Rough Trade Records

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Why Cassette Store Day Exists

    In spring of last year, Stephen Rose shot an email to Jen Long and Matt Flag about an idea he had. Each of the three headed independent labels that release cassette tapes: Rose had SEXBEAT, Long ran Kissability and had a hand in Transgressive Records alongside Rose, and Flag oversaw Suplex Cassettes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Phoenix Indie-Rocker Band Knesset Is Big in Japan

    Released last year, Coming of Age is an appropriate title for Knesset's first album, as the band is only now starting to step up locally. Pronounced KA-NESS-ET and named after the legislative branch of the Israeli government, these locals have played in the background of Phoenix since 2007. "[Orig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    British Sea Power: Valhalla Dancehall

    British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall​Not much -- if any -- new music is being released today, so I must jump ahead a week an pick and album from that slate of releases. Among those is the fifth album from Brighton indie rockers British Sea Power, Valhalla Dancehall. How does the band follow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Warpaint: The Fool

    ​This one's for the ladies, compliments of LA all-female quartet Warpaint.Today marks the release of their stunningly cohesive debut album The Fool. Six years in the making, The Fool maps out the band's penchant for all things Joy Division. Well, actually their take is a smidgen more upbeat, thoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Warpaint: The Fool

    ​Artist: Warpaint Title: The Fool Release date: October 25 Label: Rough Trade The musical path taken by L.A. foursome Warpaint is well trodden -- but this kind of ultra-moody, sort of experimental, Joy Division-indebted music is usually plied by men. But Warpaint is a quartet of women, and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Q&A: Dr. Dog's Jeffrey Lewis

    By Frances Michelle Lopez ​It takes a brave person to release an album of covers. Sure, Rod Stewart's "Great American Songbook" had some sweet old school jams, not to mention the nostalgic tracks off of the infamous Pop Goes Punk compilations, and the growing number of indie artists covering hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Scotland May Be Small, But It's Big On Pop Music

    The flag of Scotland What is it about Scotland that makes the country of just more than 5 million people produce far more than its fair share of great pop music artists? Consider the following sample list: Simple Minds, Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, Big Country, Altered Images, The Bluebells, The Je ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Micachu - Innovative Pop Genius, Bona Fide Album of the Year

    Armed with subtle yet snarky British vocals and a staggering amount of originality, Britain's Mica Levi has assembled an album that stands as one of 2009's best so far. I know I have already deemed Reintegration Time by Edmonton's Shout Out Out Out Out as my favorite of 2009 (and Animal Collective b ... More >>

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    The Atlantic Divide

    Ten bands that weren't singing "Yankee Doodle Dandy" in '06

  • Music

    March 4, 2004

    Swallowing Sea Men

    The lads in British Sea Power whet U.S. indie-rock palates

  • Music

    July 10, 2003

    Tough Love

    New York's A.R.E. Weapons play their underbelly electro-punk with their fists in the air -- and in each other's guts

  • Music

    October 25, 2001

    Are They It?

    Believe the hype, because The Strokes are as good as advertised

  • News

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