Recommended by Andrew Gospe
Mac DeMarco has become one of the most recognizable figures in modern indie rock, and his ascendance says a lot about where the music is headed. In terms of sound (laid-back, tuneful, retro) and personality (nonchalant, candid, goofy), DeMarco is the antithesis of the buttoned-up Ben Gibbard types who typified indie in the previous decade. One need only delve into the fine print on festival bills—or read the local music listings—to find young bands that cop DeMarco’s style. Few, though, can match his ear for songwriting. DeMarco stays ensconced in his comfort zone on his latest record, This Old Dog, but you can’t fault him too much when being himself has gotten him so far.