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Top DIY and Small Label Releases, Vol. I – Gang of Brothers, Sun Club, The Bynars, Union Electric, Kid Cadaver, Crash Island

There’s going to be a rush of 2013 DIY, small label and under-the-radar releases in the coming weeks, and perhaps even into the first couple of months of 2014. It all goes by so fast. But we have some great songs from recent drops in September and October for you – altogether, 20 new songs. [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Artist of the Week – Sam Page

In March, DIY power pop songwriter, vocalist and musician Sam Page self-released his debut album, Breach, featuring ten original songs of excellent guitar-driven pop/rock that partially channels styles of the 1980?s and 90s. Page wrote all of the songs himself, and recorded and mixed all of the vocals, guitars and bass tracks at his home [...]Show More Summary

Best Singles & Albums of September 2013, Vol. II – Said The Whale, MGMT, Placebo, Delorean, Arp, Crystal Stilts, Mum

We’re catching up with September’s top releases – the amount of music – from both popular and signed artists as well as under-the-radar and DIY artists – was crazy – hundreds of singles and albums to filter through. The first volume of Best Singles and Albums for September 2013 covered the first half of September, [...]

Artist of the Week – Sean McConnell aka Cold Country

Recently we made a road trip mixtape for a friend who was driving across the country (from California to New York) and included a couple of songs from an artist (among many others) that we have only recently become acquainted with. Our friend texted to ask why he had never heard of this “brilliant artist” [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Best Singles & Albums of September 2013, Vol. I – Glasvegas, Neko Case, Okkervil River, NIN, Man Man, Royal Canoe, Forest Fire

Because the two-part Best Singles & Albums of August (volumes One and Two) were so crazy popular with listeners, we’re doing the same for September; this here post and playlist is a collection of the best singles from albums released during the first two weeks of September from well-known and signed bands as well as [...]Show More Summary

Best Singles & Albums, August 2013, Vol. II – Washed Out, Bloc Party, Moondoggies, Don Cavalli, Franz, The Dodos, Ghost Wave

This is the second, and final, post and playlist mix that covers the top picks for the best singles and albums of August 2013, covering the spectrum from popular, successful indie artists and bands to the unsigned, under-the-radar artists that are often exclusively featured on IRC each week. The first volume of Best Singles & [...]Show More Summary

Best Singles & Albums, August 2013, Vol. I – Heaven, Polyphonic Spree, Barbarian, Egadz, Future Wife, Medicine, Smoking Flowers

The summer of 2013 is now all but a memory. It’s always a bit of bummer when summer comes to a close. We certainly kept busy with our own vacations and lots of festival coverage, not to mention work itself. It now the time of year when music editors around the world are starting to [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Radar Alert – Brooklyn Artist Dangerous Cans

Dangerous Cans is the DIY musical project of Michigan native, Brooklyn transplant, Brian Time, who creates electro-pop tracks featuring various layers of fantastic synth riffs, hypnotic sounds and programmed drum beats that support Time’s saccharine soft vocals. Time likes to refer to his music as “gristle and sizzle.” Dangerous Cans is a solo project that [...]Show More Summary

In Dee Mail, Vol. XXIII – The Gifted Children, Berry, Roaming Herds of Buffalo, Hot Einstein, Kelsey Brown, Brides of Christ

It’s been a while since the last In Dee Mail series highlighting bands that emailed us their work via the submission form. Unlike other more specific playlists (such as DIY Bands to Watch; 7 Bands You’ve Gotta Hear, Bands That Rock), In Dee Mail is a mix of all kinds of bands – signed and [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Best Singles & Albums of July 2013, Vol. II – Smallpools, Soft Metals, Fairchild, D. Lynch & Lykke Li, Love Language, Kid Karate

With festivals and other events ruling the schedule during July and August, we’re still catching up with releases dropped in the six weeks. A couple of weeks ago, volume one of the Best Singles & Albums of July 2013 was posted, but the aforementioned fests – and other exciting posts were working on that we [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Beach House and Other Artists Headline the First Annual ‘First City Festival’ in Monterey

Tens of thousands of festival goers were treated to an impressive list of indie and alternative rock artists and bands this past weekend at the first annual First City Festival in Monterey, California. The fest, featuring headliners like Modest Mouse, Washed Out, Passion Pit, MGMT, Beach House, Purity Ring, among others, drew large crowds each [...]Show More Summary

First City Festival Premieres Next Weekend in Monterey with Modest Mouse, Beach House, Passion Pit, MGMT, Toro Y Moi, Deerhunter

Powerhouse indie rock artists such as Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Beach House, Toro Y Moi, Devendra Banhart and Neko Case will headline the inaugural of the First City Festival in Monterey, California next weekend, August 24-25th. Dozens of other popular artists and bands, including Deerhunter, Washed Out, Okkervil River, The Hold Steady, Father John Misty, [...]Show More Summary

Festival Goers Treated to Legendary Lineup at Outside Lands Music Festival; McCartney, NIN, Phoenix, RHCP, Vampire Weekend

Tens of thousands of music lovers descended on foggy Golden Gate Park this past weekend for three days of live music from artists and bands like Paul McCartney, Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Those giants of music were just some of the headliners at [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe

Artist of the Week: Barcelona’s Francis White

It didn’t take long to be drawn in by the music of Barcelona singer/songwriter, and art student, Francis White. The 23-year-old Spanish art student started his musical career out by playing other artists’ songs, but soon found himself writing and recording his own songs, many of which were written and rehearsed while sitting at the [...]Show More Summary

Best Singles & Albums, July 2013, Vol. I – Robert Pollard, Editors, Whirr, Twin Peaks, The March Divide, Thundercat

With the busy summer season, labels largely hold back from dropping new releases, and that results in less to post, and boast, about from more well-known indie and alternative artists and bands, as opposed to DIY, unsigned and small label, under-the-radar bands, who we feature new music from on a regular basis. That said, there [...]Show More Summary

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

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