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Album of the Week: Surfer Blood’s ‘Pythons’

by Devin William Daniels Surfer Blood‘s debut, Astro Coast, was one of the most promising indie rock albums of the past few years. With an excellent pop sensibility, keen musicianship and a proven ear for a great tone, they were clearly on the rise. The band was the indie music equivalent to a NBA team [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Best New Music Releases 2013, Week of June 4th – Portugal The Man, Big Deal, Future Bible Heroes, Camera Obscura, QOTSA

There are quite a few fantastic albums out this week from long-time indie and alternative artists as well as new bands on the radar for 2013. The songs from this week’s carefully-selected collection of EPs and LPs make for an impressive, diverse and lively playlist that is a little over an hour long; in fact, [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Album Review: Camera Obscura’s ‘Desire Lines’

by Devin William Daniels Rating: 6.5 of 10 Camera Obscura‘s new album, Desire Lines, is a dreamy and pristine offering, a reverse time capsule of pop music from a past that never existed. The high and heartbroken denizens of Rick Deckard‘s Los Angeles would probably find it nostalgic; in 2013, it’s just a blur. The [...]Show More Summary

7 Overseas Bands You’ve Gotta Hear, Vol. III – My Empire of Sound, Deaf Phonetics, E-MUTE, Opioids, Ka Tet

The third volume of 7 Overseas Bands You’ve Gotta Hear features profiles and songs from seven overseas bands that have captured our attention in recent months after submitting their latest album releases for review. Surely you will find at least one band, and hopefully more, from this special edition of bands you’ve gotta hear (but [...]Show More Summary

Best New Music Releases, Week of May 28th – Animal Collective, King Tuff, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Paperhaus, Baths, Brazos

We’re a bit late with the past week’s best new releases, but of course, it has to kick-off with Shabazz Palaces remix of Animal Collective‘s “New Town Burnout” from the Baltimore group’s new remix EP, Monkey Been to Burn Town. Too bad the album cover art is pretty awful. Even though it’s a reissue, one [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Artist of the Week: Portland Singer/Songwriter Nick Jaina

Every once and a while we come across an exceptional artist who has been around for a some time, but who turns out to be what we commonly call “new to us.” Sometimes it’s surprising, even baffling – as in: “how is it possible that we haven’t heard of this artist before?” When an artist [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Overseas Band to Watch: International Psych-Pop/Indie Rock Band Deco Pilot

Inspired by the late 2000?s synth-pop revival, and influenced by bands such as The Killers, The Bravery, Zoe and U2, the London quintetDeco Pilot has been growing their fan base, and getting the attention of indie bloggers, including IRC. In fact, a couple of months ago, on the heels of their debut EP release, This [...]

Bands That Rock, Vol. V – Tsar, Dreamers, Eight Feet Deep, The Bitter Roots, and The New Self-Defense

The Bands That Rock playlist and profile series reviews rock bands, often DIY or under-the-radar, whose talents should not go unnoticed. Most of the bands in this series – as with many other of our playlist series – sent their music in for review. In fact, we receive close to, or more than, a hundred [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Best New Music Releases, Week of May 21st – Daft Punk, The National, Dirty Beaches, Man or Astro-Man, Attic Lights

This week, the long-awaited – eight years as a matter of fact – new album, Random Access Memories, from the most famous helmeted musical group on this planet, Daft Punk, saw its official release, and fans from around the world are celebrating its electro-dance pop mastery. In fact, at the time of this posting, Random [...]Show More Summary

2013 Sasquatch Music Festival Line-Up of Artists & Bands and Playlists, Plus Sasquatch Tips

The 2013 music festival season officially launched with Coachella last month. You might think the music fest season kicks off with South By Southwest, but SXSW is not really a music fest as much as it is a music free-for-all, sort of like New York’s CMJ Music Marathon that happens each October is. In the [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Best DIY & Small Label Debut Albums of 2013, Vol. I – Great White Buffalo, Tournament of Hearts, Make Haste, Constant Supply, Will and the Indians

There have been many albums released in the past few months that we either did not have time to get to when they were initially released or that we only learned about after they were initially released. Many of the albums highlighted in this new installment of Recent Releases We Almost Missed are debut EPs [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Almost Missed: San Francisco’s Cool Ghouls’ Debut Album

On April 23rd, the San Francisco band Cool Ghouls released their self-titled debut album, featuring stand-out tracks like “Ballin,” and “Natural Life” and “In The Morning,” and we almost missed it. Even though they have a decidedly ’60?s psychedelic rock/country guitar twang sound, mixed with unmistakable hippie pop infusions and funky rhythms, Cool Ghouls don’t [...]Show More Summary

2013 BFD Live 105 Sunday at the Shoreline in Mt. View – Passion Pit, 30 Seconds to Mars, Awolnation, Diplo, Of Monsters and Men

Tomorrow the BFD LIve 105 mini-music fest gets underway at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mt. View, California. This year’s line-up features bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, Passion Pit, Of Monsters and Men, Silversun Pickups, Wavves, The Airborne Toxic Event, Atlas Genius, Capital Cities, Diplo, The Crystal Method, DJ Shadow, Fits and the Tantrums and [...]Show More Summary

Best New Music Releases, Week of May 14th – Vampire Weekend, Wild Nothing, Small Black, Pure X, Classixx

We surveyed IRC readers asking what’s their favorite album of the week, and not surprisingly, the vast majority picked Vampire Weekend‘s first album in three years, the just dropped Modern Vampires of the City. By the time Contra, the band’s sophomore album, was released in 2010, a backlash was already building up against the wildly [...]Show More Summary

Artist of the Week: New York City DIY Band The Rotaries

When a band has so many ace songs that it’s a real challenge to pick just a few of them to include in an Artist of the Week profile, that’s when you know that you have come upon something truly remarkable. That’s the case with New York City DIY band, The Rotaries. Last August, the [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Around The World Playlist, Vol. I – The Strokes, The Shins, Akron/Family, Sufjan Stevens, The Clash, Calexico, Beach House

We are playlist lovers. All kinds of playlists – from playlists focused on particular genres and best songs of the week to playlists of obscure DIY bands to playlists that center on almost every topic, subject and theme under the sun (we’ve even published playlists with songs about the sun too, and the popular Summer [...]Show More Summary

Sonny & The Smiths Change Course Again on New LP; Release New Tracks and Tour Dates

We’ve been fans of the San Francisco band Sonny & The Sunsets since hearing their splendid single, “Too Young To Burn,” in 2010. That song, and the album it appeared on, Tomorrow is Alright, catapulted the band to indie stardom, and they’ve been riding high on that wave ever since with each recording or video [...]

Best New Music Releases, Week of May 7th – AM & Shawn Lee, She & Him, Deerhunter, Mikal Cronin, Savages, Fitz and The Tantrums

As summer approaches, the number of new releases from a variety of well-known, and some lesser-known, band and artists, will begin to increase. This week is sort of one of those weeks because it’s still early enough in the spring to get a good roll started and ride it through the summer. IRC’s top releases [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

7 Overseas Bands You’ve Gotta Hear, Vol. III – The Naturals, Echoic, Lausch, AppleTree, Bearskin, Captain Dangerous and The Shy Lips

One thing is for sure about the regular readers and listeners of IRC: you want to hear more underground, DIY, new and under-the-radar bands and artists. Over the past couple of years, the posts that usually get the most love, if you will, are often profiles and playlists that highlight DIY and small label bands [...]

Best New Music Releases, Week of April 30th – Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Guided By Voices, Akron/Family, Daughter, Wolf People, King Tuff, Hands

Leading of this week’s new releases are two blockbuster albums from veterans of rock and roll, two bands that no doubt have been, and continued to be, an inspiration to countless popular and obscure alternative and indie rock artists. First up, is the latest album from Iggy Pop and The Stooges, and it sounds excellent. [...]Show More Summary

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