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Artist of the Week: Dynamic Brother Duo, Wildlife Control

Two bi-coastal brothers who normally collaborated from opposite ends of the continent came together at the mid-point city of Austin last March for the famed South by Southwest music festival, and delivered on the faith that SXSW organizers had in them enough to give them an official showcase, an honor for any musician or band. [...]Show More Summary

5 DIY Bands to Watch 2013, Vol. VII – Dash, Cozy Danger, Timberhawk, Carry The Tradition and Flash Riot

We never get tired or bored with hearing impressive music from bands and artists that we’ve never heard of before – and hopefully the same is true for many of you. That’s pretty much one of the big things that sets Indie Rock Cafe apart from most other indie and alternative rock blogs. We are [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Artist of the Week – Los Angeles Songwriter, Producer, Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist Taiwo Heard

Dabbling with elements of 70?s R&B soul, grunge, electropop, and rock since high school in his home town of Washington, D.C., relocated Los Angeles songwriter and musician Taiwo Heard knew since he was a young teen that making music was going to be his future. One of the most important milestones in pursuit of that [...]

Recent Releases We Almost Missed, Vol. XXII – Smith Westerns, Bass Drum of Death, Rose Windows, Palms, Light Heat, Escort

There’s never been an edition of the Recent Releases We Almost Missed that covered one specific week of releases; at least not until today. Due to many things happening all at once, we did not previously have enough time (it takes many hours of work to review a week’s worth of new releases) to properly [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Album Review: Robert Pollard’s ‘Honey Locust Honky Tonk’

by Devin Daniel Williams Robert Pollard is a prolific prophet of music. He’s released an astonishing two solo albums a year from 2006 to 2012, and three post-reunion Guided by Voices‘ albums in 2012. Remarkably, the veteran post punk legends released a fourth post-reunion album – possibly the band’s last – earlier this year. And [...]Show More Summary

5 DIY Bands to Watch, Vol. VI – Jim Platt’s Rhythm Innovation, Controller, The Gallery, Daybreak Gentlemen, False Pterodactyl

The 5 DIY Bands to Watch series has had a pretty solid response from readers and listeners, so we’re going to keep rolling them out. These are bands that we have picked up on somewhere or another (usually from music submissions), and that we’ve been listening to more than a couple of times, and each [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

DIY Chicago Artist Sonia Khaleel Mixes It Up on Her Debut LP

Chicago pop/rock artist Sonia Khaleel mixes 50?s doo-wop, 80?s rock and early 90?s ska with pop and indie elements to create a unique pop sound that is. In April, she dropped her debut album, Shark, featuring 14 terrific songs that demonstrate her deep, yet playful lyrics, powerful emotions. Her sultry voice coos, jabs and [...]Show More Summary

7 Overseas Artists You’ve Gotta Hear – Metaform, James Kerr, Flat Ed, Reebosound, Heifervescent, Lillian Todd-Jones & More

Today’s post containing selected artist and their music is the first edition of the ’7 Bands You’ve Gotta Hear’ series that features overseas artists. This post begins with an incredibly diverse and talented artist, Justice Aaron, better known as Metaform. Other artists featured below include James Kerr of London; Matt Churchill of London; Heifervescent of [...]Show More Summary

Band Watch: Leeds, England Indie Rock Quartet China Rats

China Rats are a four-piece indie rock band from Leeds, England, that the U.K. press has been hailing as the next Arctic Monkeys, even though they haven’t released a debut album yet. What they have released is a three-song EP and a single. But the little they have released is creating quite a buzz. The [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Best New Music Releases, Week of June 18th – Sigur Ros, Austra, Beach Day, Mark Mulcahy, Primal Scream, EOTS, Said The Whale

The long-awaited new album, Kveikur, from Sigur Ros dropped this week to wide praise and excitement from fans and critics alike. Spin magazine said the following of Kveikur, “It’s initially unnerving to witness indie’s most celebrated airy faeries butch it up, but the result ultimately satisfies their what-the-the-hell-do-we-do-next dilemma better than any record single Agaetis [...]Show More Summary

Album Review: Heliotropes’ Debut LP, ‘A Constant Sea’

by Aaron Rajala Edgy might be a word that some people equate with aging hipsters on the fringe of becoming old enough to be considered cool. However, it also happens to be the most appropriate way to describe the all-girl Brooklyn-based fuzz rock quartet Heliotropes. In a modern indie format largely dominated by harmonies and [...]Show More Summary

Baltimore Band to Watch Fiction 20 Down Launch Eastern U.S. Tour to Promote Debut Album

Baltimore band Fiction 20 Down is not any ordinary indie band. Rather they push the envelope, and do so successfully, by blending various genres like rock, pop, hip-hop and reggae, and together with their energetic live performances, the band has built a growing fan base from the northeast to the southern tip of Florida, and [...]Show More Summary

Album Review: Boards of Canada’s ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’

by J. Hubner From the opening horns of “Gemini” to the fading strands of album closer, “Semena Mertvykh,” there isn’t a moment on Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest where you wonder who the artist is. There has been a veritable silence from the direction of Scottish brothers Marcus Eoin and Mike Sandison since the 2006 [...]Show More Summary

Best New Music Releases, Week of June 11th – Surfer Blood, Gold Panda, Sonny & The Sunsets, Boards of Canada, John Vanderslice, The 88

All the buzz last week was around the much anticipated and long-awaited follow-up to Surfer Blood‘s wildly popular and successful 2010 debut, Astro Coast. The buzz was well earned as most people who had not downloaded leaked copies found out over the past few days. In fact, Pythons is already easily one of the top [...]

Album Review: Deafheaven’s ‘Sunbather’

by J. Hubner Deafheaven‘s Sunbather is one of those anomalies that happens every so often in metal music where you’re moved to your core listening to the aural violence. Singer George Clark sounds like Deftones’ Chino Moreno having some sort of attack as songwriter/guitarist Kerry McCoy creates transcendent -albeit bludgeoning- music that sweeps you up [...]Show More Summary

Artist of the Week: Pittsburg’s Rob Eldridge, aka, Steelesque

Steelesque is the moniker that Pittsburgh singer/songwriter, producer, engineer and musician, Rob Eldridge, coined for himself when he set out to bring a “rough and ready indie blues sound” to Steel City. In a year since forming Steelesque, Eldridge recorded a lo-fi demo EP, Johnny On The Spot with the help of drummer Josh Egan. [...]Show More Summary

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

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