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Portland, Oregon's Typhoon has been catching the attention of many since the release of their new EP, A New Kind Of House, out last month on Tender Loving Empire Records. With a captivating live show, one that was a main attraction at this year's SXSW Music Festival, the band is excited embark on a headlining to http://www.blogger.com/img/bla nk.gifur, join the Decemberists for a run of dates and play Lollapalooza, The Newport Folk & Sasquatch Music Festivals. Along with calling "The Honest Truth" one of "The Best Songs of 2011," Paste Magazine raves "Music critics throw around adjectives like 'orchestral' [...]
Reignited German/American cyberpunks Atari Teenage Riot have booked a return trip to America this Fall. With information warfare, net neutrality, government opacity, and human trafficking all in the news, Atari Teenage Riot’s 4th album Is This Hyperreal?, out digitally June 7th on LA Electro-stomp label Dim Mak, is their most topical yet. Atari Teenage Riot starts their campaign for justice across America in September. For a taste of the hardcore digital punk of Is This Hyperreal? check out the riotgrrl energy of "Blood In My Eyes" tale of human trafficking and "Activate!" a hyper-kinetic death ray call to [...]
Maritime originally formed with members of the Promise Ring and Dismemberment Plan in 2003. They went on to sign to Anti- but released their J. Robbin's produced debut, Glass Floor, on Desoto Records. The latest lineup includes Promise Ring alumni Davey von Bohlen (guitar, voice) and Dan Didier (drums) as well as Justin Klug (bass) and Dan Hinz (guitar). Their newest album, Human Hearts, is being released by Dangerbird Records. Maritime - Paraphernalia/People Of London Maritime@MySpace -- People often talk of music opening [...]
Athletes In Paris are an Indie Pop band from Newcastle, UK. The band belly their innovative and catchy pop-thrills upon you with chanted gang-vocals, frantically muted guitar picking, Latin-percussion grooves and pumping bass lines - you could do worse than to Imagine Earth, Wind and Fire, Friendly Fires, Jack Penate and Prefab Sprout in one big northern melting pot, but then you'd only be getting an idea. Their highly anticipated single 'Borrowed Time' will be released on The Animal Farm, April 4th. Athletes In Paris - Borrowed Time Athletes In [...]
Mark Charles Heidinger is the alt-folk tunesmith behind the song-singing, record-making, globetrotting project that is Vandaveer . Born in Ohio, raised in Kentucky and now living in Washington, DC, Heidinger is joined by the extraordinary Rose Guerin in Vandaveer. They met during the heyday of DC’s folk collective known as The Federal Reserve. Informal collaborations during that time led to Guerin becoming a fixture in Vandaveer. Their two voices together create harmonies that convey truth and emotion with the greatest of ease. Their third full-length album, Dig Down Deep, will be released on April 26th via Supply & Demand [...]
Toronto-based Dinosaur Bones are prepping the release of their debut LP, My Divider, on March 8th, 2011 via Dine Alone Records. My Divider is being recorded with Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club, Fucked Up, Arkells). He also recorded and mixed the Birthright EP. Having already shared stages with the likes of Man Man, Arkels, Handsome Furs, Crystal Antlers and Plants and Animals, the band have rightly earned their place in the indie pop scene of Toronto. Now they bring their sound stateside. They’ll also be touring Canada in April with Tokyo Police Club and will be playing the [...]
As usual, here are the Indie Surfer's picks for the best albums of the year. 10. Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me 09. Frog Eyes - Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph 08. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today [...]
Chicago's Shapers arrived with an eruption! The newly formed four piece bonded based on a shared passion for sonic explorations. The resulting material playfully experiments with atmospheric waves, ambient soundscapes, squalling jazz blasts and pulsing Kraut-rock. Their debut album Little, Big, released last winter, garnered massive praise around their hometown. Whistler Records is releasing Shapers next missive, Happy Birthday Polywog, on November 16th and the band will hit the road to the East Coast and back. With plans for a new album and full US tour this spring, the band will certainly to ascend far and wide. [...]
Jenny O. is an artist whose musical career has been in the works since she was a toddler, and now we're pleased to announce the details of her debut EP, Home, which will be released digitally on November 30th via Manimal Vinyl Records (also home to Bat For Lashes and Warpaint), with details for the physical release coming soon. Though she’s performed in countless bands, Home is surprisingly her first solo release (which she produced and engineered herself). On the EP, you can hear influences as varied as wide-eyed folk, jazz-fueled hip hop, and 60s & 70s pop. The [...]
Teletextile is the creation of multi-instrumentalist (Harp, Piano, Violin, Guitar) and vocalist Pamela Martinez. She just finished making her Reflector EP with Producer Al Carlson (GAMES, Oneohtrix Point Never, St. Vincent). She recorded with her primary band members Caitlin Gray (Bass, Guitar, Vocals) and Luke Scheiders (Drums, Bells). And a lot of friends in bands played on the EP as well, including Brian Hamilton (Cymbals Eat Guitars), Anysley Powel (Tigercity, St. Vincent), Elliot Krimsky (Glass Ghost), and Dave Sheinkopf (The Subjects. Teletextile - What If I Teletextile - I Don't Know [...]
In attempts to dance about Shellshag 's architecture, they've been explained as an amalgam of The Breeders, Sonic Youth, The Ramones, DFA, David Byrne, Guided By Voices, Moldy Peaches and early Superchunk—and, because they're a male guitarist/female drummer duo, those touch points (Jack and Meg, Matt and Kim, Juicifer) get tossed around like so much confetti, too. They've played with everyone from Iggy Pop, The Slits, The Cramps, Lightning Bolt and J. Mascis to Evan Dando, Les Savy Fav, Shonen Knife and their label mates Screaming Females, and their first (and now out of print) Gary Young EP was [...]
Led to Sea is the solo project of Seattle-based violist Alex Guy and after spending recent years as a touring musician with Mirah and Laura Veirs, Led To Sea is proud to release her new album of beautiful orchestral and stripped-down songs for viola and voice. Into The Darkening Sky is currently available nationwide. With Andrew Bird and St. Vincent comparisons abound, her voice has a hypnotic quality to it, when coupled with her viola, silence the audience. Led To Sea - Is This The Last Time Led To Sea@MySpace [...]
Recording as Bird By Snow , Fletcher Tucker has been releasing deep, genre-refracting sounds for the past five years with his output varying from dreamy drones to eccentric lo-fi pop to mountainous dub. His latest effort Common Wealth finds Tucker masterfully refining his songcraft with powerful arrangements, graceful melodies, and moving poetic imagery. Today, The FADER premieres one of the upcoming album's many highlights "There Is A Marriage". The songs on Common Wealth feel harvested (rather than written) from somewhere ancient, mysterious, and otherworldly. Recorded with Tim Green and arranged in collaboration with percussionist Spencer Owen, the album [...]
A cheap Kmart guitar with its guts ripped out, a two-piece drum kit and a keyboard with a mind of its own would all be alone if they weren't all thrown in the mess that PARLOVR got them in when they stumbled together in the wintry months of 2006. Reacting against the multi-instrumental, many-membered orchestral bands that crowded the local Montreal scene at the time, PARLOVR was started with the intention of blowing amps and streamlining pop melodies, bringing back the power-trio of the 90s with an off-the-wall twist. PARLOVR's self-titled debut LP (Independent, [...]
-- Brazilian Money are a double-drumming four piece from Edmonton, Alberta. Writer Garrett Johnson started in Edmonton's tightest band (The Mitts) and quickly parted for Edmonton's loosest band (The Wicked Awesomes!). Brazilian Money have released one EP to "critical" acclaim and successfully completed a cross-Canada tour. Continuing with their omnifarious pop flirtations, Brazilian Money’s follow-up to the hugely popular Friendly Neighbor EP is a monstrous attack against the DIY pop vernacular. Existing in the inexplicable pop-punk-fringe territory, Doing What I Want contains four wild adventures into chromatic catchiness, granular distortion, and anthemic harmonies. [...]