5 Indie Bands You Should Be Listening To

Check out these 5 indie bands I’m currently loving!

1. Bastille

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Dan Smith, the leader singer of this band, named this group after Bastille Day, which is celebrated on his birthday. The band formed in 2010 in London, and has released two studio albums: “Bad Blood,” and an extended version of the first album, “All This Bad Blood,” along with numerous remix CD’s and EP’s. You’ve probably heard Bastille’s most popular single, “Pompeii.” (The video is super cool, too!)

If you listen to Imagine Dragons, Of Monsters and Men, or Walk The Moon, you’re guaranteed to love Bastille. I can’t wait to see them live in November. My favorite song by them right now is “Get Home.” Browse their YouTube Channel here!

2. Bombay Bicycle Club

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With two EP’s and four studio albums, Bombay Bicycle Club is gaining a loyal fanbase. If you listen to Foster The People or Little Comets (who I will be covering on my blog very soon!) you should check out this group. They were featured in the soundtrack for Twilight’s Eclipse. Check out the song, “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep,” here.

I’m currently loving their song “Luna,” which you can listen to here.

3. The 1975

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Matty Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel and Ross MacDonald form The 1975, one of the most talented, and addicting bands of all time. Lately, I can’t seem to stop listening to them! I saw them live last year, and since then, I have been a loyal fan. I almost met Matty at one point–he walked right past me, but I was too chicken to stop and ask him for a picture. Next time!

This group has toured all over the world, and even played Coachella this year. The band currently has only one studio album out, but Matty recently tweeted that new music will be coming from the group on October 30th. (Not sure if that means new album or not, but definitely a new song or two!)

Do you listen to The Neighborhood or HAIM? Then check out The 1975 HERE. I love “Robbers,” “Heart Out,” and “Pressure.”

4. Cathedral Pearls

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This super new indie band from Spokane, Washington, released their first EP “Place Of Our Residence” in June 2012, and since then, have released “Off My Chain.” You can check it out HERE! I recently visited Spokane, and someone suggested I listen to this band. I’m really glad I did! I love the live version of their single, “Off My Chain.” Their sound is so refreshing. If you listen to the band London Grammer, you might really enjoy Cathedral Pearls. Take a few minutes browsing their website and find out more about them! Click here.

5. Two Door Cinema Club

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I first discovered this band when their song, “Something Good Can Work,” was featured in the popular YouTube video, “Obama’s Victory Dance,” about two years ago.

Two Door Cinema Club is the kind of band you dance to alone in your room. 😉 Their fun, catchy singles are the perfect cure for a bad day. My favorites by them are “Do You Want It All?” and “This Is The Life.” I’d love to see them live one day!

Love Vampire Weekend or Arctic Monkeys? If so, you NEED to listen to this band! Check out their YouTube channel here, and their newest single here.

Tweet me what you think of these bands!

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Movies For Music Lovers

Whenever I watch a movie, I always pay attention to the music. Movies are a great way to find new artists you might like–even if you don’t end up liking the movie, the soundtrack may feature some awesome new bands you didn’t even know existed. Here’s 4 music-related movies I love–and most of them come with great soundtracks, too! If you’re a music lover like me, listen up. 😉

Almost Famous

MV5BMTI0MDc0MzIyM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMzc4NzA5._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_Have you ever dreamed of interviewing a band for Rolling Stone Magazine? Well, that’s exactly what music-lover William Miller gets the opportunity to do in Almost Famous. Billy, a teenage journalist, follows an unpredictable band named Stillwater on their concert tour, interviewing them for Rolling Stone–his big break. He gets into some pretty insane situations that include dealing with love, fangirls, and his crazy over-protective mother. I LOVE this movie! It basically depicts my dream job, and shows the importance of music in people’s lives. My favorite scene in the movie is when William is on the tour bus with the band, and they all start singing along to Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” Watch the scene HERE & check out the movie trailer HERE!

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School of Rock

MV5BMjEwOTMzNjYzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjczMTQyMQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_This is my favorite movie of all time–it sparked my love for music at 1o years old, and since then I’ve seen it over 100 times. No joke. The story follows Dewey Finn (AKA Jack Black, my favorite actor), a guitar-playing, wannabe rock star in his quest to earn some cash to pay off his rent. After being kicked out of his former band, “No Vacancy,” he takes a job as a substitute teacher…even though he can’t teach. As he forms the 5th grade class he’s “teaching” into a rock band, (set on winning Battle of the Bands for the money) some crazy things happen. This movie is hilarious, and the soundtrack features some old favorites everyone loves, including Stevie Nicks’ “Edge Of Seventeen,” Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love,” and Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song.” Check out the movie trailer HERE!

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Once

MV5BMTEwNjExOTc2MTJeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDYzODQ3NDE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Once is a perfect movie for sentimental music-lovers. This adorable film follows an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant who begin to record songs together, and of course, fall in love. After the movie came out in 2007, it’s been made into a musical. The soundtrack to this movie is amazing. My favorite song from the movie is called “Falling Slowly,” which you can listen to HERE, and watch the movie trailer HERE!

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 August Rush

MV5BNDIwNjE3NjU2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTQ2NjQzMw@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Not only is the music and idea behind this movie amazing, but the film itself will have you on the edge of your seat. The story is about Evan Taylor, a young music prodigy and orphan who runs away to New York City. There, he uses his connection and passion for music to find his birth parents, Lyla and Louis. Along the way, he joins a group of homeless children who are taught music and trained to be street performers by a man named Wizard. I obsessively listen to the soundtrack of this touching movie. My two favorite songs in the movie are “This Time,” which is performed by Evan’s dad and his band in the movie, (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and “Something Inside,” also performed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Watch the movie trailer HERE!

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HOW TO: Meet Your Favorite Bands & Singers (Part 2)

imageMeeting my favorite band, The Wanted, in April

Fake it ‘till you make it. Meeting your favorite band/singer can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. When you meet them, breathe. They’re just people. (That mean a lot to you!) Fake being outgoing if you’re a little shy—smile, ask them questions, (ex: How do you like my city? What did you do today? Etc.) and most importantly: be assertive (but not rude). If you want a selfie, ask for one. If you want a hug, ask for one. Thank them for taking time to meet you, and be happy—because you just met your favorite artist!

When taking a picture with your fave: Although this can be nerve-racking, try to stay calm. Smile, and make sure you take a minute to put your arm around your fave for the picture. Meet & greet pictures where the artist and fan are just standing next to each other are awkward, so you want to avoid that. Not sure what kind of meet and greet picture you want? A normal one of you smiling with the band is always great, but if you’re looking to get creative with your picture, check out the two pictures below for ideas!

heffron driveWhen fans Miranda & Katy met Heffron Drive, they hugged each of the guys in the picture. Too cute!

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Raleigh went for a fun, silly picture when she met American Authors. If you’re brave enough to ask for a picture like this, it is definitely one you will treasure forever!

If things don’t work out the way you wanted when trying to meet your favorite band or singer:

Don’t give up! Whether you didn’t meet the band, or you did, but you were too star-struck to tell them how much you love them, it’s okay. Stay positive and think about the fact that you actually met them. When I met Ed Sheeran, I barely squeaked out a thank you. I was in shock, haha. Afterwards, I was a bit disappointed I hadn’t said more to him, but I remembered how lucky I was to even meet him, and I felt better. There is always a possibility you will meet the artist again, or if you haven’t met them yet, and you’re determined to, you will. Staying positive is key!

 Don’t forget to read Part 1 of this post if you haven’t already!

Tweet me HERE about your meet and greet experiences! I want to hear all of the crazy stories. I will always tweet you back! 🙂