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Jacuzzi Boys – Double Vision

Miami, Florida’s alternative sensation Jacuzzi Boys are back with their brand new, self-titled album due out September 10th. Breezy vocals soar over zip guitar lines, laser-like keys, tambourines, and hand claps while groovy bass lines keep the album flowing from song to song. A lazy feel to the lo-fi indie makes Jacuzzi Boys a nice, relaxing listen while allowing the listener to reflect on the past, present, and future. Check out their new single “Double Vision” off their upcoming September 10th release Jacuzzi Boys below. Read More…

Shakey Graves – Roll the Bones

You don’t normally hear of a lot of original-sounding bands coming out of Austin, in fact Texas as a whole tends to follow the same twangy style of country lines. That was, until Shakey Graves. Instead of going the whole looping route that you see a lot of one-man bands doing, Shakey Graves decides to play everything at once. Using his guitar as both a bass and a main guitar line and each foot working a different percussive element, he’s able to establish a sound by himself many bands take at least three to achieve. Take a look at a live video for his song “Roll the Bones” courtesy of the Good Music Club. Read More…

A Great Big Pile of Leaves – Pet Mouse

Brooklyn’s A Great Big Pile of Leaves are back with their second full-length album You’re Always On My Mind. Though not as catchy as their previous efforts, the new album continues to showcase the band’s creative guitar work, intricate drum lines, and nostalgic lyrics that we love so much. AGBPOL continue with the “one high, one low” style of vocals, but seem to have perfected the art of when and for how long. If you like upbeat, happy rock songs with a little bit of style and originality to them, then AGBPOL is just for you. Check out the single “Pet Mouse” off their new album You’re Always On My Mind below, and then go check out their back catalog. Read More…

Ludo – Love Me Dead

Oh sweet, sweet youth. Remember this song? St. Louis’ Ludo had our hearts rocking and angst raging with this track released in 2008. If you’re crossed or heart broken, just sit back and let Ludo do your thinking for you. Not to mention a very entertaining accompanying music video. Listen to the track below, and be sure to check out their latest 2010 release Prepare the Preparations. Read More…

The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man?

British rock outfit The Heavy provide a fresh take on alternative rock that really is a sound for sore ears. Mixing in elements of soul, folk, and even big band or swing music, their music spans the emotional spectrum. From ire to compassion and depression to optimism, The Heavy have a song for you. Check out the video for the song “What Makes A Good Man?” off their 2012 album The Glorious Dead below. Read More…

Flobots – Combat

Flobots can ride their bikes with no handlebars. We all know that. What many of us don’t know, however, is how great the group is beyond that song. Though perhaps a bit too politically charged for the casual listener, the lyrics are full of clever word play and insightful, hopeful messages (even an Arrested Development reference or two if you’re into that kind of thing). The instrumentation is full of creative rhythms, beautiful violin melodies, and some interesting time stylings. Despite the relative flop of their latest album, their first album Fight With Tools remains a staple of the rap rock genre. Check out the song “Combat” below. Read More…

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – We Don’t Call

San Francisco’s Thao & the Get Down Stay Down produce the kind of alternative folk-rock that proves to be creativity at its purest form. Genuine innovation is experienced, as each song is able to to introduce something new. Be it syncopated saxophones, ever-changing percussion sections, or a mix of production elements, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down manage to keep ears perked from start to finish. The Impact has a feeling that these guys are about to get real big, real soon. Check out their song We Don’t Call” off their 2013 release We the Common below. Read More…

Look Mexico – Not On My Watch

Florida’s Look Mexico are the best band you’ve never heard of. After a series of lineup changes, they began putting out music in 2006. With elements of math rock, post rock, and alternative, Look Mexico provide a new and refreshing take on music with each song. Chaotic yet controlled drums carry the song through sporadic, off-kilter guitar lines and bright, crisp vocals. Though their style has changed over the years, each album and EP they put out offers something new. Plus, all their song titles are Vin Diesel quotes, so there’s that. Check out the track “Not On My Watch” off their 2006 release This Is Animal Music below. Read More…

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