Music

The Six Parts Seven – Falling Over Evening

Post-rock legends The Six Parts Seven may be on a hiatus currently, but their music still resonates widely. Easily some of the best music to listen to while studying, relaxing, falling asleep, or waking up, The Six Parts Seven doing a great job of making everything seem alright. From Kent, Ohio, soft guitar lines, waxing and waning horn sections, and a smooth, steady beat flow like a river, in through your ears, through the blood stream, and out with a sigh of relief. Check out the track “Falling Over Evening” off their latest album Casually Smashed to Pieces below. Read More…

The Mynabirds – Disarm

Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn and company make The Mynabirds. This is what you want from female-front indie pop: instrumentals that aren’t cliche, a sweet voice that can be as sad as it can be quirky, and (most importantly) control over “cutesy” elements put into it. The result is some good, unapologetic indie pop that isn’t afraid to tell the listener that females can be sweet and badass at the same time. Check out the track “Disarm” off their 2012 album Generals below. Read More…

Natively Foreign – Contemplating Minds

Straight out of Spring Lake, Michigan, Natively Foreign are one of the most budding local bands around. With a perfect mix of alternative rock, indie, post rock, and a myriad of other genres, there’s no way these guys won’t blow up. Dark and gloomy vocals rest on a pendulum of upbeat and downtempo songs that span the ends of the human condition. Be sure to check out the track “The Forest.” Also, “Contemplating Minds” off their album Instincts Are Misleading below. Read More…

The Kabbs – Get On My Way

San Diego, California’s The Kabbs were just four dudes who liked to hang out and jam, until they got their act together and started working towards actually making music. What resulted was some fresh garage rock with blues-y undertones and a twang-y drawl. With a production style similar to that of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the EP has a real throwback feel, making you feel like you’re listening to a band that’s about to break out. Check out their newest release “Get On My Way” on their bandcamp below. Read More…

Little Comets – W-O-E

UK’s indie rock darlings Little Comets are back with their sophomore release Life Is Elsewhere. The boisterous vocals are alone enough to encourage a listen, not to mention the dance-filled instrumentation that moves the album along effortlessly. Chock full of blissful romps and moody jams a la Foals’ more recent work (see “Western Boy” or “Violence Out Tonight”), the album pulses along, establishing an emotional sequence not seen on most generic indie rock albums. Check out the track “W-O-E” off their sophomore album Life is Elsewhere below. Read More…

Fuck Buttons – The Red Wing

Bristol, England’s Fuck Buttons have finally released their first album in almost five years. The whacked out electronic duo create drone-y, experimental music along the lines of Tobacco. While the live show may not be something to gawk at (trust me, it’s not), it does make for some good, fun, and generally strange dance music. If they’re playing a festival you’re going to, check ‘em out. If not for the music then for the people watching. Check out their track “The Red Wing” off their new album Slow Focus below. Read More…

Forest Swords – The Weight of Gold

British music producer Matthew Barnes, better known as Forest Swords, makes the kind of downtempo electronic music that you can get lost in for hours. With ambient textures and creative rhythm sections, the music is a very cool mix of post rock and electronic. His choppy, computerized vocals soar and gently carry you from the beginning of the song to the end. Though typically slow to build, it is the peaks and troughs of his music that create such emotionality and expression. Check out the first single off of his debut full-length Engravings (out August 26th) below. Read More…

The Skins – Killer

Have you heard of The Skins yet? They’re a prepubescent funk(ish) band taking the viral airwaves by storm and doing it quickly. The Brooklyn-based five-piece make fun, poppy, groove-based rock music that you may have to actively stop yourself from dancing to. The kicker? They’re in high school. Hell, the drummer isn’t even there yet. He’s still in middle school. While the shock value of young musicians may have declined over the past few years, there is still something to be said about a bunch of teens who clearly understand rock and funk and didn’t start a One Direction cover band. Check out a live take of their track “Killer” below. Read More…

San Fermin – Sonsick

When Brooklyn composer and score writer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, now known as San Fermin, graduated from the Yale College of Music, it took him six weeks to write and record an album. The album is (as Ludwig-Leone puts it) “a pastiche of post rock, chamber pop, and contemporary classical composition.” What resulted is an energetic and thoughtful amalgamation of top indie rock bands. Though a very creative and well-arranged album, it ends up sounding a lot like Dirty Projectors with some Lana Del Rey vibes thrown in. Either way, it’s a great listen. Check out the first single off the self-titled album (out September 17th) below.

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A Great Big Pile of Leaves – Pet Mouse

Brooklyn’s A Great Big Pile of Leaves are back with their second full-length album You’re Always On My Mind. Though not as catchy as their previous efforts, the new album continues to showcase the band’s creative guitar work, intricate drum lines, and nostalgic lyrics that we love so much. AGBPOL continue with the “one high, one low” style of vocals, but seem to have perfected the art of when and for how long. If you like upbeat, happy rock songs with a little bit of style and originality to them, then AGBPOL is just for you. Check out the single “Pet Mouse” off their new album You’re Always On My Mind below, and then go check out their back catalog. Read More…

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