Over the past three years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of my favorite bands in the world through our Buzzsessions. Many of the artists, Alt-J, J. Irvin Dally, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and Kishi Bashi for example, hadn’t been around for more than a year when we recorded with them and yet they all performed like seasoned veterans. There have also been plenty of acts, such as City and Colour, Ola Podrida, and Freelance Whales, that I’d been loving long before my blog life. Both scenarios are equally great, but what [READ ON]
16 SONGS FOR FACEBOOK STALKING YOUR EX
Even the strongest of us do it. We get on Facebook to respond to an invite to some party or to check up on the news from our friends, then suddenly, the overwhelming urge strikes you — the stalking urge. Now, you’re deep into the Facebook rabbit hole, checking up on those exes, the ones that you probably should have un-friended the moment that the relationship went sour. We’ve all been there, friend, so we decided to make you a list of all the songs that you should listen to when flipping through [READ ON]
GET SOME NORTHERN EXPOSURE [STREAM]
Stars (@youarestars) are no newcomers to the music scene; the band has been around for about 12 years. Now, the Canadian quintet is back again and have recently released their 6th full length LP, The North. Their music has continued to evolve since their last release, 2010‘s The Five Ghosts — songs from The North are more unique, yet manage to fit within the album. The North’s opening track/lead single “The Theory of Relativity” was pretty excellent, but its follow up single, “Hold On When You Get Love [READ ON]
STARS PLAYED TWO SETS LAST WEEK [PHOTOS]
Photo Credit: Hilda Pellerano
This past Saturday, Stars (@youarestars) performed twice in New York, once at a very crowded Webster Hall and the second time at a surprisingly sparse Mercury Lounge. While I enjoyed the breathing room during the later set, I found this surprising to say the least. Following the successful release of their new album, The North, I have serious [READ ON]
CAT POWER, DEERHOOF, STARS
The Albums You Need to Know About Every Week
Release season is finally up and running — all sorts of great records are getting ready to come out, and this week is no exception. With the first record of original material in six years from Cat Power, a new and sure to be original effort from Deerhoof, new releases from favorites Stars and Azure Ray and the anticipated debut [READ ON]
STARS, FUTURE ISLANDS, WIM
Like a Pandora Station but Better
Welcome to another edition of Monday Threesome, where we bring you several bands that fit within a particular theme or genre. The three groups we selected for this week all feature distinctive, theatrical [READ ON]
STARS RELEASE ‘DEAD HEARTS’ VIDEO [VIDEO]
Known and loved for their unabashed, emotional indie pop, Montreal’s Stars (@montrealstars) are making moves and lending their talents to the big screen. “Dead Hearts”, a track off of their 2010 album The Five Ghosts, will be featured on the soundtrack for Sundance’s award winning motion picture, Like Crazy. The film traces the vacillating emotions and turbulent [READ ON]
STARS, IRON AND WINE, REAL ESTATE
The Best Indie Shows Hand-picked Each Week
Whether or not the weather agrees with us, it’s October. And with the changing of the leaves comes an onslaught of wildly amazing fall tours. This week, New York welcomes Iron and Wine, Stars, Jens Lekman, Dominant Legs, and more [READ ON]
I’m a longtime Stars fan (obviously), so when vocalist Torquil Campbell approached us about filming with Chris Dumont and his side project Memphis, I was more-or-less jumping up and down with pure joy. Picture it. With croissants, coffee, and two feline pals, the bands performed fantastic renditions of “Apocalypse Pop Song”, “A Little Place In The Wilderness”, and “Language of Birds”. Enjoy the videos below and snag the free downloads of the recordings. Continue the conversation in the comments below.
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THE KIWI JOURNEY OF FAILURE AND GLORY
SINGLE WORD BAND NAMES
Every three seconds, a new band is formed. As you read this article, a total of 60 new bands will blossom into existence, and of those 60, nearly 66% will choose a one word moniker. After extensive research on the topic, I’ve discovered that while one word band names are terrible for Google-ing, they are easy to remember, and give a listener a great first impression. But why exactly have bands decided to shift from the oh-so-popular The ______s name to the single word form? That’s a code I am attempting to crack. [READ ON]
STARS’ THE FIVE GHOSTS
In the independent music world, every year seems to gain its own identity and subsequent label. For example, 2009 was the year of “Chillwave”; a subgenre of indie music that burst on to the scene with artists like Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, and Neon Indian offering our ears and hearts a laid back approach to electronic music. Now that [READ ON]