Lo fi music groups

Posted Mar 27, 2010
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  1. Pavement



    Pavement was an American indie rock band that formed in Stockton, California in 1989. The group mainly consisted of Stephen Malkmus (vocals and guitar), Scott Kannberg (guitar and vocals), Mark Ibold (bass), Steve West (drums) and Bob Nastanovich (percussion and vocals). Initially conceived as a recording project, the band at first avoided press or live performances, while attracting considerable underground attention with their early releases. Gradually evolving into a more polished band, Pavement recorded five full-length albums and nine EPs over the course of their decade-long career, though they disbanded with some acrimony in 1999 as the members moved on to other projects. In 2010, they undertook a well-received reunion tour.

  2. Guided By Voices

    Guided By Voices


  3. Grizzly Bear

    Grizzly Bear


    Grizzly Bear is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2002. The band consists of Edward Droste (vocals, keyboards, omnichord), Daniel Rossen (vocals, guitar, banjo, keyboards), Chris Taylor (bass, backing vocals, various instruments, producer) and Christopher Bear (drums, backing vocals). The band employs traditional and electronic instruments. Their sound has been categorized as psychedelic pop, folk rock, and experimental, and is dominated by the use of vocal harmonies.

  4. Neutral Milk Hotel

    Neutral Milk Hotel


    Neutral Milk Hotel was an American indie rock band based in Athens, Georgia by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Jeff Mangum in the late 1980s. The band is noted for its experimental sound, abstract lyrics and eclectic instrumentation.

  5. The Mountain Goats

    The Mountain Goats


    The Mountain Goats (stylized "the Mountain Goats") are an American indie folk rock band formed in Claremont, California by singer-songwriter John Darnielle. The band is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

  6. Wavves



    Wavves is an American rock band, based in San Diego, California. Formed in 2008 by singer-songwriter Nathan Williams (born June 12, 1986) the band also features Alex Gates (guitar, backing vocals), Stephen Pope (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Brian Hill (drums and backing vocals).

  7. Best Coast

    Best Coast


    Best Coast is an American rock duo formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. The band consists of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno. Cosentino, a former child actress, began writing music as a teenager and was formerly a member of the experimentalist drone group Pocahaunted. After a brief tenure at college in New York City, Cosentino returned to the West Coast and began recording lo-fi demos with Bruno, whom she met in the Los Angeles music scene.

  8. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

    Casiotone for the Painfully Alone


    Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (CFTPA) was the musical solo-project of musician Owen Ashworth (born April 22, 1977) of Redwood City, California. The project was established under a set of Dogme 95-like rules: short songs, played in C, on the white notes of Casio keyboards. The band's musical style was characterized by the use of electronically produced beats, cheap keyboards, and slow, frank lyrics. From Etiquette onwards, CFTPA widened in musical scope and added more analog instruments and an overall more organic sound.

  9. Beat Happening

    Beat Happening


    Beat Happening is an American indie pop band formed in Olympia, Washington in 1982. Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford have been the band's continual members. Beat Happening were early leaders in the American indie pop and lo-fi movements, noted for their use of primitive recording techniques, disregard for the technical aspects of musicianship, and songs with subject matters of a childish or coy nature.

  10. Dum Dum Girls

    Dum Dum Girls


    Dum Dum Girls are an American rock band, formed in 2008. It began as the bedroom recording project of singer and songwriter Dee Dee (née Kristin Gundred)). She is currently based in New York City. The name is a double homage to The Vaselines' album Dum Dum and the Iggy Pop song "Dum Dum Boys". Many people believe Dee Dee's stage name was inspired by Dee Dee Ramone but she has stated that this is not true; it was her mother's name, which she took as her middle name after her death. The last name "Penny" was erroneously provided by British music magazine NME.

  11. Archers of Loaf

    Archers of Loaf


    Archers of Loaf is an American indie rock band originally formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1991. The group toured extensively and released four studio albums, one compilation, numerous singles and EPs, and a live album which was released after the band broke up in 1998. In 2011 the band began a reunion tour that coincided with the reissue of four of its albums by Merge Records.

  12. The Microphones

    The Microphones


    The Microphones was the name of a musical project based in Olympia, Washington, and fronted by Phil Elvrum. Elvrum was the principal songwriter and producer behind the Microphones' albums, but he also collaborated with other local musicians on his recordings and on tour. Many of Elvrum's recordings from this period were released by the label K Records. Since 2003, Elvrum (who now spells his surname Elverum) has recorded and performed under the name Mount Eerie.

  13. Times New Viking

    Times New Viking


    Times New Viking is a lo-fi indie rock band from Columbus, Ohio. The lineup consists of guitarist Jared Phillips, drummer Adam Elliott, and Beth Murphy on keyboards. Murphy and Elliott share vocal duties. Their name, "Times New Viking," is a play on the popular typeface Times New Roman. They have released five albums: 2005's Dig Yourself, 2007's Present the Paisley Reich, and 2008's Rip It Off, which NME gave an 8/10, and 2009's Born Again Revisited. Rip it Off reached No. 17 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The band was formerly signed to Siltbreeze and Matador Records. In January 2011, they announced that their fifth album, Dancer Equired!, would be released in April via Merge in the US, Wichita in Europe, Pop Frenzy in Australia and Big Nothing in Japan.

  14. Tune-Yards



    Tune-Yards (stylized as tUnE-yArDs) is the music project of New England native Merrill Garbus. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot and layers these with ukulele and vocals, in addition to electric bass played by Nate Brenner.

  15. Sebadoh



    Sebadoh (/ˈsɛbəd/) is an American indie rock band, currently signed with Joyful Noise Recordings. Sebadoh were formed in 1988 in Northampton, Massachusetts, by Eric Gaffney and Dinosaur Jr bass player Lou Barlow. Along with such bands as Pavement and Guided by Voices, Sebadoh helped pioneer lo-fi music, a style of indie rock characterized by low-fidelity recording techniques, often on four-track machines. The band's early output, such as 1990's The Freed Man and Weed Forestin' and 1991's Sebadoh III, was typical of this style. After a 14-year recording hiatus, during which time members pursued other projects while occasionally touring as Sebadoh, the group returned in 2013 with the Secret EP and a full-length album titled Defend Yourself, which were both self-recorded. Lead singer Lou Barlow says of the band's resurrected sound, "We kept to ourselves during the recording and didn’t have much, if any, outside intervention. That, to my mind, makes it a true Sebadoh record and aligns the style of Defend Yourself with our early releases."

  16. Cloud Nothings

    Cloud Nothings


    Cloud Nothings is an American indie rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, founded by singer-songwriter Dylan Baldi. It currently consists of lead singer and guitarist Baldi, drummer Jayson Gerycz, and bassist TJ Duke.

  17. Philemon Arthur and the Dung

    Philemon Arthur and the Dung


    Philemon Arthur and the Dung is a mysterious music group from Scania, Sweden, consisting of two members known only by their pseudonyms Philemon Arthur and the Dung. The band formed in the early 1960s under the name The Popbeams, which they changed before the release of their first album. The duo's true identities are most likely known only to a few individuals at Silence Records, the record label that the band has worked with since 1971. Philemon Arthur and the Dung do not want their identities to be known, lest those who live in their small village find out who they are.

  18. The Blow

    The Blow


    The Blow is an electro pop band comprising Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne. Maricich and Dyne write, compose, produce and perform all the music. It was formed as a solo project by Maricich in 2002, and she was joined by Jona Bechtolt, aka Yacht, from 2004 to 2007. Melissa Dyne became part of the project in 2007.

  19. The Bilders

    The Bilders


    The Bilders (aka Builders, Bilderine, Bilderbergers, Six Impossible Things) was a New Zealand music group, recently brought out of obscurity by labels Unwucht (Germany) and Siltbreeze, Grapefruit and SmartGuy (USA). A string of self-recorded 7-inch vinyl releases between 1980 and 1982 culminated in Beatin Hearts, the first studio-album of the fledgling New Zealand ('Flying Nun Records') underground movement. Its most recent release is The Utopians, a 7-inch 45 rpm record and i-Tunes download released by SmartGuy Records (USA). Bilders' material is known for 'rough' music making (often live in the studio), and a lo-fi recording style that has produced "many genuine classic compositions".

  20. Glass Graves

    Glass Graves


  21. Clouddead



    Clouddead (styled as cLOUDDEAD) was an experimental hip hop group consisting of Doseone (Adam Drucker), Why? (Yoni Wolf) and Odd Nosdam (David Madson).

  22. Flightside



    Flightside were a UK-based lo-fi post-grunge band formed in Uxbridge, England in 1992. The line up consisted of Sarah Eaglesfield (keys/vocals), Paul Cormack (guitar) and ex-Velveto drummer Mark Parton. Although Cormack and Eaglesfield had previously known each other in Birmingham, the three came together as a band whilst working on the 'flightside' (the area past the security checks) at Heathrow Airport.

  23. Polite Sleeper

    Polite Sleeper


    Polite Sleeper is an indie/folk/punk band based in Brooklyn, New York. The band consists of Jason Orlovich (vocals, guitar), Tim Wilson (drums), and Michael Curtes (piano, keyboards).

  24. Perfect Pussy

    Perfect Pussy


    Perfect Pussy is an American rock band, formed in 2012 in Syracuse, New York. The band consists of vocalist Meredith Graves, guitarist Ray McAndrew, drummer Garrett Koloski, bass guitarist Greg Ambler and keyboardist Shaun Sutkus. The band is known for its "frenetic brand of punk and raucous live shows" and has been described as "the most important punk band to come out of Syracuse since Earth Crisis."

  25. Purling Hiss

    Purling Hiss


    Purling Hiss is the psychedelic rock project of multi-instrumentalist Mike Polizze. Based in Philadelphia, the project was named so because of its heavy use of distortion and white noise. Originally conceived for his own personal amusement and desire to experiment, Polizze eventually self-released Purling Hiss (2009) and began touring with a live band.

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