Jain: My Musical Souvenir

I was lucky enough to find myself in Paris and Geneva recently, where I got to hear some of the latest in French music. One day while watching TV in my hotel room in Geneva, a short clip aired about a singer called Jain. The 23-year old was born in France but lived in Abu Dhabi,…

Sample Answer: An Irish Indie Boy with Attitude

Hey all, hope your 2016 has treated you well so far. I've been listening to tons of new music lately, and one artist keeps coming up in my "recommended" playlists. Now based in London, Dublin-born Sample Answer has a sound that ranges from funky and urban to poppy acoustic tunes. His debut effort Good Boy EP was released last…

Band of the Day: The Mammoth Catches Fire

A recent submission introduced me to The Mammoth Catches Fire, a young quartet based here in Minneapolis. They released their self-titled debut EP in April and have since been featured on the Local Current Blog and in Rift Magazine. Modest Mouse is listed as a musical influence on their Facebook page, and it shows in their…

Band of the Day: Hellkamp

Today's featured group has a lot going on musically, and they make it work. Hellkamp's sound is a fusion of Americana, blues, power pop, and rock behind 90's-esque vocals. Of course, this is easier heard than described, so perhaps listen to their new single "Echoes" (embedded below) while you read this post. This German quartet released their first album in…

Band of the Day: Treading North

Next on Suburban Hipster's Catch Up Series: Treading North. Last month this little-known 7-member band released their debut EP at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. They describe themselves as "dreamfunk," incorporating guitar lines that remind me of Red Hot Chili Peppers in their prime. They delve into experimental rock, jazz and even some blues, and while…

Artist of the Day: Sampahh

Sampahh is an up-and-coming singer, songwriter and producer from Ghana, West Africa. He hopes his music will be "recognized by my voice and lyrics, not my genre. My brand of music would essentially be everything that sounds beautiful and spiritual." With that being said, he recently released an 8-track EP called Centre World, embedded below. The sounds on the EP…

Band of the Day: Motel Talk

I recently received a great submission from a band called Motel Talk, a young indie pop/folk group out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They've got a fresh and upbeat sound featuring quirky electro-acoustic musical backdrops and tight harmonies. Within the past few months, they've  released their debut EP called Sleeping Through the End of the World and have submitted an…