Posts Tagged Indie pop

show preview: Fitz and the Tantrums at House of Blues Boston on November 15, 2016


Fitz and the Tantrums released a video for the infectious, upbeat single “Hand Clap.” It’s from the band’s self-titled album that came out during the summer. Of the song, Fitz said:  “I was searching for something that felt visceral and edgy. As soon as that moment happened, I was relieved. It felt like the compass — that theme of letting go and losing control — had been set. And it found its way into the rest of the album.” Fitz and the Tantrums formed in 2008. The Los Angeles indie pop band released Pickin’ Up the Pieces in 2010 and More Than Just a Dream in 2013.

Fitz and the Tantrums is: Fitz (Lead Vocals); Noelle Scaggs (Co-Vocals); James King (saxophone & flute); Joseph Karnes (bass); John Wicks (drums); Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards)

venue info:

House of Blues Boston

15 Landsdowne Street

Boston MA 02115

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music review: Lauren Marsh

lauren marsh

Opening track “Promise” features evocative, potent vocals, an upbeat melody and a catchy chorus–“and we’ll be rocking like a rolling stone/ cruising through time zones/ I promise I, I promise I won’t let you stand alone”– that stays in your head in a positive way. Singer/songwriter Lauren Marsh’s impressive and distinctive vocals make this EP a stand-out. She reminds me of Rachel Platten with the combination of powerful vocals and memorable arrangements. Marsh utilizes major vocal range in a pretty, confident, emotional manner.

Veracity means a devotion to the truth and Marsh absolutely remains true to herself and her talents. Many of us have overcome tragedy and faced challenges but can we all write gorgeous, meaningful songs that stem from these experiences? 24-year-old Marsh faced a hostile stalker, recovered from a severe car accident in 2013 as well as a night in NYC, which ended in the hospital ER when someone deliberately drugged her drink. She started writing songs at age 14 using her poetry. It’s natural that she’d continue to write songs and use songwriting to cope with these anxiety-inducing incidents.

“Wildfire” resonates in a more subdued manner. It’s softer and gentle. It sways although Marsh’s voice generates as much sentiment. Retro influences propel the beautiful “We Hit the Ground.” The vocals plead–“You take my time, my heart and my mind, spinning round and around, we hit the ground “– while the song’s arrangement transports the listener back to another decade. Soaring vocals effectively persuade on “Never Let You Go.” Finally the gentle “Dear Love” features a delicate harmony and contemplative vocals–“in this life we’ll never know what to expect.” Marsh remains thoughtful with her lyrics and consistent with her vocal style. Add this to your must-listen list.

–review by Amy Steele

Lauren Marsh
Veracity EP
Release date: January 22, 2016

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new music: Birch

Birch, “Halfway”

electropop/folky/indie pop in the vein of Metric and Chvrches with 60s girl-band vocals. invigorating, infectious and catchy. Michelle Birsky graduated from college with a music composition degree and moved to Brooklyn. She worked at a commercial music house, music supervising an indie film and interned with film composer Elliot Goldenthal. In August of 2014, Birsky went on a two-week solo, silent retreat to her parent’s house in Vermont where she began working on songs for Birch’s debut.


singer/songwriter Michelle Birsky
bassist Mat Towles on bass
guitarist Emma Munger


The Halfway EP is available for download on August 28.

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MUSIC: This is Wheat, a long-time favorite Boston band of mine

Who: Scott Levesque, Brendan Harney, Ricky Brennan and Kenny Madaras

From: Boston


Medeiros (1998)
Hope & Adams (1999)
Per Second, Per Second, Per Second… Every Second (2003) –picks: “I Met a Girl,” “The Beginner,” “World United Already”
That’s Exactly What I Wanted… Exactly That (EP, 2006)
Every Day I Said a Prayer for Kathy and Made a One Inch Square (2007)
White Ink, Black Ink (2009)– picks: “Changes Is,” “My Warning,” “Music is Drugs”

–of course Wheat is my favorite Boston band so I adore everything

Sound: wistful, dreamy, layered, gorgeous indie-pop

Wheat is working on a new album. In the meantime, the band plans to release three singles.

first up:
there’s unusual vocalization and arrangement on the techno-infused “The Used to B in Love Blues”
“House of Kiss” simultaneously comforts and charges

from Wheat’s press release:
Wheat will release 3 limited edition CD singles. Each single will feature 2 new tracks, exclusive artwork hand-screened by the band, full liner notes and free downloads. Subsequent months will have a new single, each with two additional tracks. This project will culminate in a yet-untitled, limited edition CD along with other exclusive downloads. The single can be purchased now through the band’s website and on October 10, at a music store near you.

Official website

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Laura Jansen: music review

album: Bells
release date: March 22
label: Decca

Infusing her music with genuine emotion and thoughtful lyrics, Laura Jansen is an intelligent and talented Katy Perry. She’s a playful free spirit with an enchanting voice. She also looks like a Dutch Katie Holmes. The beautiful folk-pop songs make you feel like Jansen’s singing in a conversational-style while both reflecting on and relishing in her experiences. Some songs are pensive, some more upbeat/quirky and in all she generously shares herself.

my picks:
Single Girls
Use Somebody [Kings of Leon cover]
Wicked World


Purchase at Amazon: Bells

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MUSIC review: The Radio Dept.

Release Date: April 20

Swedish band The Radio Dept. hit the indie pop scene in 2003. The band’s latest release Clinging to a Scheme provides that washed over, benzodiazepine-infused, contented haze. Reminiscent of Spiritualized and The Beautiful South, the band combines intriguing compositions and hypnotic vocals for an engulfing, atmospheric feeling. A dreamy and soothing collection. This band is so cool that Sofia Coppola used three tracks from The Radio Dept. on the Marie Antoinette soundtrack. Guaranteed to be played on repeat, Clinging to a Scheme proves to be truly addicting.

Check out: Never Follow Suit, Domestic Scene, You Stopped Making Sense and Memory Loss

Download Never Follow Suit for FREE

The Radio Dept. website

Buy at Amazon: Clinging To A Scheme

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