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Summer 2016 Preview

Summer is almost here, and with it will come releases from several of my all time favorite bands. Get excited in advance for albums from Band of Horses (!) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (!) among others. I’m kicking my summer off with Catfish and the Bottlemen’s newest release, The Ride. It was actually released this week,…

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…

BOY Blossoms on We Were Here

BOY‘s debut album Mutual Friends (2011) had me hooked at first listen. “Skin” was the first song I learned to play on the guitar, and the voices of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass were the first I heard on the main stage at First Avenue. They’re kind of my absolute favorites. As such, I was thrilled to hear that their…

The Return of Indie @ ND

Fall has finally arrived, and tagging along is Indie @ ND, Notre Dame’s favorite indie/alternative radio show. I started the show last year and fell in love with WVFI, our college radio station. The show went into hiatus during the spring semester, but it’s back and better than ever! WVFI is an internet-only station, so tune in here…

Song of the Day: “Fight Song” by Bad Bad Hats

Bad Bad Hats, a three-piece band out of the Twin Cities, had me hooked back in 2013 with their first EP, It Hurts. I can’t help but feel like dancing when I hear Kerry Alexander’s light and playful voice layered over acoustic guitars, clapping, and even kazoos. Their song “Super America,” about the gas station chain, remains a…

Interview with Indie-Folkster Vinnie Ferra

Vinnie Ferra is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, though a better term would be composer. Ferra writes and arranges multi-instrumental indie/folk/rock tunes, and his hard work has culminated in two albums to date. His most recent effort, arc en ciel, is set to release June 23. In anticipation of the release, Vinnie has published “God Forbid” and “Behind…