July is here, and now that the fireworks have faded away, we celebrate a full half year of independent music by taking a look at some of the best releases of 2014 thus far. The DJs of KDHX have picked their 10 favorites from the first six months of the year, with plenty of surprises in store.
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."
Elliott Smith's influence over contemporary rock and folk music endures, but finding fresh ways of covering the late songwriter don't come easy. Edmonton, Alberta band the Provincial Archive manages to do just that on this imaginatively arranged take on Smith's "Son of Sam."
Celebrating 10 years as one of indie rock's most consistently enjoyable and subtly adventurous bands, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah returned this spring with the album "Only Run," featuring the track "As Always," a showcase for leader Alec Ounsworth's grand powers of arrangement.
Troubadours of alternative country, the Old 97's stomped back into St. Louis on Wednesday with a set that showcased the band as rowdy and sincere.
A previously unreleased track from the 2013 "Ski Mask" album sessions, "Aloe Hills Are Blooming" has everything fans of Islands expect: fine harmonies and finer guitar and keyboard textures, and a sense of romance that's perfectly suited for the summer.
Led by New York-based guitarist Kevin Serra, Cloud Seeding turns its cinematic, post-rock sights on glittering vistas for the new instrumental track "Kaleidocycle II."
"Can I be real for a minute? And let you know my heart's still in it." So begins "Flag" by California-based band Canto -- made up of three young brothers Seamus, Aidan and David Blackwell -- a hyper-romantic declaration that draws a straight line between love for another and love of country, and somehow does sound real for much more than a minute.