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Having trouble finding a good album in our collection? Then check out these great selections of alternative rock music! Also check out my other two music posts here and here.

Note: Other great CD's by these bands are not listed because the library does not own them. Feel free to request them through the Inter-Library Loan department and pay a dollar for them to deliver it to your BCLS library.

Cymbals Eat Guitars:

Lose (2014)

Death Cab For Cutie:

Transatlanticism (2003)

Plans (2005)

The album delivers everything the group does best in emotional, experimental songs such as "What Sarah Said" and "I Will Follow You into the Dark," which both blend stark lyrical details with acoustic guitars and soft-focus electronics. In "Soul Meets Body," meanwhile, songwriter Ben Gibbard has come up with the kind of blissful, beatific pop song that's capable of disarming even the harshest skeptic.

Narrow Stairs (2008)

The Open Door EP (2009)

2009 EP from the Indie favorites containing four new tracks and one unreleased demo. Although the four new tracks are a little different from those on the last album, The Open Door can be considered a companion piece to Narrow Stairs.

Codes and Keys (2011)

2011 album from the Alt-Rock heroes. The album breaks away, though not completely, from the guitar-driven style of the band known so well to fans, making use of piano and electronically centered songs that will undoubtedly meet their expectations.

Kintsugi (2015)

The Decemberists:

The Hazards of Love (2009)

The King is Dead (2011)

2011 album from the Portland-based Alt-Rock/Folk band. The King Is Dead is a mostly-acoustic set of concise, Americana-based songs, that marks a deliberate turn towards simplicity after the band's wildly ambitious and acclaimed 2009 song-cycle The Hazards Of Love.

What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (2015)

From the soaring, bittersweet first single Make You Better , to the ruminating ballad Lake Song , and anthemic closer A Beginning Song , What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World establishes itself as the Decemberists most varied and dynamic work to date, both musically and emotionally.

Father John Misty:

I Love You, Honeybear (2015)

Gerard Way:

Hesitant Alien (2014)

Gerard Way former frontman of My Chemical Romance, making his debut as a solo artist with the album, Hesitant Alien.


El Pintor (2014)

El Pintor is Interpol's fifth and most exhilarating studio album. It's a driving, relentless record, taut and epic in equal measure. In contrast with previous records, Interpol took a step back on El Pintor and let the songs happen. What emerged is something urgent and compelling, something revitalized and reenergized. The result is as accomplished and thrilling a collection as the band has ever released.

Kurt Vile:

Wakin on a Pretty Daze (2013)

LCD Soundsystem:

Sound of Silver (2007)

Two years after LCD Soundsystem's eponymous full-length debut sent indie scenesters rushing to the dancefloor, the outfit headed by dance-rock producer James Murphy serves up another stiff cocktail of punk, dance, and funk with Sound of Silver. Analog synths, chugging basslines, chunky guitars, and Murphy's wild falsetto excursions are once again the foundation to which is added the new and strange.

This is Happening (2010)

Modest Mouse:

Good News for People Who Love Bad News (2004)

The prevailing mood is that Modest Mouse has pulled off something extraordinary here: a well-rounded, lovable record that doesn't sound anything like David Gray.

Strangers to Ourselves (2015)

Queens of the Stone Age:

Rated R (2000)

Trippy, forceful, and timeless, Rated R is rife with heavy, heady, trance-inducing post-hippie creations that recall Soundgarden and Fu Manchu.

Lullabies to Paralyze (2005)

Queens of the Stone Age are back with their most groundbreaking work to date,' Lullabies To Paralyze.' Their new offering is a powerful, sonic, ride that further demonstrates how relevant this band is to today's music scene. Joined by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Seattle's finest, Mark Lanegan and a few other surprise guests.

...Like Clockwork (2014)

Queens of the Stone Age emerges with not only their best work to date, but one of the most ambitious, fully realized classic rock albums in recent memory.

Ryan Adams:

Ryan Adams (2014)

Ryan Adams' new album is a self-titled affair and the first to be released on the combined Pax Am/Blue Note imprint. Produced by Adams himself at his own Pax Am Studios in Los Angeles, the new record is the NC-born singer/songwriter s first full length since 2011's acclaimed Ashes & Fire. The first single 'Gimme Something Good' has already elicited wide praise with Stereogum exclaiming 'he doesn't seem to have lost a songwriting step. This thing is a total knockout.'


Sleater-Kinney (1995)

Call the Doctor (1996)

Dig Me Out (1997)

The Hot Rock (1999)

All Hands on the Bad One (2000)

No Cities to Love (2015)

No Cities to Love is the first album in 10 years by Sleater-Kinney (guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein, vocalist/guitarist Corin Tucker, and drummer Janet Weiss), who came crashing out of the '90s Pacific Northwest riot girl scene, setting a new bar for punk's political insight and emotional impact. Formed in Olympia, WA in 1994, Sleater-Kinney were hailed as "America's best rock band" by Greil Marcus in Time Magazine, and put out seven searing albums in 10 years before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006.

TV On the Radio:

Seeds (2014)

Young the Giant:

Young the Giant (2011)

Young the Giant write the sort of soaring, melodic rock 'n' roll that's bound for greatness. From the jolting percussion and anthemic chorus of 'My Body,' to the lovesick fervor of 'Cough Syrup,' to the uptempo, sun-stained pop of 'I Got,' the California five-piece's stunning debut features an arresting collection of songs that announce the presence of a vital new band.

Mind Over Matter (2014)