The Indie Update - 9/26/18

Welcome to the Indie Update, where we check out indie music across genres! To kick off this feature I’d like to look at a band that represents both of my favorite genres of music, rock and indie.


Peter Kirk left his mundane job in finance to start writing and performing his own music in Manhattan, NY. Eventually he founded Panama Wedding, adding band members Jared McCarthy, Brett Spigelman, and Kenny Bernard. Panama Wedding made their debut with their songs “All of the People” and “Uma” on air with Jimmy Kimmel in September 2014. One of my favorite songs is “A Brand New Life” which accurately captures the fear and excitement of leaving behind your old life to start something completely new.

Photo Credit: Jesse Kirk

Check out some of these tracks below!


Folk music has always been a little hard for me to get into, but The Lumineers make it easy to like. The band was originally founded in 2005 by Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (percussion), however it didn’t take off until Neyla Pekarek (cello, vocals) joined the group in 2010. Their self-titled album, released in 2012, skyrocketed the band into popularity with their singles “Submarines”, “Ho Hey”, and “Stubborn Love”. Their latest album, Cleopatra, features some of my favorite songs: “Ophelia”, “Cleopatra”, and “Angela”.

Photo Credit: Scarlet Page