Bands to listen to: Portugal. the Man, Wild Belle, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Bands to listen to: Portugal. the Man, Wild Belle, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

The bands this week are American indie rock bands that feature singers with distinct voices and a collective sound. They have catchy lyrics that are sure to play through your head all day. These bands are easy to listen to, upbeat, and have a rocky vibe.


1. Portugal. the Man.

“Evil Friends” album cover (

Portugal. the Man is an indie rock band from Alaska. The group is comprised of four members, with lead singer John Gourley. Releasing their debut album, “Waiter: You Vultures!,” in 2006, Portugal. the Man has continued to make music and released their seventh album, “Evil Friends,” in 2013. “Evil Friends” is a collection of 12 tracks that range from mellow and melodic with songs like “Sea of Air,” to rocky and full with “Hip Hop Kids.” Another track on the album, “Modern Jesus,” features a synthesized sound along with Gourley’s high, fluid vocals. Be sure to check out Portugal. the Man on iTunes and Spotify.


2. Wild Belle

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Wild Belle is a brother-sister duo featuring siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman from Chicago. They released their debut album, “Isles,” in 2013. The title of the album, “Isles,” was inspired by the idea that each song is its own island, with sounds that sample reggae, jazz, soul, electronica, and world music. Natalie Bergman has a sultry voice that is accompanied by a collection of blended, percussive sound. In the single “Keep You,” Natalie Bergman’s voice floats and lofts over Elliot Bergman’s saxophone playing, making for a easy, reggae-like smooth sound. Listen to Wild Belle on iTunes and Spotify.


3. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

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Thao and the Get Down Stay Down is an alternative rock band from California. The band features vocals and guitar from Thao Nguyen, whose voice is melodic and quiet, yet at the same time powerful. The songs for their latest album, “We the Common,” were written during a time in Nguyen’s life where she set aside music in order to soul search. Her soul-searching lead to an album full of contemplative lyrics whose emotionality is not overwhelming. The first track, “We the Common,” is an upbeat song, layered with drum beats and Nguyen’s reedy and unique voice. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down are on iTunes and Spotify, be sure to take a listen.


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Carolyn Ambrosich

Carolyn Ambrosich attends Fordham University in New York City, where she is majoring in psychology and is a member of the rugby team. She was born in Texas, but raised in Colorado and Maryland. Carolyn suffers from wanderlust and is always looking for adventure. She loves cats, meeting new people, music, and relaxing with friends. Follow her on Twitter @whatsthesich

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