Monday, July 18, 2011


So if you, like most people, have been listening to top 40 radio, you may have heard this new song going around.  As the first single for the chart topping album "Lasers" by Lupe Fiasco, "The Show Goes On" has been getting tons of air time and is quickly filling up listeners iPods and cell phones.  At first listen the song sounds great. The song has a great positive message, especially for the minority African - American's of the U.S.  Basically it discuses the current problems that minorities face in today's culture and that even when the going get's tough, as the cliche goes, the show must go on.

Of course all that sounds great, however back in 2004 the indie band Modest Mouse released the song "Float On." Similar to "The Show Goes On" Modest Mouse's signature single discusses the idea that even when things seem bad, you must look for the good in every situation.  Besides having very similar themes, both songs also feature the exact same melody, based off of Pachebel's Canon.

Personally I don't think it's just a coincidence, but of course you can decide yourself.  Take a listen.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Top Ten List

So its the middle of summer, which means laying on the beach or at the pool relaxing to some of your favorite music! Here an Indie Alternative Rock we put together some of the hottest Alternative songs that make a day under the sun even better.  In no particular order:

1.  Rhythm of Love - Plain White T's

2.  Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa - Vampire Weekend

3.  Bonnie Taylor Shakedown - HelloGoodbye

4.  Some Things Don't Wash Out - You, Me, And Everyone We Know

5.  Check Yes Juliet - We The Kings

6.  I Woke Up In A Car - Something Corporate

7.  Better With You - Five Times August

8.  Everything's Magic - Angels and Airwaves

9.  Adorable - Artist vs. Poet

10. A Good Idea At The Time - Ok Go

Of course, picking just 10 songs isn't right for a long summer playlist to get you through all the days of lounging around so we will have 10 more next week for you.  What else do you like to listen to in the summer?

Monday, July 11, 2011


The other day I was doing the usual, searching Facebook to listen to some awesome, yet still undiscovered bands.  I came across one band that had an amazing offer.  You could download their entire new album entirely free! So I clicked on the link and found one of my new favorite websites.  If you have never heard of you need to go check it out now! In fact, I'll include the link before I even finish my post.  Click here

Now what makes NoiseTrade different from other music download sites is incredible.  First, they legally offer free downloads of bands anywhere from local indie groups who post their music to some bands touring nationally and internationally.  All they request is that you submit them your zip code and email address to join the band's mailing list.  You can go check your email for the link to the download and next thing you know you're rocking out in your bedroom to some sweet tunes.  However, this is only the beginning to NoiseTrade's genius.

When a band's music is uploaded to the site, the album is placed on its on searchable profile.  Included on this profile are widgets to "like" the band or musician's Facebook page, visit their various online presences, buy their music, view their twitter stream, and share the music on your own Facebook page, twitter, or email, and leave a comment.  This allows for great viral growth for the band's featured!

However, although has some amazing features, my favorite of them is the unique idea to allow viewers to donate to the band what they believe the album is worth.  Sure you can get your music for free by just submitting your information, but if you have ever been in a band, you know the hard work and expensive gear it takes to create some amazing music.  It's a really humbling experience as a band if you are essentially told what you are worth.  I love this concept, so way to go!

Now if this didn't excite you to go check out the site, I don't know what will! So go check it out and find some awesome music!! If you hear anything you like, be sure to post it below so all our readings can share the experience the music together.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

It is amazing the way certain things become associated with each other. For instance, the smell of hot chocolate may remind you of coming inside after sledding on a cold winter day. The soft and springy texture of long green grass might conjure memories of playing a game of tag barefoot in the park. The taste of cherry cough drops may bring back bad memories of a long forgotten bout of the flu. But if you are like me, the songs of New York City band Vampire Weekend evoke images, ideas, and feelings about one specific topic; summer.

After meeting at Columbia University in 2006, Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson, and Chris Baio formed their eclectic and eccentric band, releasing their premier eponym album in 2008. Their work is catchy and surprising, with interesting percussion and brass instruments that fit in and flow seamlessly with the music.

An interesting song of the band, "One (Blake's Got a New Face)" gives a great portrayal of Vampire Weekend's typical sound. Led in by a guitar intro, the smooth percussion is quickly joined by a light techno beat. Ezra's vocals are earnest and descriptive and is joined by the other band members for the call and response chorus. The song is relaxing but is also unexpectedly upbeat.

"Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" is a more widely recognized song, but Vampire Weekend's sound can hardly be considered "main stream". With djembes accompanying a catchy guitar riff, the song moves quickly, befitting the clever songwriting and lyrics. All in all, the song is very appropriate for it's namesake ocean front town in New England.

Another excellent song by the band is "Giving Up the Gun". The African-influenced percussion sets the stage for the funky instrumentals and techno elements that are incorporated along with the encouraging lyrics and even a choir at one point. And although this is unrelated to the music itself, the video boasts an epic tennis tournament of celebrities (Jake Gyllenhaall, Lil' John, and *gasp* Joe Jonas."), which just makes this already insanely catchy song even better.

Vampire Weekend's pop punk sound blended with their slightly nerdy, but certainly endearing image makes them well worth a listen. Their light, energetic sound is a quick and effective way to brighten your outlook and get you in a summertime mood. So next time you are stressing over a hard project or worrying about a deadline and need to relax, breathe deeply, calm your mind, and let Vampire Weekend do the rest.



Thursday, June 9, 2011

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club

Straight out of Ireland with plenty of carrying guitar lines backed up by electronic beats as well as lyrics that are sure to be stuck in your head all day, Two Door Cinema club's music is infectious to say the least. With the release of their first album "Tourist History" in March of 2010, Sam Halliday, Alex Trimble, and Kevin Baird caught the attention of listeners in Ireland as well as other European countries.
Two Door Cinema Club first appeared on the radar in the US with singles off their album "Now I Can Talk" and "What You Know." Their music is amazingly smooth, blending the clever lyrics with their trademark instrumentals.

"Undercover Martyn" begins with a punchy guitar line, then backs off a tad with more relaxed vocals, but the tempo returns through the chorus, which is punctuated by "whoahs," which does nothing but benefit an already solid song.

Another excellent song from the group from County Down is "Something Good Can Work." With lightning fast lyrics, Two Door Cinema Club's usual energizing beats, and a bridge consisting of a bit of pub-esque shouting, it holds up well among all of their other excellent work.

As for their most popular song in the States, "What You Know" leads in, like most of their songs, with a sweet guitar riff, then backs off a bit to bare vocals with some rhythm. But the speed is quickly returned after the verse. Towards the end of the song, they break it down a bit with some more a more techno approach before returning to their usual style to end the song in fine form.

Among other praise on a few of Two Door Cinema Club's videos on YouTube, self proclaimed "Metalheads" say that they are surprisingly very fond of Two Door Cinema Club's sound. So even if this style is not exactly your thing, give them a shot. If nothing else, they will have you humming/whistling/singing their lyrics constantly.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Boltcutter Dubstep - Riley Bradway

Riley Bradway of Boltcutter Dubstep

When you think of "hardcore music," you're probably going to be thinking of screamo or metal rock.  These styles are alright, but they're somewhat repeated constantly through new local bands who are trying to become famous like the original creators of hardcore music.  Well there's another type of hardcore music, and it's called dubstep.  This style is the hardest, "bassiest," deepest techno around.  This week we're highlighting Boltcutter née Riley Bradway, a dubstep artist who's trying to spread the music.

Boltcutter, née Riley Bradway, is an experimental dubstep producer from Moodus, CT. He has been creating, producing, and DJing electronic music for about a year.  This experience shows that his dubstep skills are backed up with his background in the techno genre. Over the past year, he has amassed a good-sized following on various websites, including praise from icons such as Mojo Dubstep, LU10 Records, and Synthetic Epiphany.  Included with all of these accomplishments, he has remixed several different kinds of music, including Far East Movement's "Like A G6" and A Day To Remember's "You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic."  As for his inspirations, Boltcutter has taken influence from almost everywhere imaginable. Core dubstep influences include Chrispy, Kaney, Skrillex, Tek-One, Mojo, C99, and Quartus Saul. He has also been impacted by the drum & bass movement, with artists like Delta Heavy and Roni Size. Others are Deadmau5, Diplo, Attack Attack!, Klaas, Chris Lake, and Bar9.

As for advice for upcoming producers, Boltcutter has a few things to say: "It's easy to make it in dubstep production these days because everyone is listening to it. That's also the problem: there are so many dubstep artists out there, it becomes difficult to distinguish yourself from others. Here's my advice: don't use presets. Make the sounds your own. Slave over your waveforms if you need to. Make sure there's something to your music that sets it apart from others."

If you don't know what dubstep is, or what it sounds like, now is a great time to look into the style.  It's starting to sprout all over the world, and there's no stopping a viral style of music.  Go check out Bolcutter's dubstep if you're just getting a taste of this wild style.  And if you already know about this genre, go listen to him anyway so that you have some new heavy bass for your sub woofers in our car.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Cover Songs

Rebecca Black from Youtube Sensation "Friday"

In all honesty, there are some songs that come on the radio that you hear once and wish would just disappear.  (*Cough Cough* "Friday" by Rebecca Black.) But surprisingly, the right song redone by the right band can make even the worst songs into something fresh and new. "Friday" by Crash City for instance took a cookie cutter pop song with questionable lyrics and vocals and made it into a decent, self respecting song.

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     Another so-so song with an amazing cover is "Single Ladies" by Beyonce. The original song was catchy and quickly went viral with some mechanic wrist movements, but A Rocket To The Moon's version is sweet, slow, and sung from the perspective of their lead vocalist, Nick Santino, as a guy rather than a diva.

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     As for a rap song that went screamo, "Lollipop" by Lil' Wayne was popular a few years ago, but was briefly resurrected as a cover by Framing Hanley. With less autotune and drum machines and more screaming and guitars, "Lollipop" becomes a whole new experience. The song loses none of it's appeal, rather changes to a new genre that reaches a different listener group.

                          Original                                                                        Cover

     Although the original for "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service is a great electronic song, if the Owl Cityesque melody does not suit your taste, try Confide's version. They start off with the normal intro, but once the vocals come in, it is no longer Ben Gibbards smooth singing but Ross Kenyon's signature screaming and the trademark loud guitars of Confide's metal sound.

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     A rather unique cover that includes beer bottle percussion, homemade marracas, and one very small accordion is "Womanizer" a song made by Britney Spears but perfected by the All-American Rejects. Another cover of the same song is done by Franz Ferdinand which has a solid guitar solo and bluesy syle, which makes it well worth a listen as well.

             All American Rejects  Cover                                               Franz Ferdinand  Cover

     Lastly, "Umbrella" by Rihanna struck a chord with both avid R&B and pop listeners, but left rock fans with something to be desired. Fortunately, pop punk Baltimore based band All Time Low took it upon themselves to fill that void. Their version is fast moving with All Time Low's usual, pop with a punch sound, but Rihanna's catchy lyrics.

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So, just as the cliche goes "don't judge a book by it's cover", don't judge a cover by it's original.

Please tell us what you think...which do you think is better, the original or the cover?

If you would like to hear more on each of the bands mentioned follow these links:

Crash City:
A Rocket To The Moon:
Framing Hanley:
All-American Rejects:
Franz Ferdinand:
All Time Low:

Rebecca Black:
Lil' Wayne:
The Postal Service:
Britney Spears:

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Lips

Anthony Laido of The Lips
Today we're going to show you an awesome new Indie band called "The Lips."  Here on Indie Alternative Rock, we believe in praising the best, and exposing the up and coming bands.  We're predicting that this band will be a great Indie music group that will gain many listeners over the course of the next few years.  Take a look at the info that we came up with!

BIO/PRESS: "The Lips" are an accomplished independent garage/punk duo from Oakland, New Jersey. "The Lips" started out as an experimental side project consisting of mostly electronic music in May of 2009, but has changed drastically since. Having won more than 20 songwriting awards worldwide, and focusing on extremely raw songwriting and production, it is only a matter of time until "The Lips" are recognized as one of the greatest independent artists of recent memory. They are expecting to release their debut album "A Generation In A Jar" in the summer of 2011. *THE AM demo EP is available via download now*

Heres what some other listeners had to say...

"The words are simple. 'I don't really think you know too much about anything.' That is the opening sentence on the title track 'Why Is There A Jew On The Cross?' off the debut demo by "The Lips." Controversial? Yes. Original? Yes. Good? YES!!! It is obvious someone doesn't care about selling out or trying to fit in to the industry that seems to be dying more and more every single day. The Lips' unique blend of garage/punk rock, and electronic pop anchor a sound desperately needed in a time where originality seems to be fading. *****!!!"
Jason @ Banana Peel Radio - BC Radio in Vancouver

"To say Anthony M. Laido is an artist is an understatement. Laido (The Lips' frontman) has created one of the most original sounds in recent memory. His first release since his years as a member of 'DubSound Distortion' as a teen, show the industry once again why he is one of the very few rising stars of this generation. The full-length debut demo is not only original, but is an unbelievable work of art. The music in very few words, could be described as 'disturbing pop music, that leaves you wanting more, and more, and more.' If you haven't heard this remarkable band yet, I suggest you do so immediately."
Some Different Accomplishments... 2007-2009 - Anthony M. Laido received 20 songwriting awards world-wide before his 19th birthday, including 7 wins for VH-1's "Song of the Year" competition. Anthony M. Laido received 2 "Grindie" awards for Best Alternative Rock Album 2 consecutive years (2008-2009). 2010 - "The Lips" were aired on over 400 radio stations world-wide, including 101.9 RXP (New York City FM) and garnered regular airplay on a number of FM stations in Burbank, California. 2011 - "The Lips" were the featured "Artist of the Month" on Purevolume.

Our Opinion..Personally, The Indie Team believes that "The Lips" are a great excuse to listen to Indie music.  Anthony Laido has made this band into something amazing over the past few years.  With his original sound, creative name, and massive experience in the industry, we believe that Anthony Laido and "The Lips" are worth listening to any day of the week.  Check out this great band, you won't regret it. 


*If you like what you hear be sure to check out The Lips on itunes

Friday, April 1, 2011

Top Ten Bands

Mumford & Sons - This Month's Top Band

Hey there readers!  It's the beginning of the month, and it's time for another top ten list, courtesy of your Indie Team.  This month we're highlighting our current favorite ten bands that we think are making an impact in today's music.  Let us know what you think, and most importantly, listen to these awesome bands.  They'll be sure to give you a couple new songs to listen to on your free time.


Don't like our list?  That's totally alright!  Give us your version of the top ten best bands in the music industry.  We would love to hear your opinion.  And if you do like our list..that's awesome too!  Listen to these great bands and become a follower of  Indie Alternative Rock for information on other great bands like these.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers

"Alternative." "Bluegrass." "Indie." "Folk." "Pop." "Country." "Rock." What do these words have in common?

For one thing, they are all genres of music. But they are also all labels given to an eclectic band from Concord North Carolina, The Avett Brothers.

Live, Volume 3

The Avett Brothers flawlessly combine precise percussion, sweet piano parts, plucky banjos, orchestral instruments, and even some hard core guitar lines with harmonious vocals. This may sound random and eccentric, but it suits members Seth and Scott Avett, Bob Crawford, Joe Kwon, and Jacob Edwards just fine.

Although their sound in each song is a little different, catchy lyrics and superb delivery are prevalent. Their music is easy to sing along with and highlights relatable emotions like love, want, and regret.

In "The Perfect Space," the song is chill and quiet, with a soothing violin and cello supporting the sincere vocals. But suddenly, the tempo speeds up, the piano and percussion come in, and the singing becomes louder and more upbeat (with some screaming for emphasis). But as the song again regresses to a slower pace, they still maintain the same appeal and good qualities without losing the listener's interest.

A more popular song, "I and Love and You," has charmed listeners with it's carrying piano line and uplifting message. Scott and Seth Avett's voices blend together seamlessly to create a warm sound that fits their introspective lyrics perfectly. They are so synchronized, it's easy to believe that they are brothers.

But if blended vocals and relaxing instrumentals are not what you are looking for, try "Kick Drum Heart." With a pulsating bass drum punctuating the singing, the piano part and the rhythymic tambourine keep the music pulsing and provides a more upbeat sound while still retaining The Avett Brother's trademark sound.

Because of their diverse and varied style, The Avett Brothers have a little something for everyone. Even if country music is usually not your thing, or if you find banjo music minorly annoying, give The Avett Brothers a chance. Their music is always interesting, yet easy to listen to. So get out of your usual music "comfort zone," set up a Pandora station for The Avett Brothers, and get ready for a unique musical experience.


And if you like The Avett sure to check out Mumford and Sons

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Christofer Drew Ingle of Nevershoutnever
Now don't freak out.  We know that the name of this artist tells us not to do this...but we're shouting crazy things for Never Shout Never.  He knows what he's doing.  Never Shout Never is the master of love songs, romantic music, etc.  If you need advice on how to ask your secret crush to prom, or if you're ready to make things serious, please take lessons from the songs of Never Shout Never.

Love has been what music is about for years.  Artists sing of new love, old love, lost love, imaginary love, etc.  It seems like it would get old right?  Not if the ways we express the idea change.  Never Shout Never takes a bubblegum feel and adds it to hissing along tunes to give the full romantic effect.  Lets take a closer look.

Never Shout Never is famous for his "body percussion."  In some of his songs, there are sections where he snaps his fingers or claps his hands.  This idea creates the genius effect of the audience or listener getting involved.  For instance..If you were at a campfire or together with friends, and someone pulled out a guitar and got people to start clapping to the song, the environment would be a great place to be.  The use of these body percussions allow the listener to feel involved, and from the romantic side of things, the girls that Never Shout Never is singing to feel closer to the artist with these cool beats.

The most important part of Never Shout Never's songs are his lyrics.  They're very simple and straightforward, because to be honest, not all fans can understand the metaphors that some artists use in their songs.  Never Shout Never makes everything easy by giving easy lyrics to listen to and sing along to as well.  When the song is simple, catchy, and easy to sing along to, that's when fans go nuts for the artist.  In this case, Never Shout Never is constantly bombarded with his crazy female fans.

We selected a few of our favorite Never Shout Never songs for you to take a listen to:

Never Shout Never is basically the ladies man.  He shows his sensative side in his songs and plays great music for his fans.  His fans, of course, love his music almost as much as they love him.  With the use of these "body beats," or "body percussion," he can involve his audience, and his lyrics give the fans something easy to understand.  If you're not going nuts over this artist yet, go listen to his music.  It's great stuff.  You gotta hear it to believe it.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

The New Politics

The New Politics
"You walk the streets, never feel no guilt, you make your money selling guns on the playground. I'm so ashamed 'cause we're all the same, killing in the name, money is a game now. And you're buying bombs and we pay the price, eat your lies and we feed it to the children. Is this what you want? Is this what you need? You're gonna kill us all to make peace."

-New Politics, "Dignity."

Just chew on that quote for a while.... Does it make you want to make an impact on the world? If so; good! That is exactly what the New Politics are looking for. In an age when a lot of music sounds similar and lyrics are only skin deep, the New Politics are trying to give a voice and promote change to a generation.

The New Politics consist of three Danish musicians, Soren, David, and Poul, who believe in taking risks and doing what you love. And they do just that through their music and parkour influenced videos. Their song "Dignity" shows off their impressive and somewhat aggressive sound. The instrumental is heavy and sets the tone for the in your face lyrics. Vocals alternate between singing/screaming to rapping, which rather than being excessive, just seems to emphasize the point trying to be made.

Another trademark New Politics' track is "Yeah Yeah Yeah." In this song they utilize dark guitar chords, pounding drums, and a pulsating bass line that carries the whole song, and for some strange reason, it really suits them. For some bands this would be chaos and dischord, but for the New Politics, it makes their music all the more poignant.

And on a completely unrelated note, The New Politics utilize the crazy talents of their vocalist David Boyds. To name a few (but not nearly all) of his stunts, running backflips off of buildings, headstands (singing all the while), and spinning on his head on top of amps. Needless to say, the New Politics live can be quite an experience.