Video: Agnes Obel – “Riverside” (Live at Studio Brussel)

Danish-born Agnes Obel released her vulnerable album Philharmonics at the end of last year in the UK and U.S. via the internet.  The CD version of the album will be available in the states this...


La guele de bois 2011: The Ruby Spirit

(email|facebook|linkedin) Our favorite anti-shoegaze microhearts have settled on their top 10 list for 2010. Five co-conspirators and 10 albums? Something tells us that -- shall we say -- moral suasion was the order of...


La guele de bois 2011: Cagey House

(email|facebook|linkedin) Dave Keifer of Cagey House writes in with his top tracks of the year. (You still have time to register to win a free, customized Cagey House ringtone, we should add.) Also file...


La guele de bois 2011: N’T

(email|facebook|linkedin) Scott French of N'T (napostrophet) writes in with his top 15 list for 2010. File this one other "top 15 heard in 2010." 15. Refused -- Shape of Punk to Come 14. Wilco...


La guele de bois 2011: Part two

(email|facebook|linkedin) Here are a few more 2010 releases we missed. Start with the fragile, almost barren Sléptis, by Strië. It's one of those rare works of art which seem intended for critical alliteration: Sléptis,...

Top Ten Anticipated Albums for 2011

The Cave SingersNo Witch (2/22 Jagjaguwar)

Welcome Joy was a much underestimated and under appreciated album in 2009. Let's hope that 2011 gets The Cave Singers the recognition that they deserve. Listen to the first single, “Swim Club”, here.

The DecemberistsThe King Is Dead (1/18 Capitol)

Some indie rock snobs might think that The Decemberists sold out with The Crane Wife and subsequently jumped the shark with The Hazards of Love but just hold tight, something tells me that they're going to return to old times with The King Is Dead. Listen to “Down By The Water” here.

Iron and WineKiss Each Other Clean (1/25 Warner Bros.)

Iron and Wine will either send me over the moon or break my heart with this one. We've heard “Walking Far From Home”, which incorporates more electronics than we're used to hearing out of Sam Beam but maybe that will be a good turn to take.

DeVotchKa100 Lovers (2/15 ANTI)

Three years is a long time to wait for a follow up to an album. Luckily this Colorado crew seem like they're going to make it worth the wait. Listen to “Contrabanda” here.


/a>John VandersliceWhite Wilderness (1/25 Dead Oceans)

John Vanderslice took a new approach to his next album. Instead of spending weeks and months in the studio, he spent a grand total of 3 days with Minna Choi and her Magik*Magik Orchestra. Get a little taste here.

Cold War KidsMine Is Yours (1/24)

It seems that most of the time these “most anticipated album” end up no where on the end of the year top ten lists. But something tells me that Mine Is Yours will be a contender next year. Listen to the first two singles here and here.

The Rural Alberta AdvantageDeparting (3/1 Paper Bag Records)

The Rural Alberta Advantage took the indie forum by storm in 2009 and have continued their upward progress ever since then. Hometowns made its way onto a number of top ten lists that year and put on one hell of a tour.

Bright Eyes –  The People’s Key (2/15 Dangerbird)

Supposedly this is going to be Conor O'Berst's retirement release. My assumption is that he's not retiring but just moving beyond Bright Eyes and onto bigger things.

The Mars VoltaTBD

This one has been spinning around the rumor mill lately. In a few different interviews Rodriguez-Lopez has mentioned that the follow up album to Octahedron has been put on hold because he felt that it was “boring”. So we'll see.

Fleet FoxesTBD

Fleet Foxes were on the list last year as well. Initially the thought was that the new album would come out in the second half of 2010 but with just a few weeks left in the year, something tells me that's not going to happen. So we'll hold onto hope for 2011.

The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck (3/29 Merge)

The Mountain Goats are probably one of the most consistent bands in indie rock. They just keep on cranking out great album after great album.