Indie Pop

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
Artist: 
Phantogram
Label: 
Barsuk

Until recently, New York trip-hop duo Phantogram have largely been unknown to the public. Of course, that was after two albums and before opening for such bands as Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot and Brazilian Girls. Now after many touring stints and signing onto Barsuk Records, they have finally unleashed their third album (the first under Barsuk), and have clearly shown they are ready for wider recognition.

Sounds Like: 
Portishead
Sounds Like: 
Stars
Sounds Like: 
J Dilla
Name: 
Adam Guerrero
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2010
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