An Easy Guide to Five Indie Boston Bands

Committing yourself to checking out more local bands can be a great transition from the repetitiveness of mainstream music. The best way to make the shift to these new tunes is by listening to some that are similar to bands you already love. This list of five Indie Boston bands can provide you with a good starting point into finding new music.


The Ballroom Thieves

Blending acoustic styles and folk conventions with simple, but powerful lyrics, The Ballroom Thieves have created a truly captivating sound. Right from the first beat of their songs, the listener will be instantly entranced. This trio, composed of Martin Earley, Calin Peters and Devin Mauch, are said to explore “the basic constructions of pop music while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time”: a perfect depiction of their sound.

Similar Artists: Of Monsters and Men, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers



Palehound is the musical project of Ellen Kempner who, until 2013, released music as a solo artist. It wasn’t until that year that Jesse Weiss joined her on drums and Dave Khoshtinat on bass. Their upbeat and unique sound pairs perfectly with Kempner’s dark voice and creative lyrics. They are said to “create bedroom pop in its most refined form.”

Similar Artists: Courtney Barnett, Chairlift, Lilly Allen



Aer’s hip hop and reggae tunes will fit perfectly into your summer playlist. Their music is perfect for relaxing by the pool or if you’re just looking for a relaxed beat to bob your head to. The group, composed of David von Mering and Carter Schultz, was formed in 2010 when the pair broke off from the four-piece band that they were part of prior. They’ve toured with bands such as The Dirty Heads and Pepper and their most recent album, One of a Kind, was released in August 2015.

Similar Artists: Dirty Heads, Pepper, Hoodie Allen


Animal Talk

It’s almost impossible to sit still while listening to Animal Talk. With a style described as post-dance rock, this band will give you the energy you need on those Monday morning commutes to work. After forming in 2011, they’ve played with big name acts such as Bassnectar, Deftones and Charli XCX. They are said to put on incredible live performances and continue to make a mark on the Boston music scene.

Similar Artists: Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant



This up-and-coming band has already been recognized as energetic and dynamic live performers who leave a lasting impression on the crowd. This electronic-pop quartet creates a sound that has been described as “tropical and synth-pop”. Their newest album, Telecoast, was released on June 10th.

Similar Artists: St. Lucia, Passion Pit


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