Jeff Skruck

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  • 12 years ago | Reviews

    For numerous indie bands, Bee Hives, recorded between Broken Social Scene's cerebral debut Feel Good Lost and its pop-friendly followup You Forgot It in People, would be a masterstroke. But for these Canadians, still glowing from last year's break...

  • 12 years ago | Reviews

    On Pavement's Slanted and Enchanted, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg and Stephen Malkmus defined the indie rock aesthetic. Any sense of proficiency was thrown out the window in favor of near-shoddy sound quality, absurd sing-speak lyrics, jackleg g...

  • 12 years ago | Reviews

    The Walkmen deserve praise for painting their influences with something that is both a few shades weirder and more charged and electrifying. On the hell-raising "The Rat" from its second full-length, Bows and Arrows, the group sounds like it's upd...

  • 12 years ago | Reviews

    Few bands warrant as much scrutiny as Yo La Tengo, which has been making artful, inventive, and adventurous music since 1984. It's because the Hoboken, New Jersey trio have consistently released beautiful and sophisticated offerings, from noisy gu...

  • 12 years ago | Reviews

    It's been twelve years since Kevin Shields released the masterpiece Loveless with his band My Bloody Valentine. Since then he has sworn many times to return with a followup, but didn't resurface until one of Hollywood's most promising directors, S...

  • 12 years ago | Reviews

    Arguably no other indie pop release this year is as highly anticipated as the Shins' sophomore effort, Chutes Too Narrow. In 2001 the quartet seemingly came out of nowhere -- well, Albuquerque, New Mexico -- with their debut Oh, Inverted World, wh...

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