TOP INDIE BANDS - WEEK 4 2014

1/20/14
Best of Indie

As the hot mess that is the Grammys steadily approaches, you may find comfort in the fact there's still people out there with good taste in music. People like BitCandy and the team of Curators who, unlike the Recording Academy, consider top indie bands not to be those who sell the most records or pull in the most viewers, but those who sound the hot damn awesomest. Bands like Yacht, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and Dum Dum Girls. By the way, if you've got what it takes to be a Curator, and you're absolutely not a member of the Recording Academy, click here to sign up.

 

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YACHT – PLASTIC SOUL

DFA Records recently handed YACHT a cheque for $5000 (on second thoughts, they probably sent it through PayPal or some shit), and rather than spend it on a lifetime supply of rad sunglasses, the duo used the cash wisely to film this video for “Plastic Soul.” Sociopolitico disco is the future, dude.

 

EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS – THIS LIFE

So, this video starts off like some cool, black and white reenactment of GTA IV, but then shit gets all kinds of depressing. My bad to kill the vibe, I know it's supposed to be super emotional, but do we really need indie bands going around glamorising suicide and sending out a message of no hope?

 

LAWRENCE ROTHMAN – #1 ALL TIME LOW

It's hard to feel sympathy for a bro who still thinks it's ironic to wear vintage Reeboks. Maybe this is a new, hipster iPhone ad intended to appeal to said douchebag demographic? If you enjoy being mind fucked to the sound of PBR&B, subscribe to Lawrence Rothman's YouTube at your own peril.

 

PORTUGAL. THE MAN – MODERN JESUS (CHARLI XCX REMIX)

Evil Friends dropped in June of last year, but Portugal. The Man have been keeping their shit fresh with dope quality remixes from the likes of Mike D, Alt J and Danny Brown. Babia majora, Charli XCX, is the latest to get in on that after offering up this banging reinterpretation of “Modern Jesus.”

 

ÁSGEIR – WRECKING BALL (MILEY CYRUS COVER)

I'm tired of “Wrecking Ball,” and I'm tired of of fat, naked guys recreating it for shits and giggles. But my sweet, sweet Ásgeir can convince me of anything. And I mean anything. Call me, Ásgeir. I've got a new rule. You're only permitted to cover “Wrecking Ball” if you have an Icelandic accent.

 

RAE MORRIS – SKIN

A teenage girl with big hair who writes her own music? Watch it Lorde, it looks like you've got competition based on that superficial comparison of mine. Although “Skin” is far more sophisticated than “Royals.” So, even if Lorde's brand of indie pop gets on your tits, still give Rae Morris a chance.

 

SUN CLUB – BEAUTY MEAT

Sun Club go on a brocation in this video for “Beauty Meat,” which I'm going to guess was made on an even cheaper budget that YACHT's. Naked hipsters jumping into lakes before smothering their bodies in mud, and all to the soundtrack of jangle pop? Yeah, this is pretty much porn to me and you.

 

DUM DUM GIRLS – RIMBAUD EYES – CURATOR BECA

Dum Dum Girls should write a concept album about eyes. “Rimbaud Eyes,” “Bedroom Eyes,” and they can even throw in that Vagrants cover, “Oh Those Eyes.” Just make sure I'm cut in on the profits, Dee Dee. Anyways, can I get a yay for the return of the leggiest band in guitar music, please?

 

BLOOD CULTURES – MERCURY CHILD

3 months down the line, and Blood Cultures has unveiled the follow up to “Indian Summer,” which has racked up 300,000 plays on Soundcloud. It's the balaclava. Bitches love balaclavas. Oh, and I'd say “Mercury Child” was worth the wait, but in all honesty, I'd forgotten about him in the meantime.

 

RACING GLACIERS – NEW COUNTRY – CURATOR BECA

Fresh off tour (I'm guessing they're disgustingly sweaty, actually) with BitCandy favorites, Kodaline and Dan Croll, and Racing Glaciers unleash “New Country,” a gigantic indie folk anthem, complete with drum fills that'd make Neil Peart proud. Google him, newb, and may the fist pump be with you.

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That's all of the top indie bands I've got time for this week, but don't sweat it, as I'll be back next Monday for more. Don't forget to let me know how awesome today's roundup was in the comments below, and if you've got what it takes to contribute to any of our future posts, sign up to be a Curator.

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About Jess Grant

When Jess Grant isn't writing on music, she can be found playing it – on her guitar, on her ukulele, and on her recently acquired mandolin. Playing it hideously, she ought to add. Jess also studies. She studies the English language, to be precise. Jess is currently on her way to a degree in the subject, and enjoys starting and never finishing novels, screenplays, and poetry in her spare time. She also likes dogs. Lots of dogs.