Sunday, March 27, 2011

DJ Aeke

DJ Aeke is an electronic artist just making his break into the indie music scene.  His first album, "Broken Glass" is set to be released in late April and his music can be found at

The Passion Project

This is a refreshing and unique blending of rock and classical, proving once and for all that any genre can be mixed.  The 8 member band pulls it off with a wide range of instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, violin, viola and cello.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Shady Cats

If you're looking for some original rock that sounds like it's straight out of the 70s, this is definitly the band.  Shady Cats couples a solid rock sound with close harmonies to achieve their signature sound.

Chris Dukes

Here is a great example of an indie musician working his way up.  Not only has he built a solid fan base with his driving rock with great guitar and vocals, he has sung in several major television commercials that showcase his musical abilities.

Comfortble Cats

This London based band shows a definite affinity for mixing genres.  They play a unique mixture of pop, soul, ska, latin, and more to produce songs with great instrumentation and driving rhythms.

Jamie Bendell

This New York singer/songwriter sings her great original songs with a crystal clear voice that grabs your attention immediately and keeps you listening.  She classifies her songs as pop, but some of them have a somewhat folksy sound.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

David Edwards

David Edwards proves that you can go back.  After a ten year hiatus, the classically trained artist has returned to produce an eclectic CD of new compositions entitled "Elusive Dreams," with a wonderful blend of classical, jazz, and new age instrumental music.

Monday, March 21, 2011


In a masterful blend of hip-hop and pop, this New Jersey artist produces a somewhat eclectic blend of music that has wide appeal and has gained her a growing fan base.

Branden Sipes

Hailing from a state that is well known for its independent acoustic music, Colorado based artist Branden Sipes produces high quality folk/rock that is driven with his unique voice and acoustic guitar.

Tony Brown

Tony Brown is part of a growing movement of independent artists who are challenging the idea of separate genres.  This shows in his new release, "The Black Art," a collection of songs that not only intermingle different genres, but different emotions as well.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chris Colepaugh and the Crew

This Southern rock band is based out of Canada, but don't let the location fool you.  The bluesy/rock songs of their new CD, "Missed A Page," are done with great harmonies in the vocals, coupled with a definite Southern style that has gained them dedicated fands throughout Canada and the US.

The Shiny Darks

If you're looking for some driving rock and roll, this is the band.  Their new EP, "Stab at Love" is chock full of energetic, though somewhat dark vocals backed by killer instrumentals.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Ivory Tower Project

This New York recording group is a collaboration of some of New Yorks finest recording artists.  The music is well produced, and the songs, which are reminicent of the 70s/80s have gained the group international airplay.


Here at the Indie Music Review, we've heard some cool musical hybrids before, but this one might have topped them all.  13B crafts a unique blend of traditional Irish music and electronica for acutting edge sound that they refer to as "Celtronica."

Friday, March 11, 2011

Hardlogic (Featured Band)

Here is a slap in the face for the "Jazz is dead" crowd.  This funky New York jazz/fusion band performs original music with an original flair.  By mixing more traditional instruments such as saxes and a strong bass with electronic winds and electric guitar, Hardlogic has achieved 21st century jazz that is in a class of it's own.  Their unique music has not only kept them busy with local performances, it has gained them airplay on hundreds of radio stations around the world.  To hear music from Hardlogic, visit

Jacobs Hill

Yet another great indie band out of Philly.  All of the members have years of experience playing and it definitely shows in their new EP, "Jacobs Hill."

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Last Internationale

Listening to The Last Internationale is like taking a journey through the genres.  Their music slides from a smooth blues into an electric guitar and percussion heavy rock without losing the listener in the transition.

Katlyn Swanson

Katlyn Swanson is a New York recording artist that does well not only as a singer, but also puts out great sounding recordings.  To listen to her pop/R&B, visit

Future Vince

Based out of Boston, Massachussets, this new alt rock shows the influence of the famed Berklee College of Music.  The music is dynamic, yet somewhat laid back at the same time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Crash Monument

This four piece SoCal alt rock band combines just enough driving instrumentals with a little bit of angst for a completely unique, comletely indie sound.  Their new EP, "Life Disconnected" can be found at

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

David Cosma

Refreshing, acoustic, and pure indie.  David Cosma's musical abilities show both in his songwriting and playing.

Mold Colony

Here is a band that keeps the fun in funky.  Filled with songs like "Space Monkey" and "Pirates Blood," their new CD is full of very original music that is fun as a barrel of (space) monkeys.

The Smiles And Frowns

Another great psychedelic-ish band, but with an entirely unique sound, The Smiles And Frowns play songs that are somewhat folksy and conjure up images of tie dye shirts and VW buses.

Beaulieu Porch

If Mozart ever wrote psychedelic music, this is how it would sound.  Far from sticking to the tried and true guitars and drums, the songs of Beaulieu Porch use an array of instruments ranging from kettle drums to french horns to create an almost otherworldly experience for the listener.

Kevin Killen

Philadelphia seems to be fast becoming an epicenter for singer/songwriters, and Kevin Killen is an excellent example.  Like many singer/songwriters, his songs can be hard to fit into just one genre, and his music takes influences from folk, alt rock, jazz, and Americana.  Probably his strongest point is his catchy choruses, which always seem to bring the song full circle.

The Fungus Moth

This UK band is reminiscent of the punk movement of the 1990s.  The songs are heavy on the experimenting and contain interesting minimalist musical ideas such as a strong dependence on repetition that seems designed to toy with the mind of the listener.

Monday, March 7, 2011

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Dan Dailey

Dan Dailey is part of a growing movement of musicians who are utilizing new technology and their multi-instrumental abilities to write, perform, and produce entire records solo.  He has produced multiple CDs with his 60s/70s style rock (The latest is "Out Of Control" ) that often sound like the work of a full band and record label.

Mr.Tac a.k.a. "Chocolate"

This Bronx-based hip hop is an example to independent musicians in every genre.  He not only produces quality hip hop, he has established himself in the highly competitive New York hip hop scene with 6 albums that keep his fans coming back for more.

A.J. Steel

A.J. Steel is an Australian performer and songwriter whose great rock/pop compositions have not only received recognition Down Under, but on radio stations in America and the UK as well.  His latest production is a new EP, Satellites and Cars, which feature an excellent drum and electric guitar accompaniment in sync with his distinct voice.

Alexander Jenkins

Alexander Jenkins is a composer that isn't interested in writing for just one genre.  He has over 500 original songs written in genres ranging from industrial to ethnic, with every on bearing his own unique, electronic heavy style.

Trumpet Grrrl

In a well-crafted collision of classical and popular music, this Maryland recording artist has combined her trumpet and keyboard skills with a pop oriented voice that is making has her not only performing in small venues, but ones as famous as Carnegie Hall.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Pasha Black

Writing and singing music in multiple languages is no small feat in itself, but Ukrainian artist Pasha Black pulls it off without sacrificing any quality.  His acoustic soft rock features not only good songwriting, but excellent instrumentals and production.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen sings and writes country/rock, leaning mostly towards rock.  His music has a feel of professionalism both in the writing and in the production.


This experimental East Coast band is definitely willing to try new things.  They produce signature originals with lots of emphasis on the electronic funk.

Tony Memmel

Though classically trained, this singer/songwriter puts out great contemporary music sung with his unique voice that sounds distinct from many in the genre due to his multi-instrumental abilities and the accompaniment of his band.  He is also a great example of a musician triumphing over adversity to produce great songs.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

These Curious Thoughts

Easily the most unique thing about this songwriting duo is that it's members live on two different continents.  Sean Dunlop writes the lyrics from the USA, and corresponds via the web with lyricist Jamie Radford in the UK to produce great songs that not only unite genres, but countries as well.


This Swedish metal band is not for the faint of heart.  Throughout their debut album are driving guitar, pounding drums, and a heavy bass that together with the dynamite vocals drives home the music.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dash Davis

This Bahamas based artist has just released a new single, "The Greatest Show On Earth."  It is a great hip hop listen, and makes you hope this songwriter keeps writing.


It isn't enough for this artist to create her own music, she decided to create her own genre too.  Her 21st century pop/electronic style of music is so unique, she calls it "Beta Music" instead of trying to fit it into some other cookie cutter genre.

Pace Won and Mr. Green

Here is evidence that the classic hip hop duo can stay relevant.  An example is their song, "Can You Hear Me," which is based on the very recent events in Tunisia.


A great new alt rock/electronic band from France.  Although just beginning to recieve recognition, their music, such as "Quiet Riot" shows great promise.


This energetic band is hopping state to state all over the Northern United States with their expertly produced music.  The songs slowly build up to a thunderous climax with expertly wielded bass, drums, guitars, and vocals.


Grady Slade Jr is a hip hop artist building a formidable fan base in New York with real life songs such as "Power To The People" decrying his social justice themes.

Butch Berry

This is about as personal as pop can get.  The songs out of the new album, "Enamorado" make you feel like you are sitting across from Butch Berry as he tells you stories straight from the heart.


Undakova is a New York hip hop songwriter and producer whose music is much more melodic than many hip hop artists.  The songs, which are often social justice themed, transfer smoothly a singing to a softer rap.

Monty The Space Poet

Listening to Monty The Space Poet is like being on a time machine that doesn't quite know where to go.  He brings you back to the 1960s with his great classic rock sound, then yanks you into the '90s  with a punkier style, and back and forth you go as he transitions from electronic to acoustic and back again.


This music can fool you into thinking that it is just another shoegazing "nature sound" band, until the gorgeous lyrics take over.

Gilbert Neal

Gilbert Neal is a versatile songwriter who produces songs that are a blend of a little bit of everything.  He utilizes slight dissonances in his driving guitar, then resolves them for a sound keeps the listener involved.


This band reminds you of just how many different genres come out of Texas.  Based in Austin, they produce experimental electronic music that is unique and refreshing.

The Daydream Club

This folk songwriting duo from the UK keeps their music somewhat simple, yet it conveys a powerful effect that conjures up images of the British countryside.

Lick And A Promise

Lick And A Promise is a great reminder of the diversity of rock, as they're based out of Frankfurt, Germany.  Their new album, "Come Together In The Morning" contains just some of the great rock and roll that has kept them busy not only in Europe, but up and down the U.S. West Coast as well.

Seldom Party

This folkish music is haunting and mysterious, with a near-unison vocal duo ( Will Kendrew, with guest vocals from Mimi Leung ) that blends their voices just right to produce a unique sound that has you listening again and again.

The Big Motif

This jazzy Colorado band likes to lull you with a soft guitar or sax, then surprise you with an explosion of drums, bass, and funky vocals.  They are releasing a CD in April featuring their original jazz/rock songs.


Talk about versatility, this actress/model/songwriter/performer does it all, without sacrificing the quality of her music.  In between acting in "Get Him To The Greek" and modeling on the Sports Illustrated Red Carpet, she produces great Las Vegas rock/pop music with a powerful voice.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Frances Charlotte

Playing since she was 6, and songwriting since she was 12, Frances Charlotte's driving guitar backs up her sometimes dark, sometimes folksy, and always personal lyrics.


This band is definitely going places in the UK.  Their relaxed electronica sound is drawing fans from every corner of the globe.

Rubber Clown Car

Don't be fooled by the name, the Rubber Clown Car band plays music with a serious message.  With their latest CD titled "Jesus is not a Weapon," there is no doubt where this band stands, which would explain the sort of 1960s sound. 

The Mason Affair

This LA based funk, Soul and R&B band plays with a groove that makes you want to dance.  The 8 members produce a full, jazzy sound that's hard to beat.

David Rosenfield

Born and raised on the West Coast, David Rosenfield's compositions still retain the Northwest style of independent folk rock, although he is now based out of Florida.  His lyrics remind the listener of what songwriting really is: poetry.

El Gitano

El Gitano's music is a little hard to define, though he describes it as "World Music/"Circus Music"/Hip Hop."  It definitely makes for a fun listen.

Jeff Gutman

If there is one thing that San Fransisco consistently produces, it's great indie songwriters, and Jeff Gutman is certainly no exception.  His fifth album, "Through The Night" works great lyrics in with powerful emotions.

King Cotton

Be prepared to get taken back to dirt roads and Southern farms when you hear this band, while at the same time rockin' out to their indie Southern rock groove.

Resident Scout

This singer/songwriter is the epitome of creativity and versatility.  Not only did he write, record, mix, perform, and produce his debut album, "My Greatest Sympathies," completely solo, he succeeded in producing music that is original and fun to listen to. 


C-Jay produces the kind of R&B that appeals to any audience.  His naturally easygoing voice in songs such as "So Empty"  leave you wanting more.  Keep an eye on this guy!

Joseph Gallant

Joseph Gallant is an up-and-coming songwriter based out of Maine.  His songs and gentle vocals carry a sense of intimacy, as if he's having a conversation with the listener.

Painted Grey

Here is a great West Coast alternative pop/rock band that has just released a new (debut) album, "Away With Words."  The songs have a distinct Northwest style of rocking out, with a high tenor voice which carries the band.

Jezebels Kiss

In case there is any doubt, this is definitely rock.  Listening to them is like hearing a cross between Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, and KISS.


Here is a British rock band that doesn't hold anything back.  The 5 piece band produces music that is as intense as it is energetic.

Serious Clark.

This funky North Carolina band produces a little bit of everything, mostly pop and folk.  Their music is catchy, and leaves you with a song stuck in your head.

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