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Royal Headache is one of the more notable lo-fi bands to rise up in the past few months with some killer Guided By Voices inspired singles.  Apparently Pitchfork has also taken notice of the Australian group having just premiered their video for ‘Girls’.  The video is everything we’d hope and expect from a group like Royal Headache with plenty of grainy shots of the guys having a good time…. (kinda like this and this).  It’s hard not to imagine how much fun it would be to tour with these guys.

-PK

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KEEL HER is an artist I’ve been following for a little while now not exactly sure what I to think about the artist.  Rose Keeler-Schäffeler’s solo project as KEEL HER is probably the closest any artist has come to being the rock equivalent of Lil’ B.  Their compositions aren’t anything alike and Rose doesn’t sing repeated one-liners about swag or getting boys, however, through her soundcloud and bandcamp, Rose has built up an incredible library of tunes.  KEEL HER plays lazy, sloppy and lo-fi as hell bedroom pop that range from subjects of being bored, weed and general chilling.  It’s the kind of creative output that would make a lot of people skeptical but after her putting out so many good jams it has become very difficult to deny.  So I’m going to just invite you all to join me on the KEEL HER band wagon.

KEEL HER- LA:

KEEL HER- Chill Yourself:

-PK

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Gorgeous Bully’s ‘I’m A Little Worried’ is the exact kind of song I was hoping to find today.  Although I love uncovering up and coming beatmakers and producers on soundcloud, it’s nice to hear some strummed guitar and soft-spoken vocals.  Gorgeous Bully pull that all off nicely with their folky/poppy track ‘I’m A Little Worried’.  The track was featured on a compilation of 100 sunny lo-fi jams (and probably a ton of other sounds) from Beko that I’ll probably never have the time to listen all the way through.  Stream ‘I’m A Little Worried Below”…

-PK

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Of all the amazing lo-fi bands sprouting up in the UK right now, Splashh may just be my favorite.  If their track ‘Headspins’ didn’t already convince you, ‘All I Wanna Do’ is another sun-soaked slice of lo-fi punk with plenty of pop thrown in that should convert anyone to the Splashh fan club.  Regardless of what you think of the video (with the band do their best Strokes impression), Splashh writes great jams that send fuzzy sonic waves to our musical pleasure sensors.  Just try to resist not humming along with the chorus.

-PK

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A nice, sweet love song courtesy of Bloomington based Hypocrite In A Hippy Crpyt.  Besides his renown for having one of the “best crappy ironic indie band names”, Hypocrite In A Hippy Crpyt has quite the knack for writing folky, poppy, lo-fi jams that would definitely please any fan of Avi Buffalo.  ‘Bits’ finds him crooning about young love between gorgeous guitar licks and not much else.  It’s music simplicity in its best form.

-PK

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Some nice girl lead lo-fi pop brought to us by Tye Die Tapes (the same label that brought us Slowcoaches).  Anyone familiar with the label will probably already be able to guess exactly the kind of care-free vibes that Sun Sister are churning out with their new EP Rich American White Kidz.  On ‘Growing Ur Hair Out’ Sun Sister provide some nice surf-rock guitars, warm reverbed vocals and an appropriately infectious melody.  I’d take this over Best Coast any day.  Check out the entire Rich American Kidz EP here and download ‘Growing Ur Hair Out’ below…

-PK

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Shinies are the latest Manchester lo-fi band to make irresistible, guilty pleasure indie-rock.  I’ve come to terms with how I will never get tired of music like this and Shinies reinforce that point with not that much making their sound unique besides their massive talent in writing hooks and great melodies.  Their rectangular soundcloud waveforms speak for themselves, Shinies make dense and noisy pop songs.  It is clear from the singles they’ve put out that Shinies didn’t get lucky stumbling upon one catchy hook or song.  Each one of their tracks is as irresistible as the next and I doubt the quality will decrease as they continue to release tracks.  Stream their new ‘Shola/Pillow Talk’ 7″ below…

-PK

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