[Indie Folk] The Tinder Box – These Winds

Ladies and gentleninjas, please welcome to the stage The Tinder Box. They bring with them acoustic timbre and pounding rhythms. The threesome hails from Sioux Falls and they’re a young act — in fact, they only just recently released their first studio work, These Winds EP last February — but it looks as though they are here to stay. With acoustic guitars, banjos, trumpets, and kick drums they present to you their take on bluegrass/folk — and it isn’t half bad. “These Winds,” is an excellent example of The Tinder Box’s anthem-like, bluegrass sound. Pulsing kick-drums align with your heart beat and long-winded vocals set the mood just right for epicness (if you’re in to that sort of thing.) For those of you looking for some rad new acoustic music, look no further.

The Tinder Box
These Winds

The Tinder Box is a band you should definitely check out. They show promise in an age where promise is running thin and although there are no set dates made public I foresee a new release in the near future.

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[Folk] Branches – Thou Art The Dream

Formed back in 2010, California band Branches are developing into quite the folk rock group, slowly carving out their own corner amidst like-minded artists Mumford & Sons and Freelance Whales. Their latest album, Thou Art The Dream, released earlier this year, is full of riddling banjo, affecting vocals, and vivid imagery. The songs wince, but still have whimsy, are poignant without ever being melodramatic. There’s a certain authenticity about their music that makes it irresistibly appealing. Check out two tracks from the album below. Stream & purchase the entire thing via their Bandcamp page.

To The Desert

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (November 2012 Round #1)

Life is too short to sweat the small shit. Instead of hosting a mini freak out in your mind, give yourself a break. Scroll down, hit play and let your mind chill for the next 25.6 minutes. It’s as ninja as that…

Nic Cassey
Ive Never Seen A Ghost
Drop Down
Oren Lyons
Forever Found
The Abramson Singers
Fools Gold
Kaurna Cronin
Hadnt Thought Of You That Often
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[NEW] CSS – I’ve Seen You Drunk Gurl

For the past few months, Brazilian new wave/electro rock band CSS have been hard at work putting together a new record, the follow up to 2011′s La Liberacion. Today, we get a peek into the future with their latest single “I’ve Seen You Drunk Gurl”. CSS — which stands for Cansei de Ser Sexy and means “I got tired of being sexy” in Portuguese — don’t disappoint, providing the kind of crazy party romp we’d expect. Get ready to hear this chorus yelped out every time there’s alcohol flowing.

CSS Ive Seen You Drunk Gurl

“I’ve Seen You Drunk Gurl” will be included on an EP, due out soon on Dave Sitek’s Federal Prism.

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[Indie] Cold Specks – Hector (Video)


A few months ago, singer-songwriter Al Spx, AKA Cold Specks, put out her debut album I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, eleven brooding tracks that sound like a hybrid of indie and R&B. “Doom soul” and “gothic rock” are terms that have been thrown around often, and although they’re a tad scary, they might actually accurately describe the Londoner’s deep, dark energy. Whatever creepy vibes she’s pulling from, she need not stop: the music is spine-tingling in all the right eerie ways. Check her out in her chilling music video for “Hector” and feel free to stream the track below:

Cold Specks

I Predict A Graceful Expulsion is out now on Mute Records.

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[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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