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Swimming in the Deep End

Local Natives reflect on their rise to Indie Rock relevance

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 20, 2013
After the unexpected success of their 2010 debut, L.A. Indie rockers Local Natives return with the deep and reflective Hummingbird.  

Frightened Rabbit

March 25 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Urgent and bracing, sullen and surrendering … the music of Frightened Rabbit often seems a mess of emotions tied up in a twitching, fragile guise of genius. Like a thin, bruised girl with a Kurt Cobain kind of problem, Frightened Rabbit would fall apart if you took any one thing (music, lyrics or sentiment) away from it.   

Ex Cops

March 3 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, February 25, 2013
Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have fairly lengthy Indie Rock genealogies between them, but none of their earlier affiliations would have indicated the sonic territory staked out on True Hallucinations, their debut together as Ex Cops.    

Mod Sun

Feb. 19 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, February 11, 2013
Mod Sun works a feel-good genre angle he’s dubbed Hippy Hop that runs on sunshine, positive vibrations and righteous herb. His infectious positivity and zest for living makes him Hip Hop’s Andrew WK.     

Silversun Pickups

Dec. 5 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, December 3, 2012
 Certain bands should just be required to tour every summer and then spend the fall and winter making a new album. Bands like Silversun Pickups, for example.   

Mr. Gnome with Shadowraptr

Nov. 30 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Few duos make the visceral impact or cover the incredible range of Cleveland’s Mr. Gnome, comprised of impish guitarist/vocalist Nicole Barille and hammer-and-tong drummer/keyboardist Sam Meister.   

The Sea and Cake

0 Comments · Monday, October 22, 2012
The Sea and Cake has never been too dedicated to any one concept. Fundamentally, the Chicago four-piece could cozily fit into your average Indie Rock festival, but the group’s not really interested in sticking to an aesthetic palatable for just that one subculture.   

Diamond Rings with Stars and California Wives

Oct. 3 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 2, 2012
 For musicians interested in showmanship and persona building, self-awareness and humility are rare commodities. John O'Regan — the glammed-up, Kraftwerk-adoring Toronto resident behind Diamond Rings — is a refreshing exception to this rule.   

MidPoint Indie Summer Series featuring Bear Hands

Aug. 3 • Fountain Sqaure

1 Comment · Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Post Rock Brooklyn quartet Bear Hand's sense of humor is bannered up front with their name and extends through their playfully weird lyrical content, which often addresses serious subjects from a skewed perspective (or vice versa).   

A Lull

Aug. 2 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 31, 2012
When I told a friend via cell phone that a band called A Lull was about to take the stage at the recently completed Pitchfork Music Festival his response was, “A what?” Possibly uninspired moniker aside, Chicago’s A Lull went on to deliver a dynamic, percussively driven set that drew heavily from the band’s 2011 full-length, Confetti, and this year’s EP, Meat Mountain.  

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