Indie Music

Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extravaganza

July 4th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extrava
Happy 4th of July! Get out your BBQs, crack open a cold one and ready the fireworks, it's time to celebrate the great holiday commemorating American Independence. No doubt friends and family will be flocking to your place for a grand ol' time.

But wait? What about the music? Every party needs to music. "But what music nest fits my party?" you might be asking. Well, we're here to help. So fear not - here are ten musical suggestions to help you find a fit that's right for the shin dig of your choosing.

Party Hard - Andrew W.K.

The type of party you're probably having : A banger with a...
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Sounds for Summer: 'Swimming Pool Blues' Miniature Tigers

June 28th, 2014 10:00am EDT
Miniature tigers : Cruel Runnings
Summer is finally here, and it's the perfect time of year for road trips, backyard parties, and any number of other events that require music, or at least are made better with it.

In order to perfectly soundtrack these events, this weekly article will feature a song that perfectly fits the season in one way or another.

What better way to kick off this series than with a strong contender for pop song of 2014, "Swimming Pool Blues" by Miniature Tigers, a song that is so Summery it practically smells like salt water.

The song begins with a simple acoustic guitar and drums, and then heats ...
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Alternative Music Spotlight: Penguin Prison

June 27th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Penguin Prison : Penguin Prison
Chris Glover is the sole man behind what is perhaps New York City's goofiest and most fun pop group, Penguin Prison, a project that stands in stark contrast to his more emotionally charged contemporaries like Passion Pit and Phoenix.

Even the name Penguin Prison is goofy, and it's clear that Glover doesn't take himself too seriously, which is probably the reason that his most well known song is "Don't F**k with My Money," a song that's both laugh out loud hilarious and unbelievably catchy, and avoids being a gimmick because of it's immaculate production and it's absolutely perfect vocal ho...
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Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia

June 19th, 2014 1:32pm EDT
Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia
While there is certainly no shortage of 80's inspired synth pop bands out there at the moment, few are as brilliant and purely enjoyable as St. Lucia, the stage name and band of South African pop wizard Jean-Philip Grobler.

The band's masterful self-titled record is filled with tracks that pay tribute to Grobler's Afro-pop heritage, and brings to mind 80's afro influenced pop records by greats like Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting.

Every chorus is massive, and tracks such as "The Way You Remember Me" and "Closer Than This" are sublime, filled with pulsing drums, huge harmonized choru...
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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...
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'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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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