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The A.V Club - New Haven, CT
The AV Club formed in 2003 with a focused desire to perform smart, catchy rock songs. Winning over apathetic and jaded audiences, they have formed a strong fan base in an extremely short time through thick vocal harmonies and energetic live shows

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Listen: Lost My Head

Baskervilles - NYC
The keyboard driven Baskervilles mix the immediacy and vibrancy of 60s AM radio pop and the urgency of the 70s new wave indie scene to create a sound that is individual and contemporary. Throughout the past year, the band has played well attended shows in the NYC area, including a benefit they hosted for the Television Personalities. After their very successful debut CD on Secret Crush Records in early 2004, the band's 2nd release, "Midnight", will be released before year's end.

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Listen: This Was the Weekend

The Besties - NYC
The Besties coat their twee melodies in a fine lo-fi gauze. A girl coyly sings about being from outer space while keyboards, guitars, and a drum machine twinkle away in the background. Whatever they lack in professionalism they make up for in melody, offering soft sweetness in a world gone loud.

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Listen: Pirate Song

Brasilia - NYC
Their sound is thickly layered with drones and melodies and is supported by angular beats and catchy rhythms. They tend to write pop songs but occasionally their ethereal senses take over.

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Listen: Department of Defense

Cannonball Jane - Milford, CT
Cannonball Jane is a girl whose first influential musical moment was lying on the floor beside the family’s 3-foot high stereo speakers while Beethoven symphonies blared into her young, sensitive ears. Nowadays she is in front of HER monitor speakers in a makeshift home studio where she writes, records and mixes her music. She still likes to listen to it LOUD. She uses drum machines, keyboards, samplers, distorted guitar, bass, piano and her voice (No computers...) to create "a wonderful hybrid of 60s harmonies and modern-day electronica." There is an emphasis on melody, a heavy dose of beat box orchestration and a lovely voice leading it all in her tunes.

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Listen: Slumber Party

Colin Clary and the Magogs - Burlington, VT
This is a GREAT band! Just go and read a review HERE, what else can I say? -- william

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Listen: The Shape of this Town

Watch: Simple Things

The Consultants - NYC
Formed in early 2003 and based in Brooklyn, The Consultants are Marisha Chinsky on vocals, guitar and synth, Brett Whitmoyer on guitar, synth, drums and programming, and Mike Hollitscher on bass guitar. Their music is breezy, shimmery, guitar/keyboard pop, while the lyrics are a neurotic cocktail of hope and discontent. Brett is an 80s amalgam, raised on the chiming guitars of Echo & the Bunnymen and the fluid rhythm section of New Order. Marisha is more 90s-inspired, combining the urban fantasy of The Magnetic Fields with the shoegazing Boo Radleys. Mike's pallette includes shades of reggae and dub, 70s to current punk, as well as indie and electronica. These influences combine to create precisely constructed, melodic pop songs with hooks galore.

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Listen: Snow Fell (It's Night)

Corin Ashley - Boston, MA
Ashley writes and sings songs every bit as catchy as his
exalted heroes (see "Brand New Pair of Eyes," which in a just world, would be all over our radio dials daily instead of the eighth rate soul we're stuck with) and there's no way in hell we'd say that just 'cause he's a cool guy whose clearly knows his rock 'n' roll. He has to earn it, and he does. (Another ex-Big Takeover staffer, Roger Lavallee, brings the heat in the production, too.) Crunch, crunch, crunch, let this genie out of the bottle and start to munch, this is music to get panties in a bunch -- in the right kind of way. There's no need to moon over girls when they're on your arm because you kick ass.

--Jack Rabid

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Listen: Scooter Gurl

The Dares - NYC
The Dares are a freshly minted pop 5-peice from New York featuring the charming stylings of ex-Parcels songwriter Christian Elton. The Dares rock a spate of finger-snapping tracks in the sprightly spirit of '80s-'90s U.S. and U.K. indies. Layers of boy-girl melodies, jangly guitars and catchy keyboards create a crystalline sound that will make you think of scrawled-in notebooks and dreamy-eyed autumn days on park benches curled up with your favourite novella.

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Listen: Tiny Paper Kites

Human Television - Philadelphia, PA
This all-too-brief three song ep is the debut release from this new group from Florida, and it's simply amazing! "Tell Me What You Want" starts the disc off slowly, reminding me a bit of Wire, but then the other two songs ("Automobile" and "Saw You Walking By") speed it up quite a bit, evoking the same sense of urgency found in early Wedding Present and Josef K, with hints of Unrest and New Order, as well. All three songs are in the mid-two minute range. This is seriously one of the most exciting debuts I've heard in quite a while, and I'm certainly looking forward to hearing more from this band very soon!
Indiepages Review

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Listen: Saw You Walking By

Watch: Tell Me What You Want

Lo Fine - Northampton, MA
Lo Fine is a band built around the songs and singing of frontman Kevin O'Rourke. Over the past five years, the skeleton has been fleshed out by the talents of Mark Schwaber (eponymous, and ex-Hospital), Thane Thomsen (The Figments), Brian Marchese (drummer extrordinaire), and Bruce Tull (ex-Scud Mtn. Boys). "A band dedicated to the task of performing delicate rock-based music, committed to the notion that there's a place for popular music that values the sublime and restrained over the raw and showy. It's an approach that puts Lo Fine in league with such acts as Lambchop, Vic Chesnutt and Boston's own Willard Grant Conspiracy." -- The Boston Globe."

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Listen: Smile

The Metric Mile - NYC
Er zijn maar een paar plekken waar ik zelfpromotie van bands tolereer en de indiepop-list is daar één van. The Metric Mile, ontdekt via die mailing-list dus, is een drum machine assisted duo uit New York, dat melancholieke indiepop uit de Engelse school maakt. Een cd(-r)-ep How To Beat The SAT is net verschenen.

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Listen: Classic Chess Problems

My Favorite - NYC
The band MY FAVORITE are the last of New York's true cult heroes, elusive and enigmatic stars of the secret history. They have crawled from the suburbs of Long Island to the battered boroughs of New York City, all the while managing to belong nowhere. They create pop songs that feel like films, casting as heroes the misfits, hipsters and monsters of modern life.

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Listen; Burning Hearts

Watch: The Happiest Days of My Life

My Teenage Stride - NYC
My Teenage Stride is the product one-man-band/tunesmith Jedediah Smith's dangerous obsession with making up tunes and recording them. He's been writing songs since age seven and recording them since age 14, and his encylopaedic mastery of an array of pop idioms covers the bases of everything from Phil Spector to solo John Cale to Guided By Voices and back to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Says Jed: "I've probably written about 3000 songs in my life, and recorded about a quarter of those. I can't seem to stop. I don't want to stop. Please help me." Live, My Teenage Stride churns out energetic, dense versions of Jedediah's records with an ablomb that has been turning heads all over NYC. Though now a Brooklynite, Jedediah is actually a Northampton transplant- he fronted garage-noise-pop outfit the Coopers to regular crowds at the Baystate et al from 98' to 2000. With fantastically reviewed releases out on Banazan Records in California and Becalmed Re cor

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Listen: Hamburg

Pants Yell! - Boston, MA
Cryptic pop songs that are sometimes loose and noisy, quiet and calm, mid-tempo and rigid.

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Liisten: Bi-Coastal Serenade

Puckish - New Haven, CT
Puckish is a melodic rock band with catchy tunes and often times tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Yet with all silliness aside, Puckish delivers a solid performance fueled by memorable melodies, hip rhythms, and high-flying guitars. The band is currently seeking the appropriate record label to nurture its brand of guitar driven pop rock.

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Listen: For the Radio

Rock Stone - Oslo, Norway and Boston, MA
"multi-flavoured love-stained twilight-tinged bedroom pop", i.e. lots of songs about girls, broken hearts, and candy.

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Listen: Sarah's Records

The Sawtelles - Plantsville, CT
Hailing from the wilds of central Connecticut, the Sawtelles are dedicated to rocking your world in weird and wonderful ways. Peter Riccio leads his trio through the musical wilderness of his mind, and drummer Julie and bass groper Pete do their best to bushwack to daylight

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Listen: Garden

Shumai - Boston, MA
"And now time for some jingle-janglepop from Boston... Shumai is the name and they're making fine female fronted indiepop in where DIY meets the spirit of C86, all great and the sort of pop that was once made by bands like Tallulah Gosh (or now Tender Trap). It all sounds so innocent and the childlike approach makes swing your ass like it never did before... Wedding Present-guitars, nice keyboards, banging drums and a lovely female voice... what more do you wish for? Money, I know....but start with Shumai!" from The Original Sin

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Listen: Are You Jeff Corwin Experienced?

The Smittens - Burlington, VT
A five-piece fi-curious indiepop band from Burlington, VT. A DIY punky bubblegum pop explosion.

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Listen: Good Migrations

Snoozer - Providence, RI
SNOOZER aka Susie Ghahremani is one girl behind many instruments crafting songs about seasons, changes and the losses and gains we incur over time. Born in Chicago, Susie began solo 4-track recording in her early teens after vigorously studying the classical piano, and vigorously rocking in her highschool all girl band. She moved to Providence in 1998 to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, roughly around the time that many of the songs on "Songs" were written and recorded. Then she moved around a lot. To Athens GA, back to Providence, Paris France, back to Providence, Paris again, and again back to Providence RI where she remains today working as an illustrator and touring here and there.

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Listen: Winter Clothes

The Snow Fairies - Philadelphia, PA
the snow fairies are an indie pop band from philadelphia, PA. originally formed in 1998 as the skywriters, they have since made a name for themselves in philadelphia's diverse local scene. in 2004, the band consists of rose bochansky (vocals), jayme guokas (guitar), melissa kramer (keyboard), neal ramirez (guitar/bass), chuck r. (bass), and justin staller (drums). with releases on blackbean and placenta and shelflife (CA), galaxy train (japan) and red square records (worldwide), the snow fairies are known for their thoughtful pop songs and rollicking live performances. the band combines lyrics that are poignant and clever with catchy guitar, synth, and vocal melodies to make music that ranges from quietly intricate to blissfully shambolic. the snow fairies were recently deemed "philadelphia's most huggable", and their debut full-length feel you up was named one of the philadelphia citypaper's top local CDs of 2003.

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Listen: Lovers in the Countryside

Spanish for Hitchiking - Northampton, MA
For the most part, the rock band frontman has a number of pose options: The Inflated Ego Strutter with the classic Jagger/Daltrey/Plant , or the latter-day, overly intense Vedderesque Facial Contortionist or the Vaguely Druggy Disinterested Hipster, or the cartoony Wannabe Bad Bizkit Fratboy, or the spike-haired Surly Spitter or perhaps the Earnest-But-Boring Joyful Bon Jovi Phoney. Spanish For Hitchiking's Dennis Crommett borrows none of the above. He is the anti-frontman. He is quietly intensebut a little reticent, self-effacing, at times, ...skittish. Crommett exudes an uncommon boy-next-door vulnerability and that is what makes him unique and ultimately convincing.

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Listen: Lovestar

 

superfallingstars - New Haven, CT
superfallingstars has in its brief, learn-by-playing-live history, cemented a sound that would make other bands gnash their teeth with jealousy.The music punchy and tight, the songs short and exhilarating. The group’s style made me think British, though there were no accents to be found, just a dedication to compactness and structure. -- Fairfield County Weekly

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Listen: It's Over