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Alice and Michi – Fighters

New York-based Alice and Michi really have no formula for making music. When they sat down to write music, it was unclear who would be playing what instrument, who would be singing, and what they would even be writing about. Six months later, Strange Bloom was finished. In a genre known as “chamber pop,” there really aren’t any rules, but Alice and Michi seemed to still be able to break them. A mixture of electronic and jazz, Alice and Michi make minimalist dream pop slathered in effervescent harmonies. Check out their song “Fighters” off their 2012 album Strange Bloom below. Read More…

My Latest Novel – Sneaker Sister Sneaker Soul

From the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland come My Latest Novel, a four-piece hell-bent on tearing down the walls of folk and indie rock. With a melange of instruments in every song including violins, xylophones, and the use of samples, their music is constantly shifting from theme to theme. The band name seems incredibly fitting, as each song changes within itself, establishing a story line and vascillating moods as a good story does. Each album seems to be a new novel of sorts. With only two albums under their belt, My Lates Novel has tons of room to grow and can be expected to do so. Check out their song “Sneaker Sister Sneaker Soul” off their 2006 release Wolves below Read More…

Little Comets – One Night In October

British rockers Little Comets provide the energy of pop-punk with the warm, fuzzy feeling of indie rock, allowing for an attitude of relaxing excitement throughout both their albums. Recently signed to Columbia Records, they’ve been able to tour in support of Hockey among others and appearing in a British television advertisement. A band still in its infancy, be sure to keep your eye out for Little Comets. We think they’ll be hitting it big pretty soon. Check out their song “One Night In October” off their 2011 release In Search of Elusive Comets below. Read More…

Generationals – When They Fight, They Fight

New Orleans indie rock duo Generationals perfectly mix elements of 60′s flower power with the indie rock of the early 2000′s. The band gained a decent amount of notoreity after being featured in two commercials including one for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and one for Bloomingdale’s. You can hear a track of theirs as the opening song for the 2010 film Going The Distance as well. With two albums and an EP under their belt, Generationals show no sign of stopping their onslaught of happy, guitar driven indie rock. Check out the song “When They Fight, They Fight” off their 2009 debut album Con Law below. Read More…

Oberhofer – Away Frm U

Perhaps the happiest music you’ve every heard, Oberhofer’s debut album Time Capsules II is the epitome of uptempo indie rock. Fast, driving rhythms, melodic leads and the use of vocals as an instrument force a tap of your toes and a smile on your face. Discovered during his college career studying music composition at NYU, Brad Oberhofer (yeah, he used his name for the band name) has toured with The Morning Benders, Sleigh Bells, and most recently Matt and Kim. Check out the music video for their single “Away Frm U” off their 2012 debut album Time Capsule II 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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Systems Officer – In This World

Side project of Zach Smith (amazing bassist of Pinback), Systems Officer was never meant to go anywhere. With some time after the 2007 Pinback Autumn of the Seraphs, Smith was able to record Systems Officer’s only album, the aptly-titled Underslept. His signature Pinback sound shines through the entire album, but the music as a whole is much more down-tempo and moody. Original piano lines and creative drum fills give the album a very full sound while still maintaining a very minimalist, separated feeling. Check out their song “In This World” off the album Underslept below.

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Alpine – Hands

Australian six-piece Alpine make pop music the likes of which are unmatched. Taking a more “sophisticated” take on indie-pop, Alpine has opened for The Jezebels, played SXSW, and was named Triple J’s Feature Album, all before experiencing an American release. Due for USA release in May, A Is For Alpine is chock full of hypnotic beats, fuzzy synths, and sweet harmonies. Check out the unsettling music video for “Hands” off their album A Is For Alpine below. Read More…

El Ten Eleven – Central Nervous Piston

Los Angeles duo El Ten Eleven could easily be classified as a wunderkind. Using all sorts of effects, loops, electronic drum kits, and harmonics, you’ll be amazed at the sounds these two rockers can come up with. Formed in 2002, they’ve put out five album, each a little different than the last. The guitarist plays a handmade, double-neck guitar (one of which is a bass, the other being a standard guitar); it’s incredible to watch him tap bass notes and guitar notes at the same time. The instrumental mathy post-rock they put out is nothing like any other music out there. With creative riffs, layering upon layering of loops, and time-centered beats, El Ten Eleven is probably the most creative band you’ve heard in a while. Check out “Central Nervous Piston” off their 2005 self-titled album below. Read More…

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