Fun synthgazed, dream poppy songs that must have been drenched in a pool of reverb before their release. Good clean, fun vibes fresh out of North Texas. RIYL- Starfucker, BRAIDS, Cults
Favorite tracks: Judas Tree, Nights//Days
What's Your Utopia
Psychedelic synths and guitars glisten on dreamy, fluid experimental pop songs. Cool fusion of acoustic and electronic sounds that meld together seamlessly. RIYL- Panda Bear, Tame Impala, Black Moth Super Rainbow
Favorite tracks: Sunday Stroll, Lazy Boy
Hollow & Akimbo
Hollow & Akimbo
This Michigan-based band's new LP is fun electro-tinged pop through and through. I'm now an even bigger fan. I highly recommend especially if you're into Passion Pit, Broken Bells, Foster the People. etc. A lot of the tracks have a similar sound.
Favorite tracks: Singularity, still Life
Be Forest is dark and dreamy shoegaze, with a sound very much like The xx - they sound like their Italian cousins. The entire album is a good/chill listen, and will definitely be on my main rotation for awhile.
Favorite tracks: Totem, Airwaves
This talented young Pennsylvania-based Hip Hop lyricist has some heavy beats and know hows to flow. "Lyrical King" reminds me of something Lupe Fiasco would put out, and 'No Love' feels like a throwback jam.
Favorite tracks: Lyrical King, No Love
Sugar For My Soul
A delightful album, every track is a pretty great time. Very chill with some ethereal vocals.
Favorite tracks: Black Eyes
Eclectic style, an interesting listen! Really enjoyed the different genres expressed throughout the album.
Favorite tracks: Hard Grave, Gust
Car Seat Headrest
Nervous Young Man
Excessive, emotionally overwrought fuzz-pop for punks, nostalgiacs, and indie kids alike.
Favorite tracks: We Can't Afford (Your Depression Anymore), The Gun Song
Awesome blend of avant-garde/free jazz and post-rock. Pretty challenging listen, but also quite rewarding.
The Black Hollies
Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere
Awesome fuzzed out psych rock through and through. Perfect music to just lay back and chill out to.
Favorite tracks: When It's Time To Come Down, Wake Me When It's Over
This is wickedly catchy pop. Her fierce femme vocals remind me of Rilo Kiley and Karen O. She's definitely one to watch.
Favorite tracks: Cooked Inside Out, Gimme Somethin More To Work With, Man Overboard
She Keeps Bees
BLuesy rock with smoky, rich and seductive vocals. It's like Cat Power meets Amy Winehouse.Definitely deserves a nod.
Favorite tracks: Gimme, Wear Red
Very punk with fast guitars and deep teen angst lyrics. Very well composed and nice guitar solos with the accompaniment of heavy drums.
Favorite tracks: Track 4 Confusion, Track 7 Shocked Minds
Stuck on Planet Earth
Super cool guys from Canada. If you are a fan of Scott Pilgrim VS The World, then You will love these guys and their Indie/Rock both mellow and captivating almost like Radiohead.
Favorite tracks: Track Another, Track One Night
Calling All Heroes Part 1
This EP by the Canadian dubstep duo is pure dance gold.
Favorite tracks: Thunderclap, Gold (ft. YUna)
...On the Heart
The Toronto-based quartet has created an album perfect for background music for your next party or as the soundtrack for a summer road trip. Fun fact: The National helped produce it.
Favorite tracks: Born to Ruin, *Track 2
It's only their second year together, but increasingly Battleships are developing into a noteworthy edition to the Australian music scene. Even after a year+ since it's release, "Your Words" remains on my regular rotation. It begins with sweet guitar melodies, and slowly grows into a grand and thoroughly enjoyable soundscape.The entire indie rock album makes for a great listen.
Favorite tracks: Your Words, As You'd Begun
This Moscow-based group create a dance-pop feel that harks to years past - from the disco era to new wave. Combined with heavy synths, up-beat guitar, and mellow vocals remiscent of Foals, Cut Copy, & Toro Y Moi, this LP is chill fun.
Favorite tracks: 90, Power
The Manhattan-based electronic post-rock outfit has put out an album that wholly envelops and uplifts its listeners to the high reaches of its sonic soundscape.
Favorite track: Void Ripper
Little Daylight's 'Tunnel Vision' is delightful electro pop that makes you want to move - in a good way.
Favorite track: Overdose
Hollow & Akimbo
This impressive debut from the electro pop duo makes for a comfortably energizing listen.
Favorite tracks: Solar Plexis, Fever Dreams 2
Wolf & Cub
Aussie psych rock outfit, Wolf & Cub, construct driving base lines, haunting vocal hooks, and howling guitar effects similar to The Black Rebel Motorcylcle club - one of my personal favs.
Favorite tracks: Can't Remember the Last Time, Shut Me Out
The entire EP by this Aussie group is uplifiting, perfectly poppy, and oh so danceable.
Favorite tracks: Beach, Fred Astaire
Clementine & the Galaxy
Clementine & the Galaxy EP
The NyC duo's ascending vocals & synth-based art pop yield an EP packed with track after track of spacey, sweet fervor.
Favorite tracks: Robot, Complication
What Would Christ Do??
If you like Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), you're sure to dig the heavy, raspy blues rock of The Growl. I definitely do.
Favorite tracks: Cleaver Lever, Liarbird
The Ways We Separate
This Brooklyn-based duo create R&B-influenced downtempo electro that oozes chill ambiance.
Favorite tracks: Bring You Back, Studio Audience
Fitz and the Tantrums
More Than Just A Dream
Super fun, light-hearted, dance-inducing summertime pop.
Favorite tracks: Out Of My League, The Walker
After the Fireworks
Hailing from my alma mater, University of Redland's Johnston Center, Hockey is well-studied in the construction of dance-worthy electropop.
Favorite tracks: Wild Style, Explorer
El Ten Eleven
s This compilation of remixes further enhances the groove-oriented instrumentals of the post-rock duo.
Favorite tracks: Birth [Three Winters Remix], Transitions [Kristian Dunn Remix]
Ministry of Love
Shoegaze. Influenced by Japanese culture, IO Echo creates sweet synth pop on a grand atmospheric scale. A visceral experience, for sure.
Favorite tracks: Shanghai Girls, Ecstacy Ghost
Ultramarine is dancey dream-pop with a lot of feeling. The chilly synths and McCandless' warm vocals combine to make this album a good, sweet-tinged soundtrack for long, pensive drives.
Favorite tracks: Pretty Boy, New Summer
Alternative/Pop. Youth is light-hearted, foot-tapping, sing-along fun. Great album for roadtrips & Spring time.
Favorite tracks: Thunder Clatter, Jonti 2
An energizing electro album packed with with R&B influences, distant beats, beautiful instrumentals, and silky voiced female singers. Be on the lookout for this Aussie producer - he's got star potential.
Favorite tracks: On Top, Sleepless 2
Shoegaze rock. Hamilton's voice is sweet, haunting, and incredibly alluring.
Favorite tracks: Dark Age, Sore Eyes
The Portland-based indie-electro trio is back with yet another album packed with feel-good music that will make you want to dance.
Favorite tracks: While I'm Alive, Sazed
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
We the Common
Track after track of sweet indie-folk fun that will make you want to get down and bop around.
Favorite tracks: We the Common, City, Holly Roller
In Media Rez
A Sea Es
A Sea Es
Fingertips Of The Silversmith
Rock with a hint of Indie. Yet another album where women forces men to find refuge in singing & playing. Nice intros, good lyrics.
Favorite tracks: Your True North
Kris Orlowski & Andrew Joslyn
Pieces We Are
I'd actually call them "classical indie rock" but that wouldn't be enough for the beauty of their symphonic (almost) intros. Finally some indie music I'd actually sit down and listen.
Favorite tracks: All My People Go
Indie alt rock band, excellent vocalist.
60's inspired music from 2012. Psychedelic grooves abound.
Favorite tracks: So So So, Springtime In Tangier
The Best Things In Life Aren't Things
Funky electronica from across the big pond. Dance/chill for hours. Weird dynamic, I know.
Favorite tracks: Sync Estate, Teach Yourself Braille
The self-titled debut from Reptile Youth has not shortage of catchy, foot tapping tunes. Hailing from Denmark, Reptile Youth has no shortage of catchy, foot tapping tunes on their self-titled debut. This album has been in heavy rotation on my iPod for the past week.
Favorite tracks: A Flash in the Forest, Shooting Up Sunshine