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Best You Never Heard 7: Summer Underdogs

August 15th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Dance, Electro, Electronic Dance Music, Electropop, Guest Mix, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Pop, R&B, Rock, synthpop |

Today we are excited to present Best You Never Heard Volume 7: Summer Underdogs. Shouts to @E_Wish1 on the cover art and the artists for agreeing to have their songs featured on this mix.

With our latest edition of Best You Never Heard, we put out songs that have fun feel-good summer vibes from artists we believe should be getting way more attention for their music. Our criteria for selecting these artists is they had to have under 5,000 facebook fans or under 10,000 twitter followers.

We continue to help young, upcoming musicians in their efforts to reach mainstream success. Many of the people featured on our previous mixes have gone on to accomplish a lot within the music industry.

Below is our 12-track mix that will surely add to your favorite music list and provide you with new artists to listen to that we consider to be the Best You Never Heard. Enjoy!

Tracklist and previous edition of Best You Never Heard below. (more…)

Hyena – Wander (ft. Dave Keuning from The Killers)

July 25th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop, synthpop |

We got a new Hyena song that slipped through about a month ago. However very few other blogs have gotten behind this, besides one of our favorites, Earmilk.

“Wander” is another indie electro-pop track that just weaves together so well. San Diego indie-dance duo Hyena get lead guitarist and backup vocalist to The Killers, Dave Keuning, to lend a hand on the track, which only enhances the production quality.

Stream and download “Wander” below.

Previous: Hidden Gem – Hyena

Hidden Gem: Hyena *sounds like Cut Copy, Phoenix!

January 10th, 2012 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Dance, Electronic Tuesday, Hidden Gem |

We saw duo perform at the end of 2011 and I immediately knew this is a legit, must-follow music group. They are called Hyena, based out of San Diego, California and with tons of energy live and excellent production in many of their songs.

I’m so happy I asked their videographer for their latest CD or I might not have gotten into this group as I am now. Their sound can be described as indie electronic and draw comparisons to a more lo-fi Phoenix or Cut Copy. Below stream their latest project, We See You, a MUST-DOWNLOAD.
Album Versions ‘We See You’ by weareHyena

Below you will find some stuff I pulled from Hyena‘s bio that best describes their sound.

Standing Shadows and Hyena at The Viper Room

December 21st, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Rock |

Last Wednesday I saw two very interesting groups perform at the infamous Viper Room in Hollywood. The bands were Standing Shadows and Hyena, who both killed it on stage.

Standing Shadows is an alternative-indie-electro band based in Los Angeles. They mix together heavy guitar melodies and soundscapes with vintage synthesizing sounds and emotional vocals, singing in a trilling voice. They have diverse vocals varying from uber-chill whispers to heart-pounding screams. They had excellent stage presence and really got the crowd rocking. My favorite track they performed is called “Silent Revolution”. Enjoy!

Right after Standing Shadows concluded their set, Hyena came on stage with their creative and unique sound. They are a San Diego based duo who have similarities to Cut Copy, Phoenix and The Bravery. The group puts together dark, electronic-fueled beats tied with upbeat synthesizers and energetic bass lines. To add to that, the two have interesting vocals which help make them stand out. They were truly a joy to watch live and I will definitely see them again in person soon. My favorite song that they performed is called “Puma”. Enjoy!



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