Saint Motel is an indie pop band from Los Angeles. They have been described as “garage glam”, “hard pop”, “indie prog” and more by those including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times who wrote recently that they have “reanimated power pop”.
The band consists of A/J Jackson, Aaron Sharp, Dak and Greg Erwin. They met in film school and visuals are a big part of their dynamic. Saint Motel is known for throwing extreme concert events in their home town and abroad. Stages become forests and living rooms, and shows become kaleidoscopic mind explosions in 3D.
Small Black is an indie band from Brooklyn, New York that consists of Ryan Heyner, Josh Kolenik, Juan Pieczanski and Jeff Curtin.
Their sound is commonly described as belonging to the chillwave genre, though the band’s members don’t label themselves as such. Formed at the tail-end of 2008 as a bedroom recording project, Small Black first made waves with their eponymous debut EP. Recorded in the attic of singer Josh’s uncle’s remote Long Island beach-house/surfboard workshop, it served as an ideal introduction to the group with its pulsing patchwork synths and addictive, stay-gold hooks that seemed to unfurl themselves gradually over repeated listens.
Free At Dawn is the first single from their upcoming album, Limits of Desire, out on May 14, 2013.
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Athens, GA, resident Mathew Houck is the sole member of Phosphorescent.
Houck’s career began in 2000 when he released an album under the name Fillup Shack. A tour of England and Spain followed, and while the European press drew comparisons to Bob Dylan and Will Oldham, the London Evening Standard declared him “the most significant American in his field since Kurt Cobain.”
Houck’s first release as Phosphorescent, entitled A Hundred Times or More, appeared in 2003.
Song for Zula is taken from the album Muchacho, scheduled for release on March 19.
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Canadian indie rock band Born Ruffians are Luke Lalonde, Mitch DeRosier, Steve Hamelin and Andy Lloyd.
Formed in 2002, the indie rock quartet creates a jaunty mix of shifty guitar riffs and hyper-chic vocals for a Pixies-esque shredded kind of sweetness. The band’s first full-length, Red Yellow & Blue, arrived in spring 2008. They returned with 2010’s Say It, which the band recorded in two weeks with producer Rusty Santos.
With Her Shadow is taken from their forthcoming third album.
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Gothenburg, Sweden-based indie rock outfit Junip was formed in late 90’s by singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez. The trio, which consists of Gonzalez on guitar and vocals, drummer Elias Araya and keyboard player Tobia Winterkorn, crafts dark, moody, indie folk in the vein of their founder.
Junip released its debut 7-inch in 2000 on their own Kakafoni imprint. Araya then spent nearly five years studying art in Norway and Finland, while Winterkorn worked as a teacher and Gonzalez launched a successful solo career. The trio regrouped for the Black Refuge EP in 2006 and began writing and recording in earnest after Gonzalez finished promoting his album In Our Nature in 2007. The full-length result, Fields, arrived in 2010 on Mute Records.
Line Of Fire is the first song to be taken from their upcoming self-titled second album.
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