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BATS – Gamma Ray Burst

Dublin, Ireland’s BATS make some of the finest post hardcore that can no longer be found in the U.S. Rejecting the tired and repeated ways of American post hardcore, the band are able to keep the music heavy, catchy, gritty, and danceable all at the same time. With half-screaming, half-singing vocals and science-oriented lyrics, BATS may be one of the only bands you’ll ever see nerds dance to. Check out their track “Gamma Ray Burst” off their album Red In Tooth and Claw below. Read More…

The Basement – 6/13/13

Thanks all for tuning in! Here’s tonight’s playlist:

Pink Lightning – The Finder

The Skies Revolt – Germaine Throws It Up

The Second Guess – Washed Up Honey

Terrible Twos – A Word and A World

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The Right Now – I Can’t Speak For You

A sound as big as that of The Right Now could only come out of Chicago. Mixing elements of big band, soul, and indie rock has never sounded so genuine and down-to-earth. The strong female lead is enough to drive the song itself but being backed up by catchy, yet sophisticated instrumentation definitely doesn’t hurt. Check out the track “I Can’t Speak For You” off their 2012 National Record Stay Day release Gets Over You below, which you can download for free at their bandcamp. Read More…

Grouper – Vital

Grouper is Liz Harris, Portland, Oregon-based multi-instrumentalist and experimental folk artist with a penchant for echoes and ambience. The big, roomy, nearly atmospheric brand of folk is reminiscent of newer Bon Iver and Deerhunter. With eight albums in as many years, Liz Harris is one of the most consistent artists out right now. Plus, with widely recognized support from acts such as Animal Collective and Xiu Xiu, it’s going to be hard not to garner some attention. Be sure to check out the Grouper song “Vital” off her 2013 album The Man Who Died In His Boat below. Read More…

The Bronx – Young Bloods

The Bronx (ironically based out of Los Angeles, California) are a five-piece American hardcore turned mariachi turned alt-punk band that has been destroying the underground hardcore and above ground Warped Tour scenes since their inception in 2002. The Bronx make the kind of high-energy rock that make you want to smash beers on your head and punch your father. Unless, of course, your listening to the band’s alter ego Mariachi El Bronx in which they channel their ire into the pep and festivity required of a great mariachi band. Be sure to check out The Bronx’s track “Young Bloods” off one of their four self-tilted albums below. Read More…

Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red and Blue

Wasilla, Alaska natives Portugal. The Man are back with their ninth studio album, and seeing as they’ve only been around for seven years, that’s pretty impressive. Bringing a new sound with each record, the new album Evil Friends did not seek to break this trend. The most experimental album yet, it may not stack up to the previous album In the Mountain In the Cloud, but it earns its own merit with a complicated mix of influences ranging from The Beatles to Caspian. Plus it was produced by DangerMouse, shouldn’t that be enough for you? Check out the song “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” below. Read More…

The Basement – 6/6/13

Thanks everyone for tuning in and thanks to Vandalay for coming in and hanging out tonight!

Here’s tonight’s playlist:

Irrelephant – Matador/Mariachi

The Blue Effect – What She Said

Canada – Madisonville, KY

Ribbons of Song – Everything Happens Now

Vandalay – Something Else

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I Was A Cub Scout – Echoes

British two-piece I Was A Cub Scout were only around for two years and only made one album, but left with us some awesome music. Equal parts post rock and synth pop, the band make loveable tunes that may not get stuck in your head, but will easily make you swoon. Check out the track “Echoes” off their only album I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope below. Read More…

The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man?

British rock outfit The Heavy provide a fresh take on alternative rock that really is a sound for sore ears. Mixing in elements of soul, folk, and even big band or swing music, their music spans the emotional spectrum. From ire to compassion and depression to optimism, The Heavy have a song for you. Check out the video for the song “What Makes A Good Man?” off their 2012 album The Glorious Dead below. Read More…

Flobots – Combat

Flobots can ride their bikes with no handlebars. We all know that. What many of us don’t know, however, is how great the group is beyond that song. Though perhaps a bit too politically charged for the casual listener, the lyrics are full of clever word play and insightful, hopeful messages (even an Arrested Development reference or two if you’re into that kind of thing). The instrumentation is full of creative rhythms, beautiful violin melodies, and some interesting time stylings. Despite the relative flop of their latest album, their first album Fight With Tools remains a staple of the rap rock genre. Check out the song “Combat” below. Read More…

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