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Indie-rock's new name craze

Indie-rock’s new name craze — Bands like Crystal Stilts and Crystal Castles share clear monikers

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Indie-rock’s new name craze

For a while, indie-rock band names went all lupine (Wolfmother, Wolf Parade, Wolf Eyes) or bear-crazy (Grizzly Bear, Minus the Bear). The latest obsession is now clear: crystal. See below for our picks.

Crystal Stilts, Alight of Night (Slumberland)
Brooklyn outfit bent on moody, lo-fi garage-pop — underwater-echo vocals, fuzzy percussion, grimy guitars.

Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles (Last Gang/PIAS)
Boy-girl dance duo keen on retro synths and Max Headroom mutterings. They’ve found a rabid fan base since bowing this spring.

Crystal Antlers, EP (Touch and Go)
Epic psych-rock chaos, excellent for cathartic scream-offs and dashboard air drums during dull commutes.