Archive for the ‘Indie Rock’ Category

Harlem Shakes – Technicolor Health – 2009

May 14, 2009

This Brooklyn band debuts with a remarkably well-crafted EP of expansive garage-pop combining ultra-catchy melodies with soaring harmonies. Their bright, effervescent sound incorporates some vintage pop-rock influences (doo wop, Phil Spector and ’60s girl groups) while also fitting in with New York contemporaries like the Strokes and the Walkmen.

Garage rock that sets your feet (and heart) thumping! The rawness is all there, and they sound genuine rather than manufactured.

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Similar Artists:
Fanfarlo, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Handsome Furs, Arms

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Clues – Self Titled -2009

May 6, 2009

Clues was founded in the summer of 2007 by Alden Penner (one-half of Unicorns) and Brendan Reed (Endless Forever, Arcade Fire). In 2008, Clues recruited friends Ben Borden, Lisa Gamble, and Nick Scribner from the Montreal art and music scenes.

During live shows and on recordings, the band share and trade-off on their extensive collection of instruments and create a hopeful, urgent music that expands Montreal’s (already diverse) pop music lexicon, with references to post-punk and experimental music traditions. Clues’ concerts incorporate multiple drummers, a Commodore 64, and an OLPC.

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Similar Artists:
Handsome Furs, The Unicorns, All Makes Parts & Collision, Islands

Titus Andronicus – The Airing Of Grievances – 2008

May 6, 2009

Titus Andronicus is an indie rock band which formed in Glen Rock, New Jersey, United States in 2005. They consist of Patrick Stickles (vocals, guitar), Ian O’Neil (guitar), Ian Graetzer (bass), Andrew Cedermark (keyboards, vocals) and Eric Harm (drums). The band takes its name from the Shakespeare play Titus Andronicus.

Their debut album, The Airing of Grievances, received an 8.5 rating from Pitchfork Media and has received positive reviews elsewhere. The album’s loud, heavily distorted guitars are influenced by shoegaze, while the lyrics and song titles are references to various books and other forms of entertainment (such as the album title, from the Seinfeld episode, “The Strike”, about Festivus).

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Similar Artists:
Cymbals Eat Guitars, Times New Viking, No Age, Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers – Tentacles – 2009

May 6, 2009

Crystal Antlers formed in January 2006 in Long Beach, California. Creating their own blend of psychedelic, punk, & soul, the band quickly became local favorites among a broad range of rock fans. They’ve released two limited 7”s on small labels & recently released their first EP with producer Ikey Owens (Mars Volta/Free Moral Agents). Crystal Antlers issued their debut record, EP, in June 2008.

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Similar Artists:
Cymbals Eat Guitars, Lotus Plaza, Women, No Age

I Was A King – I Was A King – 2009

May 5, 2009

I Was a King are an indie band based in Oslo, Norway, clearly influenced by acts such as Teenage Fanclub, Dinosaur Jr., and My Bloody Valentine. Their music is most commonly referred to as shoegaze and power pop.

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Similar Artists:
Cymbals Eat Guitars, Lotus Plaza, Canadian Invasion

Ptarmigan – Our Ancient Friends – 2009

May 5, 2009

Ptarmigan is a modern band of the powerfolk ambioPop genre formed in Columbia, Missouri in 2007. Evan Walton, Peter Marting, and Ted Carstensen create intricate, powerful explosions from simple folk roots and catchy melodies over levels of ambiance. Their debut album “Our Ancient Friends” was released on April 18, 2009.

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Similar Artists:
Akron/Family, Woods Family Creeps, Barzin, Great Lake Swimmers

The Joy Formidable – A Balloon Called Moaning – 2009

May 5, 2009

The Joy Formidable are Ritzy Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd and Matt Thomas.
The beginnings of TJF began several years ago, when school friends Ritzy and Rhydian chatted on a night out in their hometown of Mold, North Wales. Both opinionated and madly into music, an instant respect was formed and they began meeting regularly at the legendary Buckley Tivoli; then a North Walian mecca for local and touring bands.

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Similar Artists:
Red Light Company, Fight Like Apes, Johnny Foreigner, Howling Bells

Jason Lytle – Yours Truly, The Commuter – 2009

May 5, 2009

Jason Lytle fronted Modesto, California based indie rock outfit Grandaddy, which split up in 2006. He was the sole songwriter in the band, and he sang and played most of the instruments on the albums. Live he handled vocals, guitars and keyboards and synths. He has continued as a solo artist after the end of Grandaddy, so far only playing Grandaddy material at a handful of solo shows.

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Similar Artists:
Grandaddy, Lissy Tryllie, Telekinesis

Starlight Mints – The Dream That Stuff Was Made Of – 2001

May 4, 2009

Starlight Mints are a group of beautiful pop mutants: four oddballs whose love for archetypal pop music and AM radio has provided a rock-solid foundation for a whole bunch of inspired weirdness. Allan Vest (vocals/guitar), Marian Love Nunez (keyboards), Javier Gonzales (bass), and Andy Nunez (drums) began jamming together in the ’90s, giving birth to their own funky brand of heavily instrumental, surrealistically worded pop sound. Maybe you could call it bubblegum psych. It all adds up to something very grand: one marvelous piece of orchestrated, catchy surrealism after another, in the form of 2006’s drowaton.

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Similar Artists:
Fruit Bats, Enon, The Long Winters

The War On Drugs – Wagonwheel Blues – 2009

May 4, 2009

With influences ranging from Dylan and CCR, to Suicide and Silver Apples, Adam Granduciel joins a distinct set of songwriters with his own brand of timeless musicianship. Ushering in a new golden era of polished, yet subcultural exploration, Adam’s voice and music have that unmistakable singularity that comes along only so often. This is not the canon rehashed, rather it is realized with a spirit of invention. This earnest playfulness is at the forefront of the listening experience. Layered with popping ecstatic guitars, with drums sitting firmly and a voice that is urgent and in control, it’s like “I’m On Fire”-era Springsteen with 80s singalong qualities while still being firmly planted in the present.

The War on Drugs started like many bands, primary songwriter Adam Granduciel and neighborly aesthete Kurt Vile were just hanging out and playing their guitars. With the addition of Kyle Lloyd, Charlie Hall, and Dave Hartley and some meandering guest musicians, the band congealed into the current outfit which has been playing out in Philadelphia with increased momentum.

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Similar Artists:
Titus Andronicus, Blitzen Trapper, Plants and Animals