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There’s no doubt that over the past 12 years, Shiny Toy Guns have made their impact on the blogosphere. The band is most known for their 80′s influenced electro pop with tracks like “Major Tom”, “Le Disko” and “You Are the One.” But, we also have to take a long hard look at some of the dance floor bangers that have come via remixes as well. Some of EDM’s finest has taken on STG, and why not? It’s the perfect start to something filthy.
Well, it’s been six months since the release of their last album, III, and after having some serious playtime in our rotation, we’re happy to say we’re finally going to catch a live show.They’re also dialing up multiple midwest shows and few on the east coast. Check out their dates below, and go buy your ticket ASAP. Some of the Colorado shows are already sold out!
Fri 3/8 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theater
Sat 3/9 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Wed 4/3 Tucson, AZ The Rock
Fri 4/5 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Sat 4/6 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Tue 4/9 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre
Wed 4/10 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Fri 4/12 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theater
Sun 4/14 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
Tue 4/16 Richmond, VA The National
Wed 4/17 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
Thu 4/18 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
Fri 4/19 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre
Le Disko (Boys Noize)
After releasing “Weird Shapes” not too long ago, Florida indie rockers Surfer Blood are back with another new fuzzy-pop tune called “Demon Dance”. Wailing vocals meet up with equally wailing guitar-driven melodies for a track that’ll make you remember just why you might’ve fallen in love with the band’s debut Astro Coast and subsequent EP Tarot Classics. You may detect some Weezer in there, too, which is never, ever a bad thing.
“Weird Shapes” and “Demon Dance” will appear on Surfer Blood’s forthcoming album, Pythons, due out June 11th.
Finally (Kings of Tomorrow cover)
Alternative band, The xx, have an awesomely minimal, genre-fusing sound and a recognizable somber style. The group recently played a live set for BBC Radio 1 including this cover of the Kings of Tomorrow‘s “Finally”. While not technically an original song, The xx truly make it their own with a pulsing beat, heart-wrenching vocals and airy guitar melodies. Hit play below and relax your mind state.
As you may or may not know, SXSW is just around the corner. And if you don’t know now, you will soon, with blog coverage from here to Timbuktu. If you are so lucky to head to Austin next week, let this playlist serenade you in your plane, train or automobile ride to a week of magical musical bliss. And if the luck ain’t in your cards this year, try looking at the bright side. At least you still have a few Indie Dojo’s to play.
Loose Skin (November, You Curse Word)
Compelling London singer-songwriter WALL — who we’ve spotlighted for her original work on “Shoestring” and “No Secrets” — is back, but this time in a reworking capacity. She takes hold of Local Natives‘ standout track “Heavy Feet”, remixing and giving it thick, syrupy new textures. Despite the cloudy atmospheric synths, WALL never loses sight of the Los Angeles band’s signature harmonies; they still shine through the hazy fuzz in a soothing, and almost triumphant way. Check it out/download it below.
Heavy Feet (WALL Remix).mp3
A little bit of raw emotion for you indie lovers. This leading track from Farewell J.R shows promise — mostly because it is so darn epic. Escalating into a wall of sound starting from wandering and spaced-out croons, all five minutes and four seconds of “Night Wolves” is a journey in and of itself. Count down the days until March 11th when this track is released along with its companion tracks on Farewell J.R’s debut EP, Health (via Talking Shop Records). Whew, chills and shivers pulse with every listen…