The Most Meaningful Gift You Can Give

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I don’t need to remind you that the gift-giving season is upon us! Many of us wrack our brains trying to find something unique and special for somebody that has “everything”.  It can be very frustrating and time consuming.

Finding a gift with true meaning that demonstrates to the recipient your feelings about them is hard to find.

But there is a gift that is so personal – so thoughtful that you will become the star of the gift-giving season just by giving it.

xmas pics 2Music by independent artists is by it’s very nature a rare and intimate gift.  You have to search out the bands which are sometimes rather elusive. You have to spend time reviewing the music and matching it to the person you are gifting.  You have to order the CD or or download the digital files.  It takes a little time and that is a precious commodity.

Giving independent music shows you care.  It demonstrates that you know and understand the likes of the person you are gifting.  You share a piece of who you are in the process.  Unique and thoughtful gifts are hard to come by.  Because of this they stand out, make a mark and leave a lasting impression.

I recently discussed this very topic with James Wilson from the MY RANDOM JUKEBOX blog.  He give me 3 bands that he recommended as great holiday gifts.  You can listen to our discussion HERE.xmas_pics_6

The bands James recommends are: Yellabird, Carousels and Limousines and Brother and Bones. We suggest you check them out. Each is unique and Better Than Mainstream.

Outstanding indie music is a way of life at NEW DRIVEN.  I highly recommend you check out our playlists here on this blog and listen to the music of our bands.  Those on the CRUISIN show offer the softer side of independent rock. TORQUED shows off kicked up indie music with a hard rock bent.  All are exceptional.  Here’s a handful to help you get your search started:

YUCA SLIDE 2YUCA – Canadian stadium rockers who are setting the world on fire. Positive and bold.


xmas scars 45 SCARS ON 45 – British sensation with a smooth, soft sound.



xmas grand splendid GRAND SPLENDID – Straight from Montreal to your heart. Uplifting songs in a soft rock style.



xmas pics 3HOLLIE LA – Dance music that will get your feet moving!




xmas milk carton kidsTHE MILK CARTON KIDS – Indie folk music from California.




3 YEARS HOLLOW – Kicked up hard rock from America’s heartland

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BREE – Bree makes seductive hard rock with her flying V!

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LEONA’S SISTER – Raspy, soulful rock. Lead singer J.T. sounds like she gargles broken glass. Sexy.xmas pics 7






MEMORY OF A MELODY – They’ll make you scream…with delight.

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I’m not even scratching the surface.

The idea is – YOU know the individual you are gifting. When you take that knowledge and match it with an independent band you show how much you care and how well you know that person.  Gifts with REAL meaning are rare.  Make a lasting impression – give the gift of indie music.


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