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7 Bands You’ve Gotta Hear, Vol IV – The Airplanes

The Airplanes – Fayetteville, Arkansas For the next week, we’re going to profile a band to watch every day. In previous 7 Bands You’ve Gotta Hear series, we’ve featured all of the bands in one post; but we received enough feedback that it was too many for a lot of people to review at once [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

The Edge of Summer: The Season’s Teethiest Tunes – Centro Matic, CYHSY, Gold Bears, Morrissey, Stagnant Pools, Mogwai, Beverly

For indie music lovers, this summer’s flow of new releases successfully fulfilled every vein and niche of sub-genre enjoyment. From the Vampire Weekend-ish jams busted out by Island to Fleet Foxes’ somber folk melodies, all the way to the glitchy electronic drones of Diplo, this summer’s indie rock, folk, electronic drops encompassed the entire spectrum [...]Show More Summary

First City Festival Photos – Beck, Phantogram, The National, Cults, Geographer, Lo-Fang, and More

The weekend before Labor Day, the second annual First City Festival took place at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. The line-up included headliners like Beck, The National, Phantogram, Geographer, as well as performances from a bunch of other mostly indie rock artists including Cults, Best Coast, Liars, Tokyo Police Club, Lo-Fang, Sleepy Sun, Dale [...]Show More Summary

Second Annual First City Festival Kicks Off This Weekend in Monterey Featuring Stellar Line-Up

This weekend the second annual First City Festival in Monterey will kick off at the Monterey Fairgrounds, the location of what is largely considered the first major rock music festival in the U.S. – 1967?s Monterey Pop Festival. It’s also the fest where Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin first became international pop stars. This year’s [...]Show More Summary

Artist To Watch – Chicago Musician Jeremy Marsan

Marsan is a solo project of 21-year-old Chicago musician, Jeremy Marsan, who is currently in the band Acker, and was previously a member of Shy Guy Says. In 2012, Marsan kicked-off a side solo project as a way mainly to channel his “interest in replicating the textures and grooves” with the use of “live instruments” [...]Show More Summary

In Dee Mail, Vol. XXIV – Scarlet Youth, Brokeback, Santah, Widowspeak, Stellar Young, Gibson, Recorder, Javier Dunn

For those who have followed IRC for years (and thank you for that), you may be familiar with a profile and playlist series called In Dee Mail, which is a play on words to symbolize music that we receive by email. The In Dee Mail series, first published in 2008, is one of the longest [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Best New Indie Songs & Albums, April 2014, Vol. II – The Afghan Whigs, Woods, Cloud Cult Plague Vendor, Eels, Modern Rivals

A few days ago, we posted the best singles from the top new albums released in the first part of April. Sure, it may be a bit overdue, but the fact that remains is the quality of the music. Here is the second half of the best singles from new releases for April 15th through [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

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

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