• Under the moniker Shunkan, Los Angeles-born Marina Sakimoto's humble solo act has grown into full-bleed, grungy goodness condensed in a new album, The Pink Noise (out November 20th).

shy kids – Spirituals

The debut album, Lofty from Toronto’s shy kids is full of experimental buzz, but nothing seemed to give a better first impression than their opener, “Spirituals” and its catchy licks: “until then, i’ll give what i got, even if it’s not special – cuz i learn what i’m not when i’m out of perspective.” Raw snare clicks and a … Continue reading


Protomartyr – Dope Cloud

“That’s not gonna save you man” Protomartyr: the first martyr for a cause.  Formed in 2010 out the motor city,  this caustic punk rock band played a niche scene of dive bars and basements before meeting up with Hardly Art Records and releasing their second single, “Dope Cloud” from their awaited third album, The Agent Intellect.  The … Continue reading


Aloa Input – Far Away Sun

  Germany’s Aloa Input founded its roots in 2012 and began to echo praise with the debut single “Prblms”.  The band’s niche style is relative to the “New Weird Bavaria” movement — an eclectic european mix of indie, folk, and electronic scenes. It’s a perplexing sound that’s all too familiar on this site, yet arranged like nothing you’ve … Continue reading

Dylan Johnson

Team Nightstand – Twist and Turn, New EP

Sweet sounds out of the Sooner State.  We’re happy to introduce Oklahoma dream pop duo, Team Nightstand.  Their debut EP out this month, is a mix of glassy sounds that bounce with darker electro beats. Think: shoegazing, but with fresh Nikes. The Team consists of members Zach, Cali, a few Fenders, and “beats”.  Local OK … Continue reading

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I Know Leopard – Daisy Eyes

  “It’s daisy in your eyes / I’m craving all the time” Get to know I Know Leopard.  The Sydney indie-outfit reached our west coast ears with their latest single “Daisy Eyes”.  This third release is from the band’s forthcoming EP, ILLUMINA which includes previous singles “Hold This Tight” and “She”. Bright and warm, I Know … Continue reading


Full Ugly – Drove Down

  Full Ugly seems to be half-kidding when it comes to their tongue-in-cheek title.  This week, the Melbourne-based shoegazers released their full album Spent the Afternoon, a rattle of crisp lo-fi strings and carefree clamor that’s anything but an unfortunate complexion. “Drove Down” is a signature midtempo, soft-rock single (previously released).  The sound tip-toes music mixed by bands … Continue reading