Indie Overdose

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IMR Magazine looking for “Indie Acoustic” artists.

IMR Magazine is looking for twenty-five “indie acoustic” artists to be featured in their upcoming Indie Acoustic issue. Check out the press release below:

Press Release: IMR Magazine looking for looking for artists to feature in their upcoming “Indie Acoustic” issue

Posted on April 5, 2012 by IndieMusicReviewer

Press Release.  For immediate release:

It’s here!

Our second major magazine feature called “Indie Acoustic.”  Earlier this year, we released our “Women of Indie” issue where we sifted through over 2100 artists and found some of the world’s greatest indie women and now, we are ready for another great project:  INDIE ACOUSTIC!  To learn below about the opportunity, please read

IMR Magazine is looking for twenty-five indie artists to be featured in an upcoming magazine issue called “Indie Acoustic” to be sent out on June 1st, 2012.  One artist will be featured on the cover of IMR Magazine and have their music reviewed by one of our thirty writers based all over the world.  Four other artists will also receive their album cover placed on the front of the magazine along with a review by our writers.  Twenty additional artist will also get recognition in the “Indie Acoustic” issue and placement on the IMR Magazine website with a review or interview by our magazine staff.  We are in search of the internet’s best indie artists for our issue of “Indie Acoustic,” so please suggest this to any artist you may know of.

Must submit your track, album, or EPK by May 12th, 2012.

In order to submit or apply, IMR Magazine will need the following information:

-          Artist name:

-          Album/Single/EP name:

-          At least one full-length song emailed or attached in the submission.

-          Release Date of album/single/EP:

-          Genre(s):

-          Current location of artist:

-          Artist website or page link:

-          Pertinent album details:

-          Band members:

Please email all submissions to or submit through our partner, by logging in and clicking “opportunities.”  Please do not send MP3s.  Links to music only, please.  (not links to download….only links where we can listen online).

Submissions sent to any other email address will NOT be reviewed, so please remember to submit to  Again, emails to our facebook page, submission form on our website or any other email address besides will be ignored.

Must submit your track, album, or EPK by May 12th, 2012!

For other inquiries including advertising in this issue or to have your album reviewed, please visit our website at and read about all of the great music and opportunities we have.  Most items can be found under our “About” tab.  Thanks for submitting, and we look forward to a great year with you all!

Sincerely, we thank you!

-The Indie Music Reviewer staff



Devendra Banhart

—Little Boys


Listen to this the whole way through, you’ll either be delighted or disgusted.  I’m always delighted.

Devendra Banhart - Little Boys

Hoodoo Gurus

—My Girl


Hoodoo Gurus - My Girl

The pop-obsessed, teased-hair Hoodoo Gurus supported Stoneage Romeos with a tour in the U.S. in late 1984 (when I was lucky to catch an eardrum-bursting show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.) and rematerialized in the spring of 1985 with their follow-up, Mars Needs Guitars!, on which Mark Kingsmill replaced James Baker on drums.

The Gurus’ third single “My Girl” only hinted at the lead cut and first single from Mars Needs Guitars!Bittersweet” is a tremendous romantic lament couched in renewed strength, a cry both wounded and strong. As good as “My Girl” is, it’s a pastiche, a genre-exercise, a tribute to Boy Girl Pop. The mid-tempo “Bittersweet,” with its reflective opening, tense build-up to a full-band entry in the second verse, and aching, addictive chorus, is something else altogether, a product of source material, sure—the Flamin’ Groovies are often suggested as chief influence—but so personal and truthful in its writing and playing that the result is fresh and, to my ears, alive to this day. Wrecked and weepy as I was at the time by self-consciousness and girlfriend troubles, “Bittersweet” sang to and through me in a way that mere contrivances never can. The wise Peter Tork once observed: “Pop music is aspirin and the blues are vitamins.”

OK, a pop song can take a headache away, and blues will fortify us against future pain, but Faulkner does both here, and on later, more mature songs that move beyond kitsch. When he convincingly sings in the final verse, “We’ve grown and times change / When we meet now it feels so strange / I hold you like a sword / You won’t cut me like you did before / It’s always bittersweet,” we hear both relief from and a tonic against aching. Slot “Bittersweet” among the confounding shoulda-been-a-hit singles in the Alternative 1980s, where parallel-universe college and independent radio stations cared less about units-moved than about great songwriting. “Bittersweet” scored many folks’ troubled love lives in the mid-1980s.

In some ways, Mars Needs Guitars! feels like a slightly less zany rewrite of Stoneage Romeos, but by that I don’t mean that the album lacks inspiration—it’s a continued honing of pop influences and promises. In retrospect, Faulkner calls Mars Needs Guitars! “a turning point” for his writing, telling Roberto Calabro, “I started being more personal in my lyrics, not just writing colorful stories.” “Death Defying,” “In the Wild,” and “Like Wow—Wipeout” are prime songs from a writer feeling his way through his sources, balancing rock and roll with ballads, humor with sentiment, style with earnestness. Here’s “Poison Pen,” a song, Faulkner reports wryly, “about the fallout from a relationship that had turned bitter (with no ‘sweet’) attached)”:

Mars Needs Guitars! is dedicated to Jonathan Harris of Lost In Space infamy, and among the bright and less-bright pop culture luminaries winkingly thanked on the back of the album are The Way Outs (the mock Beatles/garage band featured on The Flintstones in a 1965 episode), Beef Jerky, Eve Arden, “Ames, Iowa,” Phyllis Diller, “Itself,” Tex Avery, Hank Kimball, Cheryl Ladd, C.Y. O’Connor (an Australian civic engineer [!] who’ll be name-chcked on the next album, too), Don Knotts, Lucile Ball, Cyril Jordan of the Flamin’ Groovies, Chuck Barris, and Tina Louise.

Hoodoo Gurus are thanking them all for entree into a trashy world where the divisions between high and low culture don’t exist—or, if they do, they’re blasted away anyway by high-watt amps and joie de vivre grins.

All that’s missing at this party are the gold records on the wall…

Joe Bonomo