Bands You Should Listen To In 2013

by Talia Sellers

 2012 was an amazing year for music. This year’s Grammy nominations are proof that music is heading in the right direction. Alternative and indie bands are becoming more and more popular (sorry hipsters). 2013 has the potential to be another great year of music. Here are some bands to listen to and look out for this year:

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White Arrows

They describe themselves as “pscychotropical pop.” I don’t know exactly how to define them, but I can say that their music makes me feel like I’ve been transported to a dance party in a rainforest . Los Angeles natives Mickey Church (lead vocals, guitar), Henry Church (drums), J.P. Caballero (guitar), Steven Vernet (bass), and Andrew Naeve (vocals/synth/samples) make up White Arrows. Even before their debut album was released, they toured with Cults, The Naked and Famous, Those Darlins, and played Sasquatch! Music Festival as well as residencies in Los Angeles and London. In June 2012 they released their LP, Dry Land Is Not A Myth. Soon after they toured the U.S. and played shows in Australia. Their method of mixing music with art has proven to be successful and because I’ve seen them four times, I can say their live show is extremely impressive because of it. After attending Coachella for fourteen years, Mickey Church is excited to finally play the festival in April. For more information on White Arrows, visit their website at http://www.whitearrows.com. 

 Purity Ring
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Megan James and Corin Roddick make up the Canadian synthpop duo that is Purity Ring. I had briefly heard a few of their songs before buying a ticket to their concert at the House Of Blues here in Boston. With James on vocals and Roddick on a custom percussion instrument, they put on an amazing show. Both were previously members of the band Gobble Gobble, and while on tour they experimented with electronic music inspired by the sounds of R&B. Their debut album, Shrines, was released July 2012. It  In addition to touring the country, and some of Europe and Australia, they performed at Pitchfork’s Music Festival in Chicago and Sasquatch! in Washington. They too are scheduled to play Coachella in Indio, California this April. Visit http://purityringsongs.com/ to learn more.
 
Reptar
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No, not the dinosaur from Rugrats. I’m talking about the indie pop band from Athens, Georgia. Reptar is Graham Ulicny (guitar, vocals), Ryan Engelberger (bass), William Kennedy (keys) and Andrew McFarland (drums). Reptar makes fun, infectious dance music, which is the result of a perfect blend of traditional instruments and synthesizer. Unlicny’s voice is a major factor in what makes Reptar so unique, His over-enunciated words and wild energy separate Reptar from the many other indie bands out there.  In 2011 they released their EP, Oblangle Fizz Y’all and played SXSW in Austin, Texas as well as Lollapalooza in Chicago. In 2012 they released their first LP Body Faucet and toured the U.S. with Body Language, GROUPLOVE, and Rubblebucket, and more. Check them out at http://www.reptarmusic.com/.
 
PAPA
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The Los Angeles band PAPA are  a refreshing change to all of the indie rock music released from my hometown. The duo, comprised of Darren Weiss (lead vocals, drums) and Daniel Present (bass) make American pop, mildly reminiscent of 50s sock hop music. They released their EP, A Good Woman Is Hard To Find, in October of 2011. In 2012 they toured with GROUPLOVE and played FYF Fest in Los Angeles as well as Outside Lands in San Francisco. PAPA just finished their January residency at The Bootleg in L.A.. In March they are scheduled to open for Matt & Kim in California and Arizona. Stream their EP and find more information at http://papatheband.com/.
 

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