Articles written by: Sami Ross

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I Love You, It’s Cool falters under the weight of one too many synth beats

So often in the musical community, one must grapple with the constant question that looms over new indie music; is this good music because it sounds cool or is this good music because it’s genuinely creative? One genre that brings to mind that concern is the fascinating spawn of the […]

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Dinosaur Feathers’ Whistle Tips just in time for summer

Dinosaur Feathers may be one of the sweetest bands you’ve never heard of. Their first album, Fantasy Memorial, boasted some catchy tunes but never became very popular. With summer approaching, Dinosaur Feathers’ brand of sunny indie rock-pop may finally have its time to shine. Their latest record, Whistle Tips, is […]

Port of Morrow proves The Shins can still change your life
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Port of Morrow proves The Shins can still change your life

Remember that infamous scene in Garden State when Natalie Portman hands her headphones to Zach Braff and assures him that The Shins will change his life? At that moment, unless you were already hip and in the know, The Shins worked their way into the hearts of indie rock lovers […]

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Perfume Genius’ Put Your Back N 2 It turns pain into art

If the nineties taught us anything at all, it’s that misery loves company, and, more specifically, the miserable love a musician who can play guitar with the best of them but isn’t afraid to cry. 2012 has brought in a wave of new artists who openly talk about the darker […]

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Sleigh Bells slump?

Sleigh Bells’ latest record Reign of Terror brings up a tricky question: Is it important to see growth in a sophomore album or should the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality apply to new material? Reign is, without a doubt, a good album. Alexis Krauss’s signature war cry […]

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Sharon Van Etten’s album Tramp proves to be excellent musical therapy for listeners

When the A.V. Club asked Sharon Van Etten to describe her reasoning for writing so many depressing songs, she replied, “I guess I usually write when I’m in a really intense headspace, because it’s my form of self-therapy.” Van Etten’s third album Tramp is so lyrically poignant that it is […]

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Wilco’s iTunes session

For those of you who couldn’t get enough of Wilco’s latest LP, The Whole Love, you’re in for a treat. This month, the Chicago superstars have dropped a special EP aptly titled iTunes Session. This eight-track record features Wilco songs that span across the decades; dedicated fans will be pleased […]

The newest release from indie rock band Cloud Nothings is a solid effort to reposition themselves in a darker, more serious direction.
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Cloud Nothings prove indie music still rocks hard

Dylan Baldi’s band Cloud Nothings is all grown up. On their latest album, “Attack on Memory,” the band leaves behind their dreamy lo-fi days for darker material. The catchy melodies are still intact; however, thanks to producer Steve Albini, the sound is aggressive and more powerful than anything that Cloud […]

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Cultural indie, Dengue Fever

In the world of indie music, it is difficult to stand out. However, Dengue Fever will never have to worry about blending in with the herd. Their latest album, Cannibal Courtship, proves that the band has perfected their craft and created a harmonious balance between Cambodian and western rock music. […]

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All hail 2011’s rock goddesses

WARNING: If you have experienced a crying jag in the past 24 hours due to excessive consumption of pregnant Beyonce photos or Adele songs, I highly suggest you take some time to detox before reading on. For my final article of 2011, it seemed appropriate to reflect on one of […]