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Independence Day

What's indie rock? Who cares? Here's ten great CDs that will blow you away, no matter your definition

9. Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What
I'm Not

(Domino)

This past spring, the Arctic Monkeys were on the tongues of tastemakers and (ack!) hipsters everywhere. The hype machine was stuck in overdrive, and I swore that I wouldn't fuel it. In the end, though, I finally succumbed and bought into the quartet's spunky, tangled, three-chord rock and roll swindle. I was drawn in by the messy, frenetic bedlam of "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "Dancing Shoes," and now I can't get the monkey off my back. Sucker? Guilty as charged.

10. She Wants Revenge
She Wants Revenge
(Geffen)

TV on the Radio reached new heights on their climb to the top with Return to Cookie Mountain.
Roman Barrett
TV on the Radio reached new heights on their climb to the top with Return to Cookie Mountain.
Kevin Devine's Put Your Ghost to Rest delivered memorable, heartrending tunes.
Sam Thorne
Kevin Devine's Put Your Ghost to Rest delivered memorable, heartrending tunes.

There's plenty of reasons I shouldn't dig She Wants Revenge. For starters, the act's sound is completely derivative. (Obviously so. I mean, really, a song titled "Tear You Apart"?) And the skuzzy, minimalistic electro come-ons seem just a little too calculated in a Hot Topic Goth sort of way. In spite of all that, though, there's something oddly riveting to me about a band that can deliver lines like "She's in the Bathroom/She pleasures herself," with a straight face.

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