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  1. WATCH THIS: The Danks – “Automocar”

    April 26, 2012 by Steph

    Hot off the press from one of my favorite labels, Hidden Pony brings us this great video from The Danks. It’s a kaleidoscopic, drug-hazed, fun-binge of slightly hazy indie rock and cotton candy.

    Their new record Are You Afraid of the Danks is coming out on May 22nd and I have no doubt it’ll shine.

    DOWNLOAD: MP3 of Automocar



  2. HEAR THIS: Reptar’s Full Album Body Faucet

    April 25, 2012 by Steph


    Reptar’s new record Body Faucet will be out on May 1st via Vagrant Records, but you can hear the whole thing right here. These guys are a riot live–I saw them a few months ago in Los Angeles. The record is catchy as hell and it wouldn’t surprise me if “Sebastian” turns into the Summer 2012 “Pumped Up Kicks” phenomenon. Listen now while it’s still a voluntary decision and you can say, “I knew them when…”


  3. WATCH THIS: Lydia – “Dragging Your Feet In the Mud”

    October 15, 2011 by Steph

    Welcome back, Lydia. You tug at my heart strings and romanticize the world like high school young love. This video for “Dragging Your Feet In the Mud” does the same, chalk-full of images from Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory to PCH on the California Coast. It’s been a long while since I’ve seen these guys, but they’ll be back in LA on November 5th at The Roxy on their new release Paint It Golden.

  4. Walking Sleep’s Tarp Sessions Vol. 3

    October 11, 2011 by Steph

    Walking Sleep’s series of EPs, Tarp Sessions, will be released as a full length on collectable orange 12″ vinyl on November 1st. They’ll have some pre-order bundles available next week.
    If you’re a frequent reader, you’re aware of my weakness for finely tuned indie pop withguy/girl vocals. Walking Sleep fits right in, rocking it out and romancing with the essence of the dreamy fifties. Grab your beau and catch them tonight at The Bootleg with Radical Face. Walking Sleep goes on at 8:45 so make sure to get there early.

  5. Lady Danville on Dashboard Confessional’s West Coast Tour

    December 30, 2010 by Steph

    Jan 19, 20, 21 | Troubadour | West Hollywood

    Lady Danville

    Fresh from a tour with Ben Fold and shows at CMJ Music Marathon, Lady Danville announces that they will be opening for Dashboard Confessional on a west coast tour in honor of the 10th anniversary of the release of Dashboard’s Swiss Army Romance’s. The tour will be at the Troubadour in West Hollywood for three days (if you’re out on Thursday the 20th, I’ll see you there!).

    “With Michael Garner on keys, Matthew Frankel on the cajon, and Dan Chang on the guitar, the three piece acoustic folk pop trio Lady Danville is most recognized for their well-crafted harmonies, thoughtful lyrics and refreshing dose of energy, wit and charm, evoking the sound of Simon and Garfunkel meets Death Cab for Cutie.”

    JAN 10 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

    JAN 11 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT

    JAN 13 – Neumos – Seattle, WA

    JAN 14 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

    JAN 15 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

    JAN 16 – House of Blues Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

    JAN 19 – The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA

    JAN 20 – The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA

    JAN 21 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA

    JAN 22 – House of Blues San Diego – San Diego, CA

  6. Cake Announces New Album for 1/11/11

    November 17, 2010 by Steph

    CakeCake [John McCrea (Vocals/Piano/Nord), Vincent DiFiore (Trumpet/Euphonium/Keyboards), Xan McCurdy (Guitar/Synthesizer) and Gabriel Nelson (Bass/Guitar/Rheem/Bandalero)] announces their first album of new material since 2004’s Pressure Chief. They’ll release Showroom Of Compassion, their 6th studio album, January 11th 2011 on their own label, Upbeat Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group). The album was recorded over the last two and a half years and was produced and engineered by the band themselves at CAKE’s own solar electric powered studio in Sacramento, CA.

    The first single, “Sick Of You,” is off to a great start at Alternative, Rock and Triple A radio. As can attest, “[‘Sick Of You’] is vintage CAKE, with frontman John McCrea’s jaded, semi-spoken vocals, crunchy guitar riffs, a skippy beat, and blasts of trumpet.” has the exclusive online premiere of the song, listen HERE.

    Starting today, fans have the opportunity to pre-order Showroom Of Compassion at CAKE’s own webstore – They’ll be able to choose from bundles small and large that include autographed vinyl and CD’s, a limited edition 7-inch and exclusive t-shirts. By pre-ordering Showroom Of Compassion fans will receive an instant MP3 download of the “Sick Of You.”

    Showroom Of Compassion official track-listing

    1. Federal Funding
    2. Long Time
    3. Got To Move
    4. What’s Now Is Now
    5. Mustache Man (Wasted)
    6. Teenage Pregnancy
    7. Sick Of You
    8. Easy to Crash
    9. Bound Away
    10. The Winter
    11. Italian Guy





  7. Miniature Tigers on tour with Freelance Whales!

    November 3, 2010 by Steph

    Miniature Tigers, FortressWilliamsburg by-way of Phoenix indie rockers Miniature Tigers continue to gain momentum off their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Fortress, which Entertainment Weekly calls ‘all around enjoyable’ and Seattle Weekly pegged as ‘sensational, inspirational and celebrational.’ The band recently released a Where’s Waldo inspired video for the first single, ‘Bullfighter Jacket,’ which NPR selected as their Song Of The Day explaining that the song ‘quickly identifies itself as the band’s best work yet, with tight chord progressions and glimmers of yet more growth potential.’ Watch the video HERE.

    Miniature Tigers were recently named one of SPIN Magazine‘s 5 Best New Artists For October. ‘What I like about them is that they could probably be a very successful, stand-issue indie-rock band aping Death Cab or Grizzly Bear or Vampire Weekend’ explains SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron, ‘but they’re too restless and busting with ideas. Fortress is dazzling at times, and once they figure how to be baroque and pretentious without trying to hard, they’ll get even better.’

    “A new Daytrotter session from Miniature Tigers just went live, listen HERE. ‘Miniature Tigers are one of the best examples America has of a young band working a something new, something old and something borrowed mentality with its songwriting. With each album they make more bold steps forward…They understand it all and what they’re producing are songs that are instant loves.’
    “Miniature Tigers continue to be road warriors. After wrapping up a month with Neon Indian, The Tigers will hit the road again tomorrow for a string of dates with The Walkmen and Japandroids followed by a full US tour with Freelance Whales. All dates are below and feel free to send guest list requests my way.”

    Nov 5 – Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ
    Nov 6 – Black Cat – Washington, DC
    Nov 7 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
    Nov 8 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
    Nov 10 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX
    Nov 11 – The ND at 501 Studios – Austin, TX
    Nov 12 – Loft – Dallas, TX
    Nov 14 – Clubhouse Music Venue – Tempe, AZ
    Nov 16 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA
    Nov 18 – Troubadour – LA, CA
    Nov 19 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
    Nov 21 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
    Nov 23 – Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA
    Nov 26 – Neurolux Lounge – Boise, ID
    Nov 27 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov 29 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO
    Dec 3 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
    Dec 4 – Brillobox, – Pittsburgh, PA
    Dec 5 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
    Dec 7 – The Monkey House – Burlington, VT
    Dec 8 – Castaways – Ithaca, NY
    Dec 9 – Middle East – Boston, MA
    Dec 10 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
    Dec 14 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

    “A zeitgeisty combination of vocal-indie-world-pop (a la Grizzly Bear and Local Natives), old-school indie-pop, casual experimentation, and the druggy-haze of dream-pop”Metromix
    “A crate of sunny soaked sounds, they bring it…big time.”New York Post

  8. The Kickdrums’ Free Download of “Perfect World”

    October 20, 2010 by Steph


    The KickDrums are a 2-man team comprised of Alex Fitts and Matt Penttila started off as a hip hop production team, placing tracks with 50 Cent, Young Joe, and Chamillionaire , as well as producing a third of hometown heavyweight Ray Cash’s debut album. The KickDrums are pioneering a different sound, rock tinged with hip-hop production techniques.

    The KickDrums released their first independent album titled Just a Game in 2009. The album was praised by the likes of Travis Barker, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Dante Ross, and others. called Just A Game “one of the year’s best non-rap albums.” The following year proved to be the busiest yet. Since then The KickDrums placed tracks with Kid Cudi and Scarface , while officially remixing Adelle, Ben Harper, Richard Ashcroft, Peter Bjorn and John, Kanye West and Good Charlotte.

    The KickDrums are in the process of completing a project with long time collaborator DJ Mick Boogie. The project will include “best of” remixes from the past year as well as new original material remixed by a range or rappers including U-N-I, Curtains, The Kid Daytona, Joell Ortiz, and more. Currently The KickDrums are in the studio working on an album with legendary producer and artist the RZA aka Bobby Digital.

    More on The KickDrums:


  9. Song of the Week – The Jezabels’ “Mace Spray”

    October 19, 2010 by Steph

    The Jezabels - Dark StormIn honor of The Jezabels’ shows at CMJ this week, their single “Mace Spray” from their newest release the Dark Storm EP is our Song of the week.

    Sydney, Australia’s The Jezabels are set to head out on a national tour of Canada in support of Two Hours Traffic following the recent release of their new EP Dark Storm, out 10/1. The North American trip begins with several appearances at the CMJ Music Marathon before heading north to Canada for a show in Toronto and 8 dates as main support for Two Hours Traffic.

    The Jezabels have tirelessly toured Australia since the release of their EP She’s So Hard in November 2009. The band has supported artists like Tegan & Sara, Katie Noonan and Josh Pyke as well as selling out their own headlining shows. Additionally, the singles “Hurt Me” and “Easy to Love” from the EP She’s So Hard received heavy rotation on radio in Australia and abroad.

    The newest EP and the third of a trilogy of EPs (beginning with 2009’s The Man Is Dead) represents the band’s most confident outing to date–moody, mysterious, and epic, yet buzzing with the quartet’s ever-present knack for an irresistible pop hook.

    10.21.10 (8 pm) Bowery Ballroom (CMJ) New York, NY
    10.21.10 (1 am) Union Hall (CMJ) Brooklyn, NY
    10.22.10 Pianos (CMJ) New York, NY
    10.23.10 Fat baby (CMJ) New York, NY
    10.26.10 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON
    10.28.10 Republik – Calgary, AB*
    10.29.10 Barking Parrott – Penticton, BC*
    10.30.10 Pit Pub UBC – Vancouver, BC*
    11.02.10 The Slice – Lethbridge, AB*
    11.03.10 Starlight Room – Edmonton, AB*
    11.04.10 The Exchange – Regina, SA*
    11.05.10 Amigos – Saskatoon, SA*
    11.06.10 Royal Albert – Winnipeg, MB*

    *As main support for Canada’s Two Hours Traffic