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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…

Mansions – City Don’t Care

Louisville, Kentucky’s Mansions seemingly can do no wrong, but being one of the hardest working bands in the industry doesn’t hurt. Releasing at least one album every year since its inception in 2007, Mansions has also been able to maintain an impressive tour schedule. Touring in support of bands such as Hellogoodbye, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Look Mexico, The Honorary Title, and many more, they even got to open up for Taking Back Sunday during their Tell All Your Friends 10th Anniversary Tour. Their brand of lo-fi, fuzzy rock does an excellent job of being simple while putting forth a large sound. Check out the music video for their song “City Don’t Care” off their 2011 release Dig Up the Dead below.

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Gym Class Heroes – Everyday’s Forecast

When one hears the words “Gym Class Heroes,” one tends to think of Travis “Travie” McCoy, Fueled By Ramen, and pop songs about Myspace. There was a time before all of these things in which Gym Class Heroes ruled the indie-hip hop game. Their second album The Papercut Chronicles is incredibly thoughtful, sincere, and even a bit harsh at times, but it features a band of extremely talented guitarists, a bassist, and a drummer (no computer beats or samples in this one). Somewhere along the way, they seemed to get a bit lazy. Travis McCoy went from writing songs about luck, loss, love and depression to writing about Myspace, sleeping with your teachers, and taking your clothes off. Complicated beats and creative guitar lines shifted to played out computer beats and less interesting samples and melodies. Check out the song “Everyday’s Forecast” off their 2003 album The Papercut Chronicles below. Read More…

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