Alan Palmero, who is the “Neon Indian,” is seriously talented. As a live act though, I’m not too sure if Wilbur will demand that we follow him to their stage. They use a lot of synths and sampled loops in their tunes and musically, I’m not sure how different their live sets have been from their recordings. On stage they play with a drummer (Jason Faries), keys/synth/vocals (Leanne Macomber) and usually a guitarist and/or bassist they pick up on tour (correct me if they’ve added a permanent member). Alan brings a lot of energy as the frontman and many of their songs are fairly ambient in nature, so I am not saying they need to be headbangin’ on stage, but their sound could be fuller and there could be more action in their performances.
Check out this recent clip of Neon Indian performing “Polish Girl” at the OFF Festival in Poland. There just isn’t much that is going on the stage to distinguish themselves from every other indie synth/pop band. They do travel with a full time lighting dude (Lars Larsen), but I think for Coachella they are going to have to step-up their game by adding more visuals and by bringing more energy to the stage. They could possibly add more musicians to fill out their sound. Coachella’s the time to make a statement with their performance. I have love for Neon Indian and am interested in seeing them but must admit they are not at the top of my list.
Watch: “Polish Girl” OFF Festival, Poland
Watch: “Should Have Taken Acid with You” @ MidPoint Indie Festival in Cincinnati
We Are Augustines – Grouplove – We Were Promised Jetpacks – Arctic Monkeys – The Vaccines – WILD FLAG – Givers – Oberhofer – Fanfarlo – Yuck – Girls – The Shins – Spector – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Kasabian – Manchester Orchestra – Kaiser Chiefs- The Big Pink – Gotye – WU LYF – tUnE-YaRdS – Florence + The Machine – St. Vincent – Santigold – Fitz and The Tantrums – Real Estate – Beirut – Ximea Sarinana – Hello Seahorse! – Suedehead – The Big Pink
Indie Rock/Pop Playlist (click here)
*The Weekend will not be at Coachella, THE WEEKND will. I misread the card. I made the corrections and edited the Spotify playlists. Check Hip Hop/Rap/R&B. My B, yo.
We are in an “indie” world, people. At this point “innovation” should replace “independent.”
Noel Gallagher of Oasis, by all means a giant, has continued to innovate his sound. Grouplove’s popularity skyrocketed after their “Tongue Tied” song featured on Apple’s iPhone commercial. Music greatness is in their blood- drummer Ryan Rabin is son of Trevor Rabin from Yes. Beirut has been drawing big crowds for its varied style- implementing horns, electronics and a variety of acoustic instruments. Kasabian would be on the top line of any card in Britain. Fitz and The Tantrums is one of the few bands on the indie scene with a true Soul focus. WU-LYF has got some cool vibe going on, though it is a mystery which language they are speaking.
FOLLOW THE WILBUR
Watch “Acid Turkish Bath”
Their popularity keeps going Up, Up, Up
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Listen- AKA What a Life
New York City based Indie-rock electronic-disco flavor-charged The Rapture is one of the pioneers in making your feet move in the post-punk era. The band formed back in ’98 and shortly after released the 6 song EP Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks. They have 3 full length studio albums including Echoes (’03), Pieces of the People We Love (’06) and In the Grace of Your Love (’11).
They are signed to DFA Records founded by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. They’ve toured with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Daft Punk, Mogwai and The Cure. You can compare their sound to Datarock and !!! and they are similar, however a little less “synthie” than LCD Soundsystem, Holy Ghost! and Is Tropical. Their Album Echoes was runner up to The White Stripes for 2003’s Album of the Year by Pitchfork.
Current members of the band- Luke Jenner (vocals, guitar), Vito Roccoforte (drums) and Gabriel Andruzzi (keys, sax, bass and vocals).
Listen- “How Deep is Your Love”
Listen- “No Sex For Ben”
Fitz and the Tantrums
Michael Sean “Fitz” Fitzpatrick writes his songs on his piano and organ. He started playing these instruments at age THIRTY-TWO. However, it’s not to say that Fitz didn’t have a musical background- he studied vocal music and assisted the sound engineer who produced Beck, Ladytron, Flight of the Conchords and The Dandy Warhols.
But that was then, this is NOW. After writing the song “Breaking the Chains of Love,” Fitz began defining a sound classified as Soul-infused indie pop. We’re talkin’ Motown meets Maroon 5 with a chick in it (Noelle Scaggs, Vocals). The other band members are James King (Saxophone), John Wicks (drums), Ethan Phillips (bass) and Jeremy Ruzumna (keys).
If you haven’t heard their album Pickin’ Up the Pieces, do it now. Join the soul-infused indie pop movement and occupy the stage they’ll be playing at Coachella.
Listen – “Breakin’ The Chains of Love”
Watch- “Winds of Chains”
About the old days: Calvin Harris
Well, 2009 might not necessarily be “back in the day,” but in terms of the Scotsman’s music, the transition is as apparent as night and day. Producing electronic based tracks since the late ’90s, what started as traditional album production and live performances with a band, Calvin’s shows now mainly consist of some decks and a laptop. That is not to put down the electronic genius, it is just testament to the fact that DJs and house music have taken over the word. What at first were electro-pop tracks like “Colours,” now are full blown house tracks like “Awooga” and collaborations with stars like Rihanna on “We Found Love.” Calvin’s got the skills to do whatever he wants and if he keeps collaborating with artists, can achieve Guetta-like status. Maybe Calvin will surprise us with a vintage-type performance?
Watch- “Colours” 2009 Oxygen Festival – Ireland
The Swedish trio busts out a new jam called “Paddling Out” while SBTRKT officially shows to the world a masterpiece he put together back in ’09 which had been leaking around the internet. Hope you’ve got good headphones.
Miike Snow – Listen- “Paddling Out”
Sbtrkt- Listen to – Atomic Peace