Dunedin garage rock act Two Cartoons impresses with the latest single release ‘Males‘. They have received love from BBC Radio 6, Clash Magazine and The 405. The band has gained momentum with the previous single releases including ‘Horizon Approaching‘ which has garnered over 690,000 Spotify plays, 90,000+ Soundcloud streams and has charted on New Zealand alternative radio. The band has found their own brand of guitar driven garage rock, and unlike their cohorts, they brought back melody.
Following the success of last single ‘River‘ which reached #17 on the Hype Machine and garnering 45k+ Soundcloud plays, Oh, Be Clever just released the new track ‘Blanket‘. A uniquely catchy track with vocalist Brittney Shields showing off her vocal prowess, at times channeling Elle King. This Utah indie-electro duo could very well be the future indie darlings.
Utah indie rock band Static Waves impresses with ‘Matter of Time‘ track, an infectious indie pop track with a memorable hook that inches towards mainstream top 40. The band is new to the scene but are crafting & performing music like pros. The band is preparing for their second EP release in January. Static Waves is a band to watch.
Indie alt band Baton Rouge West Without just released a new EP. The lead off single ‘Slow’ which isn’t slow, but a more uptempo and updated version of Coldplay, but still very much original with its unique blend of harmonies and a danceable electro beat. As far as the recording process Alex Holeman, bass/vocals notes “We probably went into the studio with 15 or 20 songs and song ideas and whittled it down to seven or eight that ended up being recorded and out of those some of them were rearranged and reproduced several times and then out of those we have the five songs that made the album.” They have performed alongside with Plain White Ts, Panic! at the Disco, and Cher Lloyd.
So Long Storyland, an experimental indie duo from New Orleans released their debut LP. Citing Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, Beirut, & The National as influences, the duo keeps the New Orleans vibe alive by blending folk, bluegrass, pop, rock, and electronic. The band has been covered by national publications including NPR & The Huffington Post. All in all, So Long Storyland are in its formative years and it’s shaping up to be something really compelling.