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Why do the year-end lists always seem to come in tidy sums of ten, twenty-five, fifty, or a hundred? I would have gone and given you a baker’s dozen but I stopped myself at twelve, for fear of being overbearing. You know how overarching these lists can be.
Every time I’ve been able to see Beacon play live they’ve surprised me with the variations they were able to pull off from their previous EP So Anxious. The background video of Justin Bieber doing “Hiel Bieber”, the perversions they’ve elicited from Katy Perry, the natural breathing vocals of Tom Mulaney and the endless rearrangements driven on stage by Jacob Gobsett, all have made my fickle heart warm and my ever wandering mind focused on their production and performances.
With that in mind I am thrilled about their new release “No Body”, and an intro video the group released to set stage for a thematic development in their story telling.
Tom Vek was intentionally “missing” from the music world throughout his late twenties, dabbling in other pursuits and reading lots of books since his infectious 2005 debut We Have Sound. Now he’s back with Leisure Seizure, his lucky album number two, being released in the U.S. this month.
Miri is a captivating, mainly instrumental quartet from Iceland that explores terrains of both the experimentally bombastic and meandering melancholic…
It’s lucky for Brooklyn-based Quill Quasar that he has an in with the astronauts, since his one of his main tasks, besides creating lasting hip-hop/rap/R&B tunes, is to “travel races throughout the galaxy in search of the only thing that can save earth from its impending doom – Love.”
I am Harlequin, otherwise known as Anne Freier, is a German-born, London-based singer/songwriter who’s got one of those sultry, belt-it-out voices that doesn’t quit. She writes indie pop songs on both harp and piano, often adding a spare, electro edge…
The Joy Formidable, the North Welsh power trio, are truly a band to be reckoned with. They’ve already supported Sir Paul McCartney in Cardiff during his spring arena tour, played to hordes of fans at Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury, and now, are rapidly conquering the world.
They’ve ditched their starched, polka dot dresses and Phil Spector girl group sound that made them a hit with their top ten debut, but Brighton, England’s perfect pop act The Pipettes are back, with a twist.
Fan worship is a serious art no matter if it’s a rabid swarm of soccer hooligans or rockers, but when it’s a PBR-fueled crowd experiencing the garage kickin’ Black Lips on a rollicking, Rocks Off boat cruise, watch out.
Sparrow and the Workshop are a compelling dark Americana, folk and post-rock trio whose new release, Crystals Fall, tinkers with a wild and imaginative wall of instrumentation, from strange percussion to gunshot and whip sounds straight out of the dusty Old West.