Having just reviewed GAYNG's upcoming release, Relayted, I thought that I'd share their first video for "Cry". "Cry" is actually a cover of Godley & Creme's pop version of the song, but both videos follow the same vibe and style; one just utilizes newer technologies....

Venice Is Sinking's recent release, Sand & Lines, was recorded on the stage of Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA.* This full-length record was made with two microphones and an analog system and was published with no mixing or post-production of any kind. They...

Secret Cities are a psych-pop trio from Fargo, North Dakota. And much like the Coen brothers' film of the same name, Pink Graffiti is a wonderful dreamscape of complicit artistry and deliberate complexity. Though comparable to other pop savants such as Wolf Parade or Chad...

5. Beach House

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Beach House are one of those bands that people kept talking about -- you know, those buzz bands that get hyped up and are made out to be the new cool thing to listen to. However, Beach House actually does live up to all the hype. The indie rock duo is truly amazing; lead vocalist Victoria Legrand has a haunting yet soothing voice that is at once familiar and distant. Their atmospheric dream pop is slow and steady but has an effortless cool that commands your attention from the moment you hear it.

 

4. Grizzly Bear

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Grizzly Bear are one of those indie bands who I've listened to here and there, but I've never really gotten into them, for whatever reason. I'd seen their music video for their song, "Ready, Able" and thought it was one of the coolest artistic things I'd ever seen, and it really got me interested in them as a band. As a result, I made it a point to see them perform at Coachella. Their performance had a brooding swagger that seems to fit perfectly with their melodic vocals and Brooklyn vibe. Their more upbeat songs had the crowd swinging and singing along with the band, while the slower, more hypnotic songs lulled the audience into a dreamy and intimate state. Their music is layered with harmonies and filled with depth and texture, and their unique delivery made them one of the best live shows at the festival for sure.

 

3. Thom Yorke and Flea

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Seeing Thom Yorke perform live is one thing, but seeing him on the same stage as Flea, from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, is almost overwhelming. These two guys are living legends, so it was pretty special to see them collaborating on a new project together. Flea was doing what he does best -- playing funky riffs on the bass and dancing around the stage like a madman. He is such a rock and roll veteran that he knows when to work the crowd, but also knows when to fade in the background and let Yorke shine. It was quite the sight to see both of them having so much fun on the same stage. Yorke and Flea basically played Yorke's solo album, The Eraser, in its entirety, as well as some other Radiohead songs. This was probably one of the most anticipated shows of the festival, and the energy in the air was electric.

 

Pretty much everything about Lookbook's newest LP, Wild At Heart -- including their choice of album name -- confirms that they remain deeply enamored with the 1980s. With their synthpop sound under lead vocalist Maggie Morrison's wail, which is most aptly described as a fresh...

With his first album under the guise of The Northern Key, San Francisco's Andrew Galluccio (or at least his label) wants desperately to be taken seriously as the latest voice in modern folk. But there's more to being a folk musician than putting a compass...

For as much flack as people gave Fall Out Boy during their run, there are a few facts that one cannot ignore. For one thing, they were able to reshape pop-punk in their own image, taking a dying genre and redefining it for middle America....

Frog Eyes have been chugging away at the indie music game for almost 10 years, and have crafted such an interesting blend of alt-punk-folk that it's hard to not see their influence everywhere. From bands like Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and The Mountain Goats, to...

The instant I heard the opening track and single off Nedry's debut album, Condors, I was excited. I began promoting it on a personal level, sharing it with all my friends with even a remote interest in electronic-influenced music. As far as I was concerned, Nedry were smart and deserving of attention. With the single, "A42", they took the initiative of incorporating the popular fad of dubstep rock music, creating a hybrid that is not just uncommon, but surprisingly effective.

 

Released on Monotreme Records
Nedry @ The Social, London, UK - Photography by Sebastien Dehesdin