If you have been following this website for a while now, then you know just how special this artist is. We have been avid fans of Mikey Mike since his Chainsaw Love days in 2012. Now, almost exactly five years removed from that EP, he has returned with a new single, “Doin’ Me”, produced by none other than the legendary Rick Rubin. The song features everything we have grown to expect from a Mikey Mike release; it is cheeky, inspiring, rebellious, irreverent, and incredibly profound — full of the daily contradictions that make the human experience an interesting and challenging thing. Listen to the music below, and be thankful that artists like Mikey Mike fight to be heard because we need them now more than ever.
We get it, it’s still cold out and snow is even falling in some places, but let’s take a step back for a minute. Imagine a drive with the windows down, sun shining, and warm wind blowing in your hair. You’ve got a tune blasting and guess what that tune is? Her’s’ new song “Speed Racer”. Why this one you may ask? It’s the indie-rock feel good vibe that you need to accompany you on a beautiful day. So when the sun starts shining again, you’ve got your best friend track ready for you. “Speed Racer” is that upbeat indie rock sound that isn’t complicated or crazy, but hits that feel good spot every single time. Listen to it below and get your summer dreamin’ on.
Ever since the band FOE came to an end, Hannah Lou Clark has been hard at work with solo material. The grunge-pop princess has released two great EPs and is bracing for her third. “Don’t Sweat It” is oozing with Clark’s signature sound, so long-time fans definitely won’t be disappointed. It’s rock with pop sprinkled over it. You’ll basically want to play air guitar while singing along to every sweet catchy word. Hannah Lou Clark is the rock-pop princess we’ve been missing in these times (where have you been old-school Avril?!). Check out the track below and keep an eye out for her EP coming soon!
A new year doesn’t always mean “new me.” It’s hard for people to change, however, a new year does mean new music! If you haven’t, check out our favorites from 2016. While you’re at it, listen to some of the tunes that has the SITR impressed in 2017 thus far. SoundCloud playlist below:
Some of us hackle our brothers and sisters and some of us actually do something productive with our siblings. Family Friends is an example of how to do the sibling thing right. This Melbourne-London duo brings a mixture of grunge, pop, and edge. Their latest track “I’m Like You” is dreamy, but definitely doesn’t lack attitude. If it’s any indication of what to expect from the band, we’re ready for another taste. Their latest EP will be out on February 24th, so your dose of old-school vibes will be perfectly treated soon. For now, check out “I’m Like You” below.
ISLAND may not be a name you know now, but they’re anticipated to be one of the top acts to watch in 2017. This indie-rock outfit has been turning heads, selling out shows in the UK, and also has their fair share of high streaming numbers. “Dreaming Of” is their latest track off of their upcoming EP A Place You Like and it really sets the stage for what ISLAND is all about. It’s a love song that’s intertwined with tenderness and dream-like sounds. However, it doesn’t stray from that pure indie-rock vibe. Check out the track below and keep an eye out for more ISLAND in the near future!
That feeling of angst may seem like something we left in our teenage years, but let’s be honest, those emotions still come up in our twenties and beyond. So, it’s only fair we have a bit of rage in our music to keep the vibes going. Luckily, we’ve got a pop-rock powerhouse like Grace Mitchell to quench our thirst for edgy sounds. “Kids (Ain’t All Right)” is her latest offering and it has something we haven’t quite seen from the Portland artist yet. We’re used to poppier vibes from her, but she’s taking it to “let’s smash a guitar” level and we’re all about it (and I think we could all use it this week). Check out the angsty anthem, “Kids (Ain’t All Right) below.
After taking our ears by storm with their hit “Stolen Dance” a few summers ago (it feels like an eternity), the German band is back to grab our indie hearts again. “Cocoon” may be Milky Chance’s catchiest track yet (yes, it can get even catchier than “Stolen Dance”). It’s one of those tracks that’ll have you tapping your feet and ultimately dancing around your room in a matter of a minute. It’s clear Milky Chance is back to impress new and old fans with their airy indie-pop goodness, so we’re all in. Check out “Cocoon” below!
It’s been a minute since we last heard from the LA-based ladies of Gypsum. However, they’re officially back with “Disappear” and they’re here to hook us in. The track begins with a gloomy softness, but eventually builds up with undeniable energy. It may be 6 minutes long, but each moment is crucial to the whole (musical) picture. There’s a certain sweet darkness that consumes the track, which seems to be the Gypsum way. If you’re in need of a sound that’ll be keeping you warm on a cold fall night, this is one that’ll fit perfectly to that scenario. Check out Gypsum’s newest track “Disappear” below.
Sam Buck Rosen is a openly gay bro-country singer-songwriter and painter from a small town in Massachusetts. While I have a relatively limited knowledge of country music, I did grow up in a small Southern town so I went through a brief* Corey Smith phase. Buck’s brand of hometown blues reminds me a lot of Smith. His songwriting is his strength. With his latest two releases “Faces” and “Tuesday Night Lights,” he paints a picture of youth and promiscuity that you cannot help but relate to.
*but important to my confusing development as a young, Southern brown boy
Gypsum may be fresh to the music scene, but the LA-based post-rockers have plenty of promise. They’re sharing their art with the world today by premiering their soul-stirring debut track “Follow Me”. The song opens up with a mystical sound and continues to build with a pure and mesmerizing darkness. It has a haunting, eery feel to it, which is no surprise when discovering what the song is about. As the band’s drummer, Jessy Reed, explains, “The song is about running from something that’s hunting you. Something that’s hunting you just for existing.” This track is just one of many in the works for the Gypsum ladies, so it’s only the beginning of what’s to come. For now, check out the premiere for “Follow Me”, the debut track from Gypsum.
2015 came and went, some albums gave us chills, others made us want to party like it’s 1999, and then there were ones that just never seemed to arrive at all. While Adele made her surprising reappearance into the music world, Frank Ocean was probably off on an island far, far away laughing at us all as we impatiently wait for his sophomore album. He was most likely chillin’ alongside Rihanna and Kanye West, who have also been taking their precious time to release their next albums. Before we get too bitter about this, it’s important to think about all the great works of art that are likely to flood our ears in 2016. Here’s a list of albums that will (hopefully) arrive in the new year and fill our musical needs.