[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2013 Round #3)

Sure, the best things in life are often free but sometimes we have to pay a little something, something in order to make things a little better. We try to give you an abundance of free music here on the indie dojo playlists, but sometimes we have to contribute back to the indies by posting a non-downloadable Soundcloud link. So if you like it, go ahead and buy it. Same goes for the artists that are kind enough to share a free download or 2. Visit their facebook page, follow them on twitter, do whatever the social media revolution calls for. Ninjas helping ninjas. It sure is a beautiful thing.

The Midwest Indies
The S That Stood for Nothing
Hunter Johnson
Pistol
Gabe Goodman
Midnight Sour
Penny and Sparrow
Creature
Owl Paws
Sunrise
Moor Hound
Holiday
Maesa
Bells

 

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[LP Review] The Joy Formidable—Wolf’s Law

The Joy Formidable’s second studio album, Wolf’s Law, demands a careful ear. Although the album is approachable in a pop rock sense, it has none of the trappings of pop music: The album is creative, versatile and gives winks and nods to genres of music that grouchy music nerds like yours truly can appreciate! The listener will have a pleasant pop experience but will also enjoy some shoegaze, punk and yes, even some metal moments in this album.

The album opens with “This Ladder is Ours”, which begins some gentle strings before launching into a poppy celebration of a song that could easily be an anthem for the kiddos out there. “Bats”, on the other hand, opens a little darker : A crunchy, distorted guitar riff accents some vocals that aren’t afraid to drip a little venom in the ear. Also check out the heavy metal nod at 2:19 in this song. Is that double bass drums? Yeah. I think it is. And it’s gorgeous. More of this PLEASE indie-pop artists! “The Leopard and the Lung,” opens with some clever piano trills that give way to a triumphant, shoegaze style wall of sound guitar work that made this Mogwai fan smile. The piano hangs on in the song, cutting nicely through the distortion to give the tune balance.

The Joy Formidable is a band with a bright future. Their ability to produce accessible music will give them mainstream access (supporting Muse on their tours won’t hurt either), and their ability to hold on to their alt-rock roots will give them street cred with the indie crowd.

Good stuff here. Have a listen.

The Leopard and the Lung
This Ladder Is Ours
Cholla
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[NEW] Phoenix – Entertainment

Yes. Yes. It’s here: the new Phoenix track “Entertainment”. It does not disappoint and only further reminds us all the reasons — gliding pop, glistening synths, etc. — why we loved their previous album Lisztomania in the first place. Check it out below. Also, if you want to peep the lyric video and sing along, you can do so here.

Phoenix
Entertainment

Phoenix’s “Entertainment” is on their new album, Bankrupt!, out April 23 on Glassnote.

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[NEW] London Grammar – Metal & Dust

We previously fell in love with the English trio London Grammar back when they shared the chill, impressive number “Hey Now” in December. Now, they’re back to win our hearts over again with a new track called “Metal & Dust”. As expected, it’s soulful and soothing, packed with enough emotion and sentiment to wake up any sleepy or broken heart. And as with their previous single, the real beauty is in the simplicity, in the sincerity — the three-piece hardly ever get flashy and, instead, stick to a solid script of a sparing use of electronics and effects, lush vocals, and strong knack for resonating pop.

Metal & Dust

“Metal & Dust” will be included on a limited edition 7″ later this month. Pre-order it.

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[Electronica] Sir Sly – Easy Now

After sharing the impressive cuts “Ghost” and “Gold” over the last few months, Los Angeles three-piece Sir Sly are back with yet another offering in the form of “Easy Now”. Sometimes haunting, but always stirring electronic-tinged pop is the sound that they’ve grown into nicely, and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t love this direction. On their songs, especially on this new one, the trio seem to perfectly know when to hit hard with huge-sounding arrangements and when to simply pull back and let things just s e t t l e. Check it out below.

Sir Sly
Easy Now
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[Valentine's Playlist] Dubstep/Electronic/Indie Love Songs

Happy Valentine’s Everyone! Today is the day to spend time with the love of your life, whether that means going on an a beautiful date, or enjoying the warmth of your xbox controller, there is no reason why you should spend the day in silence. Here are some of favorite dubstep/electronic tracks of a few months back, as well as an intimate indie playlist from our already popular “Indie For Lovers” post. Enjoy!

Electronic/Dubstep

Koven
More Than You (Ripped from Zane Lowe Radio 1)
Florence and The Machine
Cosmic Love (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix) (Free Download)
Blue Foundation
Eyes On Fire (Zeds Dead Remix)
Skrillex
Skrillex
Ellie Goulding
Your Song (Blackmill Dubstep Remix)
The Police
Roxanne
Ellie Goulding
Lights (Bassnectar Remix)
Paloma Faith
Just Be
Kill The Noise
Dying feat. Ultraviolet Sound & Emily Hudson
Submotion Orchestra
All Yours (Insightful Fondle)
Flight Facilities
Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)
Dead Audio
Take Me Away Ft. Jade Harris (V.I.P)
Jason Falkner
Only You (Zeds Dead Remix)
Angus + Julia Stone
Im Not Yours (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix) (Free Download)
Sia
Breathe Me (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix) (Free Download)
Adele
Rolling in the Deep (DeathStar Remix feat MartyParty & Minnesota)
Tonight

Indie/Electronica

For more Indie Love songs, please check our “Indie For Lovers” Playlist with over 60 Free Downloadable MP3

Love Echo
Lovecats
Two Blondies x One Uku
Lisztomania (Cover)
Ben Howard
Only Love
Purity Ring
Grammy (Soulja Boy Cover)
Sister Crayon
Aint No Sunshine (Bill Withers Cover)
James Yull
This Sweet Love
Wreckless Eric
Whole Wide World (Bahamas Cover)
Jose Gonzales
Heartbeats
Daughter
Run
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Maps
Drew Danburry – I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Whitney Houston Cover)
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Shine
Noosa
Walk On By
Noah and the Whale
2 Bodies 1 Heart
Maccabees
Toothpaste Kisses
Bright Eyes
First Day of My Life
Yuna
Lullabies

And just the kids of the 90′s

Color Me Badd
I Wanna Sex You Up
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[Indie] As Elephants Are – Youth Blood

As Elephants Are continue to impress with their new “Youth Blood” single. As with their debut “War Cry” release, the young British band manage to conjure a real sense of drama into their brooding indie that bubbles with a fierce intensity before erupting into an arena-sized chorus.
In advance of the single’s March 18th release As Elephants Are have offered up a free download of the B Side, “Lucifer”. Enjoy.

As Elephants Are
Youth Blood
As Elephants Are
Lucifer
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