New Music Review 10.29.13

ARCADE-FIRE-REFLEKTOR2Big week for new music releases! We check out the much anticipated Arcade FireReflektor, along with Billy BraggLife’s A Riot With Spy vs. Spy, White DenimCorsicana Lemonade, and The SoundsWeekend.

Arcade FireReflektor (Arcade Fire) – At this point, Arcade Fire can throw conventional “indie rock” to the wind and do whatever the heck they want to do, and they’ve pretty much done that with their new release. Reflektor is a double album infused with new variations on Caribbean rhythms and 80’s synths (thanks James Murphy, acting in role of producer here). The former is a result of Win Butler and Regine Chassagne spending time in Haiti over the last couple years, studying the local music and culture there. It’s a new vibe for the band, but one that is convincing and infectious.

Video: “Afterlife”:

Billy BraggLife’s A Riot With Spy vs. Spy 30th Anniversary Edition (Cooking Vinyl) – Hard to believe this seminal record has been out for 30 years! For those not familiar with it, this is the version to get, because all formats include the original version, a remastered version, and an unabridged live recording of the songs from June 2013 at Union Chapel. Political folk-rock at its best.

Video: Preview of live show-

White DenimCorsicana Lemonade (Downtown) – If you prefer hearing real musicians actually play their instruments with skill, vibe and precision, while creating catchy tunes with groovy jams, you will dig the new White Denim record. They’ve really found their own sound, with no other contemporaries coming close to imitating them. Checking them out live is the best way to experience one of the best new “bands” to come down the pike in a while.

Video: “Corsicana Lemonade Preview”:

The SoundsWeekend (Arnioki) – This Swedish band is probably best known in the States for their debut release from 2002, Living In America, but The Sounds are still going strong with a new release that continues their angular dance rock vibe, with enough hooks and beats to keep you going all night.

Video: “Shake Shake Shake”:

Other Notable Releases:
WidowspeakThe Swamps (Captured Tracks)
Minor AlpsGet There (Barsuk)

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Ticket Giveaways: Megadeth, Cocorosie, DEATH, Pink Floyd + More


While everyone is busy getting spooky this week, The Independent FM is excited to ensure you catch only the finest shows in town – including Megadeath, Tijuana Panthers and Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular. We have connected with our favorite partners and venues in LA to help YOU get in to the shows you’re just dying to see.

This week, The Independent FM will be giving away tickets to:
The Independent FM Presents: CYP2 w DEATH, Tijuana Panthers, Obliterations, and Tony Molina @ Echoplex
Megadeath @ Shrine
Cocorosie @ Fonda
Empire of the Sun + Alpine @ Shrine
Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular @ Club Nokia
Johnny Marr @ Fonda
M. Doughty (of Soul Coughing) @ The Fonda
Smoker’s Club Tour ft. Ab-Soul & Joey Bada$$ @ The Fonda

Over the next week, win your way in to any of these shows, thanks to your favorite indie station. Like The Independent FM Facebook or Follow our Twitter for a chance to snag a pair of tickets to these events and more!

Grab your earplugs and see you there!


Neon Noise Smash-O-Ween Weekend!

NeonNoise_Smash_O_WeenThis Friday and Saturday night (10/25 and 26) from 9pm till Midnight pacific, tune in for DJ Paul V.’s “Neon Noise Smash-O-Ween” weekend, featuring everything Halloween related, but remixed and mashed up like you’ve never heard it before! It’ll be creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky – and the perfect soundtrack for your Halloween house parties this weekend!


P L a N E T S , Beachwood Coyotes, Raw Fabrics @ Viper Room, 10/23


On Wednesday, October 23, head over to The Viper Room (8852 W Sunset Blvd) as The Independent FM Presents P L A N E T S, Beachwood Coyotes and Raw Fabrics with The Independent FM’s very own DJ Marko Santis. This special show is also a celebration of the release of The Dark City, new music from P L a N E T S.

Doors at 8pm, 21+, $10 tickets can be purchase HERE. To win a pair of tickets just go to and keep an eye out for giveaways!

“Not everyone in the band plays a musical instrument, but they do something that is instrumental to the project happening.” –Adam Stilwell, vocals. Get to know P L a N E T S crew before the amazing experience tonight, via Badass Bands Blog:
“Badass Band – P L a N E T S


New Music Review 10.22.13

polica-shulamithThe new music just keeps on comin’… and we’ve got our weekly wrap up for you. What’s new? What’s cool? Read on…

PolicaShulamith (Mom + Pop) Sorry, we just can’t figure out how to get that proper “c” in Polica’s spelling, but you already know who we are talking about. The new album is a shimmering version of what trip hop should be in this icy computer age. Mega fan Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, Volcano Choir) gets to join on the track “Tiff”, and otherwise, Channy Leaneagh handles the haunting vocals and moody pace all on her own.

Best CoastFade Away (Jewel City) More like a long EP, and a release on singer Bethany Cosentino’s new label, Best Coast are back to doing what they do so well: fuzzy sweet pop with lyrics that betray the sunnyness of the music (sometimes). While the fact that this isn’t their first outing gives them an unavoidable polish, the overall vibe is still closer to that first glimpse we got of Best Coast a few years back now.

JD Samson & MenLabor (Men Make Music) If the name is vaguely familiar, it’s because JD Samson was one of the trio that was Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna’s electro punk outfit. This particular outing is less political than previous offerings, instead more of a personal struggle through identity and art, in dance party form. So it’s sassy and it’s fun, with bite.

Also out this week:

AFIBurials (Universal)
PLS PLSLP LP (El Camino Media)
Brett DennenSmoke and Mirrors (Atlantic)

Mo Herms for The Independent FM

Ticket Giveaway: Palma Violets @ The El Rey 10/19


Palma Violets are coming all the way from Lambeth, London to offer up their British-tinged garage rock to us Angelinos. While their tunes are great to hear over loudspeakers while waiting for a local punk band, their live performance will blow their recordings out of the water. With unbounded energy, the quartet is raw and reminiscent of underground punk rock shows in the ’70s.

You can still purchase tickets to their performance at The El Rey with Skaters (from NYC) on Sat. Oct, 19 HERE. But why not try your luck at winning a pair of tickets? Head to The Independent FM Facebook & Twitter for a chance to snag a pair of tickets!

Did we mention how cool these guys are? Well, they were even nice enough to make a special playlist for the El Rey, give it a listen HERE.


New Music Review 10.15.13

urlThis week, we’ve got some heartfelt rock, some heartbroken yet jaunty pop, and some aggravated electro to get you going.  Read on!

The Head and the HeartLet’s Be Still (Sub Pop) The Seattle folk rockers return with their second full length, and place themselves firmly in the camps of Dr. Dog and Wilco, which isn’t a bad place to be. Earnest, earthy and sometimes moody too, it’s evident that there is a lot of soul tucked within The Head and the Heart.

CultsStatic (Columbia) Sticking mostly with their blend of ‘60s girl group jangle and sort of noisy indie pop, the follow-up to Cults debut is a bit  more dramatic. Duo Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin take the “static” thing to heart by bringing in a bit more guitar fuzz, lo-fi buzz, and even theremin, but it’s still upbeat yet depressing stuff at its broken heart, just like the best of those ‘60s bands, who sang about sadness with smiles on their tear streaked faces.

Gary NumanSplinter (Machine Music USA) The thing with Gary Numan is… his stuff just never sounds old.  As one of electronic’s innovators, his early ‘80s “new wave” classics had maybe a moment of sounding dated before the world caught up with him. On his latest release, he still sounds current and fresh, edgy and heavy.  I know NIN put out a new record this year, but this one by the guy who originated that sound and style is kind of better.

Cass McCombsBig Wheel and Others (Domino)

Pearl JamLightning Bolt (Universal)

Summer Camps/t  (Moshi Moshi)

Mo Herms for The Independent FM

Ticket Giveaways: Marky Ramone, Wavves, Primal Scream + more


LA is stacked with great shows this week – including legend Marky Ramone as well as SoCal natives Wavves and Brit rockers Primal Scream. The Independent FM has connected with its favorite partners and venues in LA to help YOU get in to the shows you’re just dying to see.

This week, The Independent FM will be giving away tickets to:
Primal Scream @ The Glasshouse
Marky Ramone w/ Andrew W.K. @ The Fonda
The Dodos @ The El Rey
Wavves @ The Echo
City & Colour @ Club Nokia
Kaskade @ The Shrine

Over the next week, win your way in to any of these shows, thanks to your favorite indie station. Head to The Independent FM Facebook & Twitter for a chance to snag a pair of tickets to these events and more.

Grab your earplugs and see you there!