New Music Report 9.23.14

alt-J-This-Is-All-YoursIn just two weeks, there have been a couple of exciting releases! Did you forget these were coming out? Well, they are here!

Alt – J  – This is All Yours (Infectious Music)

Haunting and groovy, these Brits haven’t strayed too far from their debut formula (despite losing an original member of the band). Sort of trippy folky indietronica, not too arty to be off putting and still fun., but there is an underlying sweetness to the whole thing that truly gives it its heart.

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The Wilco frontman has some things to say on his own, and  he’s putting out a double album to make sure you get to hear it all. But it’s not just Jeff you’ll hear on this album – it’s a Tweedy duo, with some Spencer playing the drums and showcasing himself as yet another of the more than capable musicians Jeff tweedy brings to his musical table. Breezy and  folky and intimate.

The Juan MacleanIn A Dream (DFA)

The Juan Maclean had the presence of a DJ act when it first appeared, but it has now become a full fledged band experience with their 3rd album. Taking cues from their live shows and close relationship with LCD Soundsystem (of which now lead vocalist Nancy Whang was a member) has definitely given the band a fullness and soul that wasn’t quite as evident before.

Mr. Twin Sisters/t (Infinite Best/Twin Group)

New York’s Mr. Twin Sister (formerly just Twin Sister) have returned with a bit of reinvention… More of a disco loungey thing, trying to seduce you without appearing to do so. Electronically altered vocals, funky grooves, low key café sounds… it’s all an attempt to make you feel like your evening is the sexiest evening you can have, and maybe a bit adventurous too.


Speak Easy returns this Tuesday with the Kooks!

13983683382014_Kooks_High_RES0741Speak Easy with Steve Baltin returns this week with one of our favorite bands of 2014, the Kooks. Before their outstanding soldout shows at the Roxy, we sat down for sushi with frontman Luke Pritchard to talk the new album, Listen, their most rock and roll moments, what he would say to Nas, and fancying Lykke Li. Tune in this Tuesday the 23rd from 7-8pm PST (with a replay Friday the 26th from 4-5am PST) to listen!

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Introducing Mo… Our New Music Director!

mo dj pix_4.1.14_006Since she’s always telling us what to do anyway, we here at Indie FM are happy that Mo Herms said “Yes” and will be our station’s music director. She’ll be picking out some of the new tunes you’ll hear on the Indie jukebox, or basically anytime one of our fantastic hosted shows isn’t playing. Send all submissions to, and thanks for listening everyone! You make us cooler than we ever thought we could be.  

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The Breeders @ the Casbah

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New Music Report 9.11.14

Death-From-Above-1979-The-Physical-WorldSeptember has just gotten going, but there is already a whole bunch of cool new music out there to kick off the month! Here are some quick tips:

Death From Above 1979The Physical World (Last Gang)

It only took a decade and a whole lot of drama, but the boys are back with another sludgy, sexy beast  of a record.  The punk side of QOTSA, the groovy side of Led Zeppelin, and as much crunchy bass and explosive drums that two guys can wrangle up.

BanksGoddess (Harvest Records)

Finally, we have the debut album from Banks, after over a year of singles, appearances on catwalks, radio streams, and even a recorded cover f one of her songs before she was even able to release the full length! If you’re into the downtempo, sexy electro R&B stuff, then here you go.

InterpolEl Pintor (Matador)

The boys are back.. well, three of them anyway. Reaching into their own history and picking the choice moments to sort of recreate, this album will be a soothing reminder of why you liked Interpol in the first place.

Delta SpiritInto the Wide (Dualtone)

This is a southern California band that will always sound like a southern California band, even if they recorded the album in a dark Brooklyn studio (like they did this time). It always sounds sunny (harmonies, melodies) even if lyrically, it isn’t. And lots of the lyrics here are not upbeat and sunny, but it’ll take you a second to catch it.

Avi BuffaloAt Best Cuckhold (Sub Pop)

Some indie pop weirdness (in the sweetest yet mildly twisted way) from this California band, as filtered through the mind of leader Avi Zahner-Isenberg.  Melodic and mad all at the same time.

TennisRitual in Repeat (Communion Records)

This Denver band has delivered the indie pop reliably for years now, but this time around, they’re mixing it up with a little soul power, A little, but it makes a difference.

SinkaneMean Love (DFA)

Afro pop and soul funk as filtered through the lens of psych indie and Sade? That’s a lot of adjectives. But this kind of music kind of requires them and more.

The New PornographersBrill Bruisers (Matador)

One of our favorite supergroups is back, the so amazingly poppy New Pornographers. Not like Top 40 pop, but equal parts power pop, bubblegum pop, indie pop, retro pop, all with a bit of bite. Badass pop, let’s say that.

Cymbals Eat GuitarsLose (Barsuk)

These New Yorkers have released a good take on the whole 90s indie rock nostalgia thing, with an experimental and noodly edge and moments of chamber pop and western twang. That’s a whole lotta… well, awesome, it turns out!






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Ty Segal @ The Echo

Ty Segall played 4 sold out nights at LA’s The Echo, and each one was a sweaty, joyous event. Celebrating the release of his latest album, Manipulator, former Bay Area and current LA resident Segall thrilled the crowd and made the whole place just seem like one steamy, rowdy house party. Check out some pics from Indie listener and Ty Segall uber fan, Richard McDuffie. (Thanks, Richard!)

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Dapper Day is back!

FOLLY_F14_4x4A2_600Hey everyone! Make sure you’re following Indie FM for your chance to win tickets to Folly, the Dapper Day at Disneyland after party happening Friday, Sept. 12th in Downtown Disney! Yes, we’re a bunch of fun loving dorks here at Indie, and we want you to have fun with us. Put on your stylish duds and come on down!

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