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Indie Pop

The Silent Years – Someone To Keep Us Warm

With the recent success of the Detroit indie-pop duo Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr, it’s important to think about history. The two members met while recording some music for Joshua Epstein’s former band, The Silent Years. One of the best acts to ever come out of Royal Oak, Michigan, the four piece’s groovy indie rock paved the way for your favorite hits now. While they are not completely dissolved, The Silent Years are on an official indefinite hiatus until Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr. is done being so busy. Check out the song “Someone To Keep Us Warm” off their 2006 self-titled album below. Read More…

MGMT – Your Life Is A Lie

We’re all aware of the disappointment machine that is MGMT at this point. Be it new music or their live show, it seems like people are constantly upset with MGMT. If you’re one of these people, you’re not going to be happy. The Brooklyn, NY indie rock/pop duo released the second song from their upcoming self-titled album, and it seems to be quite lacking. This along with the other previously released track “Alien Days” might be a bit of a shock to those who are still obsessed with Oracular Spectacular and may even take some Congratulations fans by surprise. Check out the song “Your Life Is a Life” off the album MGMT out September 17th below. Read More…

The Mynabirds – Disarm

Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn and company make The Mynabirds. This is what you want from female-front indie pop: instrumentals that aren’t cliche, a sweet voice that can be as sad as it can be quirky, and (most importantly) control over “cutesy” elements put into it. The result is some good, unapologetic indie pop that isn’t afraid to tell the listener that females can be sweet and badass at the same time. Check out the track “Disarm” off their 2012 album Generals 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…

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