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We’re only a week into the spring semester and already the classwork is piling up. Am I right or am I right? Times like these require frequent study breaks, and a perfectly acceptable use of that time is to scope out the Internet in search of new music…or you could just continue to read this blog. Today I introduce to you indie pop’s next big act, Yellow Ostrich.

Composed of Wisconsin-born Alex Schaaf and recently added drummer Michael Tapper, Yellow Ostrich has exactly what it takes to break through in 2011. This is fun, energetic, youthful music that begs for a listen and can most easily be compared to Vampire Weekend. Up first, the song receiving the most attention in the blogosphere, “Whale.”

Yellow Ostrich has also covered an impressive collection of indie gems by artists varying from Joanna Newsom to Yeasayer to The Tallest Man on Earth. My favorite of the bunch that have been floating around notable music blogs is “Androgynous,” a mellow version of a powerful song from 80s rock band, The Replacements.

If you like what you hear, the band offers all their music for download at http://yellowostrich.bandcamp.com/. There you can Name Your Price for the music, including free!

A few days ago they announced they would be touring as an opening act to Say Hi, so there’s always the option of seeing them play locally on March 6th at Middle East (Downstairs) in Cambridge. I certainly intend to. Tickets run for $12 here.

Good luck with everyone’s second week of classes!

Josh Crampsey, one of several new additions to the BU Central team this semester. Feel free to read more about me by clicking here

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