[Indie Rock] Introducing: Coasta – Young Blood

Long Island band Coasta only formed earlier this year, but the music on their self-titled EP proves they’ve got the chops to fast-track their career if they so choose. Their style of indie rock does an excellent job of blending the melodic and catchy with crunchy, down on the ground grit. “Young Blood,” the EP’s standout track, exemplifies this perfectly: one minute it’s a soaring, addictive treat, the next it’s a scruffy, rough challenger. Coasta’s songs, no matter the mood or the moment, are atmospheric anthems in their own right. Check out “Young Blood” below and the rest of their EP on their Bandcamp page. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook.

Young Blood

Fun fact (at least for me): Coasta’s lead singer Jamey Lacey, is the younger brother of Brand New‘s Jesse Lacey.

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[Electronica] Mesita – XYXY

There are far too many shining moments on Mesita‘s new track “XYXY” that it’s hard to pick and choose what to gush about. The Colorado-based musician (whose actual name is James Cooley) squeezes in twinkling piano, blaring horns, pouncing percussion, and jumping synths in just five minutes, blending elements of electronica, pop and even jazz for a song that, despite all its varied parts, like a mosaic comes together perfectly, beautifully.


“XYXY” is the first single from Mesita’s forthcoming LP, Future Proof, due out in 2013.

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[Indie] Blue Boats – I Am The Only One

A few days ago Blue Boats released a new ditty. It’s a great jam. It’s balance of chill elements and emotionality make it a stimulating track for both the mind and body. Danceable yet cognitive, energetic yet relaxed, and overall considerate in terms of authenticity and originality. A listen is not too likely to disappoint if its low-key indie you’re desperately turning your dial to find. And if you feel inclined to hear more, Blue Boats recently released Summer’s Down in September with label Brapscallions.

Blue Boats
I Am The Only One
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[Live Review] Caveman – Microtropolis, New York City

To help kick off the launching of Windows 8, Microsoft set up shop within New York City’s Pier 57, creating a mini version of Manhattan which they dubbed “Microtropolis”. The installation featured all the neighborhoods, from Chelsea and Kips Bay to the Upper West Side and the West Village, as well as landmarks like Washington Square Park and the Statue of Liberty. One celebratory event, dedicated to “music inspired by New York,” included DJ sets by The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. and Sinkane and a live performance by Brooklyn-based group Caveman (seen in the picture above). The band, whose music can be described as delightfully cool, charming and melodic indie pop, played a number of tracks off their stellar debut full-length CoCo Beware, which came out earlier this year on Fat Possum Records. On stage, as they were cloaked in purple and blue hues, they ravaged their drums, beating and breathing a thrilling energy into their 30-minute set. They’re certainly the type of act whose recorded music is great, and whose live show is even greater.

Old Friend MP3

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[Experimental] Emily Wells – Becomes The Color

Genre-defying musician Emily Wells marries hip-hop, indie folk, synth pop and classical music in a truly inspiring and interesting way. A one-woman show, she plays multiple instruments but is an especially accomplished violinist. Though her latest album, Mama, only dropped earlier this year via Partisan, she’s been asked to help compose the soundtrack for Stoker, a film directed by Park Chan-wook, starring Nicole Kidman. Her offering, “Becomes the Color,” is a pleasantly hypnotic and groovy track.

Emily Wells
Becomes The Color (from STOKER)

Stoker hits the theaters March 1st, 2013.

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[Indie] School of Seven Bells – Secret Days

Even after releasing their third full-length Ghostory just this past February, New York’s School of Seven Bells are back and revving up to drop a new EP called Put Your Sad Down. We get a first taste of that collection today with “Secret Days,” a swirling and luscious dream-pop track sure to get the good vibes percolating.

School Of Seven Bells
Secret Days

Put Your Sad Down comes out November 13th via Vagrant Records.

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[Psychedelic / Shoegaze] Desert Stars – Boys I Like

Not much is known about this melodramatic five-piecer from Brooklyn beyond the clever psychedelic-shoegaze genre, in which they categorize themselves and, well, the fact that there are five members in their band.  I was lucky enough to stumble across this featured track thanks to Hype Machine Radio’s September guest, YVYNYL. Where upon first listen, it is easy to submerge yourself into the environment Desert Stars immediately creates. “Boys I Like” is a stunning production supported by eerie, yet beautifully ambient vocals, strong percussion and a fluidity that is calming yet curious.  I encourage you to take a listen and to keep a watchful eye on this group.


Desert Stars
Boys I Like
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