It’s easy to brush off Mighty Tiger as a carbon copy of every happy-go-lucky, midwestern, indie-pop outfit. However, after further review, it may be the band’s brutal honesty that separates them from the pack and rises them above the mind numbing sea of mediocrity. Straight from their bio, Mighty Tiger openly address their status in the indie kingdom: “Well, at least it’s not a forest animal but still, another ‘animal’ band name? And

On February 24th, Swedish quartet Sambassadeur are slated to release their third album titled European on Labrador Records.  Characterized by deep orchestral layering and whimsical vocals, it is no question that European is the band’s most inspired release to date. Sambassadeur – Days (mp3) Sambassaduer – Forward Is All (mp3)

Tonight at The Black Cat in DC, Sockets Records will be celebrating both its 5-year anniversary and the upcoming release of Imperial China‘s record Phosphenes. If the line-up alone doesn’t get you all hot and bothered, then download a few sample tracks to get the weekend started. Line-Up The Cornel West Theory HUME Imperial China Buildings Big Gold Belt Downloads Hume – Grip (mp3) Big Gold Belt – Do Not

READERS: Please get your Thursday Afternoon Office Dance Party on with this bangin’ Juan Maclean remix of Codebreaker‘s “Follow Me”. And don’t miss frontman Steve Hawley live on the decks this Saturday Bliss. Codebreaker – Follow Me (The Juan Maclean Remix) (mp3) CodeBreaker – Are U Ready For Love (mp3)

Set to release their debut U.S single “What A Drag” this February on Cantora Records, Bear Hands have an opportunity to take 2010 by storm. Employing a nearly perfect combination of raw percussion, catchy bass lines and sharp vocals, Bear Hands live up to the heavy hype surrounding them since touring with Passion Pit and MGMT over the summer. Download the track and a Cale Parks remix below. Bear Hands – What A