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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…

Electric President – Ten Thousand Lines

Ben Cooper has been making music under many names, but when Alex Kane joins in to form Electric President, things are taken to a whole new level. A perfect mix of electronic and indie, the two Floridians can span the entire range of human emotion in the limits of one song. At times beautiful, at times creepy, and at time both, Electric President and subsequent albums contain very thoughtful, well-structured songs that can have a profound effect on the music experience. If you’re digging this, be sure to look up some of Ben Cooper’s other projects Radical Face, Iron Orchestra, Helicopter Project, and Mother’s Basement.

Listen to “Ten Thousand Lines” off their 2006 self-titled, debut album below. Read More…

Cotton Jones – Up A Tree (Went This Heart I Have)

Fans of Page France have been wondering for years what happened to the band after suddenly quitting with very little warning. Well your search is over. Cotton Jones (formerly known as The Cotton Jones Basket Ride) have been making music since 2008 and have advanced from releasing EPs off of Ann Arbor-based Quite Scientific Records to currently being signed to Suicide Squeeze. Blending psychedelic folk with indie rock (and some clear baroque influences for you classical fans out there), Cotton Jones is the epitome of hippie music. Like The Mamas and The Papas after a Saturday morning wake and bake, they make some of the most relaxed and peaceful music out there. Check out “Up A Tree (Went This Heart I Have)” off their 2009 Suicide Squeeze debut Paranoid Cocoon below.

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Pygmy Lush – Yellow Hall

It’s always great to see a band showcase their all-around musicianship by completely switching up genres. Pg. 99, a hardcore/metal group, decided they wanted to make some heavy-hearted indie-folk and set out to do just that. Pygmy Lush throws around pendulum-esque guitar riffs over hammering beats, allowing vocals to soar easily overhead. Great music for early mornings and after rough days, Pygmy Lush is just the thing you need to soothe your sorrows. Check out “Yellow Hall” below. Read More…

Blitzen Trapper – Sleepytime In The Western World

Psych-folk rockers Blitzen Trapper have been a Sub-Pop band since 2007 and have released four albums since. The catchy grooves and bluesy twang mixes with elements of psychedelic rock that cause them to sound like a modern-day Lynyrd Skynyrd or even CCR. Simple and accessible, yet rich and full, Blitzen Trapper provides the straight-forward, electro-infused southern rock to make any sunny drive an adventure of life and the soul.

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