Category Archives: Indie

Sir Weston’s EP “Over” touches on the mellow side of indie folk

Sir Weston (Matt Martin and Weston Taylor) is an indie/folk/pop group that creates well-crafted hooks that are extremely pleasing to the ear, begging to be memorized.

According to Sir Weston’s Bandcamp page, Weston Taylor, of Atlanta, has been writing for more than 10 years. Sir Weston’s slightly skewed, heartfelt style recalls the sound of Soul Asylum or early Coldplay vocals from the “Yellow” era. The moody guitar notes drives “Waking Up,” and a more rock and roll indie sound dominates “Pretty Pictures.” Hold a torch for the soothing acoustic title track, which gives a shoutout to classic ’60s pop of the Beatles and the Byrds; “Cure For Cancer” is a standout.

Check out their Over EP, which was released in October 2015:

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TEEN masters the ’80s cable-access TV look for the video ‘Free Time’

You have to admire TEEN for doing things exactly how they want. The Brooklyn-based female quartet has always leaned toward the abstract, warped side of things, mixing space rock with indie-pop and ’70s psychedelic ephemera. No one makes music quite like TEEN, and they go all in, right down to their new video for “Free Time,” below.

The purple-hazy video features dancer Becca Kauffman from Ava Luna, and who also directs the video, which was shot straight to VHS (!) by Mika Altskan at Rollgate Studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

According to Kauffman:

‘Free Time’” was inspired by the 1980’s public access television performances of R. Stevie Moore, the post-punk choreographer Michael Clark’s videodance collaborations with his musical contemporaries, and the barebones production quality and interpretive dance accompaniment to Sid Harvey Fisher’s Astrology Songs.

Listen to “Free Time,” “All About Us” and “Tokyo” on Soundcloud:

“Free Time” is off their new album Love Yes, out now on Carpark Records. They’ve kicked off their North American tour and will perform at SXSW on March 16-20.

Feb 19 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

Feb 20 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s

Feb 21 Chicago, IL @ Hideout Inn

Feb 22 Cincinnati, OH @ Monday Night at the Comet

Feb 24 New Haven, CT @ BAR FREE SHOW

Feb 25 Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen

Feb 26 Stony Brook, NY @ Stony Brook University

Feb 27 Hudson, NY @ Half Moon

Mar 09 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5

Mar 10 Asheville, NC @ Tiger Mountain

Mar 11 Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof

Mar 12 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn

Mar 13 Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge

Mar 14 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Mar 16-20 Austin, TX @ SXSW

Mar 21 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace

Mar 24 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress

Mar 25 San Diego, CA @ Whistle Stop Bar

Mar 26 Los Angeles, CA @ Breezer Vol. I at Fais Do-Do

Mar 28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Mar 29 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

Mar 31 Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s

Apr 01 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s

Apr 02 Grand Rapids, MI @ Ladyfest GR

Apr 04 Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar

Apr 05 Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar Room

 

 

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Vundabar reaches $6,000 gofundme goal for stolen equipment

Sludge/indie pop Boston trio Vundabar announced on their Facebook page Jan. 30 that $6,000 worth of equipment was stolen from their car in Philadelphia.

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A gofundme page was launched. Here’s the note from the band — it sounds like they really didn’t want to have to ask people for money, but had no other choice:

Hello friends. You’ve heard this story before and unfortunately I’m sure you’ll hear it again. While staying over night in Philadelphia for a show that Vundabar was playing, our car got broken into and $6,000 dollars in music equipment was stolen. Needless to say this is deeply upsetting and while we can’t replace the sentimental value of these instruments, there’s the functional issue of the fact that we’ve been shanghai’d, on the hook for $6,000 dollars that we don’t have for things we need in order to continue this band. We feel lucky to be able to do what we do, and have the support of so many people. I wish there was a better avenue to take with these things but right now it seems like the only option is to pass the hat. Thank you always for your love and support.

Vundabar

As of Feb. 3, 2016, they reached their goal, and surpassed it by $51. Boston music sites helped spread the word on Twitter, which may have tipped the scales.

Vundabar are scheduled to play Feb. 13 at Signal Kitchen in Burlington, Vermont, and at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn on Feb. 27. Hopefully the band is out shopping right now.

Listen to their music on Bandcamp; their album Gawk, was released last year.

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Cross Record unravels new song “Basket”

Cross Record have released the song “Basket,” on which lies a fair amount of twists and turns. The dreamy synthpop song keeps a steady pace for just about 3 minutes, then throws in a phalanx of guitar and noise that crash together for several seconds before Emily Cross’ heavenly voice fades out for good.

Listen to “Basket”on Soundcloud:

“Basket” is off Cross Record’s upcoming album, “Wabi Sabi” which is a Japanese aesthetic that focuses on accepting imperfection. Cross uses that mindset as she sings repeated lines about the construction of a basket to symbolize parenthood.
Cross Record plays a record-release show in Austin, Texas, at the Mohawk on Saturday, Feb. 6. Wabi-Sabi will be out on Ba Da Bing Records on Jan. 29.

Also, check out KLRU’s documentary on Cross Record from 2014.

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Florist’s “Holdly” leads to anticipation for “The Birds Outside Sang”

Brooklyn band Florist has quietly inched onto the watch list of several music sites.

Their October-released five-song EP “Holdly” stops you in your tracks with its sincere, open-book message and exposed vocals. Lo-fi vocals from sole songwriter Emily Sprague pull you in, such as this line from “Unholy Faces”: “We eat our souls and don’t bother to replace them,” and may speak to the anti-folk slant the indie-pop group espouses. The song “Vacation” uncorks a dreamy folk-pop haze of youth, its summertime infinities and uncertainties.

Sprague’s direct, plainspoken approach to the songwriting craft is dramatic all on its own. She knows how to say a lot more than she actually intones, which makes the rest of us able to bridge that human connection with Florist’s music.
It’s only a few months after “Holdly” and already the band is set to release their full-length album, “The Birds Outside Sang,” on Jan. 29.

 

The title track, the first single off the album, shows a clear maturity from “Holdly.” Sprague’s innocent vocals still show and now they’re set against a backdrop of ominous layers of synth and a steady beat sprinkled with lo-fi noise.

Then, over a steady high-pitched drone as Sprague begins to sing with her own words, the song divides in two.

“Do you and your friends want to come into the field and watch the fireworks shoot up into the air?” she asks drowsily. “Does the night sky terrify you and does the day sky mesmerize you and make you dream things better than the day?”

 

“The Birds Outside Sang,” is out Jan. 29 on Double Double Whammy.

 

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Cross Record breathes fire into acoustic song “Steady Waves”

With the gentle bubbling of guitar fingerpicking that’s behind Emily Cross’ breathy and gentle voice, Cross Record’s single “Steady Waves” begins. It builds up through electric guitar beats, then falls back down as cerebral lyrics like “shivering, it makes me dizzy” add even more depth.

Cross Record is husband and wife team Cross and Dan Duszynski are Chicago transplants living in Texas. From the sounds of “Steady Waves,” the two know how to balance dramatic elements with beauty and tense guitar playing.

Read more at Stereogum.

Cross Record is on Ba Da Bing Records.

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Heather Woods Broderick announces tour dates to support “Glider”

Singer/songwriter Heather Woods Broderick has announced several tour dates to support her new album “Glider,” out now on Western Vinyl. Broderick, also a member of Sharon Van Etten’s band, has planned to visit several locations she hasn’t been to before. If you haven’t heard “Glider” yet — it’s one of the strongest albums of 2015, and it’s been quietly flying under the radar for some time.

Listen to a stream of “Wyoming”:

“Mama Shelter”:

….. and “A Call For Distance”

Heather Woods Broderick Tour Dates:

Fri. Oct. 16 – Seattle, WA @ Abbey Arts ^

Tue. Oct. 27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios %

Wed. Oct. 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel #

Sun. Dec. 6 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott *

Mon. Dec. 7 – Providence, RI @ Aurora *

Wed. Dec. 9 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *

Thu. Dec. 10 – Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox *

Fri. Dec. 11 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *

Sat. Dec. 12 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *

Mon. Dec. 14 – New Orleans, LA @ 1638 Clio St. *

Tue. Dec. 15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *

Wed. Dec. 16 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 *

Thu. Dec. 17 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *

Fri. Dec. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel *

Sat. Dec. 19 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *

^ = w/ Ora Cogan

% = w/ Pure Bathing Culture

# = w/ Alela Diane + Ryan Francesconi

* = w/ Jesse Marchant

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Lou Barlow’s “Brace The Wave” is streaming at NPR Music

Lou Barlow‘s album “Brace The Wave,” his first in eight years, is streaming at NPR Music.

On the new album, Barlow has pieced together a mixed bag of folk songs that reminds listeners of his inner struggles and fears. Barlow’s lonesome, echo-filled vocals and organic guitar strumming incorporates prog-rocklou-barlow-lounging-by-jens-jurgensen-1987 and synth influences, as on “Moving.” Barlow can also easily drop about five stories with the toned-down “Pulse” or the buzz-laden “Boundaries.” Somehow it all fits. The sonic landscape he’s created is a natural move for Barlow, a founding member of Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr. and The Folk Implosion.

On the stunning, acoustic “Lazy,” Barlow is resigned as uses stark, honest language to describe the pain of a love not returned. “Friendly neglect no longer protects my heart, filling a pocket with scar only weighs me down/Understanding is only demanding more/ What am I bending backwards for? Couldn’t you turn around?” Barlow pleads.

Listen to the rest of “Brace the Wave” at NPR Music. “Brace The Wave” is out Sept. 4 on Joyful Noise Recordings.

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Barlow recorded the album in less than a week in Easthampton, Mass., one of the most off-the-map places you find yourself, and it’s perfect for Barlow’s easygoing and eclectic folk sound.

His tour kicks off Sept. 8 in Boston at Great Scott:

Lou Barlow Tour Dates:
9/8: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
9/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
9/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
9/11: Washington, DC @ DC9
9/22: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
9/23: San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co.
9/24: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
9/25: Pioneertown, CA @ Desert Stars
9/26: Costa Mesa, CA @ Wayfarer (early show)

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Lanterns on the Lake share ethereal new song “Faultlines”

Atmospheric indie-rock artists Lanterns on the Lake have shared details of their upcoming new album “Beings,” on which they began working in February 2014 — right after their U.S. and European tours. Guitarist Paul Gregory has produced and mixed “Beings.”

Vocalist Hazel Wilde says of their writing process:

“The ideas came effortlessly and in abundance. At first we had no expectations, no prescribed ideas of how we wanted the songs to turn out. We were just writing and playing together because that’s what we’d always done.”

Working in their Newcastle rehearsal room seems to have only strengthened their ability to create ghostly soundscapes. Listen to the dramatic new song “Faultlines” — the piano melody works gorgeously with heavenly strings toward the end of the song.

“Beings,” their third full-length album, will be out Nov. 13 on Bella Union.

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Beings Tracklisting:

  1. Of Dust & Matter
  2. I’ll Stall Them
  3. Faultlines
  4. The Crawl
  5. Send Me Home
  6. Through the Cellar Door
  7. Beings
  8. Stepping Down
  9. Stuck For An Outline
  10. Inkblot

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Titus Andronicus releases film “The Magic Morning”

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Punk/indie band Titus Andronicus has released a short film, “The Magic Morning,” which incorporates music from his upcoming album, “The Most Lamentable Tragedy.”

The music stems from what he says is the second act of “Tragedy,” which is Tracks 7-12, or Side B of the first disc.

Singer/songwriter Patrick Stickles wrote and directed the video, which you can see below:

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the lyric video for the punk blast of “Dimed Out.” One of the best lines has to be “Don’t wanna buy an ounce– For me the right amount is the entire pound.” If you don’t smile at its rebellion, you’re missing something.

Also today, the lyrics to “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” are out on Genius: See it here, complete with annotations.

“The Most Lamentable Tragedy” is out July 28 on Merge Records.

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Titus Andronicus on tour:
+@ on tour:
Jul 24–28 Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium [ALL DATES SOLD OUT]
Sep 11 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church*^
Sep 12 Washington, DC – Black Cat*^
Sep 13 Richmond, VA – The Camel*^
Sep 14 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*^
Sep 15 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade*^
Sep 16 Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox*^
Sep 18 Dallas, TX – Trees*^
Sep 19 Houston, TX – Walters*^
Sep 20 Austin, TX – Red 7*^
Sep 23 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel*^
Sep 24 San Diego, CA – Irenic*^
Sep 25 Pomona, CA – The Glass House*^
Sep 26 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy*^
Sep 27 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door*^
Sep 28 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst*^
Sep 29 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel*^
Sep 30 Petaluma, CA – The Phoenix Theatre*^
Oct 02 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios*^ + in-store at Music Millennium
Oct 03 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret*^
Oct 04 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*^
Oct 05 Boise, ID – Neurolux*^
Oct 06 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court*^
Oct 07 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre*^
Oct 09 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock*^
Oct 10 Madison, WI – Frequency*^
Oct 11 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall*^
Oct 12 Detroit, MI – UFO Factory*^
Oct 13 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern*^
Oct 14 Montreal, QC – Le Ritz*^
Oct 15 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*^
Oct 16 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw *%
Nov 05 London, UK – Village Underground
Nov 06 Bristol, UK – Thekla
Nov 07 Brighton, UK – Bleach
Nov 08 Oxford, UK – The Bullingdon
Nov 10 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
Nov 11 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Nov 12 Liverpool, UK – Kazimer
Nov 13 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
Nov 14 Leeds, UK – Beacons Metropolitan Festival
Nov 16 Nottingham, UK – Bodega Social Club
Nov 18 Paris, FR – La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Nov 19 Opwijk, BE – Autumn Falls Festival
Nov 20 Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who Festival
Nov 22 Dublin, IE – The Hangar

* with Spider Bags
^ with Baked
% with Ex Hex

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