Posts tagged ‘Indie Rock’

November 25, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Need some tunes to keep you leveled out as you battle through the scrum that is Black Friday? We got you. Check out these songs so good they don’t need a bunch of hyping up for you to want to bring them home to the family. New tunes from Nick Noon, Miriam Clancy, picnic., Lazy Queen and Farewell Horizontal.
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November 21, 2022

Week Starter – Split Parasite

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Well if you need to know how our week is going let us start by pointing out we’re posting our “get your week started” post at the end of Monday. Yeesh, looks like this one is going to be a tough one. Lucky for us and you we have “The Weather” by Split Parasite to help us through. Melodic and mathy, its a tasty slice of Midwest emo influenced alternative that is both fresh and catchy while still harkening back to classic genre tightrope walkers of the 90’s and aughts. There’s the essence of Braid and Minus the Bear here without actually sounding like either one of those bands. Today was rough but a jam like this gives us hope just because of how good it is.

November 19, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Heyyyyyyyy due to a little technical glitch and Editor’s travel schedule we didn’t get this up on Friday, but you know what they say…Saturday IS the new Friday….in that most of us still have to go to work. Fun! You know what else is fun? These five songs so good they don’t need us giving them long write ups. Nah dawg, these are the star employees of your ears totally taking care of business and getting you what you need. Behold the efficient greatness by Dan Smyth, Alas de Liona, I Know I Know, Noelle Tannen and The Impossible Shapes.
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November 17, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Wild Child

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love a good “room sound” on a recording.  Sometimes you get this naturally with a raw recording and sometimes artists go for this sound.  It literally puts you IN the room.  This week’s song sits you down next to the guitar and lets you just be.  I spun “Photographs” by Wild Child and was transported to the room where it happened.  The song starts off with room ambience before the guitar begins ever so slightly, pulling you into what will happen next.  Gentle sounds of the Rhodes piano guide you into the beautiful and gentle vocals.  They are complimented with a keyboard or guitar pedal that sounds almost sick, trying to fight its way into the song.  The chorus is catchy and layered with horns.  Rimshots, hand claps and snaps change the dynamic of verse two.  The vocals become syncopated and full of attitude before we glide into the chorus again.  The horns add so much here, not what you expect when the song begins so sparse.  There are also subtle strings and keys that round out the sound.  The sick guitar effect comes back at the end to stake its claim, it never overwhelms but keeps you interested.  This song will surprise you all the while making you feel like you’ve heard it before as the chorus has a familiarity even after the first spin.  Highly recommend this tune, starts simple and ends simply fantastic.
November 17, 2022

The B-Side: Lorem Ipsum

From the Netherlands come Lorem Ipsum with a catchy little number called “Lessons In Living.” The lessons these Nords seem to have learned is how far you can go on a well crafted, straight forward riff if you imbue it with swagger and energy and a dash of mystery. Is that a guitar running through a fuzz pedal set to obliterate or is it an organ set to 11 and played through a blown speaker? Who knows, but also who cares because either way it’s cool. Throw in a grooving rhythm section and catchy vocals and you have a certified strut that shimmies down the line between indie rock and garage rock.

November 15, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Noda Pappa

Tuesdays are all about settling into the groove of the week and hitting a comfortable flow. Yes, you got things to do but no need to be too worked up about it because you still have plenty of days in the week to get it done or procrastinate yourself into a fun little Friday freakout. You know what makes a great soundtrack to that vibe? “The Life I’m Not Living” by Noda Pappa. From Greece comes this groovy little tune that harkens back to the heyday of 70’s AM gold but with a modern indie touch. It’s easy listening in the best of ways. Great melodies, a chill but still fun mood and just the whisper of a funky little strut underneath it all.

November 11, 2022

Week Ender – Dubinski

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

If your weekend is half as fun and energetic and absolutely perfect as “Gotta Get Outta This Place” by Dubinski is than you’ll be doing just fine my friend. It’s a power pop tune with enough raw energy to make it the most infectious indie rock number you’ve heard in a hot minute. Landing somewhere between OK Go and Superfuzz it fucking rules and really why are you still reading this? Just hit play and send us a quick thank you for hipping you to it.

November 11, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Friday? More like Friyay amiright? It’s been a long week round these parts and we’re ready to wrap it up with five tunes so good they do the heavy lifting. Letting us kick our feet up and go ahhhhhhh. Thanks Paul Bäcklin, Gillian Stone, Awon, Peaceful Faces and Throne Of Iron for doing all the hard work. Employees of the month, all of ya.
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November 10, 2022

The B-Side: Adam Hopper

Sad and beautiful are two of our favorite qualities in music, so you know we were excited to hear “Beauty In Sadness” by Adam Hopper when it came through our inbox. But wait, what’s this? This isn’t some lush, orchestrated melancholy number it’s a bouncy, infectious indie rock tune with big hooks and pop smarts. The old bait and switch, but in this case the switch might just be better than the bait. Go ahead and sucker your own inner goth into listening to this and then surprise it by dancing around your room in neon colored sunglasses.

November 4, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Oh look it’s Friday once again and we’re almost out of our weekly word data plan! Must conserve words! Lucky for us and you these songs are so good they don’t need much from us to hype them up. Check out the self-hyping songs from Alffa, Girl As Wave, Oliver Marson, YUNGMORPHEUS and Ricky Gourmet.
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