Tag: California

SXSW 2017 Memories – Saro

SXSW 2017 Memories – Saro

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Saro. Best known for his electro-soul […]

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Volunteer Dad – “Hotel California Hotel”

Volunteer Dad – “Hotel California Hotel”

When we last covered California’s Volunteer Dad, they had just released the awesome Fake British Accent, a great record full of wit, great guitar licks and surrealist nostalgia. Their second LP, Hotel California Hotel, as you can even tell from its title, is even more of what we loved about their first record. Like Fake British Accent, Hotel California Hotel […]

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Rose Paradise – “Bloom” (album premiere)

Rose Paradise – “Bloom” (album premiere)

The lyrics of “California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade” from The Decemberists’ debut album set the scene for our introduction to this new artist. “Take a long drive with me / on California One / from Golden Gate to roaring cliff-side” calls to mind picturesque vistas while driving on that famed stretch along the California coastline. The highway cuts through the small […]

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Skin & Bones – “Ghost In This Town” EP

Skin & Bones – “Ghost In This Town” EP

Earlier this month, the California duo Skin & Bones released their album, The Ghost In This Town. Multi-instrumentalist Taylor Borsuk and fiddle player Peter Blackwelder are creating soulful folk music that fans of blues, country or roots could all appreciate. Their musicianship and sense of groove and dynamics is something that any discerning listener can get excited over. Its an […]

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Cayucas – “Dancing at the Blue Lagoon”

Cayucas – “Dancing at the Blue Lagoon”

  At first listen to the summery, jangly, surf-pop songs that litter Cayucas‘ sophomore album, Dancing at the Blue Lagoon, my first reaction was that this could be the soundtrack for a movie. That movie – “Cocktail 2”, which would be the sequel to the Tom Cruise-Bryan Brown film about a young, egotistical man who finds his calling as a […]

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Video Premiere: Bedbugs’ “Bedbugs”

Video Premiere: Bedbugs’ “Bedbugs”

Bedbugs’ Video Premiere Today we’re pleased to help premiere the new video by newcomers Bedbugs. Whereas most bands would have an eponymous named album, the newcomers from Thousand Oaks, California have opted to name their first single after themselves. The video for “Bedbugs” is clearly a DIY project and one that not surprisingly is based on a crush and youthful romance. […]

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CoverBack Thursday – “California” by no:carrier

CoverBack Thursday – “California” by no:carrier

Today’s CoverBack Thursday is a synth driven cover of the 1996 release of “California” by Belinda Carlisle. no:carrier is an electro pop duo from Germany/San Francisco. The duo is made up of Chris Wirsig (keyboard, production, vocals) and Cynthia Wechselberger (vocals). The vocals on the track for “California” are guest vocals provided by Melissa Harding. no:carrier, originally founded in 1995 in […]

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Max and the Moon – “Actor”

Max and the Moon – “Actor”

  It goes without saying that we, especially Wendy, are big fans of California indie-pop quartet Max and the Moon. They have a knack for creating cool, smile-inducing songs that are perfect for lounging on the patio, at the beach, or any place where you can just shut your mind down and hear music that will lift your spirits. The band’s […]

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Freedom Fry – “Break Into Musical”

Freedom Fry – “Break Into Musical”

“Break Into Musical” is the brand new single from French-American duo Freedom Fry. Even before our first article on them, we were left in awe with their dreamy psych-pop. It’s music that is infectious and that moves you to do things that, well, maybe you didn’t expect. They are about to commence a a mini-tour. As you read the tour […]

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Babewatch – “Atlas Shroomed”

Babewatch – “Atlas Shroomed”

“Atlas Shroomed” is a 70s-inspired, indie rock track from Santa Cruz, California’s Babewatch. We can only assume what the name means because these four guys, well, wouldn’t constitute what we consider to be “babes”, but then again who cares when you’re making such great indie rock. You can purchase the track on Bandcamp. Babewatch have recently signed with Paisley Shirt Records. […]

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Maybe The Moon – ‘Hammer Sees Nails’

Maybe The Moon – ‘Hammer Sees Nails’

Bay Area, California duo Maybe The Moon are planning to release a bunch of singles in 2015. Their latest is “Hammer Sees Nails”, a fantastic track featuring the gorgeous voice of Karen Kimball and inventive musicianship of Kimball and Alex Lasner. “Hammer Sees Nails” has an ethereal feel to it thanks to its synth and driving bass line. Check it […]

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Mundo Musique: The Wild Reeds – “Blind and Brave”

Mundo Musique: The Wild Reeds – “Blind and Brave”

For Those Who Like: The Great Lake Swimmers, PHOX, Lily & Madeleine This Saturday, The Wild Reeds will be releasing Blind and Brave. Last month, the title track was shared widely, and the gorgeous, dreamy tune has raised expectations of the California indie-folk quintet’s forthcoming album. Let’s be honest – often times when a band releases a single, it’s usually the […]

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New Single: The Wild Reeds’ “Blind and Brave”

New Single: The Wild Reeds’ “Blind and Brave”

In advance of the release of Blind and Brave, California band The Wild Reeds have released the titled track from their third album. Comprising of Kinsey Lee (vocals/banjo), Sharon Silva (vocals/guitar), Mackenzie Howe (vocals/guitar/banjo), Nick Jones (drummer), and Nick Phakpiseth (bass), this young band is about to take the indie world by storm. Their lead single is absolutely gorgeous, filled […]

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Mundo Musique: Oakland’s Phosphene share “Metric” off their upcoming LP

Mundo Musique: Oakland’s Phosphene share “Metric” off their upcoming LP

Oakland, California band, Phosphene, are releasing a new self-titled album on July 26, and you can help them out via their indiegogo campaign.  “Metric” is a really cool indie rock track with female vocals and just a really cool vibe to it.  Their LP was recorded at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco with producer Kelley Coyne who worked with one […]

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