Indie Band Guru is a Music Review Blog and Artist Development Company focused on helping independent bands build their careers and get the exposure they deserve.
I joined Indie Band Guru January 2017 where I cover new music from upcoming artists and bands. Assigned weekly, the music I cover ranges from pop to punk to rock and even electronic, hip-hop and rap. Starting June 2017 I began attending and covering concerts and events in the Detroit area for the blog. Some of these events I interview artists about their music, career and more and others I provide photography from the event.
Between reviewing new music and live events, I help manage Indie Band Guru’s social media accounts. Using different social media management tools I updated Twitter and Facebook followers with the latest posts from Indie Band Guru and current events in the industry. During concerts I provide a social media take over on Instagram stories and live Tweet from the event.
I also make sure to reach out to bands and artists Indie Band Guru covers via email. This includes when interviews go live, single, album and EP reviews along with when Indie Band Guru Spotify playlists are updated.
Synth-filled dream pop is so in right now and we’re totally here for it. With the release of her debut EP, Watercolor, FJØRA is bringing a new feeling into the soundscape that is pop music. Combining elements from everything charting top 40 right now, FJØRA takes Watercolor to a new level with instrumentation, beats, and lyrics.
Power rock trio Noiseheads just dropped their latest track, “Homecoming,” off their upcoming album, Sitcoms for Aliens. As the first release from the LP, “Homecoming” seems like the perfect track to showcase it.
Country slangin’ Eugene Tyler Band’s latest track “Short Ride” explores their sophomore record Young Randy.
Canadian pop-punk band Coldfront just released their new single “Float Around” on September 14, getting ready to release Float Around, their next album, out October 6, 2017.
The latest track from King of Nowhere is overflowing with pent up politicized anger. In the political landscape that the entire world is facing everyday, it is hard not to pull from that anger.
Being a millennial today is matched with criticism from older generations. From buying avocado toast to not buying houses, everything we do is met with negativity for an unknown reason. Music is one way we’ve chosen to speak out about the constant criticism. CRANE’s latest track “Evil” speaks up about this.
Bands usually aren’t usually competing for Guiness World Records, but The Pocket Gods have oddly scooped one up. The Pocket Gods released the most tracks on a digital album (100×30), that had 100 tracks on it.
While their latest release “Searching for the Divine” isn’t a world record holder, it’s four sure something for the books.
Nostalgia is the best and worst feeling everyone feels. Whether you’re remembering the best time of your life or the worst moment you can remember, you can feel a mix of emotions. In Covey’s recent single “Same White Shoes,” is somehow able to tie together all the feelings nostalgia can bring into a single song.
The latest funk-infused single to hit your ears has to be “Borrowed Words” by the United Kingdom based group Luna Blue. The indie-rock-pop four piece exhibits the band’s funk-rock best with a driving, upbeat instrumentation and soaring vocals.
The firey rock group Grown Up Avenger Stuff just dropped the rock track of the summer “A.I.M” ahead of a new album due out later this year.
If you were a fan of late 90s and early 2000s rock, Disconnected Genius is for you.
Mumford and Sons only wish they could rival the indie twang that the Scottish duo JR Green possess.
You might have heard this next track and not have known it. If you’ve seen a Pepsi MAX commercial between your TV obsessions, chances are you’ve heard the mysterious pop track from Yes You Are.
Blusey rock has not made headlines since Elvis took over airwaves and our hearts. And while 2017 is proving to be a massive year for pop and hip-hop, Dull Blue Lights are shaking that notion. The release of their self-titled LP flawlessly blends together rockabilly, soul, reggae and that garage rock sound.
You’d think a track recorded with Jack Endino, who worked with Nirvana, wouldn’t be as bubbly as the latest from Spirit Award.
From being a biology major to recording his debut EP, college was a crazy time for singer/songwriter Mark DiLillo. The Austin, Texas based singer records under the name Welsh Avenue and created an interesting hybrid vibe he calls a cross between alternative, electronic, experimental and nu-wave music.
Texas has become the latest place for budding musicians to grow out of. The latest group to rise out of Austin is Leather Girls with their self-titled debut album via Yippee Ki Yay Records.
Electronic based synth music that defined the 1980s are making a come back. Night Drive’s self-titled LP perfectly blends together post-punk synth pop in a vintage style only the 80s could master.
BLONDER is back at it with another indie rock track perfect for your summer. “Just Because” comes of the band’s EP, “$5”.
Native New Zealander Dion Lunadon has been known since moving to America in 2009. His raucous, energetic rock & roll that he’s been making since the early 90s has brought him to release his debut solo self-titled album Dion Lunadon via Agitated Records.
Industrial isn’t a typical way you’d think to describe music. Typically we think about manufacturing, the production of goods or even the Industrial Revolution from the 18th century. The LA based downtempo and industrial songwriter and producer Resin wants you to rethink that with her latest track “Lie”.
Eclectic pop-rock songstress TRISTN just dropped her new track “Nothing to Say (Nothin’) from her upcoming album, January, that is due out this summer. The witty song doubles as a conversational piece about gossip.
Mixing genes isn’t too uncommon in today’s music landscape. The latest to jump back into the hip-hop, rap and punk track that the Beastie Boy’s left behind is Juiceboxxx.
Creating a seance of nostalgia for a place you’ve yet to be is hard to do in a single track. However, The Technicolors’ latest track, “Little Charmer,” is doing just that with a guitar-driven indie rock that is littered with colorful lyrics, funky basslines and sun-dappled melodies.
Funk-dance-rock vibes are making a comeback this summer and PONCÉ is here with their latest EP, Afterglow, to help this resurgence.
For Sydney-based producer Oliver Tank, mastering the art of heartfelt and vivid soundscapes with an electronic bend wasn’t difficult. His debut album, OT, marks the timeless talent that Tank possesses in his creations that continue to be equally relevant and revolutionary.
With beachy, summer vibes and catchy riffs, “In and Out” make you want to smash the replay button. Complete with an uptempo beat, energetic guitars, and cool, fuzzy vocals with catchy and rhythmic lyrics, it’s the perfect track to sing out loud in the summer sun. The upbeat ode to a love that could (or could not) be, is full of little hooks—triple claps, oh-oh-oh’s—and frontman Constantine Anastasakis’s breezy vocals.
Second Still is a three piece band from Los Angeles. With their electronic drum sounds, unconventional guitar lines, and strange vocal melodies that set them apart from traditional categorization.
The London-based singer-songwriter Niall Keels is quickly becoming one of the most talked about songwriters in the UK & Ireland. With pop vibes and nothing but positivity in his latest track, it’s not hard to see why.
Canadian Indie band, Close Talker, just announced, the released their first single from their third album “Okay Hollywood”.
Front women from the Houston-based electronica trio BLSHS, Michelle Miears, has released her debut EP titled “Who Will Save You” to launch her solo project MIEARS.
Paris based singer-songwriter Pamela Hute not only writes, plays and produces her own music giving her latest album, “Highline,” a personal edge, but Hute also operates her own independent label My Dear Recordings.
Sexy pop songs have had a history of topping the charts and airwaves and the latest single from Shelita Burke, “Penetrate,” is no exception in leaving a lot up to listener’s imaginations. 2017 alone has seen the rise of sexy singles- Zayn and Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” and “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran’s body loving single, mark two great examples.
Feeling the need to scream out some lyrics? Sigrid, a 20 year old Norwegian pop artist, and her new single “Don’t Kill My Vibe” allows you to have whatever emotional catharsis you need right now.
Music is personal for every person and artist. Songs can tell stories personal to the artist and leave room for the listener to interpret it with their own experiences. Our recent find Senator puts some wild ideas in your head to let you paint quite a picture with their latest single.
Gearing up for the release of her sophomore album, Julie Bryne releases “I Live Now As A Singer”.
2015 and 2016 brought back the rise of the 90s grunge feel. With 2017 already shaping up to be a great year for music, more 90s inspired music is going to come out of this year.
Swedes are well known for their forward thinking in design, fashion, and of course music. Their recent export, in the form of electronic-pop Vanbot. They’ve been the talk of the town already. With distinguishing vocals from hooky melodies and striking vocals, Vanbot is all about the highest level of pop craftsmanship.
In a time where many are fighting against the current political state in the United States, music is one thing that can bring everyone’s feeling together.
Born and raised in Detroit, K Sloan was influenced and entranced by soul legends and Motown stars at an early age. These influences are clearly heard on “STAY,” combining classic Motown vibes and features with an unexpected modern twist.
Have you ever listened to a band where every song put you at ease? Each song slipped you into an explainable trance, where nothing but each note is the only thing that matters in the world at the moment. The Fem Doms latest release will do exactly that for you.
A band that turns heads walking into a room is pretty much every band that’s ever been on a Vans Warped Tour. Valient Thorr make a different type of statement. Their outfits consist of nothing but a jean vest, jeans and hair long enough to make a statement. However, the band that is from a different planet is going to turn heads wherever they go.
It’s easy to see that the 2017 Vans Warped Tour line up is on the heavier side. Wiith punk legends Anti-Flag to Attila, every stage has multiple acts that are nothing like Stacked Like Pancakes. Not only do they have a unique band name (who doesn’t love breakfast foods) but, Stacked Like Pancakes is bringing an entirely different sound to this years Warped Tour.
Meet the California-based heavy metal band that took the Full Sail stage at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour by storm – Bad Omens. The band has only been around a few years but have been finding their voice between albums and tours.
The band from Greece is making waves on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour. Barb Wire Dolls are a women fronted, punk rock band that have been killing it on the 2017 Warped Tour across the United States all summer.
This isn’t the Anti-Flag first time making rounds on the Vans Warped Tour. The first time Anti-Flag joined the tour, it was 1999 and a much simpler time. Now on its 22nd year, Anti-Flag is back and bigger than ever.
If Vans Warped Tour were to have an even angstier child, Self Help Festival would be it.
Self Help Festival, presented by A Day To Remember, is about to embark on it’s fourth year. After making stops in Philadelphia and Orlando, Self Help Festival is heading north to Detroit (October 7), and after breaking for the winter hitting San Bernardino (March 3).
The one day summer music festival that travels from city to city across the U.S. bringing together kids, teenagers and parents from all across the state just hit Michigan. And it is something about thousands of people standing together in a parking lot jamming out to music that makes Vans Warped Tour what it is.
Concerts where you go in knowing little about what the crowd or music will be like is one of my favorite ways to find new music. Some of my new favorite artists have come from opening acts I knew nothing about. For me, I knew very little about CHON before seeing them in Detroit last week and quickly I grew to become a big fan.
Vans Warped Tour will be kicking off its twenty-second year on June 16 in Seattle, WA. The national festival will travel to 38 cities, coast-to-coast over two months and close out on August 6 in Pomona, CA.
Social media has become the number one necessity for growing artists and bands. If you don’t have at least an account on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook you’re probably not going to get near as far with your career as those who do.
Social media has become the leading way for artists’ careers to blossom with new fans. Many artists’ entire careers are based around their social media presence. If you and your band aren’t making your music and personalities known on social media, you’re missing out on the potential to make your career grow.