jam of the day

Young Man – In A Sense

As of three weeks ago, there’s a new juggernaut in the indie rock scene. Young Man hails from Chicago by way of Minnesota and provides a smooth-sounding, percussion-based take on contemporary indie rock. With their debut album being released on March 27th, these up-and-comers are just starting out, but it sounds like they already have the suave know-how and passive energy of indie veterans. Check out the music video for their first single “In A Sense” off their 2013 debut album Beyond Was All Around Me below. Read More…

The Album Leaf – Thule

One of the best names in Ambient Electronic music, The Album Leaf has been making music since 1998. Solo project of Jimmy LaValle (ex-member of Grindcore band The Locust), The Album Leaf makes the most placid, positive, and heart-warming music you can think of. You might think that five albums of this music would get bland and drawn-out, but LaValle finds every way possible to keep things new and interesting. Check out the song “Thule” off their 2004 release In A Safe Place below. Read More…

Legs Like Tree Trunks – Anchorage

Born in 2011, Legs Like Tree Trunks are flying straight out of Pizzaburgh, Pennsylvania. The mathy, folky, indie, rocky music is a subtle segue into a complicated world. Mathy overtones hang like icicles, eventually falling and smashing onto the indie rock porch LLTT have made a base from. Accessibility is key and there is plenty here. Fun, upbeat, and full of pizazz, Legs Like Tree Trunks are sure to leave a mark on the music industry in the years to come. Check out their most accessible song “Anchorage” off their 2012 EP Future Reference 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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Bound Stems – Passing Bell

It’s hard to describe the sound of Chicago’s Bound Stems. They give an interesting perspective on noise/indie/pop rock that can only be compared to the likes of Modest Mouse or Franz Ferdinand. Though they broke up in 2008, there are four EPs and two albums out there that are definitely worth checking out. New bands formed from the ashes of Bound Stems include Like Pioneers and Sleepy Kitty. If you’re as confused as I am by this description, check out their song “Passing Bell” off their 2008 album The Family Afloat below. Read More…

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…

Benjy Ferree – In the Countryside

Washington, D.C-based Benjy Ferree plays an eclectic form of rock that changes from song to song on and album to album. Switching from straight-laced indie rock to back-country folk to simple-structured rock, he’ll always keep you guessing. When on a rock kick, he almost sounds like a Jack White impersonator with a Neutral Milk Hotel cover band playing behind him. Check out the odd video for his track “In the Countryside” off his debut album Leaving the Nest below. Read More…

Manchester Orchestra – Tony the Tiger

Despite their name, heavy rockers Manchester Orchestra are not from the UK. Hailing from Atlanta, the band started making music their senior year of high school in 2004. The son of a preacher, brainchild Andy Hull writes deep, soulful rock with a lick of southern flair. And then there’s that voice; nasally, crackly, and a little whiny, but in none of the ways that you’re thinking. Keep a look out for Andy Hull’s tweets as the band is currently recording their fourth album. If you’re digging this, be sure to listen to Andy Hull’s side project with Kevin Devine called Bad Books. Check out the song “Tony the Tiger” off their 2009 release Mean Everything To Nothing below. Read More…

The Dig – Two Sisters In Love

New York City-based The Dig make haze-laced music that could be closely categorized as Desert Rock. With a driving, yet lazy feel, The Dig do a great job of mixing straight-forward rock with the sonic qualities of more atmospheric music. Some have described them as “eerie post-punk.” The band is often compared to The Strokes solely due to the fact that they used to practice right next door to them.

Check out the track “Two Sisters In Love” off their 2010 debut album Electric Toys 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…

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