It would be a shame to enter fall without acknowledging one of summer’s greatest album releases, which would–of course–be Scissor Sisters‘ Night Work. Not just any record launch, the provocative glam rockers have kept quiet in the music world for 4 long years. It was a shocking hiatus, since the band sold their self-titled debut [...]
Charlie Chaplin, Dracula, and zombies, oh my! If Halloween or graveyards had contracted entertainment, Dead Man’s Bones would be the go-to band. Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields teamed up to form a Gothic, gospel production with major help from The Silverlake Conservatory of Music Children’s Choir. The two requested the choir of children to do [...]
Here’s another one from the lovely Matt & Kim. You may recognize this Brooklyn-based two-some from a previous feature of ours and possibly, your “Top Rated” playlist. Now, the duo is proving that making things a little more complicated isn’t always bad. “Cameras,” the debut single off their fall-released album adds some new sounds to [...]
Cameron Mesirow is Glasser, a one-woman harmonic show. Her label siblings include Delorean, Magic Kids, Girls, not to mention her touring buddies, Jónsi of Sigur Ros and the XX. Not too shabby. And neither is her Enya-like qualities, traversing moods of tranquility and purely divine sounds.
Blame Cambodia for Dengue Fever. After Ethan Holtzman’s visit, he fell in love with the music styles of the country. On his return, Ethan recruited his brother Zac to form a Cambodian rock band. When they finally found their vocalist, she might as well have had a halo overhead. She was the missing piece to [...]
School of Seven Bells is a family-run, Brooklyn band including identical twins, Alejandra and Claudia Deheza (also of On!Air!Library!), and honorary kin, Benjamin Curtis (formerly of Secret Machines). The threesome has somehow created an experience of daintily rocking out; a celestial, yet down-to-earth sensation for its listeners.
Say “hello” to LA-groomed DJs, Realboy (Austin Jacobsen & Daniel Gomez). Starting off as graffiti artists, the duo traded vandalizing streets for rocking dance floors, a wise decision on their part–if anyone’s asking for my 2 cents. So far, a label has yet to snatch them, but I have no doubt that won’t be the [...]
Feel like dancing? I’ve got just the thing for you. That’s thanks to a rockin’ collaboration by UK hit-makers, The Count & Sinden and their London neighbors, Mystery Jets. The joint effort resulted in “After Dark,” a bohemian 80′s era track packed with club-ready beats and a rowdy, indie feel. The audacious twosome describes it [...]
Australian Sarah Mcleod brings a sexy dark side to Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” that even Luke Skywalker couldn’t resist. Her dazzlingly smoldering string riff slowly climbs to an intense, musical peak with increasingly rapid beats creeping in all the way up to the end–where the cover pleasantly surprises you with an electronic climax.
Ben L’Oncle Soul is aptly named for his tenderly expressed lyrics and blend of the blues, gospel, and a bit of sweet-sounding rhythms. No doubt, his touring days with the Fitiavana Gospel Choir may have had something to do with it. L’Oncle Soul (aka Benjamin Duterde) shot out of the landlocked city of Tours, France [...]
The Yoshida Brothers are a duo from Hokkaido, Japan. They specialize in playing the shamisen but are also famous for taking the traditional art of shamisen playing and adding modern touches to it. If you have never heard of the shamisen, just think of it as kind of like a Japanese banjo. They have been [...]