indie pop

"Doubt" — Joywave

"Doubt" — Joywave

Sounds Like:

The catchy melodies of BORNS and Coast Modern meets the bass lines of Tame Impala  

Why You Should Care:

Some musicians take their videos seriously, but none take as much pleasure in crafting stranger-than-fiction videos as Joywave does. Their debut album How Do You Feel Now? was heavy on the dark synths on songs like “Destruction” and “Somebody New,” but their videos show a complete other side of the band. The video for “Tongues” starred a colony of nudists being hunted down with a clothing gun. “It’s A Trip!” is a sun-soaked, jet-ski romp through the Bay of Miami with the band as they progressively age and shrivel away on the water. Content track “Doubt” is no different here - Director Olivier Gondry keeps the concept relatively simple, but strange. With just one spotlight and a pitch-black set, the band members’ faces are manipulated and melded into one another.

Joywave will be performing in DC this Friday, March 2, at U Street Music Hall.


"Your World” — thanks.

"Your World” — thanks.

Sounds Like:

The catchy melodies of BORNS and Coast Modern meets the bass lines of Tame Impala  

Why You Should Care:

The slinky bass line that kicks off the song should immediately hook you, but if not, maybe the lyrics will. LA-based indie-pop duo thanks. released "Your World" to the world a few months ago, a song that waxes indignant about seeing someone become a completely different person before their eyes. The song combines psychedelic synths, a catchy cadence, and of course, that bass line.


"Everybody's Lonely” — Jukebox the Ghost

"Everybody's Lonely” — Jukebox the Ghost

Sounds Like:

A modern pop homage to Queen that breaks away from the modern pop message

Why You Should Care:

Let's get it out of the way - yes, Jukebox the Ghost has never sound Queen-ier than on "Everybody's Lonely." Not surprising for a group that has been holding "Halloqueen" cover shows for the last three years? But Jukebox the Ghost deserves more credit than that - for ten years, they've been crafting reliably catchy piano-pop songs that everyone may have heard on a TV commercial or at an H&M at some point. But there aren't many radio-friendly piano-pop bands with a voice as soaring as Ben Thornewill's.


"Dream" - Bishop Briggs

"Dream" - Bishop Briggs

Sounds Like:

Phantogram mixed with the vocals of Florence + the Machine and the drum line of a Kaleo song

Why You Should Care:

It’s rare for a song to capture the feeling of being in a dream and waking up without being sure if it’s real or not. Bishop Briggs’ new single “Dream” captures this feeling perfectly. Beginning with an acoustic guitar, Briggs opens the song with airy vocals that quickly build to an almost gospel tune with a pulsing beat drop. It delivers the same evocative/moody indie-pop vibe that fans of her first hit “River” have come to expect from the 25-year-old musician. Bishop Briggs’ lyrics walk the listener through the challenge of dreaming you are brave enough to do or say something, but feeling unable to get the feelings out. "Dream" is focused on the inability to share feelings with someone you love, but the struggle to share your truth with others feels universal throughout the song.

“Dream” is closer to a ballad than Briggs’ previous singles that raised her profile in rock and alternative charts, but her 2017 self-titled EP showcases her ability to convey an equally soulful mood in hits such as “Wild Horses.”

Not only does Bishop Briggs bring an intensity to all of her recorded songs, but she is known for putting on an electrifying live performance. Her strong set overcame a difficult early morning time slot at last year’s All Things Go Fall Classic to kick off a memorable day of music. Bishop Briggs will return to DC on November 18, opening for Bleachers at a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club.