Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Cross Record

Cross Record specialize in creeping rock songs that blow in and out like storms, as if Sharon Van Etten and Swans started a post-rock band.
Chris DeVille | November 19, 2015 - 9:28 am

Band To Watch: Kississippi

Kississippi’s journey began last year with I Can Feel You In My Hair Still, a collection of five skeletal folk songs that were recorded in…
James Rettig | October 15, 2015 - 11:10 am

Band To Watch: Mothers

Mothers’ debut single, “No Crying In Baseball,” is less of a confession than it is a concise, targeted purging. “I guess my tongue was softer…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | October 13, 2015 - 10:57 am

Band To Watch: Florist

Florist's music centers on moments of specific intimacy. "Hold me when I'm starting to cry," Emily Sprague sings on "Holdly," the title track off the…
Caitlin White | October 6, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Band To Watch: Slonk Donkerson

Formed in 2010, Slonk Donkerson is a trio of childhood friends who grew up with each other in Pound Ridge, New York. Though the three…
Ryan Leas | September 18, 2015 - 10:52 am

Band To Watch: Yung

21-year-old Mikkel Holm Silkjær named his first band for a Big Lebowski reference, which gives you a sense of the kind of left-field humor and…
Caitlin White | September 14, 2015 - 10:06 am

Band To Watch: MUNA

Listening to MUNA forces you to remember why they call it a hook. Great pop songs always have one: a huge and prickly soaring moment…
Caitlin White | September 9, 2015 - 9:56 am

Band To Watch: Car Seat Headrest

OK, so this one is kind of cheating: Will Toledo (last name pseudonymous) has been making music as Car Seat Headrest for over five years…
James Rettig | September 1, 2015 - 10:16 am

Band To Watch: Haybaby

Haybaby have been primarily a live band for four years now. It's rare not to see them show up on a Brooklyn bill a few…
James Rettig | August 26, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Band To Watch: Palm

Basement shows aren’t always revelatory; they’re usually sweaty and musty and fun, but not necessarily transformative. There are plenty of unconventional venues in Brooklyn that…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | August 13, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Artist To Watch: Spencer Radcliffe

Spencer Radcliffe has been putting out music for a while -- first as Blithe Field, then under his own name -- and you can chart…
James Rettig | August 4, 2015 - 11:59 am

Band To Watch: Sports

This story begins at an end, which makes Sports less of a "band to watch" and more of a "band to love and let go…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | July 15, 2015 - 10:58 am

Band To Watch: Aquilo

When your band's fourth show ever is at Glastonbury, the pressure is on. Luckily, Aquilo -- the project from 20-something Brits Ben Fletcher and Tom…
Melissa Locker | June 30, 2015 - 11:40 am

Band To Watch: angelic milk

I'll plead American ignorance and admit that I know next to nothing about the current state of Russia's music scene. But I'd venture to guess…
James Rettig | June 10, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Band To Watch: Outfit

After playing their first show in early 2011, Liverpool's Outfit released a strong debut called Performance in 2013. Problem is, it was easy to miss…
Ryan Leas | June 9, 2015 - 11:02 am

Band To Watch: Adult Mom

Steph Knipe has a way of surrounding big revelations with small observations. On Adult Mom's forthcoming debut album, the most cutting lines are surrounded by…
James Rettig | May 19, 2015 - 2:18 pm

Band To Watch: Algiers

Listening to Algiers is like cramming a Marxist treatise in one ear and a church organ in the other. Their music is a heady, vicious…
Caitlin White | March 26, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Band To Watch: American Wrestlers

Gary McClure's dexterous, lo-fi project American Wrestlers began as an idle way to pass the time. McClure is a music industry veteran who's been making…
Caitlin White | March 5, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Band To Watch: PWR BTTM

I sure do wish I'd had a band like PWR BTTM to help me get through high school. I grew up a nerdy, quiet, queer…
James Rettig | February 10, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Band To Watch: Warehouse

Labeling anything as "artsy" or "avant" suggests a level of sophistication that intends to be exclusionary. It can be an easy way of declaring, "This…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 9, 2015 - 12:33 pm
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