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Pharmacy Keys – “Take the Cake”

Cleveland quartet Pharmacy Keys have an ear for lovely indie rock melodies – case in point, “Take the Cake.” Any fan of Weezer, Fountains of Wayne, or even¬†Pavement will dig this one – their sugary sweet vocal melodies combined with crunchy guitar prowess is dripping with nostalgic 90s sentiment. Despite the 90s nod, this one…

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Pearl Jam – Gigaton

These days, the only time you ever hear the word ‘grunge’ in and around music is as part of the sentence ‘grunge is dead.’ That’s not exactly true, but or is it a large-scale exaggeration. It’s now more than twenty-five years since Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain took his own life, and the sad anniversary of that…

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Oftener – “Daydream”

Can’t help but love the visceral emotion here on “Daydream,” coming from Minnesotan quartet Oftener. Combining hints of energy from early Modest Mouse and Cap’n Jazz with elements of shoegaze, “Daydream” feels like the kind of song you’d get lost to on your fourth PBR at a crowded basement show. Put this one on and…

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Air Devi – “No Clearances”

Gotta show a little love to Air Devi for their super-chill, 90s-esque, indie rock style… Especially here on “No Clearances.” Waxing poetically about a carefree childhood of rolling down grassy hills, choosing favorite colors, and being a picky eater, this one combines the thrills of youth with a light-hearted slacker vibe. Fans of Liz Phair,…

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Jake Ellis – “Same Sun”

“Same Sun” is a straightforward indie rock ditty, no arguments there. But this one is truly a lovely jam full of jangly guitar goodness, bell-tone guitar leads, and a progression that tends to tug on the heartstrings. Floridian Jake Ellis really captures the feeling of being stuck in a two-star town and the confusion that…

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Ayelle – “Effort”

Yep, we can’t help but dig this latest jam from NY-based Ayelle. “Effort” is smart commentary on modern relationships – a dig at social media, relationships, and the ever-so-common (albeit justified) request to, I don’t know… Try a little? Beyond the spot-on social critique, “Effort” has slick pop production and a great chorus. Perfect for…

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Grace Joyner – “Fake Girlfriend”

We’re digging the ethereal vibes of “Fake Girlfriend” from Charleston’s Grace Joyner. This one utilizes gauzy synth textures and a funky, nu-disco bass line as the backbone to Joyner’s haunting vocal delivery. She explores the complexity of a relationship with a “fake girlfriend” – someone who’s there when you need them but not good enough…

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Catastrophe & Cure – “Another Wave”

Austrian quintet Catastrophe & Cure wrote something great here – we’re loving on the indie rock vibes on “Another Wave.” Carried by a simple but effective guitar lead, “Wave” is tasteful in all the right ways. Other highlights: a groovy beat; bouncing bass; droning but melodic vocals; splashes of synth ambiance; and breathy exhale flourishes……

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Sirens of Lesbos – “Zeus”

Swiss quintet Sirens of Lesbos have us captivated with their smooth nu-disco¬†feels on “Zeus.” Split into a three-act epic, this one eschews typical song structure for something groovy and in-the-pocket in a succinct, three-minute package. This one would feel at home on any playlist featuring Tame Impala, Daft Punk, or Metronomy. Get into their gentle…

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War Strings – “My Alien Heart”

War Strings is a cool new LA act whose “My Alien Heart” caught our ears. This one is an interesting electro indie banger that brings to mind Phantogram at their heaviest with a tinge of Radiohead. Pairing huge synthy hits with grindy guitar and bass riffs – the cherry-on-top here is the intensely soaring vocal…

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