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by John Bullfrost
John Bullfrost is a quirky singer-songwriter and producer from Sweden that creates unique alternative pop using drum machines, warped vocal samples, and psychedelic guitars.
It’s Coming is his latest single full of warm vinyl pops, acoustic guitar plucks, his signature off-key/talk-sing vocals, and a bubbling undercurrent of electronic bass. It’s weird and a little sloppy, but it all somehow comes together and makes sense.
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5. Crunchy Kids- Nash Money
Crunchy Kids are a Minneapolis-based hip hop band that blew us away at a small, dive bar show at SXSW 2012. Nash Money is a song from their 2013 album, Mint.
4. First- Unconsciousness
First is a London trio that will have you instantly bouncing along to their crunchy guitar-laced brand of alternative pop. Unconsciousness is the band’s most recent single.
3. Whitewash- Colors/In Absentia
Whitewash is a NYC-based garage/psychedelic rock outfit formed in 2012, consisting of Sam Thornton, Jonathan Ben-Menachem, Evan Glazman, and Aram Demirdjian. Colors/In Absentia is from their debut album, Fraud in Lisbon, available as a free download here.
2. The Night- Like This
The Night has been compared to Arcade Fire, Brand New, Bright eyes, Manchester Orchestra and Kings of Leon. Although diverse, the band is pleased and proud of these connotations as many of these artists have all been major influences in their creative journey. The Night began as one song-writers effort to write music that “would bridge the gap between good music and good storytelling, by allowing one to complement the other.” When you place “Like This” alongside the the Medicate Me EP the band put out last year, the group’s sonic diversity within their own musical identity is evident.
1. Max and the Moon- Out of My Head
Emerging out of the combustive indie music scene of southern California, Max and the Moon is an indie rock harmony rich, beat driven band from Chino Hills, CA.
Their last album, The Way I See, features a bouquet of influences that include classical, jazz, pop, modern rock, and soul that has garnered them comparisons to early Coldplay and the beat-driven compositions of Passion Pit.
These boasts are immediately understood in the infectious, piano-driven pop parade of"Out of My Head", where Max and the Moon’s forte of catchy harmonies and quirky beat propelled arrangements galvanize the rest of their arsenal.
Skimoes is a alternative/noise pop band from Valencia, Spain. Their sound is influenced by bands like Yuck, The Pain of Being Pure at Heart, Dinosaur Jr., and Sonic Youth, which translates to mellow, shoegazey croons meeting epic guitar work and subtle yet contagious melodies.
Echoes is a song from their second EP, Showbiz, which is now available as a free download. A highly addictive alt/pop song that will have you hitting the replay button again and again.
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Captives are a hard-edged rock and roll foursome from Tasmania that spin, snarl, and bare their teeth much like the devilish cartoon character.
Reminiscent of Rocket from the Crypt and Queens of the Stone Age, Captives play charged-up rock and roll that’s fueled by driving riffs and pounding percussion. Zombie Dog, from their forthcoming EP, is a great first look into their sound.
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by The Jag
album Mississippi Acid Pine Highway Tour
The JAG’s debut album, Mississippi Acid Pine Highway Tour boldly showcases the bands ability to infuse soulful, southern vocal styles and melodies, with ballsy, sometimes psychedelic guitar sounds. When listened to loudly, the album effortlessly embodies the band’s live sound, with a raw edge followed by a tight feel.
The JAG consists of Aaron Tyler King, Joe Regan, Scott Harper, and Gant O’Brien. The band is originally based out of Jackson, Mississippi, and presently dwelling in Nashville, Tennessee.
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album Dog Physics EP
SoND is a beautiful song from INGS' (formerly known as Plaid Dragon) debut EP Dog Physics. Over ethereal noise and shimmering acoustic guitars, Inge Chiles lets out a poetic gasp that drifts and lulls like a lullaby.
The video splits from upside down shots of a woman running to save her identity to another getting engulfed in smoke. Inge says of the song, “In my mind I was addressing a dear friend who, as a woman, felt pressure to define herself according to whatever boy she was dating.” These shots build well upon themselves, following the female protagonist until the end when, in lieu of “some new dude”, she seeks to find herself.
Building from her Midwestern base, Ings is now branching out to play shows throughout the region, drawing praise from appearances at SXSW and preparing for a Fall tour in support of her full-length album, It’s However You Want it to Be, due out spring 2014. Check out the video above and enjoy!
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