From: Brooklyn, NY
For People Who Like: Ben Folds, Jack’s Mannequin, songs that you can actually relate to.
Download Suburban Heart via Bandcamp here.
The All-About is the work of musician Zac Coe along with his revolving cast of friends, including members of Ghost Pal and The Great American Novel. Originally a drummer, Coe began to develop as a songwriter and with each new release is honing his talents.
Suburban Heart is an earnest study of the places and people we associated “home” with and how both change over time for better and worse. I’m a big fan of the record, especially considering that all these songs touch that one special place in my heart for my suburban roots. It’s a great record that’s easy to enjoy, especially tracks like “Whatever, Happy Birthday” (which you can play below) and “Lyla Garrity”.
Accompanying both the physical and digital releases of Suburban Heart is a full-length comic book, drawn by Casey Roonan. The record is available digitally on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify, Noisetrade and the Bandcamp link above.
Do yourself a favor and listen to The All-About.
To download their free EP, click here.
From: New York City, NY
For People Who Like: Cat Stevens’s voice, The Mountain Goats, Jethro Tull (without the flute), soulful and energetic songwriting.
Check Him Out At: DavidBronsonMusic.com
David Bronson joins a list of modern singer-songwriters that aren’t afraid to add a little bite to their songwriting, and he’s all the more better for that. Bronson is a singer-songwriter and producer based out of NYC who grew up on classic rock albums and tries to translate, both as a musician and producer, the sonic power of a whole rock album into his songs.
And yes, his beard is awesome.
David’s current project is a 22-song cycle broken up into two separate albums forming The Long Lost Story, a chronicle of a young man’s recent lost of a love and his search for a meaning in its end and how to move on. The Story is available now, and its prequel, The Long Lost, will be released soon.
Click here to stream his debut album Story.
Here’s the music video for “Times”.
Alright I’m cheating a little bit today. I have multiple artist that you should know about, and I’m putting them all together in one glorious post. All these bands are from independent music promotions, and you can go there to check out these bands along with plenty of other great talents.
Monks of Mellonwah
From: Sydney, Australia
For People Who Like: Incubus, good indie rock from the late 90s/early 2000s.
From: Brooklyn, NY
For People Who Like: Cloud Nothings, The Pixies, The Melvins, a lot of head-banging with their noise-rock.
From: San Diego, CA
For People Who Like: Mark Knopfler, Lindsey Buckingham, Tom Petty, old time country n roots (banjo included)
You can find out more about these and other great bands via Independent Music Promotions. Its creator, James Moore, is also the author of a book of how to survive being an DIY artist in the 21st century. For more information on the book click here.
From: Rio Grande, Brazil
For People Who Like: The War On Drugs, Yuck, bands that sound like the 90s
Don’t You Love It When Bands Put Their Music Out For Free? – These guys think so – you can snag their entire album for free here!
With the new Smashing Pumpkins album out this week, I’ve been going all nostalgic on great 90s guitar rock. Luckily for me, and for you, The Sorry Shop satisfies this craving for great noisy guitar rock. They balance the pop-smarts of Pavement with the all out rock sound of Guided By Voices (with better production). There’s even a bit of britpop that I can hear within such songs as “Go On”, but sounding more like The Stones Roses over Oasis. On some songs they even sound like Explosions In The Sky with nice dreamy guitar work with plenty of space (“Cinderblocks” is a great example). A very likable young band that’s well on its way.
Like I said before, download their debut album for free here.
From: New York City, New York
For People Who Like: The Magnetic Fields, Vampire Weekend, preppy college music made by college kids.
Coincidence? I Think Not: There is one other awesome band that is made up of Columbia college kids – they’re called Vampire Weekend.
My buddy up in Columbia has a band that you should know about. Jeffers Win is made up of Columbia students who sound like the east coast scholars you would expect, which is a great thing. A smart blend of clever lyrics and instrumentation is what you’ll get from this band that has a very appealing sound.
Download their debut EP here and check out “Budapest Princess” below.
From: West Yorkshire, England
For People Who Like: Matt Nathanson, Jason Mraz, good heartfelt and funny lyrics
Recommended Listen: + (not avaliable on American iTunes)
Ed Sheeran might not sound familiar here in the US, but over in the UK he has made a name for himself. His breezy singing and witty songwriting is easy to like, and his music videos are especially good. Make sure to check out Ed when he makes an appearance at SXSW, and hopefully he’ll come to America more often!
Enjoy this funny video for “Drunk”, and see what can happen when your wingman is a cat.
Mr. Dream is: Adam Moerder (guitar, singer) Matt Morello (bass) and Nick Sylvester (drums)
From: Brooklyn, New York
For People Who Like: Pixies, Nirvana, anything Lo-Fi, a little weirdness to some solid rock n roll.
Recommended Listen: Trash Hit
Fun Fact: Moerder and Sylvester are former Pitchfork writers.
Is Their Name Taken From The Character From Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out?: No idea, but I would love the band more if that was true.
With the release of Cloud Nothing’s latest album giving off good vibrations, it’s only fitting that their supporting band for their upcoming tour is just as exciting. The band is Mr. Dream, a Brooklyn trio whose aggressive yet tuneful sound will feel like a good and much needed kick in the ass (you don’t hear that about a lot of rock bands lately do you?). While Cloud Nothings carries on the tradition of Lo-Fi 90s greats such as Pavement and Guided By Voices, Mr. Dream’s sound is a near perfect blend of the weirdness of the Pixies and the hidden pop-smarts of Nirvana, all while sounding gloriously raw and Lo-Fi.
Make sure to pick up the band’s next release Fatherland EP when it comes out later this month. Mr. Dream will also be touring with Cloud Nothings and will be at South By Southwest this year. If you can, go check out these guys.
“What A Mess”