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If any of you My Morning Jacket fans were expecting more of the same from your favorite frontman’s new record, there’s one hell of a surprise in store for you. Jim James’ first solo full-length, Regions of Light and Sound of God, is a heady, exploratory deluge that envelops the listener in an eclectic embrace. Read More
  Lisa Germano’s albums always remind me of a car accident—her lyrical stories contain elements that both attract and repel, like she can’t stop picking at certain wounds, even if it hurts a little. Her newest album No Elephants is rife with similar dualities. Germano’s breathless voice is simultaneously ecstatic and on the verge of a meltdown, especially when she sings lyrics like, “All is not well outside.” A multi-instrumentalist, she accompanies herself on piano on many songs, and demonstrates her skillful violin work on “Diamonds. Read More
   Since its beginnings in 2002, Los Angeles band the Bronx has incorporated a sunny element within its version of hardcore. Maybe it’s a California thing, but it’s hard to describe their explosive, melodic, pump-your-fist music, other than to call it pizza-party punk. Their latest effort The Bronx (IV) is lacking any form of anger, which feels weird for a band of their ilk. Still, songs like “Along for the Ride” and “Ribcage” are loud, brash, and annoyingly infectious. Read More
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down may have made quirky, crowd-pleasing numbers their calling card with songs like “Bag of Hammers” and “Travel,” but in new album We the Common (out this week on Ribbon Music), minor chords and their subsequent sentiments ring truer here than a sing-along chorus ever could. Thao and the gang have changed a lot since 2009's Know Better Learn Faster, and We the Common introduces a flamboyant horn section, discordant strings, imperfect guitar strains, and an explosion of cymbals and hip-hop-inspired beats. Read More
  Almanac, the second full-length from Brooklyn band Widowspeak, opens with cascading guitar lines you could listen to on loop all night long. Molly Hamilton’s waifish vocals float down between the heavy drums, getting listeners primed for more, more, more. Still drawing a striking resemblance to beloved ’90s legends Mazzy Star, Widowspeak seems to be venturing out from under that shadow. The guitars, courtesy of Robert Earl Thomas, are more aggressive, even launching into solos on songs like “The Dark Age. Read More
Björk has taken to Kickstarter in an effort to give more kids access to her award-winning suite of musicology apps. The Biophilia apps were originally developed as part of her multimedia album of the same name. Named one of 2011’s Best Apps by Apple, the Biophilia programs offer instruction in science and music, and have already been used by children around the world.  Kids at a Biophilia workshop in Oslo According to the artist, there is a great deal of interest in the apps from low-income school districts and households. Read More
There’s no better way to spend Tuesday morning than dreaming about Friday night—especially when there’s a particularly awesome dance party on the horizon! The Young Things and Har Mar Superstar will be at the Lit Lounge on Friday the 25th, and those of you who are NYC-based should most definitely check it out. The party will commence at 10pm with DJ Har Mar spinning some booty-shaking tunes. At 11:30, the Young Things will play a full set, including tracks from their upcoming album. $5 gets you in for an evening of drinking, dancing, and awesome music (i.e. Read More
Check out this video from my new favorite gangly rapper, D E N A. Somewhere between the sparkly pink sweater, the gold chain, and the way her charming Bulgarian accent pronounces “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools,” I think I fell in love. Hailing from Berlin, Europe’s hipster mecca, Denitza Todorova’s music is reminiscent of MIA, and she says she’s inspired by the likes of J Dilla and Sun Ra. Read More
How to beat the mid-workday slump in one easy step: watch this kid rock out on the xylophone like there's no tomorrow. I don't even know what's cuter—the impassioned enthusiasm of this little one's performance or that adorable sailor outfit. (Seriously, I want that outfit. I will search on Etsy all day if I have to.) May we all pummel our Tuesday morning anxieties and hang-ups with the ferocity that this kid pummels that crap out of those keys. Read More
After three years of honing their live sound, Stereo Telescope is set to release a full-length album, On and Running, on January 29th. This synthpop duo is composed of Nikki Dessingue and Kurt Schneider, veterans of various indie and electronic bands from the Boston scene. Each member sings and performs a host of instrumental tasks, which is quite impressive considering the complexity of their music. With a blend of post-rock ambience and meticulous electronic instrumentation, Stereo Telescope’s sound is evocative of the Postal Service or, more recently, M83. Read More
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