If you live in LA, then you know it's somewhat of a Catch-22 when it comes to discovering music…on any given day, you'll have to wade through a flood of crappy hardcore with depressing names or bands who think that turning up the distortion on their amps will make them sound more "indie."
But, there are good bands born in the City of Angels, too - very good bands - and if you know where to look, you'll be able to catch the next wave of up and coming indie artists before they become KROQ and iPod commerical staples. And, then you'll be able to brag to all your friends about your indie music prowess…
So, the first band you should know - The Henry Clay People
Think of them as a cross between early 90's Pavement with the musical sensibilities of Modest Mouse...and maybe a little of the quiet folk touch that has made the Fleet Foxes so big this year…
They've been a Silverlake staple for years, their path frequently crossing with Eenie Meenie Records artist Great Northern.
2009 looks to be their year. For one, they've got a label now - Autumn Tone records, the brainchild of Justin Gage (of the music blog The Aquarium Drunkard). They've also got a new single that's been featured in the CW's Gossip Girl, and a new album available on iTunes, "For Cheap or For Free."
And, if that's not enough, tomorrow, Indie 103 will be hosting The Henry Clay People at the Echoplex with Everest and Nico Stai. The show is FREE if you are over 21!
If you don't know what a Henry Clay People show is like, allow the magic of YouTube to help you figure it out. This is them performing at this year's Sunset Junction.
Hear more at the band's Myspace
-mitchell (posted this)