HIJK are an Indie Rock band from Oakland, trafficking in “hyper late 90’s-style rock, full of addictive hooks and complex riffs”. Their art forward style hinges on angular guitar work that simultaneously references the Post-Punk sound, as well as, Alt-Rock staples like Superchunk. Check out the stop motion video for their brazen song “Paper Boat”.
The band is looking to “take your TV set” this Friday, February 28th, in a cool double bill with Autocomplete, at The Connecticut Yankee. Getting robbed never sounded so good…
Make sure to get your half price tickets in advance here!
Moxie Kids are an indie rock duo based in San Francisco. Chris and Kyle are lifelong friends who have been writing music since the age of 11. With many years of experience together, and many years logged playing in other bands, the two have reconnected and spawned a new project that seems like it was destined to be. Pulling from the blues and rock’n'roll, as well as garage and disco-punk, the band has forged a fresh sound that rests it’s laurels on solid songwriting and proficient playing. Make sure you come out to The Connecticut Yankee tomorrow night (11/9/12), to watch the band open at TurnStyle Music Group’s first show in San Francisco.
Watch the band rock their song “In the Storm” live below.
Here is a sample from Jerry Garcia’s 70th Birthday celebration this past Friday night at TRI Studios. It’s really refreshing to see some of the selections Bob Weir made for guests, including many notable Indie Rock artists. More information about the show can be found over at Hidden Track.
So, I’ve been absent for about two weeks now, and I really feel like I need to share this really well done collaboration that happened last Saturday night out in San Rafael, CA. The following concert was held at TRI Studios. TRI Studios is a state-of-the-art performance studio for broadcasting live HD video and audio streams directly to the Internet. The Bridge Session was presented by HeadCount. HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy in the United States. It is best known for registering voters at concerts.
In between sets of the musical performance, political figures and activists weighed in on topics such as getting money out of politics, protecting the First Amendment and the 2012 Presidential election. Panelists included independent Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer, No Labels cofounder Mark McKinnon (a former media advisor to George W. Bush, John McCain, Bono and Lance Armstrong), climate change activist Jessy Tolkan, and Grateful Dead lyricist and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) cofounder John Perry Barlow.
More importantly to me is how the concert aimed to bridge the gap between Jam music and Indie Rock. Bob Weir was backed by an ensemble that included The National’s Scott and Bryan Devendorf and their bandmate Aaron Dessner, along with many longtime friends from Brooklyn’s vibrant independent music scene: Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett and Kyle Resnick, both frequent collaborators of The National, Walt Martin of The Walkmen, Conrad Doucette of Takka Takka, and Sam Cohen and Josh Kaufman of the Yellowbirds. Kaufman was also the event’s musical director.
It is more along those last two threads that I want to focus on. An entire sub genre has risen fronted by bands like LCD Soundsystem, The Faint, The Bravery and Bloc Party. Disco-Punk or in some cases Electro-Punk has become a major force in the underground music scene that seems to once again be receiving an adrenaline shot to the heart by the yet to break supergroup known as New Build. Boasting members of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem, this band’s pedigree has them poised to make a big splash with the release of their debut album Yesterday Was Lived And Lost on Tuesday, April 3rd here in the U.S.
They will tour in anticipation of this release through March, but it will be primarily in Europe. For those fortunate enough to live in NYC, they will be making two appearances, back to back at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday, March 13th and Wednesday, March 14th. That is to say fortunate enough to have already purchased tickets, since it’s SOLD OUT! For those of us who can’t be there, listen to their lead single “Do You Not Feel Loved?” below and have a dance party in your bedroom. After all, it is much more introspective than traditional dance music you would listen to out at a club in the city.
Baker St to Release EP at The Delancey on January 20th
New York, NY—Baker St, the power-pop indie rock band, will be releasing their new EP, Irregulars, at The Delancey on Friday, January 20th. The young band will promote their album, which captures their growth as musicians and the ability of singer/songwriter Michelle Hutt ability to embrace several genres, and transforming them to forge Baker St’s unique voice. Irregulars is a glowing example of what independent musicians can do entirely with their own resources. The EP is entirely self-produced from jury rigging a studio in a suburban attic to tirelessly editing tracks.
Baker St is a four-member indie rock band based in New York City. Their sound is an enthusiastic blend of garage rock with the informed pop melodies of 90s rock. They play regularly at the Knitting Factory-Brooklyn, The Sidewalk Café, Arlene’s Grocery, The National Underground, Fat Baby, and Tammany Hall, and have been reviewed by Gigape, NYC You Are Here, and the BWOG (see “Sangriento Fidel Castro” written and performed by Baker St). This is their fourth EP, following Hook Up Wake Up Break Up, Baker St Destroys the Internet, and Live at the Sidewalk Café 11/4/10.
“[Baker St] is one part Indie Rock, one part 90s Rock, and the rest Singer Songwriter. The slow/fast pop songs are so much like the music of our high school years.”-NYC You Are Here