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Introducing Nurses *sounds like Animal Collective & Grizzly Bear

November 25th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video |

The Indie-rock trio called the Nurses has grown because of their psychedelic pop sounds and a following of fans that has developed. Two years ago, this Portland-based group joined Bloomington’s Dead Oceans Records. Since then, they have released Apple’s Acre (2009) and recently Dracula (2011). Nurses is made up of Aaron Chapman (vocals, guitar, keyboard), John Bowers (backing vocals, keyboard), and James Mitchell (percussionist & visual artist). Chapman’s high-pitched voice reminds me of Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos. I saw them perform at Bloomington’s Russian Recordings a few weeks ago and thought they sound like if Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear had a music baby, it would sound like Nurses. All three bands are groups you can close your eyes and enjoy because everything psychedelic-sounding seems to go well together.

They even have their own Wikipedia page, which shows that they are a little more well-known then some other bands. They received a 7.2 ratting from Pitchfork, which is pretty good since Pitchfork doesn’t rate most groups very highly. They toured with Swedish folk musician The Tallest Man on Earth in 2010. Starting this month they will be touring in Europe for two months.

My favorite songs from them are “Fever Dreams”, “Man At Arms”, and “Technicolor”. It might take them a few years to get to Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, MGMT, and Passion Pit’s level, but I think they will get there soon. Listen to my three favorites below and comment if you feel they have a future in the music industry.

DOWNLOAD Fever Dreams


DOWNLOAD Technicolor

Here’s a trippy music video to check out below. (more…)

Video: Jones Street Station – The Understanding ft Community star Danny Pudi

September 2nd, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Rock |

Indie Rock/Americana band Jones Street Station recently released a music video starring Danny Pudi from one of NBC’s underrated comedy shows, Community.

“The Understanding” has a great rock build-up. In the video it’s also real interesting to see how unpredicatable Danny Pudi’s character in the video. I think it’s a well-directed video and the song is real good too.

Read more to watch the official music video for Jones Street Station’s “The Understanding” after the jump.


Generationals – Exterior Street Date *indie rock

July 18th, 2011 by | Rock |

To throw in some variety to our posts, here’s an indie rock song from Generationals, an up-and-coming Los Angeles indie rock band that is making waves in SoCal and seems poised to break out within a couple years. “Exterior Street Date” has banging drums, solid vocals but overall I’m a huge fan of the super catchy chorus that pretty much any human being can sing along to. Listen and download “Exterior Street Date” below.

Generationals – Exterior Street Date

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Hidden Gem: GROUPLOVE *rock

July 3rd, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Rock |

Ever since Xaphoon Jones decided to remix “Colours” by GROUPLOVE, the group’s exposure has grown a lot. I was a fan since Fall 2010 but hadn’t heard anything that really stuck with me. However here’s a couple awesome indie rock songs from GROUPLOVE that I think you will enjoy if you are into rock and chill indie/alternative music.
GROUPLOVE – Naked Kids
Follow GROUPLOVE on facebook and twitter.

The Silent Comedy live at The Roxy

May 10th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Reviews, Rock |

Talk about talent. Saturday night I was fortunate enough to see Southern California indie rockers The Steelwells and The Silent Comedy at The Roxy Los Angeles. I knew and heard very little from each artist and left with my hands red from all the clapping I did, continually feeling so grateful to witness great performances from these artists who have easily become two of my favorite SoCal rock groups. Here’s my review on The Silent Comedy:

After hearing great things about The Silent Comedy from various people at the show, I had sort of high expectations. Well, The Silent Comedy with their saloon rock style, surpassed my expectations putting out a high energy rocking show with fans constantly dancing or singing along to almost all their tunes.

Again, this is a group you need to see live to appreciate, especially as their set was much longer than I expected, constantly entertaining the crowd with their upbeat energy. Here’s my 3 favorites including a recent track they released, “Victory”.
The Silent Comedy – Bartholomew
The Silent Comedy – Footnotes
The Silent Comedy – Victory
If you like the above songs, I recommend checking out The Silent Comedy‘s album, Common Faults, and following them on facebook and twitter.

The Steelwells live at The Roxy

May 9th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Music Video, Reviews, Rock |

Talk about talent. Saturday night I was fortunate enough to see Southern California indie rockers The Steelwells and The Silent Comedy at The Roxy Los Angeles. I knew and heard very little from each artist and left with my hands red from all the clapping I did, continually feeling so grateful to witness great performances from these artists who have easily become two of my favorite SoCal rock groups. Here’s my review on The Steelwells:

The Steelwells came out with three different band members playing some drums, which was unusual at first, but made their music sound so epic as they had some excellent build-ups in almost all their songs. Listening to the songs on a computer really doesn’t do justice on how talented and enjoyable their music is. I wished their set was a bit longer as I want to hear a lot more from this group. However, here’s 3 of my favorites from the group.
The Steelwells – This Dance Is Out Of Your Hands
The Steelwells – El Capitan
The Steelwells – Our Fabled Little Rabbits
If you like the above songs, I recommend downloading their album, Shallow On The Draft. Below watch the official music video to their album single “El Capitan” and make sure to follow The Steelwells on facebook and twitter. (more…)

Fight From Above – Hermano EP

April 11th, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Music Video, Rock |

Fun chill rock is back with Fight From Above‘s latest project, Hermano EP, which came out last week with 3 chill new rock songs that further display the talent coming from these SoCal indie rockers.

Fight From Above remind me of a mix between SoCal rock bands Saint Motel and Foster The People displaying a chill rock vibe while also displaying an upbeat dance rock tune. Here’s the Hermano EP but I recommend supporting the band through iTunes.
Fight From Above – Tilting At Windmills
Fight From Above – Landlocked
Fight From Above – Refugees
See the music video of their EP’s single, “Tilting At Windmills” below. It’s the coolest music video using fake hoverboards! (more…)

4 rock songs you never heard * Big Wave Riders, Fez, Hooded Fang & Toy Bombs

February 24th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Rock |

Above is a live performance of Big Wave Riders “It’s Funny Things Aren’t Gonna Change”. I found that group at TBIS but the other three I found on facebook when a friend was looking for new indie rock music. I joined in on the conversation and so did many other people. The bands that other people gave him, I looked them and found a few good ones I should let you know about.

Let me know which of these bands you like the most and I can direct you to more of their music! Anyways, I hope you like these songs and let your friends know any of the songs if you like it, I’m sure it will impress them.
Big Wave Riders – It’s Funny Things Aren’t Gonna Change (relaxed fun cruisin’ along the beach feel)
Fez – Low Light (awesome guitar, overall great instrumentals)
Hooded Fang – Promised Land (this is from 2009 but still very instersting)
Toy Bombs – Free (gritty, love how it’s kind of erractic, even a little southern rock style)

Hopefully these descriptions are accurate, they tend to be all over the place but nonetheless great music.

Hidden Gem: Bear Hands

February 20th, 2011 by | Hidden Gem, Music Video, Rock |

I discovered Bear Hands through watching the controversial MTV show, Skins. The song above is probably one of my favorite songs I have heard on the show and unfortunately I have seen all the episodes. The four-piece band has a post-punk feel to them but with a bit more electronic feel. The music video only makes the song better as it shows a variety of bad stuff like cheating and throwing firey objects at windows. However in the “Crime Pays” music video they also offers a bunch of other random things in teh video like a person walking the dog to people boxing.

Bear Hands are from Brooklyn, released an EP in 2007 then took 3 years to release their debut album last November, Burning Bush Supper Club (buy on Amazon). You should watch out for this upcoming indie rock band because they sound a bit like MGMT and Cold War Kids and have performed with MGMT (the lead singer was classmates with the two founding members of MGMT), Vampire Weekend, The XX, and Fitz & The Tantrums.

Here’s a few of my favorite Bear Hands songs.
Long Lean Queen
Crime Pays
Blood and Treasure
For more on Bear Hands, follow them on facebook and twitter.

Foster The People EP + Pumped Up Kicks (music video)

February 15th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video, Rock |

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Above is Foster The People‘s greatest song to date, “Pumped Up Kicks”, arguably one of the best songs in the Summer. Whether it’s Summer time or your longing to get to the wonderful weather of Summer rather than the bad weather you might be in now.

“Pumped Up Kicks” is off the 3-song self-titled EP Foster The People released in late January through iTunes. Here’s the other two songs from the EP, which are just about as relaxing as “Pumped Up Kicks”.
Helena Beat
Follow Foster The People on facebook and twitter because they are only going to get better and they are on a worldwide tour so be sure to see if they are coming to a city near you!

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