Everyone has their go to source for new, up-and-coming music. Maybe it’s a friend, blog or (if you’re lucky) a good alternative radio station. Personally, I find myself revisiting Hype Machine (hypem.com), which acts as a hub much like blogspot, attracting different bloggers who come together to post their newly found tracks, bands and links. The site is open to almost every sound, from folk to EDM, indie pop, hip-hop and even remixes. It’s a highly accessible website with tons of filters, allowing you to find what you like and sort out undesirable genres. Members often post free downloads so you can update your iTunes library.
It’s been years since the Local Natives released something new, and the wait is finally over for their sophomore album. Hummingbird came out last week and picks up where the last album left off: tight harmonies, intricate drums and mysterious lyrics combined to form a perfect indie album. The LA-based band has honed its vocals during the time off, presenting vibrant falsettos with more umph than they previously recorded. The album also makes new use of synths and amps up the drums, making for a bigger wall of sound.
Walk onto a college campus or look at the feet of an indie band and you’ll see that youth culture is gaga for boots this winter. The hip crowd has decided that leather boots are in and that the sneaker’s popularity is dwindling. If you’re interested in the look, I’d recommend Red Wing Boots’, Iron Rangers — style no. 8113 — to be exact. They’re a simple, tan leather boot with a bit of a heel. It’s a boot that will let you stick to your hipster sensibilities while feeling at home in Portland or Missoula. And they’re made in the USA.