Editors' Notes In the early ‘00s, indie rock's abrasive surfaces started to get buffed away by the soothing influence of dance music. By the ‘10s, large swaths of the indie-verse had become guitar-free zones altogether, with New Wave revivalists Future Islands, DIY electro queen Grimes, and cinematic maximalist M83 putting their singular, modernist spins on shiny, ‘80s-style synth-pop. Even rock-schooled acts like Spoon and Tame Impala surrendered to the allure of digitized beats and washed-out textures. But old-school adherents could still get their fuzz-box fix from the raucous anthems of Japandroids and the grungy diatribes of Courtney Barnett.

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