With hints of surf-pop, swooning harmonies and misty psychedelia, "I've Got a Reason to Keep Living" by family (as in brothers, sisters and cousins) band Babes gives any fan of well-orchestrated indie pop a reason to keep listening.
Laying the fuzz bass on thick, Eric Elbogen, aka Say Hi, aims straight for your poisoned little heart with the minimalist, futuristic thumper "Such a Drag."
A little less Arcade Fire and a little more Passion Pit, Ra Ra Riot leaves the cellist behind and travels into synth territory with "Beta Love."
"Beta Love" by Ra Ra Riot somehow blends sky-high crooning, synthed-out strings, popped-out synths, bubbling bass and absolutely party-ready beats. It's an indie dance-pop lover's single come true.
Yellow Ostrich charts new indie-rock territory with wild melodies, spiky rhythms and tightly-wound musical puzzles. By subverting songwriting norms, the band opens up new musical worlds.
The style of Maps & Atlases assimilates itself into multiple applications: The complex, mathematical beats prove suitable for serious listening, while the pop-oriented flair provides the means to move along with it. The Chicago band turned in a rare acoustic session in the KDHX studios.