For our music feature this week, we spoke with acclaimed L.A. indie rockers Local Natives about their much-anticipated new album Hummingbird, out next week. Ascending from relative obscurity in Orange County to opening for Arcade Fire on tour in 2011, Local Natives helped breathe new life into the S ... More >>
With the anticipated return of big-name indie bands like Phoenix, Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend this year, 2013 is shaping up to be big. But aside from the usual suspects, there are also some newcomers and reunited acts expected to make noise this year. Here are some albums we speculate may end up ... More >>
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15. Michael McDonald
A yacht-rock refugee, McDonald took the blandest elements of his former bands Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers -- smooth jazz keys, pinched falsetto harmonies, bass lines kidnapped from d ... More >>
No - The Echo - March 19, 2012
Better than: Yes?
Despite having played eight SXSW shows, L.A. indie rockers No showed no signs of wear at the Echo last night, playing the third Monday show of their March residency.
It felt like a homecoming when they took the stage at 11, with the crowd clapping, ... More >>
Initially a place where music executives could check out a bunch of emerging bands in the span of a few days, SXSW has become the spring break of the music biz. Bands from all over the globe descend on Austin hoping to convince the masses they're the next big thing. While megastars like Bruce Spring ... More >>
Timothy NorrisThe National, Neko Case and Sharon Van Etten
September 11, 2011
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Better Than: Listening to these bands perform on "Morning Becomes Eclectic."
It was only t ... More >>
Keith KlenowskiBy Michael Christopher
Criss cross continents for as long as the National has and weird shit is bound to happen. Take, for instance, an incident last summer in Honolulu when the band's frontman, Matt Berninger, was taken into federal custody under suspicion that he had smugg ... More >>
Back in 2009, the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner produced and curated the double-disc compilation Dark Was the Night. The proceeds from this double-disc compilation benefited the AIDS-fighting Red Hot Organization and featured a selection of indie rock bands from Spoon to Death Cab. Yeste ... More >>
Photograph by Paul R. Giunta courtesy of Prefix MagazineThe NationalBefore seeing The National at The Wiltern, I already had cheap shots ready for this introduction, all centered on one cold, snarky question: Is Joy Division from Brooklyn?
On Saturday night, as the sun dropped into the down ... More >>
The National at Coachella, Day One.
By Chris Martins
Photos by Timothy Norris
The National were off to a strong start, but something wasn't right. The weather was just shy of idyllic; the band - expanded to seven with the addition of horns - was almost synced; the crowd was flirting with movement ... More >>
The rise of classically informed indie music, one awesome photograph of MC 62 Foot Jesus, and my thoughts on "conflict of interest" in music criticism today. ALSO, a member of Grizzly Bear getting crunk in a Cincinnati, OH parking lot. It's kind of like US Weekly for obscure people.
10. Spoon-Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga [Merge]
Sasha Frere-Jones is a joke and Spoon can prove it. I mean, if all I had to judge indie rock on was the Arcade Fire and the Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens (all acts I like), maybe I might come up with something as hackish as his risible blow-up, but the best R& ... More >>