Have you heard of Sigur Rós? From Iceland, the band is the epitome of epic (we don’t like throwing that word around, either.) Post rock meets ambient, they’re music can be truly moving and intense at the same time. They’ve released six albums since 1997, and you’ve probably heard some of their music from famous movies like Life Aquatic, Vanilla Sky, and 127 Hours. After a brief hiatus, the band is back with a new track and a new album, Kveikur, to be released on June 12. Check out the single, Brennisteinn.
Local rockers Jimmy Eat World will be coming out with a new album next month. Jimmy Eat World is probably one of the biggest bands to come out of the Valley. It was cool watching them start from a local group to selling out stadiums. Though, they have been out of the limelight for a couple years. It has been about three years since their last release. Their new album, Damages, brings back the catchy indie rock we love so much. Check out their single, I Will Steal You Back. They have indeed stolen us back.
The Appleseed Cast is probably the best band you’ve never heard of. Indie rock with a flair of the 90′s, Appleseed cast has been around since 1998. Back then, their debut album, The End of the Ring Wars, pretty much pioneered the start of the “emo” movement. Fifteen years later, their back with a new record, Illuminati Ritual. While touring extensively to promote this album, the band’s van was run off the road and they lost around $8,000 worth of equipment, according to Pitchfork. They are currently fundraising to get back on the road. Check out the title track on their Illuminati Ritual.
Vampire Weekend may be one of the best bands today. Forming in 2006, the indie band has had many successful hits, even though they’ve only released two previous albums. The band has spent almost two years writing and recording. Their newest one, Modern Vampires of the City, is due out on May 7, we’re very excited for this latest album and we’re sure it’s going to be a hit. Check out the single Step. Fun fact: this music video was directed by actor Steve Buscemi.
If you’ve never heard of Portugal. The Man, then you’re missing out. This indie rock band has been around for almost decade and have released a stunning eight full-length albums (not including a handful of extended plays) since 2004. Catchy hooks and choruses that just make you feel good, Portugal has everything you could want from a rock and roll band these days. The coolest thing about the band is that write, record, and distribute everything themselves. You have to respect a band that does what they love and does it all on their own. Their new album, Evil Friends, drops on June 4. Here is the single and title track off that album.
Today’s new music is all about new-age hip hop. Tyler, The Creator is the young (only 22-years-old) mind behind the wildly successful rap group Odd Future. Recently, Tyler has been making his own records. Earlier this month he released Wolf on OddFuture records. Tyler is known for his quirky antics and devil-may-care attitude. Both of those traits have gotten him into trouble but he doesn’t give a s***. He can be a bit controversial but big time names like Pharrell Williams recognize his potential. His rhymes are definitely not safe for work or underage ears for that matter but we think it’s awesome that Tyler can write, rap, say whatever he wants and obviously doesn’t care if there’s a repercussion.
If you haven’t listening to Cold War Kids then you’re missing out. The quartet from Long Beach have been putting out quality music since 2005. Their latest album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is no exception. They’re are one of the few indie rock bands to come out of southern California and truly “make it.” It’s catchy with the perfect blend of pop and blues. You should probably pick up this album. To help you decide, here’s the track Miracle Mile.
Daft Punk, arguably the most popular electronic band in the world, will be releasing a new album on May, 21. They’ve been around for 20 years and have paved the way for modern-day electronic music. Their 2001 album, Discovery, is a classic in our books and their upcoming album, Random Access Memories, is sure to follow that. All we’ve heard so far is this little teaser of the album and right away you can tell it goes back to their roots.
It’s Monday and that means it is time to get your weekly dose of new music. Today, we’re going the surf rock route. Wavves released their debut, self-titled album back in 2008. For those of you not familiar with surf rock, or sometimes to referred to as noise rock, the genre gained popularity in the early 1960s, especially in southern California. It’s always cool seeing contemporary bands take cues from the early days of rock and roll. Wavves’ newest album, Afraid of Heights, comes out tomorrow, March 26. This is the first single, called Demon to Lean On. Enjoy.
The city of Austin, Texas, was just recently taken over by thousands of people for SXSW. Part interactive, film, and music festival, this last week, the city saw of the country’s greatest music acts. Chances are you haven’t heard many of the bands, but they nonetheless drew crowds of hundreds. One of them, In the Valley Below, wowed people. The chemistry between the vocalist Angela Gail and guitarist/back-up vocals Jeffrey Jacob was a brooding example of how emotion is supposed to be used in music. Their melodic duets fit perfectly with the pounding drums and dreamy synth movements.
You remember Depeche Mode, don’t you? The popular English electro-pop band is coming out with a new album, available March 26. There’s a lot Depeche Mode has done in their 30 plus year existence. This new album, Delta Machine, is testament to the fact that it doesn’t look they’ll be stopping anytime soon. This single, Heaven, is catchy and reminiscent of their earlier work but with a modern feel. With a ballad sound, we think we’re going to like Delta Machine.
Have you been feeling too cool for school recently? You can satisfy all of your hipster and indie-rock needs with The Strokes’ newest album, Comedown Machine. It’s been 12 years since their wildly popular debut album Is This It. Though the indie-rock band has been around, it seems as though they have been off of the radar for a couple of years. That will likely change with their newest release on March 26. Here is the first single of their new record, called All The Time.
No, we’re not talking about the city a lot of us call home, but the band Phoenix will be releasing a new album in April. You may remember the French alternative rock band’s last album from back in 2009, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. It’s been almost four years since then. After spending many years on the road and in the studio, it’s about time Phoenix released another album for our listening pleasure. According to interviews, the band will be trying to stay away from the pop-side of music for their new album, saying they want a more experimental feel. We’re cool with that. Here’s the first single off of Bankrupt! by Phoenix, called Entertainment.
Ten years ago, the world got introduced and acquainted with The Postal Service. Ben Gibbard’s, of Death Cab For Cutie, side project with a couple other amazing musicians, including Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, explored the pop side of electronic music. Catchy hooks, powerful choruses, and fun melodies, The Postal Service had a great run. In 2005, the band went on a permanent hiatus. Well, not entirely permanent, because now in 2013, The Postal Service is back. They’re working on a new album and have tour dates. Here is a recently released song from them, A Tattered Line of String.
If you caught the Grammy’s last night, then you definitely saw Justin Timberlake’s return to music. After the last few years focusing on his acting, Timberlake once again hit the stage the last night and put on a performance that everyone will remember. Using a cool 1940s-esque set up, Timberlake opened the performance with his new song “Suit and Tie.” He then finished it off with two updated versions of soul music.
Yesterday was the biggest sporting event of the year. The Baltimore Ravens took on the San Francisco 49ers for the Super Bowl. Aside from the game and commercials, what do people look forward to most about the big game? The half-time show. Beyonce hit the stage and wowed the millions watching. Though, not without a bit of controversy. After her recent lip syncing episode during the presidential inauguration, she vowed she would sing live at the yesterday’s performance. She did, but it did feel like there was hardly any singing during the performance. Maybe the power outage was used to distract the audience from the lack of singing? Well, decide for yourself. What did you think of the show?
It’s Monday and that means you probably have the blues. Well, we’ll be brining you some more. But the good kind. Singer and songwriter Ben Harper has been around for awhile but his latest album, Get Up!, will survive the test of time. Teaming up with Charlie Musselwhite on the harmonica, the two produce some of the best contemporary blues out there. This song, I Don’t Believe A Word You Say, is just the tip of the iceberg. Filled with raw emotion, we can tell the album is going to be hit and will finally bring blues back to the mainstream.
If you haven’t heard of Toro Y Moi then you’re definitely missing out. Combining hip hop beats, smooth electronics, and indie vocals, Toro Y Moi is one of our favorite bands. His newest album, Anything In Return, is due out January 22. This track, Rose Quartz, is a sneak peak at what you can expect from the whole album. It’s one of those songs that you can put on, sit back, and relax to. We can’t wait for the album to come out.
The indie rock band from Canada, Tegan and Sara, are back. Their newest album, Heartthrob, is due out next month, but here the first single off it, Closer. It seems to have a more electronic feel to it but it is definitely a catchy track. One thing we didn’t realize about the duo is that they’re identical twin sisters. The official music and even some of melodies remind of the 80s, we’re not complaining though. It’s fun and energetic. Heartthrob will probably be a purchase for us once it comes out Feb. 11.
Happy New Year, folks! Well, not quite yet, but sure enough you’re getting ready to party tonight. So what are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt want to know. Here they are singing a very cute song just for New Year’s. So grab that someone special and be ready to kiss them when the clock strikes midnight tonight.
Well, it’s definitely not new music, it is indeed a classic. In honor of it being Christmas Eve and all, we decided to bring you some nice and warm holiday music. We wanted to share one of our favorites, Frank Sinatra. So sit back, relax and spend some time with loved ones while enjoying your holiday.
Rihanna released her newest album last month. Actually, it’s her seventh album in seven years. You would think one would run out of material writing that much, but once again, Rihanna has proved that she is here to stay on top of the pop charts. Her new album, Unapologetic, explores a wide range of pop music. From pop ballads to dub step, she’s not afraid to try new things. She even has a track called “Nobody’s Business,” featuring Chris Brown. Hm, wondering what that one is about?
Okay, so Ke$ha’s new album drops tomorrow. When she first came out onto the scene a couple of years ago, we honestly didn’t think she was going to make much of an impression. Well, she proved us wrong with hit after hit. Granted, we’re not the biggest fans of the genre and can find her voice a bit nasally. But her success speaks for itself. Check out the single C’Mon on her upcoming album Warrior.
Alicia Keys is indeed a girl on fire. Every couple of years she releases a new album that blows us away. That’s true for her latest release, Girl on Fire. She’s done a lot over the last few years, including marrying a big-time producer, having a baby, and acting, it’s amazing she had the time to record and write this record. We’re glad she did. Check out the title track of Girl on Fire, but we also recommend picking up the entire album.
The Sacramento based band is back and better than ever. Deftones have been around for over 20-years and they show no sign of stopping. Their latest album, Koi No Yokan, sticks with their heavier roots but, as always, remaining extremely catchy. Released on November 14, the album is most like their 2000 release White Pony. It’s beautiful while angry at the same time. Listen to their single, Tempest.