[NEW] Broken Bells – After The Disco

After The Disco
Broken Bells
After the Disco

We have less than a month left until we get to experience Broken Bells‘ sophomore effort, After The Disco, making its the perfect time to get our first listen of the album’s title track. “After The Disco” ironically borrows certain elements from that genre itself, which ultimately leads to a far more upbeat number than its predecessor, “Holding On For Life,” while keeping the same level of desperation through its lyrics. While we certainly love everything Brian Burton has done with the groovy production, it’s The Shins frontman who really shines on this track through his glimmering falsetto. It’s remarkable to think it’s been nearly four years since Danger Mouse and James Mercer’s first team-up, making the anticipation for their follow up that much more agonizing. The wait is finally over on February 4th, so get you pre-orders in as soon as possible.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2014 Round #1)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaHow are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Hopefully you are on the right path to conquering each and every one. Hey,  if one of them happens to be visiting the Indie Dojo at least a couple times a week, looks like you are on the right track. Keep it up, Champ. You’ve got this.

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Slum Sociable
Constantly Changing
Spirit Faces
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[Indie Pop] Bombay Bicycle Club – Luna

Bombay Bicycle Club

When the weather outside is bleak and mind numbingly cold, sometimes you just need something to remind you what summer feels like. Good thing for us, Bombay Bicycle Club have that covered with their enchanting new single, “Luna.” This feel-good anthem is a magical ride all its own, with an inspiringly elated chorus that’ll make you want to throw your arms up and join right in. It definitely sets a positive tone for the release of their upcoming album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, which will be out stateside on February 4th. You can stream the track above, or watch the quirky visuals (which features a pretty impressive synchronized swimming routine) below.

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[Funky] St. Vincent – Digital Witness

St. Vincent
Digital Witness

Who doesn’t like their social commentary served with a side of fun? Because this is the “Digital Age” that we’re living in, St. Vincent deemed it appropriate to discuss our unhealthy obsession with our screens (something Deadmau5 might agree with). Playful lyrics like “People turn their TV on, it looks just like a window,” and “If I can’t show it / If you can’t see me / What’s the point of doing anything,” really aim to understand the logic behind these behaviors. There’s no need to take the subject matter too seriously however, as “Digital Witness” has enough funky guitar riffs to get you up off your smart phone and shuffling towards the dancefloor. Check out the single above, and make sure to pre-order St. Vincent’s self-titled LP before it hits shelves on February 25th.

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[Folking Amazing] Opus Orange x Emy Reynolds – If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out

If You Want To Sing Out Sing Out

If there’s one thing this blogger loves, it’s a great cover. If there’s one thing this blogger loves even more, it’s a folk cover. In a collaborative effort between Santa Monica folk rockers Opus Orange and Ojai based Emy Reynolds, we’re offered up a lovely cover of Cat Steven’s “If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out.”

The original sing along nature of the song is maintained in this campfire appropriate interpretation. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

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[Indie] Bad Suns – Salt

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Bad Suns

We’re anxiously awaiting January 21st. While we always look forward to every “new music Tuesday,” this particular Tuesday has us in a twitter. Yes, California based indie pop outfit Bad Suns have their new EP, Transpose, dropping that day, and we couldn’t be more excited.

In a joyous association of Paul Simon, this Vagrant Records signed group presents a playful arrangement of tropical style drums accompanied by impressive guitar riffs and the lead singer’s fluxuating vocal tones. It’s one of those tunes that wish summer wasn’t a season, but a way of life. Even though the forecast calls for snow in Denver tonight, we’ll be dancing around in our flip flops to this one.

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[Folk Rock] Eli Stone – Cry Evergreen

This is Eli Stone

In a joyous culmination of vocal harmonies, guitar rhythms, understated drumming and playful lead riffs, Eli Stone has us with our elbows on the table, quietly expecting to hear more. Unfortunately, there’s just this one track. Yes, “Evergreen,” is more than enough to capture any indie rock lover’s ear, but they’ll have to wait with bated breath to hear more.

We’d normally love to tell you more about an artist, providing information like where they’re from, when their album is due out or what inspired their tune, but we have none of that. All we have is head swaying indie rock, and that will have to keep you at bay until we uncover more about this surf rock inspired folk rock group.

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