Music

Yellow Red Sparks – Happiness Comes In A Box

California’s sunny disposition seems to erupt with acoustic acts (Blind Pilot, anyone?), but Yellow Red Sparks is rising in the ranks quickly. With a laid-back, peaceful nature to the sound, it’s easy to slip into a mindful state while listening. It’s a simple setup: acoustic guitar, stand-up bass, minimal drum kit, but it’s all the band needs as they croon their way into your heart. Check out a live performance of their song “Happiness Comes In a Box” off their 2013 debut album Yellow Red Sparks below. Read More…

This Town Needs Guns – Left Aligned

Oxford, England’s This Town Needs Guns (now going by the moniker TTNG), are the perfect blend of math and indie rock. Though initially kind of a shock to the system, the pacing and instrumentation of the band’s include off-time and technical drums, extremely complicated and “noodle-y” guitar riffs, and soft-spoken, airy vocals. After a slew of lineup changes, the band have emerged as a three-piece (the reasons to be impressed should be piling up by now) and released the album 13.0.0.0.0 early this year. Check out the track “Left Aligned” off that album below. Read More…

The Shouting Matches – Avery Hill

If you’ve ever wanted to hear Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon’s voice without its soft timbre and ambient soundtrack, then don’t worry, The Shouting Matches are here. Formed sometime before Bon Iver hit it big, Justin Vernon & Co. make the kind of raw, stripped-down throwback rock and roll that will make you want to buy a pickup truck and move to South Carolina. With a wealth of resources now available, Justin Vernon decided to get back together with the band and release their 2013 album Grownass Man. Check out the track “Avery Hill” off that release below. Read More…

Coconut Records – Microphone

Actor/Musician Jason Schwartzman has had a foot in many musical projects during his expansive film career (remember that song “California” from The OC?), the most notable being his solo side-project Coconut Records. Started in 2006, Schwartzman makes infectious indie pop tunes that just make you want to dance. Though he hasn’t had a release since 2009, there are rumors of another album coming soon. But with a busy film career (we’re not complaining), it may take some time. Check out the single “Microphones” off his 2009 release Davy below. Read More…

Closure In Moscow – Kissing Cousins

Progressive Rock band Closure In Moscow formed in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. Described as a “catchy, yet melodic brand of progressive, avant-garde rock,” the band creates a heavy-sounding, quickly-paced sound often compared to early Saosin, Chiodos, or Coheed and Cambria. The band has been touted for their technical and complex guitar and drums work, with vocals flowing airily overhead. With only one EP and one album under their belt (another is expected later this year), Closure In Moscow have nowhere to go but up. Check out their song “Kissing Families” off their 2009 album First Temple below. Read More…

The Basement – 5/9/13

Special thanks to Delicious Bass for hanging out with us tonight. Be sure to tune in next week when The Class Acts will be with us.

Here’s tonight’s playlist:

Blue Eyed Sun – Rocco’s Song

Delightfuls – Eventually the Present Is Past

Fawn – Hip Parade

Delicious Bass – Stay

Delicious Bass – Locomotive

Delicious Bass – By My Side

Delicious Bass – Saturday

Delicious Bass – Past or Present

Delicious Bass – The Wind

Cities and Saints – Save Us

Bennett – Wait For Me Brother

Loch Ness & Other Monsters – Anchors Away

Dali Rocket – Hold On

Breathe Owl Breathe – Icy Cave Dancers

The Decks – L’enfant

Nathan K – Ghosts

Elliot Street Lunatic – Maps

The Class Acts – Something Good

Sean Hayes – When We Fall In

New York City native Sean Hayes has developed quite the knack for perfectly blending elements of rock, soul, and contemporary pop. Like Alex Clare without the money-grabbing dubstep parts, Hayes has been releasing groovy, folk-based acoustic rock since 1999. Hayes’ music is a mix between William Elliott Whitmore and Jason Mraz, where pop stylings and catchy hooks can be used in accordance with soulful vocals and gritty guitar lines. Check out the song “When We Fall In” off his 2010 album Run Wolves Run below. Read More…

Ravenna Woods – In the World

Seattle’s Ravenna Woods are making waves in the indie scene. As experimental as they come, the mainly acoustic band has been able to gain some notoriety based on their punk style of guitar. Full of dark content and spastic guitarwork, Ravenna Woods creates an internal debate with every song. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to decide if you want to sit down and sulk or spring up and dance. Check out their song “In the World’ off their 2010 debut album Demons and Lakes below. Read More…

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