Indie Music

'The 1975' Review: The Essential Pop Album Of 2013

September 3rd, 2013 3:51pm EDT
The 1975
Earlier in the year, The 1975 released “Chocolate,” the catchiest song of the year and a surprise summer hit that actually had quite a bit of depth to it. The track was genuinely refreshing, especially in the fact of the bland electro-pop that has been in complete domination of radio waves for far too long now. Now, a few months later, the group has released its first record, and the good news is that “Chocolate” was no fluke. The even better news: this is easily the best pop record of the 2010’s.

What separates The 1975 from their peers is their sense of ambition. It’s apparent that the g...

20 Best Songs Of 2013 (So Far)

August 19th, 2013 9:15pm EDT
Justin Timberlake
Here is a list of the 20 Best Songs of 2013 (So Far). We would like to say they are in chronological order but lets be honest; we'd be lying if we said that. This is a list of extremely mind blowing music that will surely get you in the mood for an epic box-social!;).

20) Dirty Laundry -Kelly Rowland
Co-written and produced by The Dream, this track is getting some serious reviews. Kelly speaks on the music business and the craziness that goes along with being in the industry.

19) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ryan Dalton - Cant Hold Us
Making its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 li...

'The Voice' Finalist Nicholas David Returns To Los Angeles

August 14th, 2013 12:14pm EDT
The Voice
Nicholas David is coming back to Los Angeles. The singer-songwriter, who captured America's attention as the third-place finisher in Season 3 of NBC's The Voice, has been on a roll ever since his time on the series ended. He's released an EP (produced by Voice bandleader Paul Mirkovich), toured steadily, and even returned to the hit reality show's stage for an encore performance. BFTV caught up with Nicholas on Monday to preview tonight's gig at the El Rey Theater, and look forward to the future.

Fans who come to the show can expect "a lot of new material," Nicholas told us. "We're getting...

Review: Civil Sensibility For ‘The Civil Wars’

August 8th, 2013 12:34pm EDT
The Civil Wars : The One That Got Away Single
How does one categorize the Grammy-winning band The Civil Wars?  “That is the questions”, to put in Shakespearean speak.  Regardless of the label you’d give the intriguing duo of Joy Williams or John Paul White, they definitely show their top-rate musicianship on highly anticipated sophomore album, The Civil Wars. The album isn’t quite a modern masterpiece 'per se' (there are some flaws), but all in all is very well executed.

“The One That Got Away” opens The Civil Wars brilliantly, with light production work (more oomph about the refrain) and an overall dark tilt about it.  “Oh if I could...

Review: ‘Now 47′ Is Just Another Compilation

August 6th, 2013 12:00am EDT
Various Artists : Now 47
Assembling a compilation of pop hits should be easy and painless. The problem is that usually by the time given hits arrive on a compilation, they’ve come and passed.  Now 47 (yes, it’s really the 47th installment) runs into that problem sometimes.  There are some superb choices that are sizzling right now, and then there are some that have past their prime or have been superseded by the next artist’s respective single or by someone else.  Pop music only stays hot for a season and many times, the Now series is two steps behind.

“I Love It” opens up, courtesy of Icona Pop featuring Charli...

Who is Macklemore?

August 5th, 2013 1:30pm EDT
Ben Haggerty : Macklemore
Who is Macklemore?

The man behind the hits such as “Thrift Shop”, “Same Love”, “Can’t Hold Us” and numerous others real name is Ben Haggerty. Macklemore is an American Rapper.  He began releasing music independently back in 2000. He now collaborates with best friend/hit producer Ryan Lewis and has gained a significant fan-base online via social media. So far, he has released one mix tape, three EPs and two full albums independently with no help from any major record labels.

His single “Thrift Shop” has been viewed on YouTube over 350 million times, and reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboa...

Gypsy Punk Rules on Gogol Bordello's 'Pura Vida Conspiracy'

July 26th, 2013 10:15am EDT
Gogol Bordello: Pura Vida Conspiracy
Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello make being different pretty cool and hip. Let’s face it, gypsy-punk is not your everyday style of music, particularly when conformity and uniformity seems to be an ‘it trend’.  However, Gogol Bordello is exactly what the music industry could use more of to provide spice and more unpredictability. Following up previous album Transcontinental Hustle (2010), Pura Vida Conspiracy doesn’t miss a beat.  Intriguing, manic, ambitious, and über-enjoyable are some adjectives that describe the listening experience.  Frontman Eugene Hütz is pretty awesome.  Add an intensi...

Della Mae Aims To Share What 'This World Can Oft Be'

July 1st, 2013 2:10pm EDT
Celia Woodsmith
If you threw several major genres of music into a blender, you'd get Della Mae. The Boston-based quintet is made up of musicians from incredibly different backgrounds, who've come together to create a sound that simultaneously respects tradition and invents something new. In the middle of their current tour promoting new album This World Can Oft Be, BFTV caught up with Della Mae's singer Celia Woodsmith, hoping to find out how they made all the pieces fit.

"What don't I love about this band?" she said. "This band, we have such good camaraderie. The sisterhood in this band is beautiful. We ...

Meet Singer-Songwriter Parry Adams

June 29th, 2013 3:26pm EDT
Parry Adams
Meet Parry Adams: the antithesis of all those sad, melodramatic songs about loss and heartbreak. Starting with the release of her Puzzle Piece EP in 2011, Parry has put charm and positive energy into her music. BFTV connected with Parry to find out what makes her an artist we know and love.

"It's been something I've wanted to do since I could talk, really," she said of her career choice. "I had started out focused on musical theater and that really ecame a career option for me when I was in 6th grade. My dad asked me what I wanted to do and I said 'I want to sing and dance on Broadway.' He...

CD Review: I Can See Mountains - "Life on a Houseboat"

June 20th, 2013 3:53am EDT
I Can See Mountains
In today’s conclusion-jumping, title obsessed society; it can be easy to pigeonhole bands, typecasting their sound into a specific genre. While not exactly the exception to the rule, Buffalo’s I Can See Mountains seek to throw a monkey wrench into the thought processes, and have done so with their latest release, Life on a Houseboat. From the onset, it’s clear the Queen City boys have a penchant for melody (“One Mirror, Two Bodies,” “Glory”), though it’s quickly evident that Life on a Houseboat is much more than hooky pomp and circumstance. While the band doesn’t shy away from hooks (“Life ...