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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…

I Was A Cub Scout – Echoes

British two-piece I Was A Cub Scout were only around for two years and only made one album, but left with us some awesome music. Equal parts post rock and synth pop, the band make loveable tunes that may not get stuck in your head, but will easily make you swoon. Check out the track “Echoes” off their only album I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope 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…

Coconut Records – Microphone

Actor/Musician Jason Schwartzman has had a foot in many musical projects during his expansive film career (remember that song “California” from The OC?), the most notable being his solo side-project Coconut Records. Started in 2006, Schwartzman makes infectious indie pop tunes that just make you want to dance. Though he hasn’t had a release since 2009, there are rumors of another album coming soon. But with a busy film career (we’re not complaining), it may take some time. Check out the single “Microphones” off his 2009 release Davy below. Read More…

Sean Hayes – When We Fall In

New York City native Sean Hayes has developed quite the knack for perfectly blending elements of rock, soul, and contemporary pop. Like Alex Clare without the money-grabbing dubstep parts, Hayes has been releasing groovy, folk-based acoustic rock since 1999. Hayes’ music is a mix between William Elliott Whitmore and Jason Mraz, where pop stylings and catchy hooks can be used in accordance with soulful vocals and gritty guitar lines. Check out the song “When We Fall In” off his 2010 album Run Wolves Run below. Read More…

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