Tag Archives: Indie Rock

The Daily Dose: InnerPartySystem

InnerPartySystem is a three-piece electronic rock band hailing from Mohnton, Pennsylvania. Their band name is loosely based on ‘1984,’ the 1949 Orwellian classic. Patrick Nissley, Jared Piccone and Kris Barman are the trio creating a unique electro-rock sound reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails fused with Daft Punk. Their groove-inducing cuts are filled with an array of synthesizers, matching guitar progressions, and a rambunctious rhythmic section. IPS is now working with Red Bull Records, an independent record label in Culver City, California, to release a new album in 2011. According to Piccone’s Twitter, IPS should have an EP with six new tracks ready for release as a teaser in January.

InnerPartySystem – American Trash

David Bowie – Fame (InnerPartySystem Remix)

InnerPartySystem – Obsession

The Daily Dose: Phantogram

Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter are the duo from Saratoga Springs, NY known as Phantogram. Their music blends electronic and hip-hop beats with swirling guitar effects for a dream-like sound. Friends since junior high, Barthel and Carter came together musically in 2007, originally calling themselves Charlie Everywhere. In 2009, the duo signed to BBE and changed their name to Phantogram to avoid potential trademark issues. February 9, their debut album, Eyelid Movies, was released by Barsuk Records, the label also representing bands like Death Cab for Cutie and Rilo Kiley. Eyelid Movies has its moments, taking its listeners to highs and lows throughout. The unpredictable mix keeps listeners on their toes and completely satisfied aurally.

Phantogram – When I’m Small

Phantogram – As Far As I Can See

The Daily Dose: Maps & Atlases

Maps & Atlases – Living Decorations

Maps & Atlases – You and Me and the Mountatin

The Daily Dose: Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Richard Edwards, who formed the eight-piece band in his native Indianapolis with the help of his guitarist friend, Andy Fry. The unusual name popped into Edwards’ head one day, named after Margot Tenenbaum, a character from the Wes Anderson film, The Royal Tenenbaums, and the 1964 Kubrick film Dr. Stranglove. Cellist Jesse Lee, pianist Emily Watkins, trumpeter Hubert Glover, drummer Chris Fry, percussionist Casey Tennis, and bassist Tyler Watkins joined in on the fun to create the cinematic chamber pop sound for which Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s is known. The group earned a loyal following after the 2005 release of their debut album, The Dust of Retreat. While working on their sophomore album, the band clashed with their label, Epic Records. The band released two albums after quarreling with Epic on which tracks to include; they released Animal!, the band’s favored album, both digitally and on vinyl and Not Animal, with tracks preferred by their label, in CD format. The controversy associated with the band’s release of their second album eventually led to Edwards’ relocation to the windy city and his dissolving and rebuilding of the band. With Brian Deck on drums, Ronnie Kwasman and Erik Kang on guitar, Cameron McGill on keyboards, and Tyler Watkins on bass, the new six-piece band explored a grittier, rock-infused sound on their third album, Buzzard, which was released earlier this month.

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – Will You Love Me Forever?

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – Shivers (I’ve Got ‘Em)

US TOUR DATES:
SEPT 30 at First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, PA
OCT 1 at Black Cat in Washington DC
OCT 2 at Stella Blue in Asheville, NC
OCT 3 at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC
OCT 5 at Club Downunder in Tallahassee, FL
OCT 6 at Common Grounds in Gainesville, FL
OCT 7 at The Backbooth in Orlando, FL
OCT 8 at Crowbar in Tampa, FL
OCT 9 at Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta, GA
OCT 10 at Bottletree in Birmingham, AL
OCT 11 at Exit/In in Nashville, TN
OCT 13 at The Firebird in St. Louis, MO
OCT 14 at The Bishop in Bloomington, IN
OCT 15 at Broad Ripple Music Festival in Indianapolis, IN
NOV 5 at Opolis Productions in Norman, OK
NOV 6 at Kessler Theater in Dallas, TX
NOV 9 at Launchpad in Albuquerque, NM
NOV 10 at Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ
NOV 11 at Club Congress in Tucson, AZ
NOV 12 at The Casbah in San Diego, CA
NOV 13 at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, CA
NOV 14 at Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA
NOV 15 at SOhO in Santa Barbara, CA
NOV 18 at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR
NOV 19 at The Crocodile in Seattle, WA
NOV 20 at Neurolux in Boise, ID
NOV 21 at Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT
NOV 22 at Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO
NOV 23 at The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE

The Daily Dose: Matt & Kim

Brooklynites, Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino are the dance punk duo known as Matt & Kim. Working together since 2004, both provide vocals while Matt plucks away at the keyboard and guitar and Kim keeps the beat with her drumming skills. Matt, originally from Vermont, and Kim, from Rhode Island, met while studying at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and gained local support through their simple dance rhythms and high-energy performances. In 2006, the terrific twosome released their eponymous debut album, Matt & Kim. Their popularity was kept alive with appearances at American music festivals including Pitchfork, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza. Their second album, Grand, was released in January of 2009 after recording its entirety in a DIY style at Matt’s Vermont home. The buzz-worthy song “Daylight” featured on Grand gained popularity after Bacardi made use of the catchy tune in a television advertisement. Matt and Kim are currently on tour in the US promoting the November 2 release of their new album, Sidewalks.

Matt & Kim – Daylight

Matt & Kim – Cameras

Tour Dates:
SEPT 29 at Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
SEPT 30 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
OCT 01 at House of Blues in San Diego, CA
OCT 02 at Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, CA
OCT 03 at The Glass House in Pomona, CA
OCT 06 at The Clubhouse in Tempe, AZ
OCT 08 at House of Blues in Dallas, TX
OCT 09 at Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, TX
OCT 11 at The Lyric Oxford in Oxford, MS
OCT 12 at House of Blues in New Orleans, LA
OCT 13 at Club Downunder – FSU in Tallahassee, FL
OCT 14 at Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, FL
OCT 15 at State Theater in St. Petersburg, FL
OCT 16 at Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
OCT 17 at Exit/In in Nashville, TN
OCT 19 at Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
OCT 20 at Cats Cradle in Carrboro, NC
OCT 21 at The Canal Club in Richmond, VA
OCT 22 at 9:30 Club in Washington DC
OCT 23 at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore, MD
OCT 24 at Starlite Ballroom in Philadelphia, PA
OCT 26 at Webster Hall in New York, NY
OCT 27 at Webster Hall in New York, NY
OCT 28 at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY
OCT 29 at Phoenix Theater in Toronto, ON
OCT 30 at Le National in Montreal, QC
OCT 31 at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY
NOV 02 at Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT
NOV 03 at Port City Music Hall in Portland, OR
NOV 04 at House of Blues in Boston, MA
NOV 05 at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT
NOV 06 at Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton, MA

The Daily Dose: Yeasayer

Yeasayer – 2080

Yeasayer – Sunrise



U.S. Tour Dates:
SEPTEMBER 25 at VIRGIN FREEFEST in COLUMBIA, MD
SEPTEMBER 28 at MR. SMALLS THEATRE in MILLVALE, PA
SEPTEMBER 29 at NEWPORT MUSIC HALL in COLUMBUS, OH
SEPTEMBER 30 at BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUB in BLOOMINGTON, IN
OCTOBER 1 at CANNERY BALLROOM in NASHVILLE, TN
OCTOBER 2 at MASQUERADE (HEAVEN STAGE) in ATLANTA, GA
OCTOBER 3 at TRUSTEES THEATRE in SAVANNAH, GA
OCTOBER 4 at STATE THEATRE in ST. PETERSBURG, FL
OCTOBER 5 at THE FILLMORE in MIAMI, FL
OCTOBER 7 at CLUB FIRESTONE in ORLANDO, FL
OCTOBER 8 at UNION GREEN in TALLAHASSEE, FL
OCTOBER 9 at HOUSE OF BLUES NEW ORLEANS in NEW ORLEANS, LA
OCTOBER 10 at AUSTIN CITY LIMITS in AUSTIN, TX

European Tour:
OCTOBER 18 at OLYMPIA THEATRE in DUBLIN, IRELAND
OCTOBER 19 at MILLENIUM MUSIC HALL in CARDIFF, UK
OCTOBER 20 at ACADEMY in MANCHESTER, UK
OCTOBER 21 at ROUNDHOUSE in LONDON, UK
OCTOBER 22 at TRENT UNIVERSITY in NOTTINGHAM, UK
OCTOBER 23 at ACADEMY in NEWCASTLE, UK
OCTOBER 24 at ABC in GLASGOW, UK
OCTOBER 26 at BATACLAN in PARIS, FRANCE
OCTOBER 28 at ANCIENNE BELGIQUE in BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
OCTOBER 29 at MELKWEG in AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
OCTOBER 30 at TIVOLI in UTRECHT, HOLLAND
OCTOBER 31 at MARIA AM OSTBAHNHOF in BERLIN, GERMANY

The Daily Dose: The Whitest Boy Alive

Four Berliners, Erlend Øye, Marcin Oz, Sebastian Maschat and Daniel Nentwig, are the main ingredients in electronic dance sensation, The Whitest Boy Alive. The quartet combined forces in 2003 while working on an electronic dance music project. Their musical talents slowly blossomed into a band without any programmed music. In 2006, their debut album, Dreams, was released, followed by a more uptempo Rules in 2009. The band just finished up a European tour this summer and their MySpace page suggests a possible appearance at Coachella, a music and arts festival that goes down mid-April in Indio, California. Here’s to hoping!

The Whitest Boy Alive – Burning

The Whitest Boy Alive – 1517