Tag Archives: indie

Now Playing: Sheer Mag – “What You Want”

6 Jan

Morning obsession, Sheer Mag’s “What You Want.” The Philadelphia outfit will be making their Coachella debut this spring and I have a feeling I’ll be getting up extra early to catch them live. Now I’m just kicking myself for not seeing them at SXSW last year. Give a listen and decide for yourself.

Now Playing: Baywood – “I Can Breathe Again”

2 May

This week I’ve been really getting into this band, Baywood. Comprised of Joe Ginsberg and Jarrad Kritzstein, the Cali duo bring a refreshing indie-folk sound that is definitely music you need to be listening to. Give a listen below to “I Can Breathe Again” and pick up Seasons.

New Music: Royal Teeth – “Wild”

19 Mar

Ah yes, the buzz about bands that lit up SXSW has begun flooding the internet. Glad to have read on numerous sites/blogs that two bands we have been high about for some time, Alabama Shakes and The Lumineers, rocked it down in Texas and since I didn’t have the chance to make it this year, I’m going to be bringing you a recount from a buddy who was on the ground last week.

But in the meantime, thanks to a little appearance on CNN over the weekend (they had a big time setup on site), I’m pushing my hand towards another Louisiana group to make some noise this year (last year was GIVERS), Royal Teeth.  If seeing them perform on television was enough to convince me, listening to their Act Naturally EP gave me more reason to give some additional spins.  Give a listen below to the indie-pop band and if you like them, head to their website and explore a bit more and download their music.

 

New Music: San Cisco

16 Jan

Feel free to do the happy dance, it is Music Monday after all! To get the week started heading in the right direction here’s yet another band from down under, San Cisco. The Australian four-piece released their first EP, Golden Revolver, last year with a second EP, Awkward, slated for release on February 7.   They fall into the trending indie-pop category but in a very good way will a playful spirit and fun loving harmonies.  If you are a fan of GROUPLOVE, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend or The Jungle Giants, you’ll definitely be digging this rising young group from Australia.

Here’s the title track off the upcoming EP, “Awkward.”

 

New Music Tuesday: Drake, Childish Gambino, Los Campesinos!

15 Nov

New music Tuesday is here and a good week if you love hip-hop.

  • Drake’s much anticipated sophomore effort, Take Care, drops and should come firing out the gate and reach number one on the charts.

 

  • Donald Glover and his alter ego, Childish Gambino, release his debut album CAMP, a follow-up to his heralded EP.

 

  • Betty Wright: The Movie with The Roots, a soulful album with plenty of guest spots may be the play however.
  • And on the indie front, Los Campesinos! are back with their latest full length release, Hello Sadness.

Tonight: The Naked and Famous Live at The Cosmopolitan

30 Aug

If you are in Vegas you probably should make your way to The Cosmopolitan tonight as The Naked and Famous are playing out at The Boulevard Pool at 9 p.m.  I saw them perform out at Lollapalooza and damn, did they put on one heck of a show.  If you’ve never heard of The Naked & Famous, now’s your chance to get up close and personal with the group from Down Under.  I honestly don’t think people realize how lucky those of us who live in Las Vegas are to get bands like this to perform right in our backyard. Hope to see you tonight!

Countdown to Lollapalooza: 2 Days – GROUPLOVE

3 Aug

Saturday, Aug. 6 – Sony Stage, 12:00 p.m.

I seriously think of all the great bands playing Lollapalooza, I may be most excited about seeing GROUPLOVE.  It’s going to be rise and shine early as they kick things off Saturday at noon.  Check out the post I wrote back in June and you’ll see why I can’t wait to see these indie rockers who met on the island of Crete.  Looking forward to hearing some new tunes off their debut LP, Never Trust A Happy Song which drops in September.   

 

Countdown to Lollapalooza: 6 Days – Two Door Cinema Club

30 Jul

Friday, Aug. 5, Sony Stage, 5:00 p.m.

Another band I’ve been dying to see live, Two Door Cinema Club.  I love their indie-pop/electro/rock combination.  From their thieving guitar sound and Alex Trimble’s vocals, you just have to say to yourself, ‘wow.’

Not that this should be what you base it on but TDCC are part of the incredible growing line-up on Glassnote Records (Phoenix, Mumford & Sons, GIVERS, Temper Trap, etc.), not bad company for the Irish Trio to be associated with.

 

Countdown to Lollapalooza: 7 Days – Walk The Moon

29 Jul

Saturday, Aug. 6, Music Unlimited Stage, 12:45 p.m.

This is one show you’ll want to get to the festival early for.  Hands down one of the top performances at Bonnaroo earlier this summer, Walk The Moon, put on an energetic, electric set from start to finish. Riding high on the release of i want! i want! and the lead single “Anna Sun,” the quartet from Ohio are primed and ready to break it big.

And get the face paint ready (you’ll figure it out!).

New Music: GROUPLOVE

28 Jun

Another band I’ve been getting into recently and perfect for summer is GROUPLOVE.  Based out of LA but formed out of one wild musical summer on the island of Crete, members hail from Brooklyn, Los Angeles and London.  From the first listen to their self titled EP it was as if I was already familiar with the sound and heard these songs before.  Each of the six-tracks on the EP present a dynamic indie-rock and pop sound with crisp guitars, solid drums and sheer joy but it is Christian Zucconi’s vocals that stand out and impress me the most.  I still can’t pin his voice to who it reminds me of exactly but it captivates you (perhaps a blend of Todd Shaeffer of From Good Homes and Issac Brock of Modest Mouse?).

Fresh off playing the legendary Glastonbury Festival, GROUPLOVE, are touring outside the states but return for gigs at Lollapalooza and Outside Lands this summer.  If you’re going to one or both, don’t miss their show; you’ll want to see them before their debut release, Never Trust A Happy Song, drops this September.