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New Indie Rock Songs, July 2008: Conor Oberst, iForward, Russia!, Hot Little Hands, Cold War Kids and Others

The long-awaited solo album from Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes is set to be released on August 5, 2008.

The release will mark the talented Oberst's first solo project, and because of the success of Bright Eyes in recent years, there are rather big expectations, which can often be unfair to the artist.

But that's just one of many ironies that can happen to musicians who create a buzz with a band and then go solo.

mp3: "danny callahan" by conor oberst from his self-titled debut album

mp3: "spring is a condition" by iforward, russia! from the new CD life processes

mp3: "pink squares" by i was a cub scout from the new release i want you to know that there is always hope

mp3: "footloose" by thomas bartlett off the album doveman footloose

mp3: "scene of the crime" (download only) by hot little hands from the disc dynamite in black and white

advance mp3: "soloist in the living room" by cold war kids from forthcoming yet-to-be-named album (date of release unknown, but rumored for august)

mp3: "i kissed a girl (katy perry)" by false start from self-titled debut

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   July 21, 2008    0 Comments
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Hove Festival's Video Performances by Beck, Panic at the Disco, The Raconteurs, The Kooks and The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Norway's Hove Festival was held a few weeks ago featuring a powerful three-day line-up of musical acts, including Panic at the Disco, Beck, Foals, The Kooks, MGMT (formerly Management), The Raconteurs, and a rare performance by indie rock legends the Brian Jonestown Massacre (photo, above).

The BJM, who were featured with The Dandy Warhols in the compelling rockumentary film, DiG!, was, by all accounts, and considering a history of brawling and drug and alcohol abuse, awesome. This is how you want to see BJM in concert.

Beck performing at Norway's Hove Festival 2008

Other favorite rock and indie artists and bands at the 2008 Hove Festival included Yeasayer, Foals, Flogging Molly, Les Savy Fav, The Cool Kids, Stars, Dinosaur Jr., Paramore, The Go Team and a dozen others. Access the full video playlist.

We've all seen enough low-quality, hand-held videos of music concerts and festivals on YouTube and other popular social media networks. But it is rare to find high-quality video and audio, not to mention full sets, from some of indie's biggest groups and artists for free.

The videos are hosted by NRKP3 in Norway. There is no information listed about how long the shows, complete with thrilling crowd shots, roaming camera cranes and top-notch production, will be available for unlimited, free viewing. See 'em while you can.

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   July 16, 2008    0 Comments
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New Indie Rock Songs, July 2008: Earlimart, Wolf Parade, The Great Northwest, Tilly and the Wall

There's been surprisingly few notable new indie releases so far this July. Still, there's some great music that has come out in the past two weeks, including new albums from artists like Earlimart, The Great Northwest, Tilly and the Wall, Girl Talk, Travis and Wolf Parade.

The two remaining band members of Los Angeles band Earlimart, Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray, have released their newest album, Hymn and Her, this month, building off the success of last year's Mentor Tormentor.

"Acoustic guitars chime over drum loops, keyboards bubble in the background, and harmonies thicken the melodies,' according to

"Yet Hymn and Her still sounds intimate, as if the band mates have discovered how to funnel their densely populated songs into warm, mellow washes of sound."

MP3: "Song For" by Earlimart off Hymn and Her

Following a three-year hiatus recording solo projects, Montreal's Wolf Parade band members Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner with a new album titled At Mount Zoomer, and an impressive follow-up to their 2005 hailed debut Apologies to the Queen Mary.

MP3: "Call It A Ritual" by Wolf Parade from At Mount Zoomer

MP3: "Chief John" by The Great Northwest from the new CD The Widespread Reign - available July 29, 2008

MP3: "Pot Kettle Black" by Tilly and the Wall from O

MP3: "Cacophony" by Tilly and the Wall from O

Here's the YouTube video for "Pot Kettle Black":

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   July 6, 2008    0 Comments
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Michigan Becomes A Popular Indie Rock Festival Destination

Indie rockers Widespread Panic are one of dozens of bands at Rothbury

This year marks the beginning of more major music festivals than any year in recent memory - All Points West in New Jersey, Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco and the Rothbury Music Festival in the woods of Michigan, to name a few.

The Rothbury Festival kicked-off on Thursday and is wrapping up today in the woods of western Michigan. Highlights from the festival include performances from the Dave Matthews Band, 311, Widespread Panic, John Mayer, Modest Mouse, Of Montreal, Thievery Corporation, Sam Beam, Primus, STS9, Govt Mule and many others.

311 performing The Cure's "Love Song" at Rothbury

Chicagoians and folks in and around Michigan are festival-spoiled. In addition to Rothbury Festival, there is the Pitchfork Music Festival less than two weeks away and Lollapalooza the weekend of August 1-3.

The lineup for the Pitchfork Festival is impressive, featuring artists and groups like Animal Collective, Public Enemy, Sebadoh, Mission of Burma, The Hold Steady, M. Ward, Spoon, The Ruby Suns, Fleet Foxes, Elf Power, Spiritualized, Les Savy Fav, Apples in Stereo, Cut Copy, The Dodos and dozens more.

On Friday, the theme of the show is centered around performing highly acclaimed, entire albums performed by some of alternative and indie music's most cherished bands.

First up, Public Enemy will play It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back followed by Sebadoh performing Bubble and Scrape, and last but not at all the least, Mission of Burma will treat the festival crowds to the entire anthology from Vs.
The scheduled line-up for Saturday, July 16:

Animal Collective
Jarvis Cocker
The Hold Steady
Vampire Weekend
Dizzee Rascal
Fleet Foxes
Elf Power - "Paralyzed" (MP3)
Jay Reatard
Titus Andronicus
No Age
Atlas Sound - "
My Car" (MP3)
Extra Golden
The Ruby Suns
Icy Demons
A Hawk and a Hacksaw
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International
Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar

This is an awesome line-up for only $30. While I have to admit I don't know all of the performers, $30 to see Animal Collective, The Hold Steady, !!!, No Age, Atlas Sound, Elf Power, The Ruby Suns and Caribou is a hell of a bargain.

Sunday, July 20 lineup is as follows:

Dinosaur Jr.
M. Ward
Ghostface and Raekwon
Les Savy Fav
The Apples in Stereo
Dirty Projectors
Times New Viking
Cut Copy
Bon Iver
The Dodos
King Khan & His Shrines
El Guincho
Fuck Buttons
High Places

Sunday is another amazing line-up, including Spoon, Dinosaur Jr., Spiritualized, M. Ward, The Apples in Stereo, Cut Copy, The Dodos and many others.

Interestingly enough, despite a sagging economy, high fuel prices and saturation of big, outdoor music festivals spanning two to five days in duration, the fact is that ticket sales for both the veteran fests like Coachella and Bonnaroo, and the 'newbies', have been overall successful so far for 2008.

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   July 5, 2008    0 Comments
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best indie albums 2009

2009 Album Releases

A.C. Newman - Get Guilty
Andrew Bird - Noble Beasts
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Beirut - March of the Zapotec/Realpeople Holland
Ben Kweller - Changing Horses
Bishop Allen - Grrr
Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP
Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
Faunts - Feel. Love. Thinking. Of.
Franz Ferdinand - Tonight
Jason Zumpano - Roses $9.99 A Dozen
Lemon Sun - Run With The Faithless
Leopold & His Fiction - Ain't No Surprise
Loney Dear - Dear John
M. Ward - Hold Time
Morrissey - Years of Refusal
Papercuts - You Can Have What You Want
Robyn Hitchcock - Goodnight Oslo
Sin Fang Bous - Clangour
Spirit Spine - Spirit Spine
The Acorn - Heron Act
The City and Horses
The Thermals - Now We Can See
Throw Me the Statue - Purpleface
Vetiver - Tight Knit
Wolves in the Attic - Electronic Hearts

Upcoming 09 Releases

Dan Deacon 3/24
Great Lake Swimmers - 3/31
The Hold Steady - 4/7
Royksopp - Junion - 3/24

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*Releases listed alphabetically by first letter of artist or band name. This list will be updated throughout the year

Top 2008 Indie Albums

Air France - No Way Down
American Music Club - The Golden Age
Annuals - Such Fun
Atlas Sound - Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Not Feel
Au - Verbs
Beach House - Devotion
Beck - Modern Guilt
Blitzen Trapper - Furr
Bodies Of Water - A Certain Feeling
Bombadil - A Buzz, A Buzz
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Broken Social Scene - Something For All Of Us
Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
Daniel Lanois - Here Is What Is
Deerhoof - Offend Maggie
Deerhunter - Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.
Department of Eagles - In Ear Park
Earlimart - Hymn And Her
Elf Power - In A Cave
Envelopes - Here Comes The Wind
Fedrik - Na Na Ni
Firewater - The Golden Hour
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight
Fuck Buttons - Street Horrsing
Grand Archives - Grand Archvies
Hooray For Earth - Hooray For Earth
Islands - Arm's Way
Jose Rouse - Bedroom Classics
Little Joy - Little Joy
Mascott - Art Project
Man Man - Rabbit Habits
Mason Proper - Olly Oxen Free
Mates of State - Re-arrange Us
Melpo Mene - Bring The Lions Out
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
Neil Halstead - Abbey Road
Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
No Age - Nouns
Goh Nakamura - Ulysses Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
Passion Pit - Chuck Of Change
Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue
Port O'Brien - All We Could Do Was Sing
Ra Ra Riot - Rhumb Line
Santeria - Year Of The Knife
Shearwater - Rook
Secret Machines - Secret Machines
Sigur Ros - Med sud I eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Pershing
Spiritualized - Songs in A & E
Sprengjuholin - Sprengjuholin
Tapes N Tapes - Walk It Off
Thao - We Brave Bee Stings And All
The Breeders - Mountain Battles
The Dandy Warhols - Earth To The Dandy Warhols
The Dodos - Visiter
The Explorers Club: Freedom Wind
The Firekites - The Bowery
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
The Kills - Midnight Boom
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understanding
The Little Ones - Morning Tide
The Nice Jenkins - Elephant Twisters
The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely
The Raveonetts - Lust Lust Lust
The Ruby Suns - Sea Lion
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns
The Submarines - You, Me And The Burgeoisie
The Tallest Man On Earth - Shallow Grave
The Walkmen - You and Me
Titus Andronicus - The Airing Of Grievances
Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell
TV on the Radio - Dear Science
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
White Denim - Exposion
Wolf Parade - Mount Zoomer
Why? - Alopecia
Xylos - Bedrooms
You Me & Iowa - The Adventures Of You Me & Iowa

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