New Indie Rock Music to Check Out

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Here are four new indie rock bands that you should definitely check out. All of them are fresh, innovative, and definitely worth a listen.

The Strokes – The New Abnormal

Their first album in seven years, The Strokes return with a new album that shows the band aging gracefully. “The New Abnormal” is an apt title – these are not the same young men who burst onto the scene in 2001 with “Is This It.”

That’s not to say that the quality of the music has declined – far from it. If anything, The Strokes have only gotten better with age. “The New Abnormal” is a fantastic album, full of catchy hooks and interesting sonic experimentation. Highlights include the singles “At the Door” and “Bad Decisions,” as well as the slower, more atmospheric tracks “selfless” and “Ode to the Mets.”

If you’re a fan of indie rock, or just good music in general, you owe it to yourself to check out The Strokes’ latest album.

The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form

The 1975’s fourth album, Notes on a Conditional Form, is out today. The band’s first album in four years, it’s a sprawling 22-track effort that finds frontman Matt Healy and company expanding their sonic palette and lyrical concerns.

The album has already spawned two singles, “People” and “The Birthday Party,” both of which are standouts among the album’s many highlights. Along with the two singles, some of the other tracks that stand out include “Me & You Together Song,” “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America,” and “I Think There Must Be Something in the Water.”

The 1975 have always had a knack for catchy hooks and earworm melodies, and that talent is on full display on Notes on a Conditional Form. But what elevates the album above the band’s previous work is its willingness to experiment with different sounds and styles. The result is an album that feels both fresh and familiar, an impressive feat for a band that has been around for nearly a decade.

HAIM – Women in Music Pt. III

The third studio album by American pop rock band HAIM, Women in Music Pt. III is a party from start to finish. The album’s title is a reference to the band’s ongoing effort to shift the focus in the music industry away from men and towards women. This is most evident in the lead single “The Steps”, which features the band’s three members (Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim) harmonizing over a catchy bassline. But every track on the album is worth a listen, whether it’s the groovy “Gasoline” or the anthemic “Up From a Dream”.

Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride is the upcoming fourth studio album by American rock band Vampire Weekend. It is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019, by Columbia Records. The album was announced on January 25, 2019, with the release of its lead single, “Harmony Hall”.

Beck – Hyperspace

Beck’s Hyperspace is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. It’s a return to form for the alt-rock icon, who hasn’t released a full-length album in six years. Hyperspace is an ethereal and introspective album that finds Beck at his best. The production is top-notch, and the songs are catchy and unconventional. If you’re a fan of Beck or indie rock in general, this is an album you need to check out.

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