broke the mold, moved music forward, and influenced generations of artists to come.

Top 30 Alternative Albums of the 1960s
The radical records that broke the mold, moved music forward, and influenced generations of artists to come.

Top 30 Alternative Albums of the 1960s
The radical records that broke the mold, moved music forward, and influenced generations of artists to come.

Indie Musicians to Watch in 2013
Looking for potential breakout bands in 2013? From Indians to Savages, here's ten sure bets.

10 Indie Acts to Look Out for in 2014
FKA twigs, Haerts, Mas Ysa, Temples, and Thumpers headline 10 bands primed for a 2014 breakout.

10 Best Indie Bands to Follow on Twitter
The most entertaining indie-rock Tweeters.

Neu! Neu! - Review of Neu!'s Definitive Alternative Album Neu!
For many, Neu!'s debut 1972 LP served as the unofficial birthplace of the krautrock movement.

Broadcast The Noise Made by People - Review of Broadcast's Definitive Alternative Album The Noise Made by People
Broadcast's retro-futurist masterwork arrived more than six months before 'Kid A', but its radicalism was rather underrated.

Scott Walker Scott 4 - Review of Scott Walker's Definitive Alternative Album Scott 4
Walker's unquestioned masterpiece is an uneasy mixture of MOR balladry, lyrical savagery, and hesitant avant-gardism.

History Of Alt / Indie Music
School's In: Indie 101. A comprehensive rock-n-roll chronology from the very first rumblings of alternative music, highlighting the groundbreaking records and most influential artists. Discover the key figures who shaped underground sound.

Interviews
Get inside the minds of your favorite alternative artists with our in-depth interviews. Discover the histories, ideas, inspirations, and opinions of key figures in the indie-music community, as captured in candid conversation.

Reviews
From the classics to the latest, the greatest to the lamest, we put alternative albums under the critical griller. Weighed up for content, measured for artistry, and considered for longevity, we rate an array of indie-rock releases with unfailing honesty.

Top 10 Lists
Lists, lists, lists. Thousands of alternative records compiled, collated, and crammed into an array of Top 10s on hand to help you make sense of indie's sprawling history. Both definitive and debate-starting, these wide-ranging rankings veer from dead serious to dead silly.

Phoenix United - Review of the Classic 2000 Album
Long before their Grammy win, Phoenix courted a cult audience with their out-of-time soft-rock revival.

Rachel's The Sea and the Bells - Review of the Classic 1996 Album
Rachel's cinematic post-rock reached a high watermark on this series of haunting seascapes.

The Shaggs Philosophy Of The World - Review of the Infamous 1969 Album
The greatest album ever made? The worst? Both?

The National Biography - Full Band History and Profile
The National's slow, steady progression, from unknowns to the band who soundtracked Hope and Change.

10 Obscure Albums That Became Classics - Lost Indie Records Turned Influential
Ignored, reviled, or 'lost' on their original release, these obscure LPs eventually proved hugely influential.

Vampire Weekend Biography - Full Band History and Profile
Brooklyn's preppiest, poppiest indie outfit has made a career of bright melody and slight controversy.

Top 10 Broadcast Songs - Best Ever Tracks By the Band Broadcast
English electronic act Broadcast presided over a brilliant career of beautiful, strange, eerie songs.

Codeine Frigid Stars - Review of the 1990 Slowcore Classic
Issued in 1990, Codeine's debut album was a landmark of starkness, depression, and sadness.

Talk Talk Laughing Stock - Review of the Classic 1991 Album
On their final album, English moodists Talk Talk created an atmospheric opus that presaged post-rock's rise.

10 Classic Rough Trade Albums
From Young Marble Giants to The Smiths to Galaxie 500, here's ten awesome Rough Trade LPs, from the golden age of indie.

Best Coast Interview - with Bethany Cosentino
The Best Coast leader talks Jon Brion, backlash, gossip culture, existential angst, and expectations.

Kate Bush The Kick Inside - Review of Her Classic Debut Album
Kate Bush's grand, resplendent debut was a work of uncommon ambition and artistry for a teen prodigy.

The Year of the Saxophone - 2011 in Indie Music
With Destroyer and Bon Iver leading the way, saxophone came roaring back in indie music in 2011.

Stephen Malkmus Interview
On making records with Beck, Bob Nastanovich's gambling debts, and the industry of classic indie-rock.

The Pixies Surfer Rosa - Review of the Band's Classic 1988 Debut Album
'Doolittle' gets the greatest-albums-ever acclaim, but is 'Surfer Rosa' The Pixies' best album?

Active Child Interview with Pat Grossi
One-time choirboy Pat Grossi wanted to make a

The Luyas Interview - An Interview with Jessie Stein of The Luyas
Thank God for mental illness. Jessie Stein talks an LP dealing with schizophrenia and hallucination.

Math-Rock Genre Profile - What is Math Rock Music
The staunchly-punk, time-signature-juggling, nerdy instrumentalist mayhem of math-rock.

Animal Collective Biography - Artist Profile of Animal Collective
Biographical history of Animal Collective, the shape-shifting American outfit who's earned a reputation as one of the new millennium's most important musical acts.

Bat for Lashes Biography - Artist Profile of Bat for Lashes
History of glamorous English songstress Natasha Khan.

Beach House Biography - Artist Profile of Beach House
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally recall the history of their slow, narcotic Baltimore duo.

Artist Profile of Bon Iver
The background, beginnings, and developments of Justin Vernon, also known as Bon Iver.

Built to Spill Biography - Artist Profile of Built to Spill
The history of bearded fretboard warrior Doug Martsch, and his merry band of Built to Spill men.

Devendra Banhart Biography - Artist Profile of Devendra Banhart
The bearded freak-folk bard is, in his words, just a

Built to Spill Biography - Artist Profile of Built to Spill (Part 2)
The later days of Built to Spill: a long hiatus, a love of basketball, a detached retina, and a hard-earned reputation as indie-rock elder statesmen. Page 2.

Death Cab for Cutie Biography - Artist Profile of Death Cab for Cutie
Potted, spotted history of the impossibly successful Seattle indie-rock icons, as told by its members.

Grizzly Bear Biography - Artist Profile of Grizzly Bear
An in-depth look at the harmony-draped folk-pop experimentalists.

Iron and Wine - Artist Profile and Biography
Shy southerner Sam Beam's quiet songs have made a loud noise on the alternative scene.

Mazzy Star Biography
The disappearance and return of the narcotic balladry of the 90's platinum band- Mazzy Star.

MGMT Biography - Artist Profile of MGMT
An in-depth look at the brief history of the hype-starting New Yorker duo.

Nirvana Biography - Artist Profile of Nirvana
Profile of the life and death of the alternative legends

Artist Profile: Nirvana
Profile of the life and death of the alternative legends. Page 2.

Washed Out Interview - An Interview with Ernest Greene of Washed Out
The Washed Out don also laments that we're all stuck with the name 'chillwave' for all eternity.

Sleigh Bells Interview - An Interview with Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells
Sleigh Bells' singer talks trying to survive the hype.

Broadcast Interview - An Interview with Trish Keenan of Broadcast
The late Broadcast singer speaks sound as literature, the passing of time, and the power of make-believe.

Chillwave Genre Profile - What is Chillwave Music
It's the summery, nostalgic, warped-sounding electronic music that blew up the blogosphere in 2009.

Kisses Interview - An Interview with Jesse Kivel of Kisses
With his disco-ish side-project Kisses, Jesse Kivel was hoping to achieve sentimentality and sincerity without cheesiness.

Top 10 K Records Albums - Best Ever Albums on K Records
10 all-time great albums on the ultimate underground indie label.

Beach Fossils Interview - An Interview with Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils
Dustin Payseur recorded his debut LP in a loft without walls, rolling tape in front of house-mates who hated his music.

Suicide's Infamous 23 Minutes Over Brussels Performance - Alternative Music History
A riot breaks out, a bootleg is recorded, a mythical show is born.

Panda Bear Biography - Artist Profile of Panda Bear
Biography of Animal Collective member Panda Bear, from his teenaged home-recordings to his solo flowering whilst living in Portugal.

Scott Walker Biography - Artist Profile of Scott Walker
The Radical Reinvention of the Increasingly Reclusive Scott Walker. Page 2.

Top 10 Math-Rock Albums - Best Ever Math Rock Records
Tally your time-signatures! A guide to the essential, indispensable math-rock records.

Top 10 Bright Eyes Songs - Alternative Music
Ridiculous ambition, vicious self-loathing, attacks on God, and a scream bordering on hoarse: the best works of Conor Oberst.

Top 20 Alternative Christmas Records - Best Indie Xmas Albums
Here's how humbug hipsters stuck at family gatherings can commandeer the stereo and not upset the seasonal apple-cart.

Top 20 Alternative Christmas Records - Best Indie Xmas Albums
Here's how humbug hipsters stuck at family gatherings can commandeer the stereo and not upset the seasonal apple-cart.

Scott Walker - Artist Profile and Biography
Teen pin-up turned avant-garde recluse. The strange music and even stranger life of Scott Walker.

St. Vincent - Artist Profile and Biography
A look at the life and career of fearsome fretboard shredder, old-fashioned romantic, and all-around dork, Annie Clark.

Top 40 Canadian Albums of the 2000s - The Best Canadian Records of the '00s
It was the decade in which Canadian indie-rock became an industry, and the Great White North shook off an often-embarrassing musical legacy.

Top 10 Belle and Sebastian Songs
The Scottish outfit have had a long (and brilliant) career of sterling pop songs. Here are the ten best.

Top 40 Canadian Albums of the 2000s - The Best Canadian Records of the '00s
It was the decade in which Canadian indie-rock became an industry, and the Great White North shook off an often-embarrassing musical legacy.

Why? Biography - Artist Profile of Yoni Wolf's Project Why?
A look at the life and work of indie-pop/backpacker-rap confessionalist Yoni Wolf.

Top 40 Canadian Albums of the 2000s - The Best Canadian Records of the '00s
It was the decade in which Canadian indie-rock became an industry, and the Great White North shook off an often-embarrassing musical legacy.

Top 40 Canadian Albums of the 2000s - The Best Canadian Records of the '00s
It was the decade in which Canadian indie-rock became an industry, and the Great White North shook off an often-embarrassing musical legacy.

Lush Spooky - Review of Lush's Definitive Alternative Album Spooky
Lush's shiny, sparkly, dewy debut went to town with the shoegaze sound.

Freak-Folk Genre Profile - What is Freak Folk Music
A look at the fleeting flourish of folk-revival revivalists who've redreamt the imaginary hippy utopia for the new century.

Alternative Music Genres Definitions
Don't know your shoegaze from your space-rock? Your twee from your C86? Read on to discover the peculiar secrets of all those baffling genre names.

Lo-Fi Alternative Music Genre Profile
Crack out your Shrimper cassettes! It's a history lesson in the lo-fi movement.

Shoegaze Genre Profile - What is Shoegaze Music
A historical look at the guitar-driven

Genre Profile - Twee
A back-to-basics primer on the indie-est of indie genres, in all its guitar-jangling, cardigan-clad, 7

Andrew Bird Interview - An Interview with Andrew Bird
Bird chirps about doin' time swing-revivalists Squirrel Nut Zippers, the idea that making an album is like

Beach House Interview - An Interview with Victoria Legrand of Beach House (Part 2)
Dear Victoria: If 2009 was the year of Grizzly Bear, is 2010 the year of Beach House? Page 2.

Difference Between Alternative and Indie Music
We debate the question that has plagued mankind for centuries: what do 'alternative' and 'indie' actually really mean? And is it just the same thing?

Alternative Music Basic Characteristics
Your guide to the confusing basics of Alternative Music. Just remember: there are no dumb questions.

Animal Collective Interview - An Interview with Avey Tare of Animal Collective
The wailing AC frontman talks about the authoring of 2009's almighty 'Merriweather Post Pavilion'.

Bon Iver Interview - An Interview with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver
The woolly Wisconsinite discusses his blessed 2008, whether he's actually ever read Thoreau, and his skillz on the basketball court.

Beach House Interview - An Interview with Victoria Legrand of Beach House
The Beach House vocalist talks about the 'sexual' qualities of their third LP, 'Teen Dream'.

Top 10 Thrill Jockey Albums - Best Ever Thrill Jockey Records Releases
From Tortoise to the National Trust, ten of the best from the artful back-catalogue of Chicago's ever-influential Thrill Jockey imprint.

The Sex Pistols Play Manchester 1976 - Alternative Music History
40 people were there, 4000 claim they were. A look at one of the most legendary, influential gigs in modern music history.

Top 10 Indie Band-Name Clichés of the '00s - Alternative Music Band Name Conventions in the 2000s
Whilst alternative music fused into strange new shapes in the '00s, all the band names started to sound the same.

10 Most Influential Bands of the 2000s - The Most Influential Alternative and Indie Bands of the Decade
Though they may not've always been the most popular, these are the 10 acts whose influence loomed large upon their contemporaries in the '00s.

Alternative Music History - Kurt Cobain wears Daniel Johnston T-Shirt to VMAs
Back in 1992, what t-shirt you wore really mattered.

The Slits Cut - Review of The Slits' Definitive Alternative Album Cut
Though initially dismissed due to their age and gender, the music of The Slits has persisted, growing more important with each passing year.

Chad VanGaalen Interview - An Interview with Chad VanGaalen
The tall Canadian songsmith talks raiding rubbish skips, building instruments, and the everyman inspiration of the lo-fi movement.

Chapterhouse Whirlpool - Review of Chapterhouse's Definitive Alternative Album Whirlpool
For lovers of shoegaze, where to turn after My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive? Chapterhouse, my friends.

The Monks Black Monk Time - Review of The Monks' Definitive Alternative Album Black Monk Time
With four decade's worth of hindsight, the Monks' still-thrilling debut may've birthed both punk and kraut-rock.

Skip Spence Oar - Review of Alexander Skip Spence's Definitive Alternative Album Oar
Spence's schizophrenia-addled suite of half-finished songs sold almost no copies in its day, yet ended up influencing the entire lo-fi movement.

Franz Ferdinand Interview - An Interview with Paul Thomson and Bob Hardy of Franz Ferdinand
After the success of their debut record, Franz Ferdinand found themselves in interesting company: Hulk Hogan, James Brown, and The Nanny.

Kings of Convenience Interview - An Interview with Eirik Glambek Bøe of Kings of Convenience
The non-spectacled half of the Norwegian soft-pop bards talks about staying true to their 'Quiet is the New Loud' ideal.

Grizzly Bear Interview - An Interview with Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear
Daniel Rossen talks his Elvis-obsessed childhood, mimicking Nick Drake, Department Of Eagle's dark songs, and the joyousness of 'Veckatimest'.

Public Image Ltd. Metal Box - Review of Public Image Ltd.'s Definitive Alternative Album Metal Box
The continued celebration and canonization of the Sex Pistols has made one thing clear: history's picked the wrong band.

Cat Power Moon Pix - Review of Cat Power's Definitive Alternative Album Moon Pix
Chan Marshall's spooked séance is a suite of songs sweated out in the middle of an Australian summer.

Nirvana Bleach - Review of Nirvana's Definitive Alternative Album Bleach
The best $606.17 recording budget Sub Pop ever presided over.

Palace Music Viva Last Blues - Review of Palace Music's Definitive Alternative Album Viva Last Blues
Will Oldham's third Palace album is his masterwork; at turns urgent and volatile, reluctant and solemn, lovestruck and heartachin'.

The Avalanches - Review of The Avalanches' Definitive Alternative Album Since I Left You
Irony ruled alternative music in the '90s, but The Avalanches' sterling debut swiftly cemented the '00s as a decade unafraid of earnest romanticism.

David Berman Actual Air - Review of David Berman's Book Actual Air
The debut book of poetry for the Silver Jews frontman is a striking collection of razor-sharp syllables.

Rio en Medio Interview - An Interview with Danielle Stech-Homsy of Rio en Medio
With the release of 'Frontier,' the freak-folk siren talks the New Mexico snow, Vashti Bunyan comparisons, and trying to create a

Shannon Stephens Interview - An Interview with Shannon Stephens
Shannon Stephens played in a band with Sufjan Stevens in the '90s. She disappeared. He became a superstar. She was jealous.

Annie Clark of St. Vincent Interview - Twitter Opinions
Chit-chat with the chatty and charming St. Vincent. Page 2.

St Vincent Interview - An Interview with Annie Clark of St Vincent
Chit-chat with the chatty and charming St. Vincent

Tiny Vipers Interview - An Interview with Jesy Fortino of Tiny Vipers
The stark songsmith laments that, though you can leave your small-town upbringing behind, it never really leaves you.

Wavves Interview - An Interview with Nathan Williams of Wavves
Post Primavera meltdown, Nathan Williams talks about being the most hated man in the blogosphere.

History of Factory Records - Factory Records Profile
Chronicle of the rise and fall of Manchester's legendary Factory Records, home to Joy Division, New Order, the Happy Mondays and more.

History of Merge Records - Merge Records Profile
Chronicle of the surprising rise of North Carolina's long-running independent label Merge Records.

History of Paw Tracks Records - Paw Tracks Profile
Profile of Paw Tracks, the label helmed by the members of Animal Collective.

Modest Mouse The Moon and Antarctica - Review of Modest Mouse's Definitive Alternative Album The Moon and Antarctica
Band teetering on the brink of collapse and/or commercial success makes leap of faith, wholly investing themselves in their leader's existential lyricism.

Spacemen 3 Playing with Fire - Review of Spacemen 3's Definitive Alternative Album Playing with Fire
Taking drugs to make music to see God to.

The National Interview - An Interview with Bryan Devendorf of The National
The National's perpetually-pounding drummer talks about dealing with the weight of expectations on 'High Violet'.

Thee Silver Mt Zion Interview - An Interview with Efrim Menuck of Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra
The SMZ leader talks traditionals, name-changes, feeling 'goofy' about singing, and the potential of a Godspeed You! Black Emperor reunion.

The Dead Weather Interview - An Interview with Alison Mosshart of The Dead Weather and The Kills (Part 2)
Despite having toured for nearly 20 years, The Dead Weather's statuesque singer still suffers from stage fright. Page 2.

The Dead Weather Interview - An Interview with Alison Mosshart of The Dead Weather and The Kills
Pulling double-duty in The Kills and The Dead Weather, Alison Mosshart is just trying to keep up with Jack White.

Ariel Pink Biography - Artist Profile of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
The life-and-crimes of A. Pink: home-taping enthusiast turned unexpectedly-influential indie music sage.

Top 10 Riot-Grrrl Records
Riot-grrrl's righteous indignation of sloganeering politics produced a run of raucous, rocking records.

Top 10 Lo-Fi Albums - The Best Ever Lo Fi Records
Home taping didn't kill music, it revolutionized it. Here's 10 classic home-made records committed straight to analogue tape.

She and Him Biography - Profile of M Ward and Zooey Deschanel's Band She and Him
Burying the stigma of the 'actor turned singer' forever, Zooey Deschanel's collaboration with M. Ward has produced some wondrous music.

The Top 10 Best Ever Slow-Core Records
Slow, sad, frighteningly quiet: a rollcall of classic 1990s LPs from these masters of the spartan.

Sleater-Kinney Dig Me Out - Review of Sleater Kinney's Definitive Alternative Album Dig Me Out
The crossover success of Sleater-Kinney's anthemic third album marked the end of riot-grrrl as self-contained, insular movement.

Ariel Pink Interview - An Interview with Ariel Rosenberg of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (Part 2)
Ariel Pink's volumes of lo-fi home-recording were, he thinks, a form of therapy. Page 2.

Dirty Projectors Biography - Artist Profile of Dirty Projectors
Dave Longstreth's project has gone from bedroom four-tracking to six-piece blow-out in a march from obscurity to popularity.

Ariel Pink Interview - An Interview with Ariel Rosenberg of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Ariel Pink needs to be huge right now. And he's not a self-loathing Jew. A conversation with indie music's strangest little lo-fi sage.

The Incredible String Band The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter - Review of The Incredible String Band's Definitive Album The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
Decades before freak-folk, The Incredible String Band had already made folkie weirdness into high, holy art.

Bjork Vespertine - Review of Bjork's Definitive Alternative Album Vespertine
Bjork's greatest album is both masterwork of the digital-music epoch and scrapbook of intimate, tactile moments.

Krautrock Genre Profile - What is Kraut-Rock Music?
To English ears, the psychedelic, progressive, cosmic sound of early-'70s West Germany heralded a brave new sound: krautrock.

Top 20 Sub Pop Albums - Best Ever Albums on Sub Pop Records
Though it'll be forever associated with grunge, Seattle's legendary Sub Pop Records has reinvented itself in the new millennium, presiding over an eclectic lineup of increasingly-successful acts. Here're 10 picks from the label's first 20 years.

Top 20 Sub Pop Albums - Best Ever Albums on Sub Pop Records
Though it'll be forever associated with grunge, Seattle's legendary Sub Pop Records has reinvented itself in the new millennium, presiding over an eclectic lineup of increasingly-successful acts. Here're 10 picks from the label's first 20 years.

Slowcore Genre Profile - What is Slow-core Music
Slow, quiet, sad, introspective, pretty: a look at those fearless slowcore rebels who first dared to not-rock.

Best Beginners Records & All-Time Indie Music Classics
The defining entries in any alternative record collection. The iconoclasts whose singular sound has shaped a whole generation of underground acts.

Elliott Smith Biography - Artist Profile of Elliott Smith
Chronicle of the rise and demise of the ultimate depressive songsmith.

An Interview with Destroyer's Daniel Bejar
Defending sax solos, puzzling over Frog Eyes lack of fame, and pondering over the death of poetry: Destroyer talks; we listen.

Destroyer Interview - An Interview with Daniel Bejar of Destroyer - Part Two


Alternative Music History - J Mascis Kicks Lou Barlow Out of Dinosaur Jr
When the Dinosaur Jr honcho obtusely let his bassplayer go, Barlow turned around and aired his grievances in a series of Sebadoh songs.

Beach House Interview - An Interview with Alex Scally of Beach House
Baltimore-based duo Beach House's slow, droney, comedown dream-pop has legions of listeners analyzing it for meaning. But the band's Alex Scally isn't one of them.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Alternative Music DVDs
Documentary portraits, concert movies, and on-the-road chronicles of the oddball characters and famous names of alternative music.

The Definitive Alternative Albums Of The 2000s
The Internet's digital revolution explodes music-making; more bands, more albums, more mayhem. From amongst the teeming masses, these discs have stood tall.

Modest Mouse Biography - Artist Profile of the Band Modest Mouse
Isaac Brock's adventures with The Pixies, God, jail, Johnny Marr, and chart-topping success.

Sufjan Stevens Biography - Artist Profile of Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens is an artist defined by his ambition.

The Definitive Alternative Albums Of The 1980s
Whilst the mainstream wore fluorescent legwarmers, the underground came of age in the '80s; icons like Sonic Youth, The Smiths, and The Pixies defining the attitude of the era.

The Definitive Alternative Albums of the 1960s.
The fertile musical climate of the 1960s found numerous oddballs, from the Velvet Underground to Os Mutantes, sowing the seeds for future generations of alternative artists. Here, we chronicle the picks of the era.

The Definitive Alternative Albums Of The 1970s
The 1970s found an alternative underground brewing. Psychedelia grew more strange, kraut-rock charted new ground, punk re-wrote the rulebook, and post-punk got red hot.

The Definitive Alternative Albums Of The 1990s
The underground explodes to the overground,

Artists
The bands, songwriters, artists, oddballs, and eccentrics who have made their name and staked their claim in alternative music's annals. Take an in-depth look at the discographies and stories behind the big hitters of indie history.

Books On Alternative Music
The alternative music library, from autobiography and hagiography to longform criticism and underground zines. Rad music. On pages.

Concerts & Festivals
Breaking news on the newest touring schedules for the biggest names in alternative music. Rundowns of the latest festival lineups. Track down your favorite indie acts as they come rolling through your town, attitude in tow.

Genres
From Garage Rock to Post-Rock, Freak-Folk to Twee, our comprehensive breakdown of alternative music's manifold genres helps makes sense of the stickerings.

Record Labels
A look at the record labels behind some of alternative music's most important and innovative albums. From home-run presses to major-label boutiques, we chronicle the iconic names that've carved out their own aesthetic identities through the records they've released.

Alternative Music Websites
Keep up with alternative music's ever-evolving online landscape with this hand-pick'd list of Internet sites.

Biography of Artist Elliott Smith
Chronicle of the rise and demise of the ultimate depressive songsmith. Page 2.

Belle and Sebastian Biography - Artist Profile of Belle and Sebastian
The life and times of the Scottish twee institution.

Belle and Sebastian Artist Profile
The life and times of the Scottish twee institution. Page 2.

My Bloody Valentine Biography - Artist Profile of My Bloody Valentine
A career chronicle of the recently-reborn godheads of the shoegaze movement.

My Bloody Valentine Artist Profile
A career chronicle of the recently-reborn godheads of the shoegaze movement. Page 2.

The Pixies Biography - Artist Profile of The Pixies
The Pixies blistering use of broad dynamics and innovative re-write of pop-song forms redefined guitar music.

The Pixies Artist Profile
The Pixies blistering use of broad dynamics and innovative re-write of pop-song forms redefined guitar music. Page 2.

Sufjan Stevens Speaks About The Age of Adz
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Sufjan Stevens Interview - An Interview with Sufjan Stevens Part Two


Joanna Newsom Artist Profile
A story in which a warbling, harp-playing California girl becomes a towering colossus of the recorded medium.

In the Media
Recommended reading, advised viewing, and unmissable listening from all throughout the alt-rock sphere. Check in on sweet indie audio and video, a comprehensive list of on-the-pulse blogs, and hot tips for top-shelf books, zines, and DVDs.

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New Alternative Music - Forthcoming Album Release Dates
Sort through the glut of new releases with this guide to the upcoming indie-music release schedule.

Frightened Rabbit Biography - Artist Profile of Frightened Rabbit
Frightened Rabbit are an emotionally-driven guitar-rock combo from Scotland. Learn more about their strange ways.

10 International Bands to Watch at CMJ 2013
From Finnish synth-poppers to Australian oddballs, here's 10 choice foreign acts en route to CMJ 2013.

Suicide First Album - Review of Suicide's Definitive Alternative 1977 Self-Titled Album
Reviled in its day, beloved three decades on. Suicide's debut LP might be the most unexpectedly influential in rock history.

Nirvana Biography - Artist Profile of Nirvana
Profile of the life and death of the alternative legends. Page 3.

Top 20 Albums of 2007
Let's count 'em down: the very best alternative and/or indie records of 2007. From Animal Collective to, um, Panda Bear, it's the definitive list of the year's essential listening.

10 Bands to Watch For at SXSW 2014
In Austin for SXSW 2014? Here's ten bands, from Connections to Seoul to Solids, you best keep your eye on.

10 International Acts to Watch at SXSW 2014 - Top Foreign Band Picks from the SXSW 2014 Lineup
Bands from all over the world are heading to Austin for SXSW. From Boogarins to Vaadat Charigim, here's 10 you better not miss.

Definitive Alternative Albums, from the 1960s to the 2000s.
Consider these the building blocks of any self-respecting record collection. From the last 40 years of underground sound, we look at the defining alternative albums of every decade, from their initial influence to their lingering legacy. Get wise to the classic records of indie history.