Peggy Sue: “Idle”

Tragic events have afflicted my hometown this past week, one hitting closer to me personally, but both just as heartbreaking.

It’s the small things in life that we don’t pay any attention to until it’s too late, and often not even then, that help us become whole. We all work. We all look for [...]

THUMPERS: “Unkinder (A Tougher Love)”

I haven’t really been posting about “popular” indie music lately, but it doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying it. So I figured I’d take a break from my recent experimental folk pop and provide a danceable new tune from THUMPERS, a duo from London. They’re expected to release their debut full length in early [...]

Monument Valley: “Walking Home”

“Walking Home” is the second single off the debut Monument Valley LP. The smooth vocals and harmonies melt me.

Listen to the first single, “When I Go Clear.”

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Tunng: “The Village”

New Tunng? Yes, please. You know I am affectionate toward the London crew, and their new song, “The Village,” does little to alter that. The song is 4 minutes 33 seconds, and I’ve listened to it 5 times in the last 22 minutes and 45 seconds. Math!

“The Village” is the new single [...]

Emil Lager

What happened to plain old acoustic guitar singer/songwriterin’ on music blogs? We’re always looking for the next “big” thing, but sometimes the best answer sits right in our backyard. It’s music that I can turn on any time of the day and smile to. London’s Emil Lager provides just that.

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[MP3] Dan Leno: “The World I Heard You Wait”

We formed in 2010 and set out to write some great pop songs together.

A mischievous smirk breaks out every time I listen to “The World I Heard You Wait,” recognizing full well the gem of a song I’ve stumbled upon while still not entirely grasping its impact. As soon as I’m about [...]

The Murder Barn

I definitely needed a fiesty voice and intensely impassioned songs to wake me up during this drab and rainy week. Thanks to London’s six-piece The Murder Barn for giving me the spark I need to get to the weekend. Wait for the songs to pick up; they get pretty dark and awesome.

The [...]

Monument Valley

You’ve been dead six years now, love, sometimes it feels like more. And I am old. I am old.

Monument Valley – “Dear John Letters” [MP3]

Monument Valley – Round and Round by Partisan PR

Monument Valley‘s debut release is the Tongues EP, due December 5 via Tritone/PIAS UK [...]

Boxes: “Throw Your Stones”

Do you remember several months ago when Ben Gibbard was making noise about the new Death Cab for Cutie album being heavy on keyboards and possibly giving a nod to Brian Eno’s Another Green World? When I heard Codes and Keys I had to wonder what happened to that album. Good news! I [...]

Glass Animals

Glass Animals, from London and the Southeast UK, have a comforting, unique sound. Their ability to mix experimental, electronic samples with accessible rhythms is not an easy feat. The music is at once tranquil and calming, but the grooves-driven sound gives Glass Animals a great deal of swagger.

Dave Bayley is the leading [...]