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Album Review: The Shins “Port of Morrow”

Album Review: The Shins “Port of Morrow”

Port of Morrow, the latest effort by Portland-based indie-rockers The Shins, might very well take its place among the band’s best works—at least, until the next one comes along. It’s been about five years since the last Shins album, Wincing the Night Away, was released, during which time frontman James Mercer teamed up with Brian Burton (a.k.a. “Danger Mouse”) to form the more spacey sounding Broken Bells. This sparked speculation […]


Album Review: “Delta Spirit” by Delta Spirit

Album Review: “Delta Spirit” by Delta Spirit

Typically, when a band releases a self-titled album after already releasing several records, that band is making a musical statement of identity, a statement of who they are as an artist. If this is true of Delta Spirit, then this band is telling us we don’t know them at all—that they are not who we think they are. Although basically an indie-rock band, Delta Spirit has been sort of lumped […]


Fiona Apple Gives a Taste of New Music at SXSW

Fiona Apple Gives a Taste of New Music at SXSW

It’s been a long time since Fiona Apple has released any new music—seven years, in fact—and almost as long since anyone outside L.A. has seen her perform live. So fans at this year’s SXSW in Austin got a double-whammy treat, not only in seeing a rare live performance by the eclectic singer-songwriter, but also in hearing three brand-new tunes from her upcoming release! The new record, which should drop this June, has […]


Fanfarlo “Rooms Filled with Light”: Indie-pop With a Euro Twist

Fanfarlo “Rooms Filled with Light”: Indie-pop With a Euro Twist

Rooms Filled with Light (Feb. 2012), the latest release by UK-based indie-pop outfit Fanfarlo, takes the band in a fresh direction, migrating more from a straight indie sound to a Euro-influenced new wave/Europop sound without sacrificing their identity as a band. It’s a transition that is surprisingly smooth, and somehow feels very right. Fanfarlo is a prime example of an indie band using modern, out-of-the-box methods to make a name […]


Anya Marina Lays It On the Line with “Felony Flats”

Anya Marina Lays It On the Line with “Felony Flats”

Actress. Radio DJ. Blogger for the Huffington Post. Singer/songwriter/indie artist. Anya Marina has done all of it. But with Felony Flats, Marina is laying it all on the line, showing music to be her passion. This isn’t Anya Marina’s first jump into the music arena; Felony Flats is her third full-length recording. After she self-released her debut recording Miss Halfway, indie label Chop Shop Records signed her and released her sophomore […]


Good Old War “Come Back As Rain”: Album Review

Good Old War ‘Come Back As Rain': Album Review

If you haven’t heard Good Old War, then you should. Soon. This Philadelphia-based acoustic indie folk/pop act has been gaining momentum since they started out about three years ago, recently touring with acts like Heartless Bastards, The Gaslight Anthem and Alison Krauss. Their new record Come Back As Rain should spread their growing fame even farther. The first two things that will grab you about this band are their contagious […]


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Indie-Rocker to Solo Artist: Dia Frampton’s Unexpected Journey

Sometimes the road makes an unexpected turn, and you just have to follow it and see where it goes. When Dia Frampton (of indie-rock sibling duo Meg & Dia)  became a contestant on NBC’s talent show The Voice last year, she wasn’t actually thinking to become a solo artist. In fact, according to Dia, she auditioned for the show in hope of bringing some publicity to her band’s new record […]


Eisley Releases New EP, Plans Spring Mini-Tour, Prepares for LP4

Eisley Releases New EP, Plans Spring Mini-Tour, Prepares for LP4

With relatively little fanfare, indie family/sibling band Eisley released a new EP in February, and are following it up with a mini-tour launching in early March, which will quickly criss-cross the United States, and conclude in their home state of Texas on April 1. The EP, named Deep Space, is a collection of five songs that have become fan faves as the band has performed them for audiences on tour […]


Bon Iver's Unlikely Rise to the Top

Bon Iver’s Unlikely Rise to the Top

Bon Iver (known to his friends as Justin Vernon) is a perfect example of how the music industry has changed, and how you don’t need the backing of a major label to find your audience these days. Vernon’s journey as Bon Iver began with a self-recorded set of songs during a 4-month stint alone in a log cabin in Wisconsin. This year, with his self-titled sophomore record, Bon Iver was […]


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