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Indie Band Quiet Lights Makes Noise

Brooklyn-based indie band, Quiet Lights, is hard at work finishing up their album, The Big Fear, which is expected to be released in early 2011.

In the meantime, fans can listen to a 2-track pre-release free at their Gighive web page Songs titled Ablaze 7 and Twice Today are equally haunting, and fit the band’s genre of “dream-pop.”

The 5-member ensemble formed in Brooklyn, New York in 2009, and have been creating their unique blanc et noir sound ever since.

Indie Artists Promote Each Other on

headlinerfm_logoAttention indie  bands and artists, wants to help you connect with other musicians and ultimately reach new fans and better promote your music. The website is a “promotion exchange” for bands and artists to help build awareness for each other.

Bands who sign-up on Headliner are able to join forces with and promote other bands on each other’s Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace profiles. Members are rewarded a number of “band bucks” (proportionate to how many followers they have on their social media sites) which can be used to buy requests from other bands to give your band promotion on their social media profiles.

Indie Musician John Mark McMillan Draws Inspiration from Above

JMM_PR1Southern gospel rocker, John Mark McMillan, is singing his heart out for audiences across the country. McMillan said he makes music for human beings and God to listen to.

Based out of North Carolina, McMillan has been playing guitar since he was a teenager. He admits that his original motive for playing was to impress girls. Some of his musical influences include Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, and Wilco. The singer/songwriter honed his skills in the fall of 2001 while strumming on his porch for hours on end.

London’s Boy on the Roof Leaps into the Indie Scene with New EP

boyontheroofIndie band Boy on the Roof, which is made up of not one, but five south London boys, is shaking up the local music scene with their unique dark alternative/pop sound. With catchy-riffs and deep vocals, this quintet offers a unique sound for the underground music scene.

Having grown up along the same bus route, these childhood friends formed their band back in 2006. Band members credit their musical influences that include artists such as David Bowie, The Pixies, The Cure, The Clash and The Doors. The name of the band originates from a night when the friends were all on a roof together.

TheBuzz-By Interview: Indie Artist Sariah

SariahThis week TheBuzz is featuring Sariah who sat down to answer our Buzz-By questions. Based out of New York City, Sariah describes her music as Urban Dance Pop. Along with performing, this indie artist also takes time to give back to charitable organizations. Be sure to check out Sariah’s latest single “Deep N Luv.”

What’s a typical day or night like for you?

I always want to wake up as early as possible and go to bed as late as
possible.  I don’t like to waste any time!  My day always begins with
a great workout to clear my mind and be focused.

Then the day could
include any and anything from: vocal lessons, rehearsals, dance class,
meetings, and the studio.

Introducing Indie Artist Jackson Harris

JacksonHarrisJackson Harris is paving his way into the Pop/Rock indie music scene in New York City. His cover and video for Jay-Z’s song “Empire State of Mind” are getting thousands of views on YouTube.

The indie artist’s take on the hip-hop song is fresh and endearing. Justin Bieber even featured Harris’s video for “Empire State of Mind” on his Buzznet page, and the video was recommended by a fashion blogger on YouTube.

Harris’s original song “Long Story Short” seems to be his own personal anthem. Lyrics such as “taking the road less traveled” and “living my life like I’m dying” show his desire to carve his own path.

Hey Unsigned Bands—Get in the Game!

KoolhausIMPKoolhaus Games just announced a new international contest for unsigned bands to enter to win the chance to have their music featured on the soundtrack of the next version of the iMP: Surf the Music game for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad game available on iTunes Music Store.

According to the website, iMP: Surf the Music is an interactive funkadelic music rhythm game for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Unsigned bands may enter songs until July 2, 2010 midnight (PDT). Submissions will be posted on their contest website and the winners will be voted on by fans from all over the world.