After jamming to Night Panther’s (@nightpantherusa) tunes, it’s not difficult to understand why they classify themselves as “Sex Pop.” Catchy, Motown-like harmonies, energetic bass lines, and strong beats make resisting the urge to dance almost impossible. Without a hint of self-consciousness, the Pennsylvania duo, consisting of Farzad Houshiarnejad [READ ON]
Monthly Archives: February 2013
CHECK OUT BEAR MOUNTAIN [STREAM]
Bear Mountain (@mybearmountain) originally started out as solo project in Ian Bevis’s bedroom, but friend and collaborator Kyle Statham soon joined to enhance their live shows, where the band simultaneously DJs and performs. While the group is regularly referred to as a duo, Doug Wells and Greg Bevis also perform [READ ON]
NEW LABYRINTH EAR SONG SHINES [STREAM]
Labyrinth Ear (@labyrinthear) is the project of two young kids from London, Tom and Emily, who make some fantastic music. Around a year ago, the duo released their first track, “Amber”, which reached around 452,000 listens on YouTube and garnered a few underground remixes from fellow listeners. Their new song “Urchin”, however, outshines [READ ON]
NIKI AND THE DOVE’S INSTINCT
Im seriously beginning to think there’s something magic in the waters of Scandinavia. That, or crafting fantastic music has become a part of the nordic national curriculum. For a while now, the colder climates of Europe have been leading the charge when it comes to icy cool pop sounds. Sweden’s latest export is Niki and the Dove (@nikiandthedove), a duo [READ ON]
PRINCESS MUSIC FIT FOR ROYALTY [STREAM]
I tend to get frustrated when I hear people talking about how “they just don’t make music like they used to.” Whether these people are referring to the days of Simon & Garfunkel or those of Bach, I’m really not sure, but something [READ ON]
BALTO HITS HOME [PREMIERE]
Credit: Laura Ritchie, “Smokestacks,” Acrylic, India ink and collage on board, 2012
Balto (@baltoontherails), a folk collective currently based in Portland, came into existence after frontman Daniel Sheron abandoned his life in Moscow and ventured out alone into Siberia. After he eventually made it over to America, he and five friends entered a Brooklyn basement in December of 2010 and emerged [READ ON]
During one of his recent stopovers in New York while on tour with Fiona Apple, we had the pleasure of having the very busy Blake Mills down to our Ditmas Park home studio. As a summer storm rolled in, Blake set up with just his acoustic guitar, and blew us away with a fantastic performance of “It’ll All Work Out” and a new song called “Don’t Tell Your Friends About Me”.
The room, which we cleared out save for a vintage General Electric TV, served as a sparse and simple space in which to showcase Blake’s earnest and beautiful songs. The thunderstorm, which I was worried was going to be a major problem, ended up complimenting “It’ll All Work Out” incredibly well. Watch both below and snag the free downloads under the videos.
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OUTSIDE LANDS 2012 RECAP
Photo Credit: Outside Lands
For a festival that tries to be all things for all people, Outside Lands comes pretty close to hitting the mark. Sure, the food is overpriced and for the most part sub-par (although Wine Lands was a very good time), and I’m not entirely sure who found the time to check out the comedy shows, but when it comes to music (which was the point after all), this [READ ON]
LISTEN TO THE NEW BEN(JAMIN) GIBBARD SONG [FREE MP3]
Death Cab for Cutie fans rejoice. Frontman Ben Gibbard just today released the first single, “Teardrop Windows”, off his upcoming solo album, Former Lives. The album [READ ON]
OLYMPIC SWIMMERS MAKING WAVES [FREE MP3]
Photo credit: Sarah Roberts
Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland (which I learned, makes them “Glaswegian”), five-piece band Olympic Swimmers (@olympicswimmers) are bringing a fresh, clean sound to dream pop. The band’s debut album, No Flags Will Fly, showcases frontwoman Susie Smillie’s light, sweet voice by pairing it with simple folk instrumentation and subtle [READ ON]
So…after all the hype, preview videos, tracklist reveals, collaborator interviews and feverish anticipation, Daft Punk's fourth studio album, Random Access Memories[READ ON]
JEFF the Brotherhood returned to New York on Saturday with a spiffy four piece line-up. I was particularly glad to see Tina (former Black Belle) on keys. The[READ ON]
Making lists is an incredibly geeky thing to do. Seriously, it pre-supposed that you not only have a stupidly large and completely arbitrary knowledge of something[READ ON]