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Best New Indie Songs & Albums, April 2014, Vol. I – Cloud Nothings, Small Black, Band of Skulls, Sweet Apple, De Lux, Mary Onettes

April was a good month for music lovers, and record collectors. That also made it an incredibly laborious task to go through the stacks of releases. In fact, the entire process is symbolic of a larger truth – good things take time to come to fruition. Not only were there dozens upon dozens of fantastic [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

7 Overseas Bands You’ve Gotta Hear, Vol. VI – Gonçalo, Fake Vulgarys, Brockley Forest, Cat Dog Snake, Welcome The Wildfire

Back by popular demand, and because we have had some time to find seven artists and bands from the submissions box, this latest installment of 7 Overseas Bands You’ve Gotta Hear takes us from Sweden and Australia to England and Portugal and Brazil. In our last installment of the 7 Bands series, which was a [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Artist of the Week: Wildlife Control

Two bi-coastal brothers, who normally worked together from opposite ends of the continent, came together at the mid-point city of Austin last March for the South by Southwest music festival after being invited by the organizers. Originally formed in 2010, Wildlife Control is Neil Shah, based in Brooklyn, and his brother, Sumul Shah, headquartered 3,000 [...]Show More Summary

Exclusive Top 30 Vinyl Albums from Cake, Built to Spill, The Ramones, Tame Impala, Dinosaur Jr., Velvet Underground, Devo

For rock and vinyl lovers, Record Store Day is like Christmas in April; this year, Christmas came on Saturday, April 19th, and there was plenty to be excited about. There were hundreds of official RSD limited edition vinyls released this year, and so it obviously took time to go through all of the vinyls, pick [...]

Jack White Sets ‘Fastest-Ever Record Release’ With New Solo Single on Record Store Day

The prolific rock musician, producer, and record label owner, Jack White, has created yet another milestone in his 20+ year high-profile career. White, with help from collaborators, released what is said to be the fastest record every made – from the moment of the recording, through the pressing of the vinyl, to the distribution – [...]Show More Summary

Artist of the Week – Canadian One-Man Band Joel Strauss

The fist thing that we noticed about Canadian DIY multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Joel Strauss is his voice – nasally, but somehow tolerable (like Dylan and others), even likable. The best comparison we can think of at the moment is that he sounds a bit like Colin Meloy of The Decemberists. In subsequent spins of [...]Show More Summary

Best New Songs and Albums of March 2014, Vol. II – Iska Dhaaf, Black Lips, The War on Drugs, Hold Steady, Aloe Blacc, TPC, Liars

Last week, we posted our favorite singles from the top new albums released during the first week of March. And what a fantastic week for new albums – the official playlist of lead singles from those releases is one of the best single week playlists of 2014, so far. This second part of Best New [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Best New Songs and Albums of March 2014, Vol. I – Ghost Beach, Real Estate, The Men, Eagulls, Nothing, Eternal Summers, Drive-By Truckers, We Are Scientists

The first week of March was a hot one for standout, memorable singles from that week’s top album releases, and easily one of the best sets of 2014?s top indie songs released so far this year, featuring a treasure trove of electrifying, original, infectious and amazingly diverse tunes. So, we’re just going to skip all [...]Show More Summary

Top DIY Rock Songs & Albums of 2014, Vol. II – A Clearing, Baby Baby, Traits, Falcon Hood, Saints of Bliss, Nishe, Jack Denvir, Gardens

One of the things that we’ve definitely found over all these years of reviewing DIY, and even small label, artists and bands who submit their music to us, is that we need a good chunk of time, over a period of weeks, even months, to listen again and again to our draft playlists. Read more [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Former Cadillac Sky Lead Singer Releases Debut Album with New Band

During a 2010 tour, in which Nashville band, Cadillac Sky, was opening up for the Grammy-winning band Mumford and Sons, lead singer Bryan Simpson, a Nashville local, hit a wall – spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. In distress, Simpson made the incredible decision to leave the tour and his band right at the time when [...]Show More Summary

Artist of the Week – DIY Musician Tony Michael Ellis Weaves Melodies and Harmonies on ‘Undertow’

It’s no surprise after listening to the debut album by Los Angeles singer and songwriter Tony Michael Ellis, that Ellis lists The Beach Boys as his top musical influence, followed by The Beatles, and various Motown legends. The single, “It Soothes My Soul,” combines upbeat melodies, acoustic guitar and piano, along with soaring harmonies, that [...]Show More Summary

Best New Indie Rock Songs & Albums, Feb. 2014 Vol. II – Beck, St. Vincent, Natural Child, Lost in Trees, Sun Kil Moon, Disco Doom

Are you ready to listen to a big playlist of some of the best singles released so far in 2014? Well, we’ve gone through over 60 releases from February, and picked out what we think are the top singles from new albums by signed and more well-known indie and alternative rock artists and bands. If [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Best New Indie Rock Songs & Albums of February 2014, Vol. I – Asgiers, Broken Bells, Augustines, Cymbals, Gardens & Villa

The first full week of February’s best new indie rock songs and albums includes anticipated releases from well-known indie bands we’ve covered extensively over the years, like Xiu Xiu, Broken Bells, Cymbals, and Bombay Bicycle Club. Other bands and artists that we were previously less familiar with, like Water Liars and Juan Wauters, definitely made [...]Show More Summary

Best New Indie Rock Releases, Vol. II – The Album Defense, Pontiak, Gem Club, Sleepy Sun, Habibi, Doug Tuttle, Wax Fang

We are getting through them and rolling out the best new indie rock playlists after sifting through piles and piles of music submissions from every direction. As those of you who have followed us for some time know well, we cover both the best of what is considered the more well-known, even popular, indie rock [...]

Best New Indie Rock Songs and Albums, January/February, 2014 – Damien Jurado, Warpaint, Wild Cub, Hidden Cameras, Mogwai

The Best New Releases series is back and has been renamed to the Best New Indie Rock Releases to be more specific and also distinguish it from IRC’s coverage of DIY and under-the-radar artists and bands, such as the recent first volume of the Top DIY Rock Songs & Albums for January 2014, which contains [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Top DIY Rock Songs & Albums, January 2014 – The Howler Weary, The Supplement, Mark Boroff, Zach Jones, Glitch Mouth

It’s been a daunting task; over 150 (154 exactly) submissions for January alone. By the way, in some of the artist profiles, where there was a lack of information provided, we took the liberty to provide artists and bands with some basic, but essential, advice, using some of the artists we’re highlighting as an example. [...]Show More Summary

Best Songs of 2013, Vol. IV – The Unassisted, Hospital, Groupelove, Sebadoh, Cults, Best Coast, Dr. Dog, Fuzz, Glasvegas, CAVE

Since 2013 is still somewhat fresh (but fading) memory for most people, we decided to publish as part of the Best Songs of 2013 series, the last Top 10 Songs playlists of 2013. If you’re not familiar with Indie Rock Cafe’s popular Top 10 Songs playlist series, we collect the statistics on the songs published [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Best Song of 2013, Vol. III – Foals, BRMC, Guards, Nick Cave, Low, Crime & The City Solution, Atoms for Peace, Iceage, Spinto Band

by Devin William Daniels While 2013 is all but a memory, we’re not quiet ready to completely let go just yet. That’s because there was so much great music from 2013 that you didn’t see on the Grammy’s (if you call that music) or that you may have missed during the course of the year. [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

5 Bands That Rock, Vol. VI – Lions for Real, Tijuana Bullfight, One High Five, BRUCE! and Atlas Complex

The Bands That Rock profile and playlist series has been one of the most popular playlist series on Indie Rock Cafe over the past couple of years. This new edition of Bands That Rock features mostly DIY bands, but all of the bands in this series do one thing the same – they rock out [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

5 Breakout Bands in 2013 – Twin Peaks, Royal Forest, Thundercat, Drift Wood Miracle, Sensual Harassment

We’ve heard some say that there were not as many breakout indie artists and bands in 2013 compared to previous years. That’s simply not true. And that’s because, as many of you know, we cover bands that most of the ‘copy-cat’ indie blogs (those that recycle the same bands and songs featured on other blogs) [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

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