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Moving Mountains – Cover the Roots, Lower the Stems

New York’s Moving Mountains have been described as one of the most emotion-provoking bands in the general rock scene right now. With elements of post-rock, pop-punk, indie rock, and post-hardcore, the band have been able to take “mainstream” rock to some pretty cool places. Their music has often been compared to that of The Appleseed Cast or Vheissu-era Thrice. Check out the song “Cover the Roots, Lower the Stems” off their debut album Pneuma below. Read More…

Pepper Rabbit – Lake House

Los Angeles’ Pepper Rabbit was a band that unfortunately never garnered much fame. This struggle culminated with the break-up of the two-piece in early 2012. Despite the break-up, their music has been getting increasingly popular and still deserves attention. The laid-back, psych-folk the band puts forth is enough to make any hippie weak at the knees. With a slow, yet driving and melancholy, yet hopeful sound, Pepper Rabbit is great whether your feeling depressed or optimistic. Check out the track “Lake House” off their album Red Velvet Snowball below. Read More…

Cocorosie – Gravediggress

Cocorosie is a tale of two sisters, separated and reunited by the power of music. Their definition of music may, however, be a little looser than most people’s. The sisters started off playing as a two-piece, using children’s toys, noisemakers, and other various objects to set a harsh, obtrusive percussion style complemented with beautifully crafted guitar, harp, and electronic melodies. Though they have matured their sound after four album (sorta), they still maintain their eccentric style, odd song structures, and haunting(ly beautiful) vocals. Check out the song “Werewolf” off their upcoming album out May 27th Tales of a Grass Widow below. Read More…

Deerhunter – Back to the Middle

Bradford Cox is Deerhunter, one of Atlanta, Georgia’s premier indie rock/electronic group. A pleasant mix of experimental indie pop and noise rock, the band fits in somewhere in between Tame Impala and Spoon. Though their sound has changed with each album, it’s never once taken a step back. Also, Cox tends to wear a traditional dress on stage (it’s pretty strange). The new album Monomania¬†comes out in May, but a few songs have managed to make their way out into the internet. Check out their song “Back to the Middle” off Monomania below. Read More…

DZ Deathrays – Gebbie Street

Of course there’s great, new music coming out of Australia (when is there not?). Brisbane’s DZ Deathrays introduce a new take on music few have experimented with before. The Sleigh Bells of indie pop, DZ Deathrays has come to be called “thrash pop” and have shown us that the bright and bubbly indie pop we know and love can indeed be complemented with elements of hardcore and thrash punk. It’s a big sound for a two-piece. It may sound a bit odd, but give it a try and learn to fall in love. Check out their song “Gebbie Street” below. Read More…

Send Away Stranger – Beats Me, Dog

Straight out of Tallahassee, Florida, Send Away Stranger makes some of the freshest and best emo/math rock around. With noodle-y guitar lines, ever-changing drums, and high-energy vocals, Send Away Stranger makes you want to jump up and kick some rear ends. Each instrument seems to be doing its own thing, independent of one another, and yet they combine to form a super-product, a perfect example of musical synergy. Check out their song “Beats Me, Dog”, off their 2011 EP Cool Wild Whatever below. Read More…

Yellow Red Sparks – Happiness Comes In A Box

California’s sunny disposition seems to erupt with acoustic acts (Blind Pilot, anyone?), but Yellow Red Sparks is rising in the ranks quickly. With a laid-back, peaceful nature to the sound, it’s easy to slip into a mindful state while listening. It’s a simple setup: acoustic guitar, stand-up bass, minimal drum kit, but it’s all the band needs as they croon their way into your heart. Check out a live performance of their song “Happiness Comes In a Box” off their 2013 debut album Yellow Red Sparks below. Read More…

This Town Needs Guns – Left Aligned

Oxford, England’s This Town Needs Guns (now going by the moniker TTNG), are the perfect blend of math and indie rock. Though initially kind of a shock to the system, the pacing and instrumentation of the band’s include off-time and technical drums, extremely complicated and “noodle-y” guitar riffs, and soft-spoken, airy vocals. After a slew of lineup changes, the band have emerged as a three-piece (the reasons to be impressed should be piling up by now) and released the album 13.0.0.0.0 early this year. Check out the track “Left Aligned” off that album below. Read More…

The Shouting Matches – Avery Hill

If you’ve ever wanted to hear Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon’s voice without its soft timbre and ambient soundtrack, then don’t worry, The Shouting Matches are here. Formed sometime before Bon Iver hit it big, Justin Vernon & Co. make the kind of raw, stripped-down throwback rock and roll that will make you want to buy a pickup truck and move to South Carolina. With a wealth of resources now available, Justin Vernon decided to get back together with the band and release their 2013 album Grownass Man. Check out the track “Avery Hill” off that release below. Read More…

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