Best of 2013 – Indie Artists

2013 has been a year filled with notable album releases and tours, especially in the world of indie music. The beauty of this genre lies in watching artists rise to mainstream success from humble beginnings. You know the type, that band whose album you blew dust off of and purchased on a whim, or the artist you first saw live in your favorite claustrophobic venue, where your shoes stick to the ground and the bartender rolls her eyes at you. These bands become your favorites from 2013…so far. Be sure to catch a show coming to a city near you, and see these bands enter their primes.

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1. Tame Impala

Recent Album: Lonerism, released on October 5, 2012
Top songs:Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”, “Elephant”, “Apocalypse Dreams
Tour Dates:
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2. Tegan and Sara

Recent Album: Heartthrob, released on January 29, 2013
Top songs:Closer”, “Walking With A Ghost”, “Back In Your Head
Tour Dates: Click here
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3. Local Natives

Recent Album: Hummingbird, released on January 29, 2013
Top songs:Airplanes”, “Wide Eyes”, “Heavy Feet
Tour Dates: Click here
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Photo Credit: Cara Robbins

4. Cold War Kids 

Recent Album: Dear Miss Lonelyhearts,  released on April 2, 2013
Top songs:Hang Me Up To Dry”, “Hospital Beds”, “Miracle Mile
Tour Dates: Click here
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5. Washed Out 

Recent Album: Paracosm, scheduled release on August 13, 2013
Top songs:Feel It All Around”, “Amor Fati”, “Eyes Be Closed
Tour Dates: Click here
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6. The National 

Recent Album: Trouble Will Find Me and Mistaken for Strangers, released on May 21, 2013
Top songs:Fake Empire”, Bloodbuzz Ohio”, “Don’t Swallow The Cap
Tour Dates: Click here
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Photo Credit: Bryan Parker

7. Youth Lagoon 

Recent Album: Wondrous Bughouse, released on March 5, 2013
Top songs:Cannons”, “17”, “Afternoon
Tour Dates: Click here
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8. Portugal. The Man 

Recent Album: Evil Friends, released on June 4, 2013
Top songs:So American”, “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)”, People Say
Tour Dates: Click here
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Photo Credit: Fred Morledge

9. STRFKR 

Recent Album: Miracle Mile, released on February 19, 2013
Top songs:Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second”, While I’m Alive”, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Tour Dates: Click here
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Photo Credit: Merri Cyr

10. Ra Ra Riot

Recent Album: Beta Love, released on January 22, 2013
Top songs:Can You Tell”, “Boy”, “Beta Love
Tour Dates: Click here 
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Article by Nicolas White

 

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