art rock

Artist: 
Wire
Label: 
Swim

The classic English Post-Punk band Wire is back again with their 2016 release Nocturnal Koreans. Wire, best known for their hardcore, fast paced debut record Pink Flag which inspired legendary punk bands ranging from Minutemen to Minor Threat, bear little semblance to this former sound. The music on this record is much more mellow and relaxed albeit not incredibly original. Wire have also upped the ante on studio trickery on this effort with much less of an emphasis on a raw, rock sound.

Sounds Like: 
U2
Sounds Like: 
Radiohead
Name: 
Paul Lackey
Date Reviewed: 
09/22/2016
Artist: 
Everyone Is Dirty
Label: 
Tricycle Records

Everyone Is Dirty is a violin wielding quartet based in Oakland, CA. The violin is actually the coolest thing ever- it's an electric violin revival of 60s psych rock with dreamy and surrealist melodies. The lyrics are very poetic but depressing sometimes, but the juxtaposition between the vocals/violin from Sivan Gur-Arieh and the rock of the accompanyment creates an intricate and enticing performance,

Sounds Like: 
Speedy Ortiz
Sounds Like: 
Tacocat
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
01/26/2016
Artist: 
Viet Cong
Label: 
Jagjaguwar

Following the death of Chris Reimer and the untimely demise of critically acclaimed and beloved noise rock band Women, the surviving former members went on to work on other projects, one of which is Viet Cong. This self-titled release is their first full-length following an EP titled Cassette, that was very well-received by both critics and fans of Women's own two releases. While I'm not personally familiar with the original band's work, this new album is seriously fantastic. 

Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
Women
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
01/25/2015
Artist: 
Blonde Redhead
Label: 
Kobalt

Blonde Redhead is a trio consisting of twin Italian brothers Simon and Amedeo and Japanese lead singer Kazu Makino. They have been together since the 90s and each album has a distinct and progressing sound.

Sounds Like: 
My Bloody Valentine
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
08/28/2014
Artist: 
TV on the Radio
Label: 
Interscope

YEEES. TV ON THE RADIO. FINALLY. This single is crazy good. At first listen, I didn't really like it because I wasn't expecting this... I think this sounds a bit different from what they've done in the past. "Will Do" sounds more R&B influenced than experimental or jazz inspired. It's more relaxed, mature, and elegant. It's just really fucking good so give it a chance and play it a shit-ton (sorry, I curse when I get fucking pumped up about TVOR)!!!!!

Sounds Like: 
Grizzly Bear
Sounds Like: 
Broken Social Scene
Name: 
Marcea Decker
Date Reviewed: 
03/17/2011
Artist: 
Les Savy Fav
Label: 
Frenchkiss Records

Pretty awesome punk/art rock band, brings a sort of artistic feeling to the sounds of the Sex Pistols and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The singer's style is very reminiscent of Johnny Rotten, especially in "Appetites," "Dirty Knails," and "High and Unhinged," yet he brings in a lot of the grungy sound of Nick Cave's voice in "Poltergeist" and "Clear Spirits." The drums are tight, the vocals always have great rhythm, and the guitars and bass add just enough interest to make it cool but not over the top or boring.

Sounds Like: 
Sex Pistols
Sounds Like: 
Modest Mouse
Sounds Like: 
Nick Cave
Name: 
Ashley Gander
Date Reviewed: 
11/17/2010
Artist: 
Yeasayer
Label: 
Secretly Canadian

Odd Blood is the sophomore work of the psychedelic Brooklynites who call themselves Yeasayer. Self-described as “Middle Eastern-psych-snap-gospel," these folks manage to entertain their audiences with synthesized loops and occasionally introspective lyrics. You want to dance to this in your chair. Do it. Nobody's watching.

Sounds like: non-droney Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear with a fast beat, Here We Go Magic (sometimes.)

2!!!!!! (3:55) Play me NOW. Upbeat and catchy as hell. art-freak-pop. (This was their single)

Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Here We Go Magic
Name: 
Hannah Hollins
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2010
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