If you know and like SHEL, a stellar group of four sisters who has been featured here and here on The Indies before, you will enjoy what Hannah Holbrook (The H of SHEL) recorded with some of her friends with this cover song by Lorde titled Royals. Joining Hannah are her friends Ayo Awosika along with Hannah Christianson and Hillary Reynolds of a duo known as The Arrow & The Bow.
Catch Hannah Holbrook, Ayo Awosika, and The Arrow & The Bow in concert Dec 3rd - 7th in Newton Square PA, Hudson NY, ONLINE EVERYWHERE, NYC, and Boston.
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This song is dope. And important.... @draze206 http://t.co/JE1dsyvZI6The groove is infectious and the photography is brilliant. What Draze raps about seems to be a sign of the times. This isn't some left against right or black against white thing. It's the story that so many across America rightfully claim as Wall Street has been bailed out at the expense of Main Streets that have become more like Mean Streets of change through gentrification by big money interests propped up by yet another bubble driven by artificially low interest rates and a big flow of cash into the hands of those who should have been bankrupt when the last bubble popped. This re-pump of the many U.S. economic bubbles has displaced a great many people that hardly anyone talks about. Some call it progress, some like Draze call it something else. I dig his rap. GC
— Macklemore (@macklemore) November 7, 2014
Draze - The Hood Ain't The Same
Connect direct with Draze at Draze206.com
Last time The Indies featured Alexz Johnson was March 2013 (visit that post) and we were impressed by her not only for her music, but for her way of approaching the business. Fast forward to today, she's recently been talked about in the Wall Street Journal of all places (see article here), and has a fresh video to the tasty title track of her latest album titled Let 'Em Eat Cake which is featured below. Enjoy! GC
Alexz Johnson - Let 'Em Eat Cake
Connect direct with Alexz Johnson at AlexzJohnson.Com
The Budos Band is another great act that happens to be on the Daptone Records label, home to an eclectic array of real true unmanufactured soul, afro and jazz inspired acts of substance. It's really great to find a full band with real horn players like this. Now digging for more great takes of them with more to come. - GC
Connect direct with The Budos Band at TheBudosBand.Com
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Thanks to Scott Hathaway for the original post of the above Budos Band performance shot August 21, 2010 at Mohawk in Austin Texas
Congas/Bongos -- Robert Lombardo
Percussion -- Vincent Balestrino
Conga/Percussion -- John Carbonella
Drums -- Brian Profilio
Bass Guitar -- Daniel Foder
Guitar -- Thomas Brenneck
Farfisa Organ -- Michael Deller
Trumpet -- Andrew Greene
Baritone Saxophone -- Jared Tankel
Director/DP/Editor -- Scott Hathaway
Camera Crew: Ken Dvorak, Chase Chesnutt, Gary Wilson, EJ Enriquez, and Dan Powers w/ Assistants: Alexander Clark and Damian Ramos Sosa.
Below are beautiful songs and music videos by the trio known as London Grammar from their debut album titled If You Wait. Enjoy! - GC
London Grammar - Hey Now
London Grammar - Sights
London Grammar - Wasting My Young Years
London Grammar - Strong
Connect direct with London Grammar at LondonGrammar.Com
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The one shot music video, with no cuts, seems like a great indie tool for those on a budget, who don't have the cash for an editor. But, it usually takes much more planning, choreography, dozens of failed tries and complicated hard work than most would think. It can actually more lengthy a process than shooting a lot of takes and hiring an editor. Just below is a good one for the One Take Hall of Fame by a true indie out of Canada named Kiesza. She is signed to a New York indie label Lokal Legend. This is her debut single that has had a strong impact that has gotten her a lot of attention in a short time.
Kiesza - Hideaway
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Trixie Whitley - Need Your Love
Connect direct with Trixie Whitley at TrixieWhitley.Com
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