Indie Pop

Artist: 
The Sexy Accident
Label: 
Jesse Kates/Halaster Music

The Sexy Accident is an Indie Pop band from Kansas City.  Coming from a place with a solid musical reputation, one would expect a better product than this.  This record lacks any sort of kick to it.  It's boring.  The music is dull, as the melody just never goes anywhere, maintaining it's mundane course of action.  I'm not crazy about the lead singer whatsoever.  He sounds like a guy that could sing at my church, but isn't really quite good enough for a solo.  With a little seasoning, perhaps this group can improve.  But I can comfortably say that the

Sounds Like: 
We Jump You Swim
Sounds Like: 
The Same Sky
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
10/01/2010
Artist: 
Icewagon Flu
Label: 
Unsigned

Icewagon Flu is definitely a stand-out among unsigned bands. Their folky vibe mixes a bit of country with indie pop, creating a unique americana sound. Upbeat guitar riffs with some country twang drive their songs forward and maintain their pop-y sound. Many of their vocals have some extra harmony or backing falsettos that add some quirkiness to the tracks. Each track seems to have its own surprise waiting to be heard whether its a cow bell, a harmonica, some irish flute or some tambourine.

Sounds Like: 
Cake
Sounds Like: 
The Weakerthans
Sounds Like: 
Modest Mouse
Name: 
Chelsy Nye
Date Reviewed: 
09/22/2010
Artist: 
of Montreal
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Ugh. This sounds like cheesy wannabe James Bond movie music adapted for a funky fun car commercial aimed at young adults who dress too well for their own good. I'm usually a big Of Montreal fan, but this single lacks the spark that Of Montreal's music seemed to always have--the infectious, intricate melodies that shift and change numerous times within the same song, and lyrics that are cheeky. This single seems to lack both and instead, just lags. The guitar riff is so generic it makes me want to puke.

Sounds Like: 
Apples in Stereo
Sounds Like: 
The Unicorns
Name: 
Marcea Decker
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2010
Artist: 
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Label: 
Slumberland

Typical Pains of Being Pure at Heart single. Old Sarah Records/C86-style vocals over polished, yet distorted guitars. Say No To Love is surprisingly good, but both tracks are fairly forgettable.! ! Play: 1

Sounds Like: 
Shop Assistants
Sounds Like: 
Rocketship
Name: 
Kevin Cottingham
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2010
Artist: 
Kate Nash
Label: 
Geffen Records

You've probably heard of Kate Nash - I like to think of her as the British Regina Spektor (although that's slightly insulting to Regina). I really like her quirky songs, but she might not be everyone's cup of tea. Her voice can be kind of grating if you don't have a soft spot for cute female pop singers. Her songs usually are very upbeat, but the lyrics can be pretty heavy and depressing. But if you think the British mainstream know their music better than our's (they do) then be aware that she's climbed to #2 on their charts.

Sounds Like: 
Regina Spektor
Sounds Like: 
Marina & the Diamonds
Name: 
nina ulloa
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2010
Artist: 
Rafter
Label: 
Asthmatic Kitty

Great, cute, dancey stuff! I can see this band being pretty big soon. A perfect combo of Vampire Weekend and White Rabbits. Dancey and dark with strong emphasis on driving drums and brass instruments very similar to White Rabbits. Gotta love the deep saxophone womp-womp-womps. This album has the cuteness of Vampire Weekend and Hot Chip but I love the deepness of his voice A LOT more.
Really, spin anything off this album. Great variety and all the songs are the kind that you can confidently bob your head to.

Sounds Like: 
White Rabbits
Sounds Like: 
Vampire Weekend
Sounds Like: 
Hot Chip
Sounds Like: 
Spoon
Sounds Like: 
a happy Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
MGMT
Name: 
Jen Akazawa
Date Reviewed: 
04/21/2010
Artist: 
the Apples in Stereo
Label: 
Simian/YepRoc

Once again, the co-originators of the now-defunct Elephant 6 Collective have continued to amaze its fans. Although their previous album "New Magnetic Wonder" had a few hits and misses, this one is a solid gem (although both do sound similar, as this album is a further exploration into frontman Robert Schneider's love for Electric Light Orchestra). Compared though to New Magnetic Wonder, this recent collection of tracks sound more matrue and well-developed from a lyrical perspective.

Sounds Like: 
Electric Light Orchestra
Sounds Like: 
Of Montreal (pre-'Hissing Fauna')
Name: 
Adam Guerrero
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2010
Artist: 
Drivesafe
Label: 
Drivesafe

A little emo for my liking. Drivesafe is made up of Jonnas and Topher. Their name roots from the death of one of Jonnas' good friends Ty. There's actually a song on the album titled Ty. It's a really chill album with relatively slow beats and the chorus gets a little repetitive. Cool guitar riffs.

Sounds Like: 
a slowed down version of The Academy Is...
Sounds Like: 
The Fray
Sounds Like: 
Boys Like Girls
Name: 
Shuqi Li
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2010
Artist: 
Dinosaur Feathers
Label: 
None

Dinosaur Feathers to the naked ear simply sounds whimsy and happy, and that is just what this band is! This trio combines the perfect combination of 50’s pop music with modern hints to construct this enlightening masterpiece. Each track takes the listener to a musical wonderland where the animals talk to you and everyone dances in blissful harmony. Listen to this album at a bon fire with one of those frozen drinks with the plastic umbrella and fruit in hand!

Sounds Like: 
If Vampire Weekend and Animal Collective went on a Tropical Vacation together and took the lead singer of Head Automatica in their suit case.
Name: 
Mari Weber
Date Reviewed: 
04/07/2010
Artist: 
The Bears of Blue River
Label: 
Tinderbox Music

Bluesy guitar is accompanied with a really mellow guy and girl with her keyboard and a drum set, and maybe a couple extra vocalists. Simple setup, simple songs. It's good music to chill out to. If you want a good laugh, check out their super-indie myspace, which says things like, "The Bears of Blue River are friends with day jobs who began gathering in the evenings to make silly noises in a dilapidated old apartment with wooden floors. Soon they found themselves playing folk diddies dressed up with some Bop about them."

Sounds Like: 
Beach House
Sounds Like: 
Grizzly Bear
Name: 
Hannah Hollins
Date Reviewed: 
02/10/2010
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