Crabe – Anti-Vague

Québec band Crabe has a new record up on Bandcamp that lives up to its title: Anti-Vague. There’s nothing faint or subtle about this duo’s rough and eccentric approach to indie rock. They create a serious ruckus for just two dudes, and their songs are sung in French as well–I dunno, I figured that’d be something that interests you.

If you’re into the sounds of colorful, aggressive noiseniks like No Age, then give this thing a try.

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

New York singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten tests patience with a slow burner of a new record.

Sharon Van Etten – “Your Love Is Killing Me”

Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten and her band hammer out a loud but patient ballad on “Your Love Is Killing Me.” Without doing it intentionally–I don’t think–the instrumentation on this one works more like a drone than it does indie or folk rock.

Sharon kicks things off with a distant drum beat, twang-y guitar leads, and some somber keys. Everything just builds, builds, and builds from there. The movement of the song is subtle, but it continues to grow more and more intense as it draws to a close, slowing the progression down a bit on occasion.

“Burn my skin so I can feel you,” Sharon calls out, lining that lyric up with a series of other contradictions that point out just how flawed this “love” she’s speaking of is. Sharon’s voice, like usual, is incredibly powerful, beautiful, and delivered with an immense amount of conviction.

Look for Sharon’s next album, Are We There, via Jagjaguwar on May 27th.

Parquet Courts – “Black and White”

After dropping the rigid, rollicking title track from their sophomore album Sunbathing Animal last month; Parquet Courts are now offering a second glimpse of the project via the considerably wilder “Black and White.” The song features the band’s trademark snarky vocals, but throws a couple of great guitar and electronic freak-outs into the mix. Check it out above and enjoy!

Sunbathing Animal is due out June 3 via What’s Your Rupture? and Mom + Pop. A gentle reminder their debut album was pretty sick.

Ought – More Than Any Other Day

Montreal’s Ought displays a pretty wide set of influences on this debut record of theirs, including experimental folk rock to tracks that blend sounds of Midwest emo with the dismal emotions of bands like Slint.

Pixies – Indie Cindy

Pixies return with a textbook example of a disappointing comeback record.

The Hotelier – Home, Like NoPlace Is There

While the Hotelier’s latest effort stays true to the emo archetype, and delivers some good production, the band’s approach still remains pretty nondescript for the genre.

Geronimo! – “Spitting In the Ocean”

The previously mentioned Geronimo! comes through with a new track titled “Spitting In The Ocean,” which will be showcased on the band’s next record via Exploding In Sound. The title: Cheap Trick. The date: May 13th.

The band’s got a raw sound, but a song pop sensibility, too. I’m finding the sharp guitar leads that kick the song off to be pretty sticky as well. Enjoy!

Sisyphus – Self-Titled

This debut full-length from Sisyphus is far from perfect, but it’s still an incredibly bold and fun display of pop absurdity and genre-blending.

Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else ft. Sami Jarroush

I collaborate with the RIO!B’s Sami Jarroush on this review of the latest Cloud Nothings album.