The most encouraging music trend this century is the triumph of the "indie" act. Thanks to the democratization of distribution outlets and blogging enthusiasts, credible underground artists like Arcade Fire have transformed into global pop heroes. It's a force infecting the entire West Coast, with intrepid performers like Portland's Decemberists, ex-Seattleites Band of Horses, and Los Angeles' Silversun Pickups graduating from moderate gigs to making repeat appearances on... More >>>