Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ Is the Most Introspective Indie Rock

Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ is some deep, folky indie rock from this prolific singer-songwriter. “In August 2016,” a press release reads, “during what he now recognizes as his lowest point, David Bazan was touring the country alone in an aging minivan and found himself in his hometown of Phoenix.” Before taking off the next morning “Bazan gave himself the gift of a quick … Continue reading Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ Is the Most Introspective Indie Rock

Paragon’s ‘Chaos Order Chaos’ Is Pop Rock with Brains

Paragon’s ‘Chaos Order Chaos’ is some sweet, expansive and deeply melodic pop rock with a sad, punky approach. These guys describe themselves as an “alternative rock band out of Hampton Roads, Virginia” with a sound aiming “to bridge the gap between a more vibed out indie, alternative sound and heavier aspects of rock.” The band describes this track as, “an escape from the duality of … Continue reading Paragon’s ‘Chaos Order Chaos’ Is Pop Rock with Brains

Small Town Glow’s ‘Speed Trap’ Is Robust Upstate Pop Punk

Small Town Glow’s ‘Speed Trap’ is some thick, energetic pop punk with some Upstate New York attitude. This “is the debut track for Small Town Glows upcoming EP You’re Welcome to be released February 14,” the band says. “Small Town Glow is the rock band alias created by songwriter and sole permanent member, Josh Robin.” In a lot of ways, this is a pretty standard … Continue reading Small Town Glow’s ‘Speed Trap’ Is Robust Upstate Pop Punk

Employer’s ‘Git Off My Property’ Is Downbeat Indie

Employer’s ‘Git Off My Property’ is some sad, downbeat indie rock out of Kansas City. “Originally started as an acoustic bedroom project by singer/guitarist Hopyard Mathison,” these guys say “Employer became a band when Morgan Greenwood and Josh King joined him full-time. Together,” the band “quickly realized how much they had previously missed being creative in a totally free, collaborative environment and vowed to keep … Continue reading Employer’s ‘Git Off My Property’ Is Downbeat Indie

Radar State Release Debut LP “Strays” & New Music Video on Wiretap Records

Radar State is the pop-punk supergroup featuring The Get Up Kids’ Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic, The Anniversary’s Josh Berwanger and The Architects’/The Gadjits’ Adam Phillips. Radar State released their debut record “Strays” on January 11, 2019 via Wiretap Records. Radar State cleverly combines elements of pop-punk, emo rock, rock n’ roll, and indie rock to create a sound that sounds fresh with subtle elements … Continue reading Radar State Release Debut LP “Strays” & New Music Video on Wiretap Records

Love in October’s ‘I Don’t Want to Die Tonight’ Is Fast, Energetic Electro-Punk

Love in October’s ‘I Don’t Want to Die Tonight’ is some high-energy pop punk that makes good use of electronic elements. These guys describe themselves as, “an indie rock band from Chicago, IL that blends lo-fi fuzzy guitars, pop hooks and a broken drum machine.” They say this “is the first single from [their] new album, SHAPES, which will be released mid February, 2019. The … Continue reading Love in October’s ‘I Don’t Want to Die Tonight’ Is Fast, Energetic Electro-Punk

Music From a Birdcage’s ‘The Haircut Song’ Is Janky Lo-Fi Prog

Music From a Birdcage’s ‘The Haircut Song’ is janky progressive rock with a lo-fi vibe. “Music from a Birdcage is the solo project of veteran Bay Area musician Matt Deems,” this artist says, “who has contributed to a number of musical endeavors over the years,” including “as a guitarist and songwriter for the respected San Francisco post-rock group Form and Fate.” This track, “written and recorded … Continue reading Music From a Birdcage’s ‘The Haircut Song’ Is Janky Lo-Fi Prog

‘All I Am’ by Fern Dells Is Spacious, Anxious Indie Rock

‘All I Am’ by Fern Dells is spacious, atmospheric indie rock with an anxious, tense take. The band describes this as, “a song about getting lost at the end of a relationship and the reflection needed to get through it.” These guys really know how to take a feeling and stretch it out into a comprehensive narrative. Although the song is basically one long run-up to … Continue reading ‘All I Am’ by Fern Dells Is Spacious, Anxious Indie Rock

Joie Blaney / Dead Blonde Girlfriend is Out with “The Last Rockstar Volume III”

Joie Blaney, also known as Dead Blonde Girlfriend, has spent 2018 recording and releasing an immense amount of punk rock music. With a natural talent in writing a good punk song with a catchy hook and meaningful lyrics, Joie has released 11 more of these incredible songs on “The Last Rockstar Volume III.” The record starts off fast-paced with “Now You’re Gone.” While the lyrics … Continue reading Joie Blaney / Dead Blonde Girlfriend is Out with “The Last Rockstar Volume III”

Tiny Tree’s ‘Lion and the Meteor’ Is Ambitious, Expansive Post Rock

Tiny Tree’s ‘Lion and the Meteor’ is an expansive, refined take on post rock. “Rooted in heavy metal and the post punk/hardcore aesthetic,” these guys say they rely “just as heavily on ambiance, atmosphere and tone as,” they do on “complexity and aggression.” The duo describes itself as, “not so much a band, per se, but as a sonic collective.  The two members make up … Continue reading Tiny Tree’s ‘Lion and the Meteor’ Is Ambitious, Expansive Post Rock