Tag Archives: Indie Pop


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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The Head and The Heart

Song: Lost In My Mind
Album: The Head and The Heart
Genre: indie folk, folk rock, indie pop

The Head and The Heart is an indie folk-pop band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in the summer of 2009 by Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion), the band also includes Charity Rose Thielen (violin, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), and Tyler Williams (drums).

The band self-released their debut album The Head and The Heart in June 2009, selling it at concerts, by word of mouth, and through local record stores. In the ensuing months the album sold 10,000 copies. Their music plays heavily on the trio of vocal harmonies, piano and violin melodies, and prominent drums and percussion. It was the top-selling album of the year 2010 for the independent Sonic Boom Records in the band’s home neighborhood of Ballard, Seattle. The remastered, expanded album was re-released on Sub Pop Records on April 16, 2011.

The band has toured extensively through 2010 and 2011 in both the United States and Europe, opening for Vampire Weekend, The Walkmen, Dr. Dog, Dave Matthews, The Low Anthem, The Decemberists, Iron & Wine, My Morning Jacket, and Death Cab For Cutie, as well as headlining their own shows. In March 2011, Seattle’s City Arts Magazine named them “Seattle’s Best New Band”, and the band made their network television debut on April 21, 2011 on Conan. – Excerpt from Wikipedia

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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Daily Song


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Various Cruelties

Song: Great Unknown
Album: Various Cruelties
Genre:  indie, rock, indie pop, indie rock

Formed in September 2010 and named after an Ed Ruscha painting of the same name who the Talking heads famously used for the “Sand in the Vaseline” compilation. Pretty much the first gig they got offered was one supporting The Vaccines. They had met through a friends of friends and within a few weeks recorded the tracks heard on bandcamp prior to playing live.

Influences include Etta James, Spencer Davis Group, Arcade Fire and Villagers. – Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Daily Song


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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Song: Home
Album: Up From Below
Genre: Folk, Indie, Indie Pop, Alt-Country
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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is an American indie-folk ensemble band led by Alex Ebert, vocalist of the power-pop group Ima Robot. The band’s first full-length recording, Up from Below, was released July 7, 2009 digitally and July 14, 2009 physically on Vagrant Records. Its first show as a full band was played July 18, 2007 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California.

After breaking up with his girlfriend, moving out of his house, and joining a 12-step program for addiction, Ebert began work on a story about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe. According to Ebert, Sharpe “was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind … but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” Ebert later met singer Jade Castrinos in Los Angeles. In the summer of 2009, as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Ebert and Castrinos toured the country with a group of fellow musicians in a big white school bus.

Its song “Home” was voted number 15 on the Australian Triple J Hottest 100’s 2009 countdown, the largest music poll in the world.– Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Daily Song


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Avalanche City

Song: Love Love Love
Album: Our New Life Above the Ground
Genre:  indie, folk, indie pop, pop

The story of Avalanche City begins in a house, alone, for hours and hours each day for months, slowly learning how to sing by process of scales, recording, and self critique.Six months after taking the first steps towards singing, Dave Baxter played his first solo show as Avalanche City. Six months after the first show, one year after beginning the process of teaching himself how to sing, the first tracks were laid for Avalanche City’s debut album Our New Life Above The Ground.

Armed with a sack full of vegetarian single serve curries Dave Baxter headed into the countryside and moved into a little community hall called the Kourawhero Hall, just north of Auckland. There he spent the week alone recording and playing everything himself with only the cows and the milk trucks as company. – Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Daily Song


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The Naked and Famous

Song: Young Blood
Album: The Naked and Famous
Genre:  indie, electronic, electropop, indie pop

The Naked and Famous are a five piece indie band hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. The band comprises of Thom Powers, Alisa Xayalith, Aaron Short, David Beadle and Jesse Wood. According to the Young Blood Songfacts, they took the name from a line in UK trip hop singer-songwriter Tricky’s track, Tricky Kid.

After their initial formation in 2008, their debut album “Passive Me, Aggressive You” was released on the “Somewhat Damaged” label during September 2010. The single “Young Blood” debuted at number one on the New Zealand chart – the first New Zealand artist to do so in three years. – Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Daily Song


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Song: Stare Into The Sun
Album: Colours
Genre:  Alternative, Indie pop, Britpop

Graffiti6 is a pop/rock duo founded in London, UK in 2008 consisting of singer-songwriter Jamie Scott and prolific Writer/Producer and DJ, Tommy D.

Writer/producer/DJ, Tommy (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kylie Minogue, KT Tunstall) and artist Jamie (of Jamie Scott & The Town who toured with Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson previously) made a collection of songs that was later called “Stare In To The Sun.” The title track was chosen to soundtrack a TV ad campaign for The Sun newspaper. Sony ATV publishing submitted the song to The Sun newspaper and they used it for the advertising campaign. The exposure they got from the campaign encouraged Jamie and Tommy to write and record even more music, including “Annie You Save Me,” “Free” and “Stone In My Heart.”

The band decided to put out their own music on their own label. EP “Stone In My Heart”, was released in March 2010, Single ‘Annie You Save Me in July 2010. Band was named New Band Of The Day at The Guardian Newspaper (UK) and an Artist to Watch at LP33. – Excerpt from Last.Fm

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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Daily Song


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