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
Glastonbury, Oxygen, Isle of Wright…pick your UK festival and these guys would be featured bands. In 2010, Kasabian won Q’s “Best Act in the World Today” award. Noel Gallagher shows to the world that his half of Oasis is alive and well. The Horrors new album Skying has reached #5 in the UK chart. They’re all worthy of being seen at Coachella. A common element between all of these groups is the prevalent use of electronics and effects into their sound.
In 2010, Kasabian won Q’s “Best Act in the World Today” award. The band has 4 studio albums and a number of EPs dating back to ’97- Kasabian (Self Titled) ’04, Empire ’06, West Ryder Pawper Lunatic Asylum ’09 and Velocipator! ’11. Their most recent album, Velocipator! was produced by Dan the Automator. It is interesting to see a mainly hip-hop guy produce a rock based album but by golly it worked. West Ryder Pawper Lunatic Asylum reached #1 in the UK chart in April ’09 and won Best Album ’09 at the Q Awards.
Debut Album (self titled) ’04 Listen to- “Club Foot”
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylym- Listen To- Fire
3 studio Albums- Strange House(’08), Primary Colours (’09) and Skying (’11), basically, they’ve been busy. Their third album and most accolated, Skying marks a clear transition from a post-punk style to a electronic shoegaze/floaty rock.
Listen- “Still Life”
Oasis giant shows that he can continue to innovate and create great records. High Flying Birds was released in October of ’11. Noel brought in Oasis producer Dave Sardy and keyboardist Mike Rowe and Lemon trees percussionists Jeremy Stacey and Lenny Castro. The band name was created to pay homage to Fleetwood Mac’s first album and Jefferson Airplane.
Listen- “AKA…What a Life”