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  • Term used primarily by independent music promoters to garner interest in an album by providing the name of one or more familiar bands who sound similar to the artist's music.


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  • RIYL Björk, Mono (not the metal band, the late-90s electronic one), Moloko, etc.

    Music (For Robots): March 2006 Archives

  • Ernst label last week, and is available via our friends at Forced Exposure (here US), or via Boomkat (here UK) - RIYL: Massive Attack, Mum, Stereolab

    Georgia (Music (For Robots))

  • RIYL: "We've changed a lot since the debut album, so I'll just stick to comparing our current sound … Stabbing Westward, Celldweller, Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, and Nine Inch Nails."


  • While BRAHMS definitely has a sound all their own their RIYL ranges from Hot Chip to Depeche Mode to the Killers (particularly on Subtext is Deadly) to Tanlines.

    The KEXP Blog

  • RIYL: Kevin Devine with a little bit less talent playing pop punk songs! - News

  • RIYL: dance parties, indie-electro, hardcore, dancing till you die - News

  • RIYL: Numeriklab (most famously know for composing the NCIS title song) - News

  • RIYL: Paul McCartney when he's not being a total cheeseball, what would happen to Crowded House if they were trapped in an unending,


  • RIYL: Black Kids, Phoenix, Manchester Orchestra, Fun. and fun rock myspace - News

  • Indie-Rock from Philadelphia, PA (RIYL: Pavement, Ween, and Flight of the Conchords) - News


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