Indie Music

Song of the Day: 'Brill Bruisers' - The New Pornographers

June 12th, 2014 10:22am EDT
Song of the Day: 'Brill Bruisers' - The New Pornographers
Indie's greatest super group has finally returned after a long four year absence from the world, and "Brill Bruisers" is the perfect reminder of why the Canadian band "The New Pornographers" does power pop better than anyone else, period.

The track is filled with all of the signature AC Newman tricks, loud, brash guitar parts, intricately layered harmonies, and easily one of the catchiest choruses featured in a song this year.

Neko Case, Dan Bejar, and the whole of the group are also involved in this record, but it's clear that once again Newman is at the helm, and "Brill Bruisers" pro...

'The Voice' News Roundup: Adam Levine's New Film Trailer

June 2nd, 2014 12:20pm EDT
'The Voice' News Roundup: Adam Levine's New Film Trailer
It's only been about two weeks since Josh Kaufman was named champ of The Voice Season 6, but the show's coaches and alumni are already making offseason moves. We've compiled the notable happenings for you below in this first June edition of our The Voice news roundup.

Adam Levine's Feature Film Debut Is Almost Here

We're just a few weeks away from seeing coach Adam Levine make his acting debut. Begin Again, in which Adam plays musician Dave Kohl, has its limited release Friday, June 27 and then expands everywhere on July 11.

The cast also includes Keira Knightley as Dave's jilted girlfri...

Alternative Music Spotlight - White Sea

May 30th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Alternative Music Spotlight - White Sea
Welcome to our alternative music spotlight, where we take some time to introduce you to bands you may not be exposed to; to whet your music appetite's with something different and new! And we're going to start this off with a very worthy, underrepresented musical project, White Sea.

Fans of M83 may recognize the sound of White Sea. That's because Morgan Kibby, the vocalist, keyboardist and composer of White Sea, does extensive touring with french duo, M83.

It seems she has taken some of the finer points of everything she's learned from her time spent with M83, and channeled it into a ver...

Jenn Summers Chasing Positivity With New EP 'Catching Fireflies'

May 15th, 2014 12:14pm EDT
Jenn Summers
As we head toward the end of spring and gear up for summer, it's the perfect time to introduce you to Jenn Summers (no pun intended). The singer-songwriter plays the kind of upbeat music that you'd listen to on that trip to the beach or that long drive to a vacation spot, and she's just released her EP Catching Fireflies. BFTV spoke with Jenn recently to discuss her new music - and what gives her that great attitude.

"The CD is very different than the last CD [When Life Gives You Lemons]. And I kind of used the mentality of the last CD to get through this CD," Jenn explained. "I want [lis...

You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Sings Jason Derulo's Hit 'Talk Dirty To Me'

May 7th, 2014 12:24pm EDT
You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Sings Jason Derulo's Hit 'Ta
Youtuber 'Ten Second Songs' covers popular songs in a way that's maybe a little different than what you're used to. He takes a song as sings it in the style of different artists - sometimes artists whose styles varies greatly from that of the original singer. His most recent project takes Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty To Me' which he sings in styles that run from 'Slayer' and 'White Zombie' to 'Hootie and the Blowfish' and 'Cab Calloway.' Needless to say, he nails it on pretty much every rendition.

For more of Ten Second Songs really awesome renditions, you can check out his channel HERE. G...

Review: 'Days Of Abandon' The New Album From 'The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart'

May 5th, 2014 11:20pm EDT
Pains of Being Pure At Heart
"Days of Abandon" the new record from indie poppers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart reverses the course that the band started taking on 2011's fuzz pop masterpiece "Belong" and moves the band back into the realm of Felt and Teenage Fanclub inspired pop music. That's not a bad thing though, as Kip Berman's songwriting is stronger than it's ever been, and a lineup change has refreshed the band.

Peggy Wang, keyboardist and female vocalist, departed the group and has since been replaced by Jen Goma, of the shoegaze group A Sunny Day in Glasgow, and her presence on the record changes the dynam...

'The Voice's' Nicole Nelson Shines On With New Dwight & Nicole Album

April 28th, 2014 2:20pm EDT
Dwight and Nicole
We all fell in love with Nicole Nelson when she was part of Team Adam in season 3 of NBC's The Voice, but as with all the artists on that series, that's just one part of her story. Nicole and her partner Dwight Ritcher just released their album Shine On last week, and she was kind enough to sit down with BFTV to discuss the record and how the Dwight & Nicole sound compares to what we heard on The Voice.

"I don't think there's any difference at all," she told us. "I don't know how to be anything other than myself, one hundred percent. My aim is always to be myself and always a better versio...

Beth Thornley Releases New EP 'Septagon'

April 8th, 2014 4:06pm EDT
Beth Thornley
Today is release day for Beth Thornley's EP Septagon, and BFTV recently had the opportunity to sit down with the Alabama-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter to discuss the new record, why she loves the EP format, and the experience of having your music placed in feature films. Here's what Beth had to tell us.

""I'm a singer-songwriter who writes piano-based pop that even guys have admitted to liking," she quipped. "There's no hugging and only a small amount of learning. On this new EP, Septagon, the songs range from upbeat dance tunes to psychedelic rock to indie singer-songwriter p...

Audiophile Launch Party Lights Up The Record Parlor

April 5th, 2014 8:49am EDT
Audiophile Launch Party Lights Up The Record Parlor
Music licensing group Audiophile Music launched with a bang on March 27 at The Record Parlour in Hollywood, and Starpulse captured all the sounds and sights of the evening's party.

The heart of the evening was music provided by Miranda Lee Richards and the Well Pennies, Goldsboro, and DJ Scott Silva. Sponsors of the party included Loft + Bear Vodka, People Water, Los Takos, Vudu Merch Supply Co., KiloGraph, VitaBath, Whole Foods, Powder Room Salon, Tattly and Filter Magazine.

In addition to the live entertainment, Goldsboro also premiered the video for their new single "She's A Runner," w...

Our March Playlist - Check Out The Best Songs Off The Best Albums This Month

March 31st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Beck - Morning Phase
March was a rich month for music releases. After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout. Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album). After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a playlist of one favorite from each album.



From the album Morning Phase

Note: Morning Phase was a late February release that wasn’t reviewed until March.

Folks, Beck is the man. Morning Phase was yet another stacked album from the hipster w...