Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Algiers

By Caitlin White / March 26, 2015
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 condemnation of bankrupt culture, ghosted gospel punk that snarls at the status quo. The text of their debut, self-titled album is a scathing intellectual clash of religion, race, economics and… More »

Band To Watch: American Wrestlers + “There’s No One Crying Over Me Either” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / March 5, 2015
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 music for 20+ years, but the eight-song self-titled album he thrust out into the universe last fall as a free release on Bandcamp was an act of desperation, not ambition. More »

Band To Watch: PWR BTTM + “Hold Yer Tongue” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / February 10, 2015
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 kid sandwiched in between two malls in the middling suburban wasteland of central Jersey. While it obviously wasn't the absolute worst adolescent experience one could have, it did leave me… More »

Band To Watch: Warehouse + “Promethean Gaze” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 9, 2015
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 band is weird," without committing to other descriptors. That being said, it's difficult to illustrate Warehouse as anything but "art-punk," which is in part due to the fact that the… More »

Band To Watch: Girl Band

By Ryan Leas / February 5, 2015
Back when I was at Iceland Airwaves in November, I caught a few impressive up-and-coming artists in the mix between more established favorites and buzzy 2014 acts. Girl Band was one of them, and a particular moment of serendipity. After seeing the excellent young Icelandic band Fufanu, I was supposed to follow some British… More »

Band To Watch: Diet Cig + “Scene Sick” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / January 5, 2015
Outside of a handful of shows, Diet Cig have virtually no footprint; the song we're premiering below, "Scene Sick," is the first track they've ever released to the public. So I'm going to have to get a little personal to get my point across that you have to listen to this band. Since I got… More »

Band To Watch: Something Anorak

By Chris DeVille / December 16, 2014
British cousins Chris Barrett and James Barrett comprise the scrappy Bristol-based indie-rock band Something Anorak. Last month they released their debut album, Tiny Island, which sounds like '90s Radiohead might have sounded if they'd operated with the low budget and self-imposed restrictions of the indie-pop scene. The music veers from murky, minimal ballads to ragtag… More »

Artist To Watch: Shura

By Chris DeVille / November 25, 2014
With just three singles this year -- the misty-lens ballads "Touch" and "Just Once" and the umtempo dance-pop track "Indecision" -- Shura established a compelling, unmistakable artistic imprint. The London native, born to a British father and a Russian mother, had been honing her craft in her city's pubs and the recesse… More »

Band To Watch: Soft Fangs

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 19, 2014
Nearing the end of fall in New York, we arrive at a kind of pre-winter incubation period. The weather's still nice enough to go outside, but it's just as easy to stay indoors despite the fact that the landlord has yet to turn the heat on. It's appropriate that John Lutkevich, who records under the… More »

Band To Watch: Chumped + “Hot 97 Summer Jam” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / October 29, 2014
There's one song on Chumped's upcoming debut, Teenage Retirement, that's built around the following refrain: "We get old/ Time moves faster/ You stay the same." The song is called "Pains Of Being..." and it serves as something of a thesis statement for the album as a whole. Teenage Retirement attempts to navigates the messy transitio… More »

Band To Watch: Meatbodies

By Chris DeVille / October 9, 2014
Great rock 'n' roll records seem like bygone relics in the digital age, but when you stumble across the right one, you realize the genre is as potent as ever in the right hands. Meatbodies, the L.A. ensemble orbiting garage rock lifer Chad Ubovich, is about to release just such a record. The group's self-titled… More »

Band To Watch: Girlpool + “Blah Blah Blah” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / October 8, 2014
If rebellion had a sound, I imagine it would end up sounding a lot like Girlpool. It's not necessarily a descriptor that they would ascribe to themselves -- they'd probably go with honest -- but what is honesty except a form of rebellion against expectations? And Girlpool subvert expectations at every turn. Made up of… More »

Band To Watch: Fiancé + Stream EP1 (Stereogum Premiere)

By Miles Bowe / October 1, 2014
Fall started for real last week, but here in New York, you wouldn't quite know it yet. There's that gradual transition between seasons, some days you wouldn't want to walk around in anything other than a t-shirt and shorts. Then, some evenings bring a bite of chilliness, a reminder that this is only an afterglow… More »

Band To Watch: Greylag

By Chris DeVille / September 29, 2014
In many ways, Greylag's self-titled debut album feels like a culmination. For the Portland trio themselves, it represents the endpoint of four years of hard work, sifting through musical influences both modern and classic en route to a formidable cocktail of rustic yet metropolitan rock 'n' roll. The music rumbles and gleams, like a capable… More »

Band To Watch: Cyberbully Mom Club

By James Rettig / September 3, 2014
I usually listen to Cyberbully Mom Club late at night, with only the harsh glow from my laptop lighting up the room. It's also, not coincidentally, usually on nights when I feel most alone. Their music is a lot like a good friend sitting down and holding you by the shoulders and reassuring you that… More »

Band To Watch: Los Angeles Police Department + “She Came Through (Again)” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / August 13, 2014
The first thing Ryan Pollie tells me about when we start chatting is his girl problems. He's been seeing someone and now she's not taking his calls or texting him back. He asks me what he should do. I'm taken by surprise for a second -- I've done a lot of interviews and the first… More »

Artist To Watch: Ryn Weaver

By Chris DeVille / August 12, 2014
On June 24, a previously unknown singer-songwriter calling herself Ryn Weaver uploaded a gleaming state-of-the-art pop track called "OctaHate" to SoundCloud and became a literal overnight sensation. The song, produced by Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos, Cashmere Cat, and Benny Blanco and co-written by Weaver and Charli XCX, racked up 30,000 plays on the first… More »

Band To Watch: Twin Peaks

By Chris DeVille / August 5, 2014
Rock 'n' roll: dead? Nah dawg! Twin Peaks are carrying that torch. The youthful Chicago garage band puts the lie to other popular notions too, such as the one where music-loving teenagers only make laptop music these days, or the one where club shows are the next step after house shows (and not the other… More »

Band To Watch: Ballet School

By Chris DeVille / August 4, 2014
Ballet School sounds like wild enthusiasm coursing through the internet and spilling out breathlessly into real life. The Berlin-based trio, fronted by outgoing Irish fashion plate Rosie Blair, is very much a product of online musical discourse, tracing the members' shared musical history through riot grrrl to shoegaze to Destiny's Child and ending up with… More »

Band To Watch: Eyelid Kid + “Sleeps Well On Knives” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / July 31, 2014
With only two tracks to their name, it's hard to get a handle on who exactly Eyelid Kid are. They don't make it any easier by opting for the mysterious-band route, forgoing all social media and choosing to keep their identities in the dark. "If you have a question, e-mail us," they say. I… More »

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