Lotus Plaza – The Floodlight Collective – 2009

May 5, 2009

Lotus Plaza is the solo effort of Deerhunter’s Lockett pundt. His debut LP, entitled The Floodlight Collective, was released on March 23, 2009 by Kranky.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars, Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, Here We Go Magic

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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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Cymbals Eat Guitars, Lotus Plaza, Canadian Invasion

Two Door Cinema Club – Some Good Can Work – 2009

May 5, 2009

Two Door Cinema Club are 3 people with the help of technology and a thirst for anything quirky. If you were to pose the question, “Where do Two Door Cinema Club live?” and someone was to answer, “Why, Bangor!” That someone would only be 66.67% correct because Two Door Cinema Club are a Bangor/Donaghadee based electro pop band. An obvious absence in the rhythm department is humbly filled by an unadulterated Macintosh and the electronic thump from the fourth imperceptible member goes hand in hand with the electro/pop direction.

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General Fiasco, Hockey, Friendly Fires

Metallic Falcons – Desert Doughnuts – 2006

May 5, 2009

Metallic Falcons are Sierra Casady and Matteah Baim. Sierra Casady is probably best known for her participation in CocoRosie. According to an interview on splendid, their music is baby metal (in contrast with heavy metal)

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Rio en Medio, CocoRosie, Jana Hunter

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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Grandaddy, Lissy Tryllie, Telekinesis

Total Bummer – Total Bummer EP – 2008

May 4, 2009

Brooklyn Cannon, originally from Victoria, British Columbia but now residing in Montreal, Quebec, is a musician who has been active within the Canadian independent music scene for the better part of a decade. She has been a member of Victoria bands such as God Shaped Vacuum -whose members included Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, as well as Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes and Swan Lake-, and Atlas Strategic -again with Boeckner-, who released two albums: Rapture, Ye Minions! (2000-Global Symphonic Records) and the independently released That’s Familiar (2002).

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St. Vincent, El Perro del Mar, My Brightest Diamonds

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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Titus Andronicus, Blitzen Trapper, Plants and Animals