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What's F'n Next? DIIV

Zach Cole Smith is grappling with extremes.

By LIZ PELLY  |  September 21, 2012

Lost in the ethereal sound of Blouse

Music is often meant to soothe, to relax the mind, and — at times of greatest need — to provide an escape from our drab daily grind.
Modern-day escapism
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 04, 2012

Beach House | Bloom

For most bands, being labeled "formulaic" is an insult.
Sub Pop (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  May 04, 2012

Tennis | Young & Old

Denver's Tennis, the husband/wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, are back with another slab of dreamy, feather-light pop.
Fat Possum (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  February 10, 2012

Sleep 8 Over | Forever

Of all the underground scenes causing a stir in the online music community, the sleepy lo-fi that's been coming out of Austin might be the least effervescent.
Hippos In Tanks (2011)
By PATRICK MCDERMOTT  |  October 07, 2011
antlers list

The Antlers find strength in dream-pop numbers

The indie-rock world adores its creative hermits more and more every day.  
Going full burst
By REYAN ALI  |  June 10, 2011

Stilts list

Crystal Stilts | In Love With Oblivion

Slumberland (2011)
Slumberland (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  April 08, 2011
Elbow list

Elbow | Build A Rocket Boys!

With the Mercury Music Prize for 2008's The Seldom Seen Kid , Elbow took their rightful place among post-Britpop stars.
(Fiction/Polydor/Downtown 2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  April 08, 2011

Night Fruit add grit to a dream-pop landscape

My fascination with dream pop — a genre characterized by washy guitars and airy, indistinct vocals — lies in its effects when done right: a sense of vague translocation and a fleeting feeling of transcendence.
Nocturnal cravings
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  October 01, 2010

Who's afraid of Memoryhouse?

Sifting through music discs for literary references can often bear scant fruit.
Ontario dream-pop duo find inspiration in the library stacks
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  August 06, 2010

The Cure | Disintegration: Deluxe Edition

Originally released in 1989, Disintegration is not just one of the Cure’s masterpieces — it’s also their commercial peak.
Rhino (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  June 04, 2010


Not teens, not dreams

“The abstract has been very good to us.” I am communicating via e-mail with the two members of Baltimore’s dreamy pop choir Beach House, and to be honest, I don’t know which one of them made that statement.
Beach House avoid the literal
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 26, 2010