Posts tagged ‘Indie Rock’

August 16, 2022

Week Starter – Martha

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.

Look, sometimes you have to start your week on Tuesday because Monday is a wash, and that was the case for the PE offices this week. Regardless, it’s never too late to start it up with a perfect slice of power pop indie rock like the kind from the kids in Martha. Why do we call these clearly young adults kids? Because they got the youthful energy to make you want to dance in your bedroom like you’re 15 again. “Baby, Does Your Heart Sink?” is perfect. End of sentence. It has hooks and heart and hell yeah and all of it. Who would’ve thought a contender for song of the summer would squeak in just under the wire, but it is and it has. Turn it up and feel the warm rays a little longer.

August 12, 2022

Week Ender – Graham Repulski

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

On the surface the GBV lo-fi thing seems like it would be easy to replicate, and lord knows we’ve received many a submission of those who’ve tried. Blow out most, if not all the tracks, for instant Uncle Bob magic. But what most of them forget is that underneath the layers of fuzz and squall there has to be a killer song fighting to break through, that’s the magic part. Luckily for us “Flaming Television” by Graham Repulski gets it right. So right in fact that it’d be easy to think this was a lost Pollard track (not that there are any lost Pollard tracks because he releases everything, constantly); and while we generally don’t dig it when artists stick so close to their inspirations we do dig this. Because it’s rare to hear someone get the formula right, and because as prodigious as BP is the world could always use more perfect pop songs wrapped in chaos.

August 12, 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.

Today we keep our lips mostly sealed with micro-reviews of five songs so good they speak for themselves. Check out the latest from Melanie MacLaren, Credit Electric, Vangelism, General Admin and Gonzo Lebronzo after the jump.
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August 11, 2022

The B-Side: Joan of Arkansas

Well, well, well, what do we have here? Some perfectly fuzzed out, rough around the edges in just the right way sunshine pop in a grungy indie rock cloak? Just what the doctor ordered. “Erase Me” by Joan of Arkansas has the energy of early Superchunk, but with its own “sludge pop” twist. It is effortlessly catchy and in a better world would be a smash radio single, or at the very least the break out song at Fest this year (we checked, they’re not on the bill, which is a bummer). Luckily for us love don’t cost a thing and neither does smashing that play again button.

August 5, 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.

Today we keep it brief with new releases that don’t need all our jibber jabber. Check out the latest from MAYA LUCIA, Lunavela, Colyn Cameron, State of The Secretary and The Recombinants after the jump.
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August 4, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Near Beer

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.

When you see the submission for the week is titled “Dead Drummers” you may not expect the first thing you hear to be drums.  Just like the beverage the group is named after, this tight yet poppy jam by Los Angeles’ NEAR BEER may not be what you expected.  Almost distorted drums come in hard and fast droning and driving the tune immediately.  We’re then hit with a memorable guitar line that sounds theme song worthy.  The bass crawls around the four and the six to lay a foundation that’s pleasing to the ear.  Really good use of effects here, doesn’t sound too washed out yet there is a lot going on.  The vocals are upbeat and sang with conviction.  They have a hope to them that leaves you saying “WE DID IT!” whether you did, or not.  The chorus washes in with great backup vocals, sounds like doubles from the lead singer, one of my favorite things when done correctly.  The open chords late in the song, remind me of older Americana artists in the best way.  The chorus comes back at the end to bring us home.  This song leaves you feeling hopeful and full of life.  Interesting how it is titled Dead Drummers because it woke this drummer right up and gave me life.

August 2, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: crsa

Viola, minimalist percussion and cooing vocals are the ingredients to “We’ll Be Forever” by crsa, and honestly if anything else were added it’d probably ruin the whole thing. A floating, hazy, dream state of a song; it feels huge and intimate at the same time, like a memory you can’t quite grab onto or a feeling you can’t quite express. It vibes like a more organic Cocteau Twins (albeit with actual words, not just sounds) and is perfect for these languid days of summer.

July 29, 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.

Today we keep it tight for you (daddy) with the briefest of reviews of songs so good they don’t need a lot of blah blah blah, they just need you to spank that play button (daddy). Check out the newest from Stephen Peter Rodgers, Zack Keim, Phil Bourne, Post Drive and Jones Carwash after the jump.
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July 28, 2022

The B-Side: Jimmy Joyride

From Lithuania we get “Expire” from Jimmy Joyride, a mishmash of shoegaze, jangly driving indie and fuzzed out alternative rock that somehow manages to feel both audacious and natural at the same time. On first listen the skipping through styles felt a bit disjointed, but now that we’ve spun it a few times we realize we were the ones out of sync. This is a banger of a song if you can get on it’s level of stitched together beauty. They got chocolate in the peanut butter and we’re all the better for it.

July 21, 2022

The B-Side: Jenny Mayhem

One of the things we look for in a song to be considered for the blog is the instantaneously, undeniable, home run on a gut level reaction. “Karma Tattoo” by Jenny Mayhem is the most instantaneous “of course, duh, yeah” submission we’ve received in a hot minute. A shimmering, hazy, timeless slice of vibes n’ groove that falls neatly between indie pop and indie rock – it’ll make you want to get up and post modern hippie chick dance in a room by yourself. This is the home run that not only escapes the ballpark, but the entire county.

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