Top 10 Influential Indie Albums

Getting into indie music can seem overwhelming at first. The umbrella term “indie” seems to encompass an endless supply of bands, and trying to find the scene’s critically acclaimed heavyweights is fairly time-consuming. Even when these bands are discovered, listening to their complete discography can seem daunting, especially when members are involved in solo and…

The Top 10 Albums of 2016

Alright, we all know 2016 was a pretty terrible year, so I’m not going to beat a dead horse here. Instead, I’d like to focus on some of the great music released these past twelve months. While 2015 gave us some impressive debuts and high-quality albums by bands that have yet to let us down,…

Top 10 Indie Music Videos of 2016

Pitchfork recently released their “Best Music Videos of 2016” countdown, and I couldn’t help but feel the list will be strongly correlated with their top albums and top songs lists, and not based on the merit of the videos alone. This seems to echo the trend of MTV’s Video Music Awards, where popular artists dominate…

Top 10 High-Vocabulary Indie Songs

Indie music is frequently mocked for its pretentiousness. After all, what other vaguely-defined genre seemingly awards points based on obscurity and is full of songs that sound like they were written with a thesaurus in one hand and an encyclopedia in the other?   The following songs don’t really shatter this stereotype. At least they’ll…

Top Albums of 2015

2015 was an all-around amazing year for music. There were some astounding debuts, great surprises by bands that hadn’t been heard from in years, and high-quality albums by artists that have yet to let us down. There were also a number of good-but-not great albums by indie heavyweights (The Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian, Modest Mouse)…

Top 10 Indie Music Videos for Halloween

When Halloween rolls around, there are very few songs that seem appropriate for the holiday. It’s not like Christmas, where every other band has released a song or album for the occasion. Sure there’s “Monster Mash,” but that’s a novelty song that gets old after exactly one listen. As far as music videos, yes, there’s…

The Top 10 Ridiculous Indie Subgenres

As controversial as they are, musical genres help us better express what we listen to and find artists similar to those we already enjoy. In general terms, you can say you enjoy “rock” or “hip-hop” or “country.” With indie music, you might say “this has a folk sound” or “this is garage rock” or “this…