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Wild Moccasins is an indie pop band from Houston, Texas. Their infectious, exuberant jams are as colorful as the confetti and balloon drops that fans have come to enjoy at their live shows. A tight-knit crew of music nerds who found each other at concerts and record shops, they've grown together through songwriting and performance, and that connection is apparent in their records and live shows as they leave it all onstage.
SPEAK is the Austin-based art rock quartet of Troupe Gammage, Joey Delahoussaye, Nick Hurt, and Jake Stewart. Their music tends towards the dramatic side of electronic synthpop, in the form of darkly epic dancefloor jams topped with falsetto vocals, all while hints of their influences (reportedly Peter Gabriel, Blur, and Kanye West, which sounds pretty accurate) shine through.
Vancouver-based Gold & Youth write songs with a hazy, breezy, nostalgic air to them. Equally adept at crafting jams for West Coast summer drives as they are at soundtracking a midnight adventure in the city, their blend of electronics and other instrumentation lays just the right bed for their haunting vocal melodies. Fans of 80s synth-pop should take note: though there's not much retro about this, nods to the likes of Depeche Mode and Roxy Music are definitely there, bringing electronic sounds to life in the most organic ways.
Unicycle Loves You is a Brooklyn trio who "write loud, noisy pop songs from hell." While they don't actually come across as being all that evil, they do have a way of making some terrifyingly great loud sounds. Evolving from jangly power pop to post-new wave to garage-psych, the band's latest work finds them further mutating their raw pop songs with walls of sound. The band stopped by to play some tunes and chat with Maia about their recording process.
Miniature Tigers is an indie pop band that originated way back in the MySpace days in Phoenix, Arizona, but currently resides in the musical utopia of Brooklyn, New York. With several critically-acclaimed albums under their belt, they've amassed a solid fan base by touring extensively, spreading their pristine, catchy tunes far and wide. Singer and guitarist Charlie Brand has set out to craft relatable, passionate songs that listeners can connect with and, so far, that certainly seems to be working. The guys stopped by to play some tunes from their latest album and chat with Maia about their music.
Revolution In The Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter is an indie rock musical, written by Icelandic songwriter Ívar Páll Jónsson. Opening at the Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC, this surreal and philosophical story does indeed take place in the elbow of one Ragnar Agnarsson. Here, Jónsson and a few of his talented ensemble of musical collaborators join us in the studio to share stripped down renditions of the excellent music from the play, and to share a bit of the story behind the production.
Sally Seltmann is a singer/songwriter/producer from Sydney, Australia, with a rich musical history. Notably, she co-wrote Feist’s hit song, "1234," and previously performed under the name New Buffalo, where she collaborated with the likes of Beth Orton and Dirty Three's Jim White, releasing records on Arts & Crafts (who she is still working with). Since dropping that moniker, she formed Seeker Lover Keeper, a trio with Holly Throsby and Sarah Blasko, and set up the "Alphabet Botanical" side project as an opportunity to write and record with other artists. Sally stopped by to play some songs from her latest record and to chat with Maia.
High Waisted is a young NYC-based surf rock band. Already notorious for the wild, feel-good party vibe of their live shows, they were being called a "Buzz Band To Watch" by NME before almost anybody had heard their music. Conveniently enough, the music is catchy, fun, reverb-drenched, and poppy thanks to lead singer and guitarist Jessica Louise Dye and her three bandmate dudes. Here, they shred through some of their sunny tunes and give Maia the story behind the (altered) experience of recording their first release.
While San Francisco may, these days, be better known for more jangly and psych-inspired taste, Happy Fangs is a SF-based band making uncharacteristically badass rock ‘n roll. And it’s refreshing to get a kick in the ass from something with a little more rock power. Originally a duo -- with such a cute, “met sharing a practice space,” story -- it quickly became clear that Rebecca Gone Bad and Mr. Cobra needed a live drummer who could match their fierceness to take the band where it needed to go. Appropriately, their search for “a woman who plays drums as hard as Dave Grohl” led them to Jess G., and she’s more than capable of living up to the expectation. Musically, there’s a lot of pop in their hard rock (or perhaps it’s the other way around) and their theatrical-tinged performance has more than a little bite.

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