Indie-rock’s new name craze
For a while, indie-rock band names went all lupine (Wolfmother, Wolf Parade, Wolf Eyes) or bear-crazy (Grizzly Bear, Minus the Bear). The latest obsession is now clear: crystal. See below for our picks.
Crystal Stilts, Alight of Night (Slumberland)
Brooklyn outfit bent on moody, lo-fi garage-pop — underwater-echo vocals, fuzzy percussion, grimy guitars.
Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles (Last Gang/PIAS)
Boy-girl dance duo keen on retro synths and Max Headroom mutterings. They’ve found a rabid fan base since bowing this spring.
Crystal Antlers, EP (Touch and Go)
Epic psych-rock chaos, excellent for cathartic scream-offs and dashboard air drums during dull commutes.