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Indie’s Best Kept Secrets: By An Ion

Not necessarily a secret, since this Southern California duo is just now striking up a storm in the electronic and dance indie music scene. But still a best kept secret, since you definitely need to know about them right now, and here’s why. Continue reading Indie’s Best Kept Secrets: By An Ion

The Theme Song this Week is Mardi Gras Gold

Mardi Gras music legend Professor Longhair is not only an artist you should know, but now you’ll have a smart fact to tell your friends before you go forth in search of beads and booze! Continue reading The Theme Song this Week is Mardi Gras Gold

The Theme This Week features With Beating Hearts’ new video!

When she’s not working on tracks with Deadmau5 or head banging with pop/rock outfit The Material, Colleen D’Agostino is creating her own brand of dark, moody EDM with an 80s pop feel. A refreshing approach to a genre that has become very “mainstream” as of late, Colleen’s project With Beating Hearts promises to deliver something with just the right amount of her famous edge. Continue reading The Theme This Week features With Beating Hearts’ new video!

The Theme Song this Week is by Let’s Drive to Alaska

Meet one-man-music-machine Let’s Drive to Alaska, and learn why he’s going to become your next favorite dance/electronic project.  Continue reading The Theme Song this Week is by Let’s Drive to Alaska

Lorde may be a picture perfect performer

Photo: Ken Leanfore

To all the haters who call Lorde awkward, weird, or unusual: Go back and watch her performance, any performance, and take a second look at what makes her a really fascinating artist. Continue reading Lorde may be a picture perfect performer

The Theme Song This Week is mini JT, Luke Pickett – Free Download

It’s almost guaranteed that you’ve never heard of Luke Pickett, despite his immensely smart lyrics, flawless vocal range, and impressive aptitude for R&B. But after years of silence comes a new EP from this artist, and hopefully his under-the-radar music is about to come out into the spotlight. Continue reading The Theme Song This Week is mini JT, Luke Pickett – Free Download

Theme Song This Week comes from hip hop duo N.A.S.A.

Making waves in the hip hop/dance hybrid scene is LA based duo N.A.S.A., who started off with street smart beats and witty rhymes back in 2009, but are now getting people pumped on the electro dance floor. And you might have heard this song already, but didn’t know who it was.

N.A.S.A’s latest single, “Hide” has blown up, thanks in part to being featured on an ad for Sonos’s HiFi Home Entertainment System; but a lot of credit is due to Tropkillaz, who remixed the track quite beautifully. If you take a listen to their earlier music, a la 2009 album The Spirit of Apollo, the group’s vibe is more along the lines of classic 70s and 80s early hip hop and artists such as Atmosphere or Blackalicious.

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But now? Now the duo is taking an electro approach, and they’re definitely doing it the right way. Never a stickler for labels, N.A.S.A.’s entire project has been an exercise in genre-bending tunes with little to no rules. Couple their flexible characteristics in collaborations with the fact that hip hop has become the world of mainstream dance music for now, and the new sound makes sense. Plus N.A.S.A. (which is an acronym for North America South America), is indie enough to make the changes in their music without casting a huge tidal wave of confusion over their current fans.

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Hopefully they have a new full length release in the works, but for now, this amazing single will just have to tide us over. It’s been on my “Going Out” playlist for weeks. What do you think?

The Theme Song This Week is an ode to Dexter

The theme song for this week comes from a YouTube star who will really blow your mind with her original song inspired by Dexter Morgan.  Trust me when I say this tune is perfect, mysterious and just on the verge of moody, just like the famed vigilante serial killer.

With over 170 videos, 120,000 subscribers, and god knows how many total views (hint: A LOT), I’m seriously surprised that this charismatic and humble singer and songwriter hasn’t found herself smack dab in the middle of her own fame. However, there is nothing wrong with flying under the radar, especially when it comes to an artist who is as dedicated and creative as Daniela Andrade. She has her own active Tumblr tag, so she counts as famous to me.

Listen to more of Daniela’s work; you won’t be disappointed. And let me know your opinion on her Dexter inspired tune. Appropriately dark and alluring?

If your life was a movie, this is your soundtrack

0*PMJ6zSXw8Yvyc4WsYour autobiographical movie is playing. Your movie Mom and Dad are (hopefully!) smiling brightly down at a little baby you. You’ve just been born! What is your theme song? Continue reading If your life was a movie, this is your soundtrack

Meet and Greets: Cory Monteith was in an indie rock band

cory_monteith_glee_bonnie_dune_the_indie_sdSometimes we come across an artist who is not only beautiful as a person, but also as a musician. And sometimes those artists struggle with various things, including addiction. One of those artists was Cory Monteith: star on Glee, but who I knew as the talented drummer for Bonnie Dune.

I heard of this band many years ago while I was in high school. I knew some of the people who were in the band. Years passed, and I heard of them again, this time with a new drummer, one many people recognized for his vocal and acting skills on television. My friend’s band The Honey Trees was opening up for Bonnie Dune, so I decided to go. After their set it was Bonnie Dune’s turn. I instantly fell in love with the amazing harmonies, the vocals, and the way all the instruments came together so beautifully, you felt yourself plucked out of where you were, out of everything that was going wrong or worrying you, and out in the middle of a story. It was only you and the band. That’s how those artists made you feel, Cory included.

After the show, he came out to sign autographs and take photos. I knew I had to meet him. When it was my turn, I looked at him and I said “You were phenomenal. I know a lot of musicians, I’ve known every drummer this band has had. You were amazing. You played beautifully. I just had to say that you’re a great drummer. ” He looked at me, with genuine eyes and an authentic smile, and said “thank you”. We took our photo then I left.

Years passed, and I heard of him entering rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. I heard a lot of negativity about this and I thought of musicians, artists, actors, and other people who have gone through similar. Imagine yourself going through the pressure of what they deal with. It’s not so easy. Addiction is a disease. There are artists who can push through it such as Russell Brand,  and some that even after trying so hard, just can’t, such as Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin.

Months later, I heard of his passing. Heroin and alcohol is what they said. I am brought back to my good friend, an amazing musician as well, who died from an overdose just months before Cory passed; and it all seems real again. I break down. I think of his band mates, friends, loved ones and family. I break down for a bit and it’s hard.

People talk about the actor and celebrity factor of it all, but others have come to forget he was a musician as well. This was someone whose drumming could calm the most panicked hearts. I cry to think we will never hear it live again. We are just left with his memory, the recordings, and photographs. This amazing musician, gone too soon. This amazing artist, we will always miss.

Addiction is real and it affects millions around the world daily. If you or anyone you know is affected by this, talk to them. Talk to someone. Get help. Music culture is a family, and we are here to help.

By Toni Rivera

Each week, would like to feature your true and personal stories about meeting your favorite musician. Indie bands have some of the most social and outgoing musicians, and many times people have been given the chance to speak with them after shows, take photos, and simply discuss how their music has touched our lives! If you want to share a story about meeting your favorite indie artists, let us know by sending an email to, and it could be featured on the site!

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