Indie Rock

Sweet Spirit Team Up with Spoon's Britt Daniel on Indie Rockin' New EP

When the fascinating sounds from a band’s new music instantly put a smile on your face and goose bumps on your arms, that's something very special! It's too early to tell if its love or lust, but whatever Sweet Spirit and Spoon-member Britt Daniel made me feel with their new collaborative EP (called “Sweet Spirit and Britt Daniel”), I leave wanting more. The EP is one Spoon cover, the classic “Paper Tiger,” and one new soul-grabber with Sweet Spirit taking the lead in “Have Mercy,” both of which are solid pieces of indie rock. Sweet Spirit, a quite quirky Austin crew is really making some heads turn with their fine ability to put on a great show, and their violently catchy tunes. With another 4 song EP release around 6 months ago and vinyl release show happening at Blackheart August 21st; Sweet Spirit has a very sweeeeeet looking future ahead of them, and we all know Britt Daniel is just gonna keep doing his killer thing as always. Check out the ever so fun EP below, and get you some of that indie rock sound to make you want to move your feet a bit!

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Taylor Mangiameli

   

The Naked Wild Releases Beauty Fools EP

Blue-eyed-cottage-soul, bringing the groove and the vibe. The Naked Wild sure are. Bare, super-clean production, and great energy make for some superb late-night, laid-back party songs you could play all day long. Throwing back some mean guitar licks and air-tight rhythm, the boys make the record sound fun, and like they had fun recording it. “Brett’s Song” has lead singer Nick belting out some fun-rhyme schemes coupled with some real-rock out moments, with brother/lead guitarist Mitch really ripping through the whole tune. “Neighbour” calls back to a 50’s pop-groove, coupled with a modern-ambience that makes you wonder why you haven’t it heard a million times already, as the bassline pops and skips around them. “Rabbit Proof Fence” has some beautiful melodic moments, even a post chorus “la-la-la” that I dare you not to catch yourself singing later. Last but not least “Summer” finds Mitch taking over the mic, with a raspier take on a song that begs to be played as a backdrop to the start of a night-to-be-remembered. The mellow verses and rock-chorus serve as a great close to the short but sweet EP. All in all, Beauty Fools catches the essence of what playing music with friends is supposed to be, fun, and hopefully loud. Make sure to Check out their full EP, and keep up to date with their facebook for up-coming shows. - Cody Wright

   

Bad Dad & The Pool Girls @ The Silver Dollar

Bad Dad & The Pool Girls have been charming the local scene for a couple of years now with their soul-infused, west coast melancholic folk rock. In fact, “charming” pretty much sums up everything about this band. Their description on their facebook page (which you can go ahead and “like” right here) states that their music is “where old souls meet young bodies.” This frame of mind resonates perfectly throughout their recent self-titled LP. Over the course of nine tracks, the music morphs from a west coast folk style to a melting pot of funk, soul and indie. Lyrically, it’s all over the place, with the majority of the songs either about laying down the funk on a member of the opposite sex (“Lay It On Me”, “Get Down”) or a good ol’ fashioned murder ballad (“Bloody Murder”, “Forty-Five”). Somehow, someway, the BD/PG’s are able to make these subjects mesh behind catchy melodies. Mr. Bad Dad and his pool girls will be playing their hazy summer tunes at The Silver Dollar Room on August 6th. - Chris PJ D

   

The Sun Lions Have Just the Thing to Calm "Whatever's on Your Mind"

I could write a few sentences comparing The Sun Lions' latest work to Dinosaur Jr., or some other mostly-well-known 90s "indie rock" band, but that'd be too easy. Whatever's On Your Mind does scream 90s "indie rock", but there's way more to it than just that. This record has lo-fi grit with hi-fi choruses--an impressive combo of hard-hitting rock n' roll and pop sensibilities. These tracks are jammed with intricate guitar solos and super-tight band chemistry; the stops and starts these guys are capabale of executing are some real high-caliber stuff. My favorite track is "Sammy", with its slow, drunkenly-plodding guitars that take off into a punk-rockin', arm-flailin' riot. The song seems to end just as it began--powerfully trudging to the finish line, but with the addition of a gang-vocal chorus. Sammy's definitely "got a-hold on me" with this one. 

If listening to Whatever's On Your Mind has you looking for more tunes from The Sun Lions, head over to Zuzu in Cambridge, MA tonight and catch their live set. More info about the show can be found here.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn) 
Photo credit: Jess Hodge


   

Stream: A Yawn Worth Yelling - Start Somewhere

The San Jose based indie rock band, A Yawn Worth Yelling has released a single entitled Start Somewhere in anticipation of their upcoming 2015 release. The band's new EP, Play Pretend is due out on September 18th.

Start Somewhere is an intricate indie rock-pop track that is creatively layered with electro-acoustic instrumentals and coated with thoughtful lyrics. Lend your ear to this song and make sure you support this Bay Area band at their live performances as well!