This is one for all you aspiring indie bands out there: Jordan Holman and Mark LeRoy of the Toronto indie band Vas Vega sent their four song demo off to the five producers that they most wanted to work with. Remarkably, it all happened for them. Two months later they were in London recording with […]
Portland-based trio 31Knots have an undeniable pop streak to them that puts them somewhere in the same realm as fellow indie-prog band Yeasayer, but they’re just weird enough to keep my interest. They have a new album out called Trump Harm.
Nico Muhly is a young classical composer and arranger based out of New York City. I first came across his work in relation to arrangements he composed for another artist, Sam Amidon’s record, All Is Well, and one day found myself riding an elevator with him. I was too shy to say hello.
We’re digging the conflicting tones in New York songwriter Luke Rathbornes’ music: sunnyside up melodies jarring with a melancholic minor key discourse. It’s a compelling mix and one which catapulted him to adoration on the back of a scintillating performance at this year’s SXSW in Austin. Check out his new single You Let Me In […]
Dreamboat is from Victoria. I found out about him through my brother, who saw him playing in a park in Toronto. Once I looked him up, I was amazed by his song called Molly Ringwald [listen below]. He has awesome danceable qualities that are paired with vocals tested by all the complexities of being culturally aware, but living a small suburban town.
I’m always drawn to originality and a contemporary beyond the new, especially in the fine art of painting, but also, just as importantly, in music. Pushing the boundaries of what is rock, Battles create a sound I think a group of five year olds would make if they had twenty years musical experience.
Big Village is a newly formed Sydney underground hip hop label. Containing MCs from Sketch the Rhyme, each member is from their own individual bands and contribute their expertise to the running of the organisation.
The final track on the new Bon Iver record made myself and the other three people in the car laugh out loud the first time it came on: the sexophone (yes), the tasty guitar licks, the Whitney Houston piano. But then you hear it a few more times and it’s pretty tops isn’t it? And […]
The music made by the Kansas-based band Drakkar Sauna (Jeff Stolz and Wallace Cochran) is otherworldly. It is completely original and quirky. Angelic vocal harmonies and soulful instrumentals work slyly with strange, provocative lyrics. Anachronistic and yet fresh. Every song will make you wistful, until it makes you laugh.
Sydneysiders Pear Shape parade their own brand of joyous pop-rock on the track Righteousness. Set against the backdrop of a local indie music scene saturated with brooding experimentalism and ambience, Pear Shape provides a refreshingly accessible alternative, calling on the influences of their 60s predecessors, The Kinks and The Zombies.
A friend sent me this video link. It’s not terribly recent, but I love the quirky animation style of the video clip. The singer is a lovely mix of CocoRosie and Lisa Mitchell (two of my faves). It’s lovely.
You know those shows where it’s so damn good there is a palpable sense of now and the energy among the crowd and stage just gets swirled around and lifted up and everyone in the room feels lucky to be there and this is why we’re all here and enjoy it now because it’s fleeting? […]
Is This Hyperreal?, Atari Teenage Riot’s first album released through LA future stomp label Dim Mak, is an acetylene laced documentation of ATR’s re-ignition after an eleven year silence. We checked in with legendary frontwoman, Nic Endo. [photo by Laurie Sermos for Feature Shoot]
We love the dedication involved here. The duo, Tidelands, asked illustrator Ami Kutata to create a video for their new single, Holy Grail. Four months later, Kutata had completed the video, based on more than 1,000 pages of her hand-drawn work. Incredible!
Yippee! Canadian musician and artist Chad VanGaalen has released a new animated video, prior to the release of his fourth album, Diaper Island’, and it’s another hand-drawn masterpiece, literally dripping with bright colours and touching pathos. [check out Chad VanGaalen's video for J Mascis]
I haven’t scratched my psychobilly-inflected punk itch in a while, so I was rather pleased to stumble across San Diego three-piece The Strikers. They use an upright bass for Pete’s sake! So awesome. They’re currently on tour with fellow San Diegan rockers, The Chop Tops.
I don’t think School Knights were striving for originality when they wrote this song. By naming this track Fuck The Beach, this Colorado act are learly more than aware of the genre they fall into. But despite the song’s generic prowess, this really is a lot of fun to listen to. Much like the fuzzy […]