Tag Archives: Alternative

The Kooks

Song: Naive
Album: Inside In/Inside Out
Genre: indie, indie rock, britpop, alternative

British indie rock band – formed in Brighton, England, United Kingdom in 2004. The band currently consists of Luke Pritchard (vocals, guitar), Hugh Harris (guitar), Peter Denton (bass) and Nick Millard (drums). Nick is currently filling in for Paul Garred due to a recent arm injury. They have released three studio albums; their 2006 debut Inside In/Inside Out peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart, and their 2008 follow up Konk reached number one. The Junk Of The Heart (Happy) Songfacts reports that Pritchard found himself writing lyrics containing a lot of emotional drama for their third album and the phrase ‘junk of the heart’ kept coming back to him. Junk Of The Heart was released September 12, 2011.– Excerpt from Last.Fm

Listen to their newest single, Junk of the Heart (Happy), released in November 2011.

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Posted by on February 12, 2012 in Daily Song


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Song: We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monae)
Album: Some Nights
Genre:  indie pop, alternative, pop, rock

Fun. is an indie pop band from New York formed in 2008 by Nate Ruess, formerly of The Format. He formed the band with Andrew Dost from Anathallo and Jack Antonoff from Steel Train. Their debut album, Aim and Ignite, was released August 25, 2009.

The band has recently signed with record label Fueled by Ramen.

On September 14, 2010 fun. released a deluxe version of “Aim & Ignite” in both Canada and America which included the original 12 tracks, as well as two remixes by R.A.C, music videos, and a newly recorded song called “Stitch Me Up”.

Songfacts reports that their song We Are Young featured on the TV show Glee during its December 6, 2011 episode “Hold On to Sixteen.” It was performed after the end of Sectionals in the auditorium of McKinley High. The version by the Glee Cast debuted at #12 on the Hot 100 on the following week, spurring fun.’s original to enter the same chart at #53.– Excerpt from Last.Fm

The song can currently be heard in the Chevy Sonic commercial.

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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Daily Song


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Rachael Yamagata

Song: Elephants
Bonus Song: Be Be Your Love
Album: Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart
Be Be Your Love is on the album Happenstance
Genre: female vocalist, singer-songwriter, indie, alternative

Rachael Yamagata is a singer-songwriter. She plays piano and acoustic guitar, and her dark, smokey alto garners frequent comparisons to Fiona Apple. Her first full-length album, Happenstance, was released on June 8, 2004.

Yamagata became the vocalist for the Chicago funk-fusion band Bumpus, spending six years with them while writing and recording three albums and touring the country. However, she began to write songs which took on a style that conflicted with the funk vision of the band. In 2001, Yamagata decided to take those songs and pursue a solo career. In September 2002, she landed a two-record deal with Arista’s Private Music label, and her EP was released in October.

Her songs have featured on several TV shows, including How I Met Your Mother, ER , Nip/Tuck, Men in Trees, Alias, One Tree Hill, Brothers & Sisters and The O.C. – Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Daily Song


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Greg Laswell

Song: How The Day Sounds
Bonus Song: Comes and Goes (In Waves)
Album: Three Flights from Alto Nido
Genre:  singer-songwriter, indie, alternative, melodic, rock

Greg Laswell is an alternative singer/songwriter from San Diego, California. Laswell was the lead singer of the Escondido, CA based alternative rock band Shillglen. In 2001, they released their first and only album Sometimes I Feel. After Shillglen’s breakup, Laswell released his first solo album in 2003, the critically acclaimed Good Movie. In 2004, Laswell won the San Diego Music Award for Best Local Recording and was later nominated for 2005’s Best Alternative Artist. Laswell’s follow up album Through Toledo was released on July 11, 2006 through Vanguard Records. Spring 2008 Laswell was touring across Europe on the final leg of the Hotel Cafe 2008 Tour with fellow Hotel Cafe artists; Cary Brothers, Brian Wright, Catherine Feeny, Tom McRae and Jim Bianco. July 8, 2008 he released Three Flights from Alto Nido.– Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Daily Song


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Song: What You Wanted
Album: What You Wanted
Genre: Indie Rock, Alternative Rock

Spector is a five piece band from Dalston, London. Made up of Frederick Macpherson, Christopher Burman, Thomas Shickle, Danny Blandy and Jed Cullen.

The band, who are fronted by former Les Incompetents and Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man singer Fred MacPherson, will be supporting Florence And The Machine on their forthcoming arena tour. They will join The Horrors on the jaunt, which kicks off in March 2012– Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Daily Song


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Song: Creator
Bonus Song: Starstruck
Album: Santogold
Genre: electronic, indie, alternative, dub

Santigold (born Santi White on September 25, 1976) is a musician, songwriter and producer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States who formerly went under the stage name Santogold. She is perhaps best known for the song L.E.S. Artistes which became a hit in the UK and on American alternative radio. According to Songfacts, she was originally nicknamed “Santogold” by a classmate back in the 1980s because of her sister-girl style. In February 2009, she officially changed her stage name to Santigold as a result of infomercial jeweller Santo Gold threatening legal action against White and her label Downtown Records.

White was lead singer of the Philadelphia-based punk rock band Stiffed, but while in the band, she was offered a solo contract. Working with fellow Stiffed member John Hill as co-producer, she recorded her debut album, Santogold, which was released in April 2008. – Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Daily Song


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Cary Brothers

Song: Ghost Town
Album: Under Control
Genre:  indie, singer-songwriter, acoustic, alternative, rock

Cary Brothers is an indie rock American singer-songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. Brothers is best known for the single Blue Eyes, which was featured on the soundtrack to the 2004 film, Garden State.

With his songs influenced by everything from 1980s British New Wave music to 1970s folk music, Brothers has achieved critical and commercial success with his independent releases All the Rage and Waiting for Your Letter, both of which reached the top of the iTunes folk charts. “Blue Eyes” has been downloaded over 50,000 times and broke the Top Fifty on the iTunes singles chart. – Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Daily Song


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