Posts Tagged ‘indie pop

MATT & KIM – Sidewalks

October 29, 2010

Matt & Kim, the too-cute couple duo from Brooklyn, present their third full-length album. Their sound hasn’t changed too much from their previous albums: upbeat indie pop/rock with nerdy male vocals. Fans of previous albums should be pleased. I’m personally not as crazy about this as I was for their first two albums, but I […]

RA RA RIOT – Boy EP

July 22, 2010

Ra Ra Riot were formed in Syracuse, NY, so I always feel a sense of hometown pride when I hear them mentioned (even though I’m not from Syracuse and most people from Syracuse probably have never heard of the town where I grew up or the town where I now live). Nonetheless, their ascent to […]

THE LOVE LANGUAGE – Libraries

July 7, 2010

Libraries is North Carolina’s The Love Language’s second album. I liked their first album and I like this one, too. I like the faster songs the most – they are at their best when they get the tempo cooking and the instruments rocking and everyone singing and yelling and making noise all at once. File […]

STARS – The Five Ghosts

June 30, 2010

Fifth full-length from Canada’s Stars. For me, this band is the perfect soundtrack to cold winter nights spent dreaming of your crush. I’ve always described them to others (okay, maybe just myself) as having a romantic sound. Their sound is just so warm and welcoming and Amy Milan’s angelic voice plays perfectly off of Torq […]

BORN RUFFIANS – Say It

June 28, 2010

Second full-length from Toronto’s Born Ruffians. Another exercise in well-crafted indie-pop that jangles along the way. Luke LaLonde continues his yelp-laden, marbles-in-mouth-sounding vocals. I think he sounds more confident on this release. I’d still recommend this band for fans of cutesy pop music, Vampire Weekend, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Not too much has […]

MATT and KIM – Matt and Kim; MATT and KIM – Grand

March 14, 2010

Matt & Kim’s self-titled debut was released in 2006, and Grand, the follow-up, was released in 2009. I’m reviewing them now because, while scouring the internet for shows coming to my area, I found that this Brooklyn-based duo is scheduled to play around here very soon. Not many bands playing original music play near where […]

NOVELS

January 30, 2010

NOVELS is a project conceived by several Canadian dudes who range in popularity in the indie music scene. Personally, I only recognized the names Graham Wright and Luke LaLonde. The other three guys are Will Currie, Dean Marino, and Jay Sadlowski. In January 2009, these lads and some other musically-inclined people got together in Toronto […]

PANTS YELL – Received Pronunciation

January 16, 2010

Pants Yell! are from Cambridge, near Boston, and they formed in 2003. In the past they had a girl drummer but it seems the trio is now comprised of all dudes. If I understand correctly, Received Pronunciation is their fourth full-length and their first release for Slumberland Records. I saw this band perform in Rochester […]

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Contra

January 9, 2010

I’m sure there’s already a million blog posts out there about this album, so I may as well throw in my two cents. I have somehow managed to avoid all reviews regarding this album, perhaps by unintentionally avoiding all music sites lately, so my opinion remains untarnished. Contra is the sophomore album from everyone’s favorite […]

PETER BJORN AND JOHN – Living Thing

April 21, 2009

The Swedish trio’s third album, following their debut, Writer’s Block and their instrumental album, Seaside Rock. This album is more on the experimental side of indie pop as they branch out into sparser, stripped down songs that still exhibit a decisive 60’s pop influence. Nothing on here is as poppy as their hits “Young Folks” […]

SAY HI – Oohs & Aahs

March 16, 2009

Oohs & Aahs is Say Hi’s sixth album, if you count the two under it’s current name, and the four released under the Say Hi To Your Mom moniker. Eric Elbogen played every sound that appears on this album, and every sound is very nice. The album is filled with wonderful indie pop that has […]

JEREMY JAY – Slow Dance

March 11, 2009

This is the second album from Jeremy Jay and his bandmates; it’s been less than a year since his first album, A Place Where We Could Go, came out in May 2008. Slow Dance seems to have a lot more synth than his debut did, and the songs seem to be a lot stronger as […]

BISHOP ALLEN – Grrr…

March 10, 2009

The Brooklyn-via-Massachusetts band releases their third full-length album, and the second one to be on the Dead Oceans label. They had their song “Middle Management” off of their previous album, The Broken String, featured on the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist soundtrack and also appeared in the film. This increased attention has not meant a […]

PLUSHGUN – Pins & Panzers

March 5, 2009

Debut album for the Brooklyn-based group that began as a solo project for Daniel Ignala, but has since evolved into the trio that it is today. They make cute indie pop/synth pop with very pleasant male vocals. Bleeps and bloops throughout. It’s fun, sugary goodness, and very well done. RIYL The Postal Service. http://www.myspace.com/plushgun http://www.plushgun.com

AN HORSE – Rearrange Beds

March 4, 2009

They’re from Brisbane, Australia, and this is their first full-length album. They are a duo, comprised of Kate Cooper and Damon Cox. They play fairly standard indie pop/rock, with female vocals. It is pretty good. They remind me of Tegan and Sara quite a bit. http://www.myspace.com/anhorse http://www.anhorse.com

The Love LanguageThe Love Language

February 11, 2009

From Raleigh, North Carolina; this is their debut. It’s good! They play indie pop that has a garagey, lo-fi feel to it. Catchy and instantly likeable. They sound like they could play a club and get everyone in the place singing along and doing handclaps and it wouldn’t feel hokey at all. They seem like […]

Nous Non PlusMenagerie

February 6, 2009

The second album for the band that formed following the dissolution of Les Sans Culottes. Though they were formed in New York City, the songs are primarily sung in French (the lead singer, Celine Dijon, did grow up in Paris). They play delightful pop music that should get your toes tappin’. They’re awesome. They cover […]

Her Space HolidayXOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival

February 3, 2009

<img src=”http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/arada112/xoxo.jpg&#8221; width=”250″ height=”250″></img> Cutesy ‘indie’/twee pop. Male vocals that remind me of Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes’ voice. Likeable stuff, and the lyrics tend to be pretty clever and interesting. Recommended if you like twee pop, indie bands like The Shins, and things of that nature. <a href=”http://www.myspace.com/herspaceholiday&#8221; target=”_blank”>www.myspace.com/herspaceholiday</a> <a href=”http://www.herspaceholiday.com&#8221; target=”_blank”>www.herspaceholiday.com</a>

Army NavyArmy Navy

January 28, 2009

Much wimpier than their name implies. Their debut; it’s ‘indie’ rock/pop with nasally male vocals. They had a song on the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist soundtrack so they’ve probably got, like, a million fans already. You’ve heard this band’s sound before but you still like it. Recommended if you like Ted Leo and Death […]

LAKEOh, The Places We’ll Go

November 26, 2008

Delightful indie pop on the third album from this Olympia, Washington group of musicians. Both male and female vocals. It has a lo-fi 70’s feel to it. Very well done. http://www.myspace.com/lakemusicmusic http://www.laketheband.com

AnnualsSuch Fun

November 24, 2008

They were talked about quite a bit in 2006 when their debut, Be He Me, was released, but soon after it seemed no one cared about this North Carolina band much anymore. But they’re back with their second album and it’s decent stuff. Folky indie-rock, they remind me of an indie pop version of My […]

Tobias FrobergTurn Heads

October 1, 2008

Froberg is from Sweden and this is his third album. He has produced several songs for the solo work of Peter Bjorn and John’s Peter Moren. Moren makes a guest appearance on this album, contributing vocals to the song “Just Behind A Brickwall”. Froberg’s music is best classified as singer-songwriter indie pop, with some folk-pop […]

Mother MotherO My Heart

September 23, 2008

From Vancouver, this five-piece presents their second full-length album. There’s a brother and a sister in the band, it’s always good to see families making rock music together. The album is full of indie pop/rock with boy/girl vocals and harmonies, and some folk-rock influences (such as finger-plucked guitar, strings). It’s quirky and can get a […]

Mates of StateRe-Arrange Us

May 20, 2008

The husband-wife duo returns with their fifth full-length and second for the Barsuk label. They play cutesy indie-pop. Kori plays a variety of keyboard instruments (keys, organ, piano) and sings while Jason is the drummer and second singer. Their indie-pop is sweet and adorable, to the point that I find them to be one of […]

This Is Ivy LeagueSelf-Titled

May 15, 2008

This is the debut for the Brooklyn-based duo of Ryland Blackinton and Alex Suarez. It’s chock full of delightful folk-influenced pop music. They remind me of a modern-day, upbeat Simon and Garfunkel. They are super super good. So good! http://www.myspace.com/ivyleagueonline http://www.thisisivyleague.net