Hailing from Charleston, SC, Run Dan Run(@rundanrunband), have been writing, recording, and touring since 2006, gaining recognition along the way for the deep lyricism and varied instrumentation that pervades their music. After releasing two albums, 2006’s Basic Mechanics and 2009’s 27 Coming St. EP, the band sat down last summer to begin work on their newest full length due out in January of next year. Clearly the work of a band more secure with their sound, Normal explores darker lyrical subjects and focuses on more lush song structures. [READ ON]
Simply by virtue of the fact that it’s both a debut and concept album, Wide Awake, the first release from Philadelphia’s Arches, is truly a bold first move and well-deserving of critical acclaim. Throughout the release, Arches deliver a sweet spot between grooving darkness and sparkling lightness that will inevitably draw some comparisons to the psych-stylings of The Morning Benders. The album’s lead-off single, “This Isn’t A Good Night For Walking”, feels distant and airy but has the instrumental confidence to boldly stand on its own. Think you’d enjoy what an acid-dosed Grizzly Bear might sound like after retreating into a cave for winter hibernation? If yes, then turn your ears toward Arches.
After watching The Dodos (@thedodos) absolutely kill it at a small, hole-in-the-wall venue in Ann Arbor, I have absolutely no doubt that this Bay Area band knows how to put on an awesome show. Set to appear this evening on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”, The Dodos will be performing “Don’t Try And Hide It” with special guest Neko Case by their side. This track comes straight off of their most recent album, No Color, a record that displays intricate guitar picking, swelling drumbeats, and mesmerizing lyrical arrangements. In addition to treating us all to what is sure to be a stellar live performance, The Dodos are giving out the unreleased track, “So Cold”. With a swift click of your mouse and the simple entry of your email address, this song can be in your possession. Indulge and enjoy!
The week may not be starting off with a bang, but it certainly looks like the combo of bands hitting the city this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will make up for it. Future Islands, Gauntlet Hair, Jukebox [READ ON]
Week’s Top Releases The Albums You Need to Know About Every Week
As each year comes to a close, truly excellent music releases become fewer and further between. The beginning of the holiday/gift-giving season is, however, the perfect time for established artists to let loose box sets, accompaniment [READ ON]
Making Mirrors, the third studio release from Belgian-native Gotye(@gotye), is the portrait of a man as restless as he is brilliant. The result of a genius-level obsession with sound and an enormous multi-instrumental talent, Gotye explores [READ ON]
Nothing compares to that sacred and otherworldly moment when the clouds open up, sunbeams filter through the sky, and the music gods bestow upon you a great new band. It was through this happy miracle that Oxford, Mississippi’s ILLLSmanaged to fall into my lap. The band actually launched themselves into the music world last week with their debut live performance [READ ON]
This October we were treated to a visit from fellow New Yorkers, The Postelles. After a short trip across the East River to our Ditmas Park, Brooklyn home studio, Daniel, David, Billy and John set up within the crazy web and glowing orbs we set up and played two tracks of their self-titled debut album. Watch “123 Stop” below and download MP3s of both that and “Hey Little Sister” even further down the page!
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To all you readers out there enjoying the day with your family, away from school/work, eating/drinking and having a all-around great day, we at The Wild Honey Pie wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Hope your turkey and stuffing [READ ON]
There’s truly nothing better than getting to see the artists you love in action. We were so proud to present a stellar lineup of up-and-coming bands last Friday at Pianos, and we can guarantee that you’ll be hearing much more from these groups in the near future.
Starting off last Friday night was the Brooklyn-based project of Lauren Zettler, Lightyear(@iamlightyear). With a sound resembling a harder, richer Feist and a more serious Regina Spektor, Zettler blended her tinkling ivories with electronic highlights and big beats, opening up the show on a high note. [READ ON]