Independence Day

What's indie rock? Who cares? Here are 10 great CDs that will blow you away, no matter your definition.

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 in to the quartet's spunky, tangled, three-chord rock 'n' 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.

She Wants Revenge
She Wants Revenge (Geffen)

There are 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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