This week’s Video Roundup features bands you’ve probably either heard mention on KEXP, discussed with your indier-than-thou friends, or seen pimped by your favorite music blogs. Most of these bands don’t have official videos out (hence the focus on live performances here) and some not even record deals. You’re likely to hear more and more about them over the next few months, so much so that your hipster friends will soon jump ship -- in fact, I think I see them swimming away already...
Brooklyn continues to be a hotbed of indie productivity, having recently produced current KEXP faves Yeasayer, among countless others. Among the bands currently drawing attention to the borough are MGMT, A Place to Bury Strangers, and The Vandelles:
A Place To Bury Strangers - To Fix The Gash in Your Head
MGMT - The Youth (live @ the Granada Theater in Dallas)
The Vandelles - Losing Touch With My Mind (Spacemen 3 cover)
In the unlikely region of northeastern Florida comes the band on the lips of nearly all CMJ goers this year, Black Kids. The Jacksonville five-piece delivers lively dance pop featuring synths pulled right out of 1982. On their website, Black Kids are currently offering an EP of demo songs for free page. Go check it out!
Black Kids - I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You (live at Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL)
It’s never surprising to find good indie pop coming out of Sweden. After all, the Gothenburg-bred singer Jens Lekman earned the elusive 9.0 from Pitchfork. Lekman himself is a proclaimed fan fellow Gothenburgians The Tough Alliance, whose debut of infectious electro-pop is currently available only on their own imprint, Sincerely Yours but will soon be able available in the States from Summer Lovers Unlimited. Until then, check out this song:
The Tough Alliance - A New Chance