Music to Wonk Out To



Paul Krugman, indefatigable voice of liberal dissent, is on to Arcade Fire and put forth the following request:


Meanwhile, my very belated discovery of Arcade Fire punctured my dour baby-boomer belief that nothing good has come out of music since I turned 30 or so. So I'm now on the lookout for post-1990 music I like (hey, I'm serious about that baby-boomer stuff), often finding it by following recommendations from videos of other music I like. As you may have noticed, my tastes run very strongly to indie bands -- I don't think I'm going to fall in love with any of the mega-commercial artists, although you never know. Also, I like live performances a lot better than highly produced videos.

OK, so that isn't a request. But it's the internet so let's make it one. All I have to recommend are the usual suspects--TV On The Radio, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric and Broken Bells. I'm not even sure why those bands are related. It's not like they're all rapping.

Anyway. Where should a fan of Arcade Fire look next?
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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