When the pianist Esbjorn Svensson died in a scuba accident in 2008, many fans of his group, the Swedish trio known as E.S.T., wondered if there might be some unreleased experiments lurking in a studio vault. There were. Just out is a disc called 301, which was recorded in 2008 during sessions for the group's final album.
The Antlers' 2009 album Hospice was the kind of feat no one would want to duplicate: It was audaciously beautiful and belovedby critics, but its wrenching songs reflect and expound upon highly specific personal losses for singer-guitarist Peter Silberman.
When we started the Noise Pop Festival in 1993, we were, to the best of our knowledge, the first to use term "noise pop" to define a certain yin and yang of melody and dissonance. We've been thrilled that it's taken on a life and culture of its own, and we're proud to present this list of the genre's Top 100 songs, as chosen by the creators and team behind the festival and the Noise Pop Podcast.
The Philadelphia pop-rock band Dr. Dog has continued to get better since forming in the early 2000s. The group's seven albums of layered psychedelia are deeply influenced by the best of '60s pop, adding up to a sound that's both timeless and classic.