TOP 10 OUTLIERS ALBUMS OF 2012
ILLUSTRATION BY LYDIA CONKLIN
Now that you’ve read through our top songs and records of the year, it’s time to take a look at the rest; the pop music, hip-hop, metal and punk that helped make such a great year. These records aren’t exactly orphans, most of them have gotten plenty of acclaim and even more sales, but still, they deserve their due. These are the ‘Outliers’ Records of the year, everything but our typical taste of indie and a whole lot of [READ ON]
December 31, 2012
BEST OF 2012
BEN GIBBARD, TAME IMPALA, LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER
The Best Indie Shows Hand-picked Each Week
Photo credit: Matthew Saville
I want to start off by welcoming back this feature to The Wild Honey Pie. It’s been over three weeks since I’ve been [READ ON]
OUTSIDE LANDS 2012 PREVIEW
Summertime is festival time, there’s no two ways about it. Music festivals, food festivals, wine festivals, art festivals; basically come up with any reason to gather a community of people outdoors and you’ve got yourself a festival.
The secret to success lies in either A. being in a unique location (Govenor’s Island, Telluride CO), B. serving a unique community (Burning Man), C. having a stellar line-up (fill in the blank) or D. fusing various [READ ON]
TOP 50 SONGS OF 2012 (SO FAR)
So far this year, we’ve had some pretty amazing developments in the world of indie music. The meteoric rise of rookies Purity Ring, Alt-J (more so in the UK), and The Neighbourhood, matched equally [READ ON]
AFTER SELLING OUT TERMINAL 5, FUN. GOT COZY AT MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG [PHOTOS]
Last Friday, dedicated fun. (@ournameisfun) fans started lining up at the doors of Music Hall of Williamsburg at 10am, roughing it through intense weather conditions until the doors opened at 9pm As usual, the band members ran out on stage with excitement and started off their set with the song “One Foot” from their album Some Nights.
As always, the venue was quaint and the lighting and sound were fantastic! The band played right through their 7 song setlist, one song being from their first album Aim and Ignite. It was quite obvious everybody in the crowd was having a fantastic time by the look of their dancing and the sounds of their cheering and [READ ON]
FUN. AND NOW, NOW BLEW THE TOP OFF TERMINAL 5 [PHOTOS]
Over 3,000 people gathered together on Saturday at Terminal 5 to sing and dance with Now, Now and fun. Several dedicated fans actually began lining up at 10am that morning, and the sold out venue was literally packed with excited, eager individuals.
Indie pop band Now, Now (@nownowband) from Minneapolis happily took the stage to perform several songs from their new album Threads, released this past spring. As soon as the three band members arrived on stage, they immediately began glowing with happiness. They successfully captivated the attention of the audience [READ ON]
OF MONTREAL, CAVEMAN, MOGWAI
The Best Indie Shows Hand-picked Each Week
Be excited, be very, very excited. This week is the L Magazine’s Northside Festival, a music (and film/entrepreneurship) marathon that brings some of the very best indie music to Williamsburg/Greenpoint every year. This year’s festival features countless amazing acts, most notably of Montreal, Cold Cave, Beach Fossils, Starfucker, GZA, Caveman, Jens Lekman, and Class Actress. But that’s not where all the action is this week so check out our picks for suggested [READ ON]
FUN. PLAYED AN ACOUSTIC SHOW FOR 30 PEOPLE LAST WEEK [PHOTOS]
Photo credit: Meghan Benson
When you attend shows in NYC, it’s not unusual to observe growth in a band’s popularity simply based on the growing capacities of the venues where they perform. If you’re lucky, you catch a band when they’re fresh at small bars like Glasslands Gallery or Pianos and follow them up through the ranks of mid-sized stages — Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Webster Hall, etc. Then, you gracefully [READ ON]
Some Nights, the newest album from indie-pop masters fun. (@ournameisfun), is definitely a slant away from their debut Aim & Ignite. Making obvious strides towards a mainstream sound, the band has certainly succeeded in garnering the sort of fan/media attention common to accessible music — fun. is playing larger venues than ever before, and their songs can be heard on Superbowl commercials and Glee. No doubt, the band is enjoying their newfound, skyrocketing recognition, but are they alienating fans with their new, hip hop influenced sound?
Some Nights seems to exist in two halves. One half consists of big-beated, ultra poppy songs – “Some Nights,” “We Are Young,” “It Gets Better,” “One Foot,” “Stars,” “Out On The Town.” These [READ ON]
March 2, 2012
FUN., SLEIGH BELLS, PRINCETON
Week’s Top Releases
The Albums You Need to Know About Every Week
This week’s best releases are all from bands who have all been around the block at least once. Sleigh Bells, fun., Frankie Rose, and Princeton are all releasing the dangerous, all-important sophomore [READ ON]