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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…

Ravenna Woods – In the World

Seattle’s Ravenna Woods are making waves in the indie scene. As experimental as they come, the mainly acoustic band has been able to gain some notoriety based on their punk style of guitar. Full of dark content and spastic guitarwork, Ravenna Woods creates an internal debate with every song. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to decide if you want to sit down and sulk or spring up and dance. Check out their song “In the World’ off their 2010 debut album Demons and Lakes below. Read More…

The Trouble With Templeton – Six Months In A Cast

Australia’s The Trouble With Templeton is one man with big ideas. Writing and recording all the parts, Thomas Calder mixes elements of indie rock, folk, and electronic music into one big, bright sound. Taking the name from an episode of The Twilight Zone, Calder has the vocal ability to match Muse and As Tall As Lions, achieving great power while maintaining a soft sound. Check out the song “Six Months In a Cast” off his EP Six Months In A Cast below. Read More…

Ramona Falls – The Space Between Lightning and Thunder

Formerly a side project of Menomena co-creator Brent Knopf, Ramona Falls has become the indie stylist’s current mainstay. Named after a waterfall near Mt. Hood, Ramona Falls creates the same stir of emotion Menomena does, but with a deeper, fuller sound. It sounds like Brent Knopf took his Menomena sound and met up with some of the guys from As Tall As Lions. As ambient, moody, and quirky as ever, Ramona Falls swells and swirls evoking a sense of serenity akin to that of the ocean. Check out the track “The Space Between Lightning and Thunder” off their 2012 album Prophet below. Read More…

Why? – The Vowels, pt. Two

Yoni Wolf is known by many names. Why?, cLOUDDEAD, and Doseone are just a few of the acts that Wolf has attached his name to. The California-born alternative hip-hop purveyor has been known for making folk and indie rock-tinged hip-hop since 2004. Why? boasts a general eerie feeling, while mixing in inventive beats, imaginative lyrics, and Yoni Wolf’s trademark, Interpol-esque vocal twang. Four albums and three EPs in eight years (not to mention releases by his other projects) proves that Yoni Wolf is a busy man, and we’re all to gain from it. Check out the track “The Vowels, pt. Two” off their 2008 release Alopecia below. Read More…

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