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Top 25 Songs of 2013

We racked our brains for days to come with this list of 25 of our favourite songs released by Indian indepedent artists in 2013, from rock, jazz, electronica, fusion, experimental, and so forth. Point us to all the songs we've missed out on.

features Jan 10, 2014

By RSJ Staff  

Emerging Artists of 2013

It’s been a good year for young bands, with crowds far more receptive to new artists – young and old alike – and promoters also taking punts on these new bands. Plus, with the internet and Bandcamp and Soundcloud allowing anyone with an internet connection to upload new music, the opportunities for musicians to be heard, reach out, and get attention have naturally increased. So yeah, it’s not all gloomy, even if the weather here in Delhi really is.  

features Dec 31, 2013

By RSJ Staff  

Best Indian Metal Albums - 2013

Though 2013 abounded in gigs, it was a pretty low-key year for Indian metal bands as far as album releases went. Quite a few promised albums never dropped for various reasons, the ones that did oscillated between ho-hum and downright unlistenable, and much of the year was given to bitching and moaning about the state of the scene. It wasn’t all that bleak, however; there were a few notable releases that made the top lists this year.

features Dec 30, 2013

By Deepti Unni  

Photo Finish Series: Shooting from the Hip - Shiv Ahuja

The amount that (and the speed at which) Shiv Ahuja talks would make one wonder how this guy ever manages to shut up and click pictures. One look at his pictures though, and there's silence: the visuals spring to life in glorious black & white. We catch up with the 23-year-old Delhi photographer as he talks us through his process.

features Dec 26, 2013

By Akhil Sood  

Zoo: The Metropolis Jail Break

Kolkata's electro-alternative act, Zoo, are an intelligent and excitable bunch who're always looking to stretch the boundaries just a little. Here, we speak with them about the multiple layers their name holds, their performance at India Music Week - III, and their debut release, The Attic Sessions, their Zooniverse, among other things.

features Dec 04, 2013

By Aditya Varma  

Survival of the Fittest: The Evolution of Sky Rabbit

Sky Rabbit will be playing their last show of the year at 100 Pipers India Music Week, on December 8 at Blue Frog, Mumbai, along with Blackstratblues, Soulmate, The Supersonics, and Spud in the Box. We speak with them about their evolution as a band, their approach to writing songs, playing at the India Music Week, and watching Jaga Jazzist live.  

features Nov 29, 2013

By Aditya Varma  

Introducing: The Library (A Collaboration between Siddharth Basrur and Vishal J Singh)

Siddharth Basrur is the owner of one of the most recognizable voices in the indie circuit these days - from Goddess Gagged to his solo stuff to his work in films and advertisements to the tons of collaborations and guest appearances he happens to do. Vishal J Singh founded the cult Amogh Symphony, and is one of the most naturally gifted metal guitar players in the country, with phenomenal chops matched by an innate ability to craft songs and transcend stylistic restrictions at ease. Naturally, the two decided to get together to form The Library, an instrumental alternative/post-rock band where they're sharing all instrumental duties.

features Nov 13, 2013

By Akhil Sood  

Jamsteady at Princeton Club, Kolkata Celebrate One-Year Anniversary

Jamsteady, a series of weekly gigs happening each Friday at Princeton Club, Kolkata, to celebrate and cultivate a movement of independent original music, completes one year on Saturday, November 9. A special all-day festival featuring 13 bands and food and arts and craft stalls has been prepared. Read on for more.  

features Nov 07, 2013

By RSJ Staff  

Excerpts from Motherjane: Baiju Dharmajan Diaries

Read excerpts from Motherjane: Baiju Dharmajan Diaries, an e-book detailing Baiju's many years spent playing and writing with Motherjane.

features Nov 01, 2013

By RSJ Staff  

Barefaced Liar Set to Release New Album

Delhi's Barefaced Liar have made a name for themselves with their indelibly catchy modern-rock vibe, keenly intertwined with a degree of virtuosity. The band is currently in the process of working towards releasing their second album in the next couple of months, while also gigging heavily. We chat with them about the new album, opening for Hoobastank, what the future holds, and their songwriting process, among other things. 

features Oct 25, 2013

By Aditya Varma  

Street Stories Release New Single, Titled 'Stuck in Today'

Street Stories, the very energetic indie/pop-punk three-piece from Shillong, have released their new single, called ‘Stuck in Today’ with RSJ. The song has been recorded and produced at Element Indie Records, Dimapur. We chat with the guys about what the song is about, and what their future plans are. Scroll down to check out the song.

features Oct 25, 2013

By RSJ Staff  

Introducing: The Dreamy, Experimental Pop Musings of Nischay Parekh and the Ocean Orchestra

Nischay Parekh has quickly garnered a large fanbase following the release of his debut record, Ocean, an optimistic and pleasant collection of delightful pop tunes driven forth by a perceptive aesthetic of melody, dynamics, and progression. We caught up with the singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer for a short chat about his songwriting, the process of setting up a tent in his room during recording, and current and future plans.    

features Oct 21, 2013

By Akhil Sood  

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