Index to Artists and Playlists

If you are here to find out more about Indie Rock you may want to start with this post: Intro to Indie Rock.  Otherwise jump right in.

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Artists:

Sylvan Esso / Metric / Arcade Fire / Lykke Li / Decemberists / Animal Collective / Vampire Weekend / Middle Kids / Tame Impala / M.I.A. / Sleigh Bells / Hinds / Chvrches / Neko Case / Temples / The xx / Lana Del Rey  / The Orwells  / Parquet Courts / Sufjan Stevens / The Kills / Best Coast / The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile and Sharon Van Etten / Alt-J / Grimes / Warpaint / New Pornographers / Purity Ring / Courtney Barnett / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / St. Vincent / Belle and Sebastian / LCD Soundsystem / Strokes, Interpol, Arctic Monkeys / Grizzly Bear / Broken Social Scene / Fleet Foxes / Alvvays / Sleater-Kinney / Jagwar Ma / Yo La Tengo / Bleached / Foxygen

Video Playlists:

15 Minutes Underground – Play your instruments, don’t play WITH them

15 Minutes Underground – Guitars and Depression

15 Minutes Underground – Electronic Dance Music, Not EDM

15 Minutes Underground – When Modern Dance Meets Indie

15 Minutes Underground – Rock and Roll Front Women

15 Minutes Underground – Psychedelic Experience

15 Minutes Underground – Great Voices

15 Minutes Underground – Chill

15 Minutes Underground – Panorama 2017

15 Minutes Underground – Live Guitar Rock Bands Thriving in 2017

15 Minutes Underground – Summertime Beach Music

YouTube playlist with all the videos in this blog: Full Playlist

Vacation and Rethink

Off to watch the eclipse.  I’m thinking of doing some revamping of the blog.  Maybe update all the artist posts with 15 minute playlists.  Maybe rename the site to “15 Minutes Underground”.  

If you have any suggestions on changes that might make this blog better comment here and I’ll think about changes over my vacation.  

R

Foxygen – Rock Anthems Slightly Off – Or Is It Us?

Foxygen is bit hard to describe.  They write and produce big songs with lots of feeling. They use lots of instruments and sometimes orchestras.  The lead singer, Sam France, is not always in control on stage, but isn’t that the norm?  I think the main point I’d make here is that these songs are both great to listen to and play with your head.  Sometimes it seems like your in the 60s and sometimes it is in the future.  Their music isn’t hard to get into, but if you listen it will definitely make you wonder.

I saw them a couple weeks ago (see the picture above) and they were solid.  Sam was high energy, ambiguously dressed, and put out a powerhouse performance.  No complaints here.

Finding a live performance that shows the energy but still sounded good was a challenge. So I’m including mostly “music videos” this time, with one live performance that should give you an idea of what I mean.

Songs in this playlist:

Follow The Leader

San Francisco

Shuggie (live)

No Destruction

Play it now: Rock Anthems Slightly Off – Or Is It Us?

 

15 Minutes Underground – Summertime Beach Music

Having lived on the beach for a few years I appreciate a fuzzed out guitar, and easy beat, and a happy sound to accompany the sun, the waves, and the surf.  Indie Rock keeps up the tradition of beach sounds and I’m a happy guy.

Here’s what you’ll find here.

1) Surfer Blood – they lost their lead guitarist to cancer last year.  I don’t know what that means for them in the future.  Let’s hope they continue on. Nonetheless they have provided some of the most classic beach sounds you can find.

2) DIIV (pronounced dive) are guitar wizards who make great sounds.  It was raining when I saw them a couple summers back.  They sounded great even wet.  I’d rather have them on a nice sunny day at the beach.

3) Best Coast – Pure California fun. One of my favorite songs of theirs – Heaven Sent – is just what I need on a sunny day

4) Day Wave – A DIY one man act with great style and an easy to love sound.

Enjoy:

Tracks in this playlist:

Surfer Blood – Matter of Time

DIIV – How Long Have You Known?

Best Coast – Heaven Sent

Day Wave – Deadbeat Girl 

Play it now: 15 Minutes Underground – Summertime Beach Music

15 Minutes Underground – Live Guitar Rock Bands Thriving in 2017

Every few years someone declares rock dead but rock and roll goes on.  Sure we’ve got plenty of electronic music today and different beats filled with invention, but there’s nothing like rocking out to an enthusiastic band playing guitars and drums with an occasional keyboard or saxophone thrown in for good measure.

I’ve been lucky enough to be near the front of live performances of all these bands.  I’d highly recommend any of them.  Live performance gives me a much better idea of what a band is all about then listening on my headphones or watching a highly polished video. Live is exposed, raw, and direct.  Seeing a great band live with a few hundred others all getting into the feeling is some of the most fun you can have.  Buy a ticket and go!

Live performances on this playlist:

The Kills – Doing it to Death

Hinds – San Diego

The Orwells – Let It Burn 

The War on Drugs – Red Eyes

Play it now: 15 Minutes Underground – Live Guitar Rock Bands Thriving in 2017

Bleached – Grunge Reincarnated? Rock and Roll!

Three women on guitars and vocals and one male drummer  – Bleached – bring a retro 90s feel that is super appealing.  I just saw them at the Panorama Festival in New York and I think this was my favorite performance.  A young band with only two studio albums, they are coming up strong.  Go see them and you’re guaranteed a good time. Wednesday Night Melody has been stuck in my head for days.  Go Bleached!

In this Playlist:

Wednesday Night Melody – The Lead singer is dead through this video but that doesn’t seem to stop her from singing

Flipside – The band dancing in the flowers

Sour Candy – Acoustic version nicely played

Sleepwalking – Live and raw

Play it Now: Bleached Playlist

Yo La Tengo – Mellow Musical Melodies

Have a taste for something simple, easy to listen to, with real musical talent behind it. You’ve found it in Yo La Tengo which translated means “I’ve got it” – and so do we.  Yo La Tengo has been around quite a while and enjoyed lots of critical success.  They are still under the radar after all these years and played mostly on Indie playlists and radio stations.  No big beats, no head-banging, no earth-shaking – I guess you can say their music is essentially under the radar material.  When you are looking for something a little mellow, but very reliable, maybe this is the place to go.

On this playlist:

Autumn Sweater

Nothing to Hide

Friday I’m In Love (great cover of the famous Cure song) –

Here To Fall

Play it now: Yo La Tengo – Mellow Musical Melodies

Jagwar Ma – Can Your Brain Dance?

Jagwar Ma is one of the more interesting bands I saw this past weekend at Panorama in New York.  Psychedelic rock conjures up images of people spacing out on spacey music. In 2017, however,  people want to dance.  Jagwar Ma solves this problem with “Psychedelic Dance” music.  They bring EDM beats to their Psych sounds and the party goes on! This is an up and coming band who really seem to be finding their feet marrying these two worlds together.  Quite fun to see live, or spacing out on your couch.

Songs on this playlist:

O B 1 – Come Save Me – Uncertainty

Play it now: Jagwar Ma – Psychedelic Dance