Clearly nobody needs a primer on indie rock. We all have our own idea of what it is, right? Nonetheless, why is it that so few of us can agree on who deserves such a designation? Attempting to define indie rock universally is as futile a task as trying to explain why Nyquil is green and Dayquil is orange. Is the term literal? Should major label artists be excluded from consideration? If so, where would that leave quintessential indie bands like Sonic Youth, Built to Spill, Modest Mouse and R.E.M.? Is indie purely an aesthetic? An ethos? An ideal based solely on a DIY approach? Ultimately, as any Pitchdork blogger or college radio DJ could tell you, indie rock is a shape-shifting term that encompasses any and/or all of those things. And many of my favorite releases this year offer a pretty good reflection... More >>>