Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This Week on BandSoup (3/5-3/19)

Another week in the books and yet another week of great uploads here on BandSoup! Here are a few of the bands that you must hear according to an unanimous vote from the BandSoup blog team. Remember, new bands pop up on the site 1-5 times per day, so check back in with us. You might be missing out on your new favorite band!

* Click the band's name to hear their music.

We had a SXSW week last week, so here is a post with two weeks worth of our best new uploads.

Typhoon (Indie Rock)--  Check out our recent blog post for more info and videos. Typhoon's music has always been marked by complicated arrangements and careful orchestration. Live performances routinely involve 12 or more band members playing at once. "The group masterfully combines indie rock instrumentals and vocals with violins, percussion, hand claps, xylophone, horns and a choir of other instruments, making for inspiring and catchy songs." 

This Means Nothing in Mexico (Indie Rock/Pop)--  Vancouver trio that dares you not to groove to their single "Spirits" off of their brand new unveiling, Year of Thunder, now available as a free download.

Rogue Sounds (Instrumental Rock)-- Formed in the summer of 2008 to create more accessible instrumental music. The band currently resides in Anaheim, CA and has released 2 EP's, 2640 & Transmission. Most of 2011 was spent writing & recording 'Jupiter And Beyond The Infinite' which was released for free download/no minimum donation March 10th 2012.

Max & The Moon (Indie Rock/Pop)-- Max & The Moon's "Out of My Head" was our Soup of the Week last night. Check out the blog post and get your free download!

Coast Jumper (Indie Rock)-- Songs from their debut album, which is currently available as a "name your own price" download.

Literature (Indie Rock)-- Songs from the debut LP from Austin TX power pop madmen. Purchase here.

Tokyo Raid (Garage/Psych Rock)-- Serving up a ferocious, fuzzy, Rohyphenol-laced cocktail that fuels the bloody collision of neo-psychedelia, garage, post-punk and glam, San Francisco’s mercurial Tokyo Raid effortlessly pull off the difficult trick of being simultaneously iconic and fresh.

Equals (Instrumental Rock)-- "The densely layered songs all have their distinctive storyboard of moods and textures, each one a lovely surprise yet all five somehow melding together to form a cohesive, cinematic whole." Click here for a free download of their self titled EP.

Planet Asia (Hip Hop)-- New music from underground hip hop legend Planet Asia's latest record, Black Belt Theatre.

More awesome new bands/solo artists on the flip side!

Julie Kathryn (Singer-Songwriter)-- New York-based singer/songwriter Julie Kathryn grew up in an old farmhouse in the bucolic mountain town of Lake Placid, NY. As a young girl singing along with her dad to Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and The Beatles, she moved from piano to guitar and from the classics to a new generation of songwriters like Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown and Ray LaMontagne.

Kydd (Hip Hop)--  Featuring Yelawolf, Pac Div, GLC, and Skyzoo, "Sounds In My Head 2" by Kydd is the breakthrough album out of Texas that heads have been waiting on for years. The album, released on the first day of the South By South West Music Festival in Kydd's hometown of Austin, reflects the unique experience of growing up in the live music capital of the world.

Chicken, Alaska (Indie Rock/Alternative)-- Quirky, bouncy, punk influenced college alternative.  Free EP on their bandcamp page.

Eatenbybears (Indie Rock)-- Four piece, Belfast based Math Rock outfit that has been sitting on their new Teeth EP for four years.

Panama (Electronic/Remix)--  A French producer that transformed Bon Iver folk world into the spaced out universe of Panama's computer.

Gensu Dean (Hip Hop)-- Two songs from Dallas based producer Gensu Dean's debut album, Lo-Fi Fingahz, available now.

Tumbleweed Wanderers (Indie Rock/Street Folk) -- Tumbleweed Wanderers is a group of multi-instrumentalists based out of Oakland, California. They move effortlessly from rock to soul, bluegrass, and folk, blending many genres without losing their own voice. The band has been playing music together non-stop for 7 months. They are dedicated and quickly moving through the local music world, writing an abundance of new material and constantly pushing their live show to greater heights. Based out of Oakland, Tumbleweed Wanderers expanded from local following in the San Francisco Bay Area, to establishing new fan bases in San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Sacramento, in preparation for a regular tour circuit of the California Coast and the Western US.

Mac Lethal (Hip Hop)-- In internet speak-- Mac Lethal pwned 2011. You can find out why in Matt's 60 Second Review.

Hollow Mirrors (Progressive/Instrumental Rock)-- San Francisco quartet towing the line between psych, progressive, and kraut rock.

The Bright Road (Cinematic Pop)--  The Bright Road was formed by Philippe Garceau in 2009. These are two songs from his new album, Norway.
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