Category: Music

Mannequins, “Worthless”

Mannequins, “Worthless”

Formed in Rouen, France but with roots also in the UK, Mannequins is the latest arrival on the burgeoning French indie scene. Last month, they released their debut album, Worthless, a compilation filled with hook-laden, indie rock tunes. With a touch of Interpol, the sounds of Scottish bands like Glasvegas and The Twilight Sad, and the early days of Toronto’s […]

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49 Above: Soft Wounds, “Demo”

49 Above: Soft Wounds, “Demo”

Toronto’s Soft Wounds are a young quartet who make shoegaze-y indie music. Similar to Brooklyn’s Crystal Stilts and Porcelain in their approach, Soft Wounds have released their first demo, which, while not surprisingly is a bit rough around the edges, shows tremendous promise. There is a dreamy quality to their shoegaze indie rock, which is best captured on the extended […]

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Weekend Showcase: Dick Diver, Astronauts, Modest Mouse, Sirens in the Delta, Che-val, & Darlings

Weekend Showcase: Dick Diver, Astronauts, Modest Mouse, Sirens in the Delta, Che-val, & Darlings

Here are five relatively new tracks that you may or may not have heard. There’s one well-known rock band on the list and the other four are young bands or artists looking to make a splash in the new year. The mini-playlist is below, and here are the tracks you’ll find and a little bit about the artist. Dick Diver […]

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Sur Back – “Occam’s Razor”

Sur Back – “Occam’s Razor”

Ethereal, creative, and breathtaking, that’s the music of Jupiter, Florida’s Caroline Sans, who goes by the moniker Sur Back. Today, Sur Back shares “Occam’s Razor”, a single off of her upcoming record Kitsch which is due out next year and we are honoured to have been asked to release it as the Canadian premiere. “Occam’s Razor” is interesting in a similar […]

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49 Above: Sarah MacDougall, “I Want to See the Light (Lost From Our Eyes)”

49 Above: Sarah MacDougall, “I Want to See the Light (Lost From Our Eyes)”

Canadian/Swedish singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall recently released a stirring, brilliant new track, “I Want to See the Light (Lost from Our Eyes)”. The indie-folk track echoes the sound and magnetism found on Marta Pacek‘s terrific Voodoo Dolls False Alarms and the alluring qualities of Orenda Fink’s Blue Dream. “I Want to See the Light” is the first single from MacDougall’s forthcoming […]

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Young Romance, London’s Next Great Noise-Pop Duo

Young Romance, London’s Next Great Noise-Pop Duo

Way back in March, London duo Young Romance released their debut 7″ single, “Pale”, which also included “Break My Heart By Morning”. The 7″ was limited to the UK and was critically acclaimed by various local media outlets and blogs. The single is now available in North America via Young Romance‘s Soundcloud page. Comprising of mono-named Claire (vocals, drums) and […]

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Andrew Keoghan’s New Single, “Better Company”

Andrew Keoghan’s New Single, “Better Company”

A few months ago, we had profiled Andrew Keoghan‘s spectacular debut album, Arctic Tales Divide, which was named the New Zealand Herald’s album of the year in 2011. Since then, Keoghan has established residence in Brooklyn (although he still returns to Auckland) and has been working on his highly anticipated second album. After reworking the album, Keoghan has released the […]

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Night Beds, “Me Liquor and God”

Night Beds, “Me Liquor and God”

In 2012, Winston Yellen – a.k.a. Night Beds – released a melodic, indie folk-pop album that was lush and romantic. Last week, he released his first single in more than a year, but “Me Liquor and God” sees Yellen experiment with electronic and smooth R&B textures (think How to Dress Well). Despite the new sound, Yellen retained many of the […]

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Lady Lamb The Beekeeper: “Billions Of Eyes”

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper: “Billions Of Eyes”

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper’s 2013 record Ripely Pine was one of our favorite records of 2013, and while 2014’s list rolls on, Lady Lamb just released some details about her upcoming record After, which will is a likely candidate for our 2015 list. After will be released on March 3rd 2015, on Mom+Pop records, and be her second proper LP release.  Ahead of […]

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hd hausmann – “an island without”

hd hausmann – “an island without”

We have a mystery band on our hands that goes by the name of hd hausmann. We don’t have much information on this artist. What we do know is that they are from the UK and that it is a collaboration effort with multiple artists and that’s about it.  Maybe the name is in lowercase letters to make a point that the […]

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Room Full of Strangers, “Bad Vacation”

Room Full of Strangers, “Bad Vacation”

Can a band that might remind you of the local house band achieve success beyond its city limits? Room Full of Strangers is definitely going to find out. With the release of their debut LP, Bad Vacation, in October and performances at CMJ and the eastern US, the Orlando quartet have established a growing following with their catchy, proto-punk-infused, garage […]

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ZKPR – ‘Tall Men With Feelings’

Have you noticed that a lot of current indie bands seem to have animal themed names? Fleet Foxes? Band of Horses? Grizzly Bear? Deerhunter? Well, those are some of the bands that brought Chicago’s Rick Schlude, Ido Moskovich, Zane Muller and Matt Kaufman together to form the appropriately named Zookeeper, shortened to ZKPR. Today, ZKPR release their first EP, Tall Men With Feelings, […]

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Phosphene – “Silver”

Phosphene – “Silver”

Bay Area Indie rockers Phosphene released a stunning album earlier this year. This week, they’re sharing a new track called “Silver”. They recorded “Silver” as part of Converse’s Rubber Tracks program.  “Silver” is another great release from Phosphene. It has the shoegaze dreaminess of bands like Lush, and the indie edge of Interpol. Check it out below! Twitter Facebook SoundCloud YouTube Bandcamp

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Lauren Strange & The Pretty Killers, “Say Yes”

Lauren Strange & The Pretty Killers, “Say Yes”

Lauren Strange is a singer-songwriter from Music City USA – a.k.a. Nashville, Tennessee. She started off writing and performing country-western songs, and she was recognized for her work. In 2010, her debut EP, The Strange EP, was awarded First Place in the American Songwriting Lyric Contest (March/April 2010), and it received honors and recognition at the Grand Prize Award in […]

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The Well Pennies, “Drive”

The Well Pennies, “Drive”

Bryan and Sarah Vanderpool’s love story is made for the movies. Both were aspiring solo artists in the Boston area, and they met like how many independent artists meet – at gigs and eventually supporting each other’s solo sets. The two eventually fell in love (whether it was love at first sight or whether it involved a midnight epiphany and […]

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New Zealand’s Anthonie Tonnon

New Zealand’s Anthonie Tonnon

Last week, Anthonie Tonnon, who hails from Auckland, New Zealand, released “The Songs of Your Youth”. The song is the first single from his forthcoming album, Successor. The track is characteristic of the orchestral indie-pop that is coming out of New Zealand – classical arrangements and instruments (in this case the piano) with a rousing chorus. It’s a great track, […]

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Mundo Musique: In Tall Buildings – Flare Gun (City Center Remix)

Mundo Musique: In Tall Buildings – Flare Gun (City Center Remix)

Today, In Tall Buildings, the project of Chicago’s Erik Hall is sharing City Center‘s remix of their song “Flare Gun”.  The original version is a guitar led indie-pop track, which will be featured on their upcoming record Driver.  The City Center remix turns the song on its head and transforms “Flare Gun” into an ethereal and hypnotic electronic track with a […]

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Mundo Musique: Pink Feathers – “The Feeling’s Gone”

Mundo Musique: Pink Feathers – “The Feeling’s Gone”

Pink Feathers is Liz Anjos from Portland, OR and after releasing her mesmerizing track “In A Spell” over a year ago she has since guest appeared on a few different tracks with RAC and has garnered a following with her lovely dreamy voice. She just released her debut EP Invisible Lines this week and it is some pretty stellar electro dream pop. If […]

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Mundo Musique: Sleater-Kinney – “Surface Envy”

Mundo Musique: Sleater-Kinney – “Surface Envy”

This week, the newly reunited Sleater-Kinney did an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit. They used that opportunity to drop a new single “Surface Envy”, which will be on their upcoming LP No Cities To Love, due out January 20th.  Earlier this year they shared another single “Bury Our Friends”. If these two tracks are any indication, Sleater-Kinney are back with a […]

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Mundo Musique: Ruby Fray, “Grackle”

Mundo Musique: Ruby Fray, “Grackle”

A few months ago, Emily Beanblossom – aka Ruby Fray – released her sophomore album, Grackle. It is a stark but tantalizing album that sees the Austin-based singer songwriter / Olympia, Washington native strike heavy chords that are not for the faint of heart. Her style is unique and difficult to qualify, although it has been labeled “psychedelic witch wave” […]

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