Good for dancing, listening, or to play in the background of an art show opening, BLKKATHY’s “Dem Bones” EP is a tiny curiosity well worth the short amount of time it demands from you.
Like all the best folk acts, The Plastic Arts will draw you in and disarm you with his voice, then hit you hard with his sincere, emotional lyrics.
Some overdue reflections on this year’s Coachella – not your typical live reviews.
Dancefloor Diplomacy take 20 musicians and many more influences, then meld them together into a live musical collage. It’s new, it’s a step forward in live-performance and remixing culture, and it’s incredibly refreshing.
Max And The Moon confidently mix Beach Boys summer charm with the vocal harmonies of Fleet Foxes, all supported by a confident and engaging backline.
Today’s nostalgic sound is brought to you by the enigmatic Sleep ∞ Over; while normally a harbinger of joy, in this instance, their synth creates a hook that paints and frames a slow, hollow spiral downwards. Along with with the hazy, almost limp vocals, this song conveys its murky loneliness well enough to affect this [...]
Au Revoir Simone songstress Erika Spring has ventured onto her own with a new single, “6 More Weeks”– to be released as part of a split 7″ with The Violens. The song itself doesn’t shy away from the AVS aesthetic: the lyrics are heavy but the delivery is not. If fact, Spring’s song pace changes [...]
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Chris Taylor, best known as producer and vocalist of acclaimed band Grizzly Bear, has brought to light his own solo project under the name CANT. This breathy, multi-instrumental layer cake of a track is a sample of what his upcoming album, “Dreams Come True”. Another major point in excitement: Twin Shadow‘s George Lewis Jr., has [...]
Philadelphia-based duo Work Drugs musical premise is meant to emphasize the smoother things in life: “dancing, boating, yachting, sexting, and living.” Their latest release shows a funkier take on these interests while maintaining the low-maintenance level of a vacation romance. Between their lyrical play and the pop-friendly synth/guitar hooks, this track would make a lovely [...]
Dovecote Records‘ Summer ’11 Sampler had a few surprises for us, including the Purity Ring rework of Hard Mix‘s “Memories”. While the original was good on its own, the rework further collages the already nostalgic track into a faster-paced, synth-poppy tribute. The Hard Mix discography has been free for some time now– so if you [...]
Tropical Cascine act, Southern Shores, arrives at ours with an uptempo Balearic sound giving ode to a summer tradition. Released along with a video (made by Jordan Beard of Escucharemos), the track reflects the directness of the video: go to a beach. Right now. If you’re too far away, have other plans, or it’s simply [...]
Bon Iver (Justin Vernon) has been a critical darling over the last few weeks with his recent self-titled release; the mayor of Milwaukee has gone as far as to declare a “Bon Iver Day” to celebrate the hometown hero. During the holiday, Bon Iver played 2 concerts over the weekend to sold out crowds at [...]
Oakland based one-man-band Yalls (Dan Casey) has announced the cassette tape release of their self-titled debut album. “Rerepeater”, a favorite of Casey, is #4 of an 18 track long LP that showcases his rhythmic ability to range from lava-lamp bass beats to quick-paced mandolin/guitar riffs. Recommended listening if you’re taking a bike ride in this [...]
During a break from touring, Chaz Bundick recorded a new EP “Freaking Out”– a 5 track long set to be released on September 13 through Carpark Records. The first single, a cover of Alexander O’Neal + Cherelle’s “Saturday Love”, is an airy, playful take on the 1985 hit. Said to have a Gap Band/Mtume feel [...]
Metronomy‘s “The English Rivera” has caught the attention of many admirers and its nomination for the Mercury Prize should be sufficient evidence that all remixes should be up to its caliber. Clock Opera has undertaken that task and come out with a sophisticated interpretation of “The Bay” and the remix doesn’t stray far from the [...]