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Elever 01-21-2013 12:28 AM

Lesser known modern rock/indie bands
Thread for recommendations for modern indie and rock bands that aren't generally known (doesn't mean that they have to be obscure). We all know the popular ones....The National, Arctic Monkeys, Keane, Muse, Sigur Ros, The Hives, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, Strokes, Blur, Metric, Travis, Radiohead, St. Vincent, etc and all the older ones...Talking Heads, Joy Division, Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth etc etc etc so no need for those.

I'm talking about stuff like Hey Rosetta, Joy Formidable, kent (well they're the most well known band in Sweden but not outside of there I guess), Jezabels, Howling Bells, Idlewild, Telekinesis, Wintersleep, Blood Red Shoes, Frightened Rabbit, etc. People have heard of these but they all fly under the radar.

Btw I haven't listened to half the bands above, just trying to make the point and get some recommendations going for established bands that have released decent music in the past and have a record deal or something so that they'll release music again and not disappear overnight. Yeah I know, subjective criteria.

I'll start off with two, The Phantom Band from Scotland, and Two Hours Traffic from PEI. Neither are anything special but they make nice simple music.

SB164 01-21-2013 01:04 AM

Cool thread.

Gregory Alan Isakov:

Philly85 01-21-2013 02:27 AM

Patrick Watson
Sam Roberts
Foals - aren't really that well known or popular in NA.
Lotus Plaza
The Middle East
Matthew Dear
St. Lucia
The Helio Sequence

yakitate304 01-21-2013 03:03 AM

Here is a band that I just started listening to earlier today. Mandroid Echostar. They're recommended for fans of Protest The Hero, Children of Nova, Closure In Moscow, Coheed and Cambria, etc...

They only have a 4-song, self-titled EP that they released in 2012. It's really good.

George Maharis 01-21-2013 03:33 AM

Willie Stratton (blatant plug for a guy I went to high school with.. shameless, I know)
Bishop Allen
Of Montreal
The Thermals
Devendra Banhart
Mother Mother
Reverend and the Makers

http://www.theindierockplaylist.com .. They put out a new playlist of about 100 songs each month.. I've found a lot of good bands through it!! If anyone goes to it and finds anything they like, post the band(s) in here for all!!

Howard Beale 01-21-2013 03:58 AM

I'm not sure how well known they are, but Beirut is pretty great:

Both songs are from their album "The Rip Tide".

SugarSherm 01-21-2013 07:25 AM

Don't really know how popular they are but one of my favorite bands, Spoon.

ColincampbellOscopy 01-21-2013 09:47 AM

Diarrhea Planet from Nashville, TN..

great live band, lots of shred. turn your speakers up to loud bros

Everlasting 01-21-2013 10:29 AM

They are a very famous band, but not so famous here in the west. Atleast outside the animeculture. They have become quite popular through having their songs in several hit animes, but they have many other amazing songs too. It can suck that you dont understand the lead singer, but the music is just soo good.

Elever 01-21-2013 11:24 AM


Originally Posted by Soldiermedic (Post 58003383)
Don't really know how popular they are but one of my favorite bands, Spoon.

I don't think Spoon's fan base is very big but they're very well-known in rock because they've been around for so long. They seem like a good band, I'd listen to them if it weren't for the singer's voice.

This is Yuck, anyone who liked 90s indie will love this. They released a debut album in 2011 which was fairly good:

Dgill 01-21-2013 11:49 AM

Protest the Hero 01-21-2013 12:00 PM

Dinosaur Bones - indie rock band from Toronto that I've never seen mentioned. They released one of my favourite albums of 2011, My Divider.

SugarSherm 01-21-2013 08:55 PM


Originally Posted by QuietCompany (Post 58012075)
I don't think Spoon's fan base is very big but they're very well-known in rock because they've been around for so long. They seem like a good band, I'd listen to them if it weren't for the singer's voice.

Totally understand the vocals part. Same thing is what turned my brother off from them.

Fixed to Ruin 01-21-2013 09:59 PM

Here are a few of my favs

Izzy 01-21-2013 10:03 PM

more alternative I guess

DennisReynolds 01-21-2013 10:10 PM

I love their albums.

RoyBoyCoy 01-22-2013 05:39 AM

Arkells are popular, but unmentioned

SugarSherm 01-22-2013 06:06 AM

Really digging a lot of the stuff posted in here, keep it up. And here's some more.

stingo 01-22-2013 07:05 AM

I don't know how to embed videos into a post, but click this link, and I promise this song is stuck in your head all day:


Diskothek 01-22-2013 08:09 AM

Freedomov76 01-22-2013 09:02 AM

I've been digging on Alt-J a little bit lately.

Kensu 01-22-2013 09:39 AM

Protest the Hero 01-22-2013 10:24 AM

The Phantom Band song from the OP was good, going to check them out.


Originally Posted by RoyBoyCoy (Post 58070519)

I listened to these guys late last year when the band I posted above linked some of their songs on their Facebook. They share the same record label, good stuff but I didn't end up picking up their album.

Izzy 01-22-2013 10:56 AM


Originally Posted by Freedomov76 (Post 58074255)
I've been digging on Alt-J a little bit lately.

I have a friend, who is literally obsessed with their music... It's all they listen to

Elever 01-22-2013 05:01 PM

I actually got a Weakerthans album and have been meaning to listen to them but they never grew on me because the whole thing sounded alike.

I'll mention a couple, I'd assume most here know The Boxer Rebellion? Really good 2nd album, avg 3rd one, and meh 1st one but they have good potential. And don't hear much about Irish bands but this one is called Codes, their debut album was really nice. Anyone who likes Keane or Travis or Killers type bands would enjoy it.

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