indie rock

Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red and Blue

Wasilla, Alaska natives Portugal. The Man are back with their ninth studio album, and seeing as they’ve only been around for seven years, that’s pretty impressive. Bringing a new sound with each record, the new album Evil Friends did not seek to break this trend. The most experimental album yet, it may not stack up to the previous album In the Mountain In the Cloud, but it earns its own merit with a complicated mix of influences ranging from The Beatles to Caspian. Plus it was produced by DangerMouse, shouldn’t that be enough for you? Check out the song “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” below. Read More…

Surfer Blood – I’m Not Ready

Straight out of West Palm Beach, Florida, Surfer Blood makes the kind of surf rock that’s not really considered surf rock. The upbeat, yet chilled out rock music that practically forces you to bob your head along has a way of getting inside your head and rocking you for the following few days. There really isn’t much out there quite like these guys, meaning their about to become one of your new favorite bands. Plus they’ve got a new album coming out next month, so that’s pretty cool. Check out the song “I’m Not Ready” off their latest EP Tarot Classics below. Read More…

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Under the Earth

New York City’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back with their fourth full-length effort Mosquito. The highly anticipated album comes at a bit of a shock to a die-hard fan, as it acts as a compromise between the original, oddity-laden sound with the dance-pop style of It’s Blitz!, but without any of the energy. A generally slower album, Mosquito introduces many production elements into the mix, something that may not be new for the band, but has never been utilized like this. Check out their song “Under the Earth” off their album Mosquito out below. Read More…

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…

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…

Modest Mouse – Spitting Venom

After a musical career lasting two decades, Modest Mouse has become a household name in indie rock. As the Seattle-based band progressed through their six albums and six EPs, their sound has been refined to a point of contention. They’ve managed, however, to keep their trademark sound: simple, yet progressive instrumentation, delicate song structures, and off-kilter vocals. Check out a song that got little attention “Spitting Venom” off their 2009 album We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank below. Read More…

Bettie Serveert – Shake-Her

Why does it seem that Dutch indie bands always find the coolest ways to different? Amsterdam’s Bettie Serveert bridge the gap between indie rock and progressive rock. Like a mix between Muse, The Blue Van, and Metric, the band make the kind of garage rock that would blow the freakin’ doors off. The distorted, guitar-based songs are constantly at odds with each other, creating a rather dynamic feel to their tenth album. Check out the opener “Shake-Her” off their 2013 release Oh, Mayhem! below. Read More…

Rare Monk – Death By Proxy

Rare Monk are a melting pot of indie rock. Combining all different types of rock including, but not limited to soul, garage, indie, folk, and electronic. Like a broken down, raw version of Atlas Genius, the Portland-based five-piece have only been in the scene for a couple years. Often getting into fits of experimental, psychedelic rage, Rare Monk could be described as a mix between Surfer Blood and The Killers. Check out the song “Death By Proxy” off their 2013 album Sleep/Attack below. Read More…

Infantree – Original Sin

The third and newest album Hero’s Dose from the San Fernando Valley indie rock band Infantree have been climbing the ranks of the music scene for the last five years. Combining elements of rock, indie rock, and folk, Infantree provide relaxed, yet upbeat sounds to brighten your day. Simple, yet creative beats carry the album while floating guitar lines connect the dots between Fleet Foxes-esque vocal harmonies. Check out the song “Original Sin” off their 2012 album Hero’s Dose below. Read More…

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