Slaps in the Face

From Bedroom to Polemic, Indie Stays That Way

One step behind the drum style
—Le Tigre, "Hot Topic"

At the same time there is a welcome opening out of hip-hop. It's a mellow thrill to hear Handsome Boy Modeling School's So . . . How's Your Girl? The leaflet photos—martinis and cigars, hovering lovelies—slant off what's inside: a cascade of varied and cunning song material plus impressive guest shots from a kaleidoscope of genres.

We know musical inspiration transcends boundaries; what's new is that many indie artists look set to tackle gender, social, and racial themes as never before. Far from conceding that music is indie'd out, we can look forward to a very good year—and decade.

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