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The Postal Service – This Place Is a Prison

In honor of them playing their last live show ever this past weekend, this is The Postal Service at their finest. Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie, All-Time Quarterback!, etc.), Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel), and, at times, Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley, Jenny and Johnny, etc.) spent years and years sending ideas back and forth through the United State Postal Service to finally get a full-length album together in 2003. A decade later, they play their last show at a Lollapalooza after-party to a completely packed and elated crowd. Unfortunately, from now the only Postal Service we get to deal with is the one losing our mail. Check out a track off Give Up called “This Place Is A Prison” 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…

Natively Foreign – Contemplating Minds

Straight out of Spring Lake, Michigan, Natively Foreign are one of the most budding local bands around. With a perfect mix of alternative rock, indie, post rock, and a myriad of other genres, there’s no way these guys won’t blow up. Dark and gloomy vocals rest on a pendulum of upbeat and downtempo songs that span the ends of the human condition. Be sure to check out the track “The Forest.” Also, “Contemplating Minds” off their album Instincts Are Misleading below. 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…

Jamaican Queens – Kids Get Away

Michigan’s own Jamaican Queens could be one of the biggest things to come out of Detroit since Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr. With a unique mix of indie and electronic elements, JQ comes across as a blending of Hot Chip and dubstep. Their music is a pretty good representation of just how weird these fellas are, and if you’re really interested, check out the website (it’ll throw you for a loop). With their self-titled album being the first release in what will hopefully be a long career, the band has nowhere to go but up. Check out the video for the track “Kids Get Away” from their self-titled album below. Read More…

Kitten – G#

Despite the level of cute that their name suggests, Los Angeles’ Kitten doesn’t make sweet and bubbly indie pop, but some pretty gnarly electronic-infused rock. The soft female vocals mixed with over-fuzzed instrumentation sitting atop a bed of ethereal beats and nosies makes for an interesting listen. Plus, it’s pretty easy to rock out to. Check out their song “G#” off their 2012 release Cut It Out EP below.

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Andy Hull, Jesse Lacey, and Kevin Devine – Jesus Christ

What happens when Andy Hull (of Manchester Orchestra), Jesse Lacey (of Brand New), and Kevin Devine get three acoustic guitars, sit down in a bar in Long Island, NY in front of under a hundred people, and play music with no real direction in mind? The answer is a lot of craziness, forgetting lyrics, making fun of each other, and, of course, artistry. Artistry exemplified by an impromptu folk cover of Brand New’s popular song “Jesus Christ.” Check out some footage of that song below. Read More…

The Maccabees – Child

London, England’s The Maccabees, despite having chosen their name from picking a word from the bible at random, are not a religious band. They do, however, make the kind of relaxed, ambience-laden indie rock that’s able to take the form of any listener’s mood. If you’re feeling happy, so will the music; feeling down? So does the music. But no matter what the mood, those horns are awesome. Check out the music video for the their song “Child” off their 2012 album Given to the Wild below. Read More…

Surfer Blood – I Was Wrong

West Palm Beach, Florida’s Surfer Blood are back with their new album Pythons which came out last week. Pythons is a perfect example of a sophomore release; refining the band’s sound while maintaining their core attitudes and original stylings. The new album is on track for Top 20 of 2013 lists everywhere. With a cleaner and tighter sound, the rather short album (10 songs in 32 minutes) will get stuck in your head and have you bobbing along for days. Check out the song “I Was Wrong” off the 2013 album Pythons below. Read More…

The Right Now – I Can’t Speak For You

A sound as big as that of The Right Now could only come out of Chicago. Mixing elements of big band, soul, and indie rock has never sounded so genuine and down-to-earth. The strong female lead is enough to drive the song itself but being backed up by catchy, yet sophisticated instrumentation definitely doesn’t hurt. Check out the track “I Can’t Speak For You” off their 2012 National Record Stay Day release Gets Over You below, which you can download for free at their bandcamp. Read More…

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