We’ve made it pretty clear that, like so many other right-thinking people, we’re not necessarily able to get behind the constant barrage of Next Big Thing declarations that has been plaguing the indie rock world. But occasionally, it can be fun to play along. Which is why we’ve cobbled together a list of bands you might want to keep an eye on, if only so that you don’t feel left out of the conversation.
Fresh off a well-received performance at the East Village Radio Fest a couple weeks ago, the Brooklyn duo writes garage-pop that’s decidedly dark, but still totally danceable.
They’re already on tour with Ted Leo, so that’s good news. And they’ve got a song called ‘Titus Andronicus’, so that’s even better news. A New Jersey band (!) that plays over-the-top energetic, lo-fi punk that sounds like Conor Oberst fronting a late-80s Lookout Records band.
Some might say they sound too much like Belle and Sebastian, but we think they sound just the right amount like them. By which we mean, well, exactly like them. Gentle, hooky indie-pop from a Brooklyn-based band that now features Saturday Looks Good to Me frontman Fred Thomas.
So, have you heard that there’s a music scene in Columbus, Ohio? And that it’s based on a genre the kids are calling shit-gaze? Well, it’s true. And there’s a band called, sadly, Psychedelic Horseshit that plays noisy, blaring pop songs with some of the most laid-back vocals we’ve ever heard. You should listen, then tell us what subway line goes to Columbus.
Turning some heads of late, with their playful, mega-catchy, mostly acoustic pop songs. With song titles like ‘Dance Till the Morning Light’ and ‘Let’s Fall Back in Love.’ we think you get the point