Dawes’ “Stories Don’t End” Review

I first found about Dawes from Chicago’s 93XRT radio station. They played their song “Time Spent in Los Angeles” off their sophomore album Nothing is Wrong. I enjoyed what I heard so much I decided to check out the rest of the album. I instantly found one of my new favorite rock/folk bands.

Last Tuesday (April 9th), Dawes’ third album Stories Don’t End  was released in the U.S. I had anxiously been waiting for the new album for a little over a month now. The new single “From a Window Seat” grew on me, and all the excerpts from the album’s other songs had me even more excited.

I’ve listened to Stories Don’t End almost exclusively and non-stop for the past five days, and it has reaffirmed to me Dawes is one of the best kept secrets in rock today. [Read more...]

PAPA: A Band You Need to Know About

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything here at Indie Christmas. I apologize for that. It’s not that I haven’t been listening to some good music–I have. But when it comes to recommending music, (or books and movies) I feel like my reputation is on the line, so I wait till I find a band I really really like and am confident most of you will too.

I’ve found that band.

Meet PAPA. A band from California that has become my most recent musical obsession.  [Read more...]

Band of Horses Release New Album Release Date, New Song

Indie folk/country band, Band of Horses, has released the title, release date, and first single (Knock Knock) off their new album Mirage Rock. Mirage Rock is the band’s follow up to their Grammy nominated Infinite Arms and will be released September 18th.

Pre-orders are availble through iTunes and Amazon. If you pre-order it off of iTunes you get the single Knock Knock instantly and am exclusive track entitled Ego Nightmare.

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Two Gallants Announces New Album “The Bloom and the Blight”

Indie rock/folk duo from San Francisco, Two Gallants, announced today their new album titled “The Bloom and the Blight” will be released on September 4th on ATO Records.

This is the band’s first record on ATO records, and their first full album release in five years. [Read more...]

Listen to Of Monsters and Men’s Debut Album “My Head is an Animal.”

Of Monsters and Men have arguably been the best new indie band to hit the scene this year. Their debut album “My Head is an Animal” will be released April 3rd, but NPR is allowing you to have a “First Listen” to the album for free.

I’ve currently listened through the first five songs, and I already love it. You can pre-order the album on iTunes now. I don’t think anyone who has been anticipating this release will be disappointed. [Read more...]

“Hey All You Hippies!”- The Low Anthem

I recently attended a City and Colour concert in Indianapolis (an artist that you should also check out), and this band, The Low Anthem, opened up for them. Almost instantly I loved this band, mainly because I have a real soft spot for folk music and bands that you can really tell they love what they’re doing while they’re playing. They even, at one point, played a handsaw with a bow. [Read more...]

“LakeHouse”-Of Monsters and Men

I was introduced to this band through my best friend. Him and I share the exact same taste and love for music, so it was no surprise that I instantly loved the band Of Monsters and Men. [Read more...]

Man and Wife, The Latter (Damaged Goods)-The Desaparecidos

My last two recommended songs both have been acoustic, so I thought I’d totally switch spectrums and recommend a much heavier and more energetic song. Man and Wife, The Latte (Damaged Goods) is my favorite song of the album Read Music/Speak Spanish by The Desaparecidos( literally meaning “the disappeared” in spanish.)

While most music looks inward, the Desapareceidos’ music looks outward, discussing such things as middle class life and what they as the problems of today’s world. If anything, the album is a lot of fun to listen to even though it has a raw and louder sound than most albums.

 Man And Wife, The Latter (Damaged Goods)-The Desaparecidos

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“Milk Thistle” by Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst has been in the indie music scene since the age of 13. His career as spanned almost 20 years now with many different bands and musicians, most noticeably M. Ward. His main band is Bright Eyes, but Oberst has had a lot of side projects such as the Mystic Valley Band and the his punk band, the Desaparecidos.

This song-Milk Thistle- comes from his 2008 self-titled solo album. The video is a really special treat of Oberst playing “Milk Thistle” on a couch. It’s a very simple performance, but Oberst is able to add emotion to the great lyrics.
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“Your Witness” by Adam Haworth Stephens

Your Witness-Adam Haworth Stephens

Last year indie rocker Adam Haworth Stephens stepped out from his folk, rock duo of Two Gallants and stepped into a whole different persona for his solo album “We Live on Cliffs.” The story-like lyrics are still there, as well as some harmonica, but the music is more upbeat , but we still get the feeling of dissatisfaction that has made his man project so popular. If you like the song, you can buy the solo album here.