Indie Christmas in the Spring 2012 Playlist

The time has come for a new playlist.

There are few blog posts I prepare and write that give me more pure enjoyment than when I have a new playlist to publish. And this playlist – Indie Christmas in the Spring 2012 – will be the first one that is officially published first here at

(To see previous playlists, which were all published first over at MSF, click here. To learn the background behind “Indie Christmas,” click here.)

Now onto the list, which you an conveniently play right here in your browser simply by clicking on the buttons next to the song names.

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Of Monsters and Men Concert Review – Park West Chicago, IL

Originally scheduled to play at the much smaller Subterranean, Of Monsters and Men’s show in Chicago, due to overwhelming demand, was moved to Park West. The show (along with most of Of Monsters and Men’s other shows) was sold out. The fans came, and they packed Park West wall to wall.

There was a sense of uneasiness in the air, and with good reason. Of Monsters and Men’s debut album hasn’t come out yet- it’s due out April 3rd – so many of the people, not all, weren’t too familiar with the music.

You could tell Of Monsters and Men were a little uneasy too. A handful of times in between songs the band talked about how this was their first time in the USA and technically their first ever tour, so their nerves were a little high too. [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...]

“Little Talks” and “Lakehouse” by Of Monsters and Men

I was discussing new bands with a friend this weekend when she mentioned Of Monsters and Men. I’d heard of them, but had not yet come across their music in my web travels.

Then today, Indie Christmas contributor Tyler Juranovich posted in our Indie Music Lovers Facebook group about the band, so I decided that fate had properly intervened and I need to take some initiative and check the band out.

So far, I’ve listened to one song, and I love it. So I’m posting.

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Of Monsters and Men Release EP and Announce Tour Dates

One of my favorite new bands to hit the US just released their long-awaited debut EP “Into the Woods” along with North American tour dates. The EP contains four songs, including their most popular “Little Talks.” The tour starts in Texas, heads west, then back to Midwest, and finally finishes in Toronto.  [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...]