Band To Watch

Artist To Watch: Spencer Radcliffe + “Mia” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / August 4, 2015 - 11:59 am

Spencer Radcliffe has been putting out music for a while — first as Blithe Field, then under his own name — and you can chart his progression since 2008 in a satisfying arc. His early work takes the form of spacey electroacoustic experimentation, which snaps into sharper focus after changing his name and releasing SinkingMore »

Band To Watch: Sports + “Saturday” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 15, 2015 - 10:58 am

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 of.” Formed in Gambier, Ohio at the village’s small liberal arts school, Kenyon College, Sports self-released a short and promising LP, Sunchokes, and made it available on Bandcamp in 2014. More »

Band To Watch: Aquilo + “Better Off Without You (Body Language Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Melissa Locker / June 30, 2015 - 11:40 am

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 Higham — are up for the challenge. More »

Band To Watch: angelic milk

By James Rettig / June 10, 2015 - 1:26 pm

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 that’s the case with most people, whose knowledge probably begins and ends with the protest punk of Pussy Riot, who are more conceptual art project than traditional band anyway. To… More »

Band To Watch: Outfit + Stream Slowness (Stereogum Premiere)

By Ryan Leas / June 9, 2015 - 11:02 am

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 it if you lived here in the US — Performance was only available as an import, and Outfit didn’t wind up getting the attention Stateside that they deserved. The five-piece… More »

Band To Watch: Adult Mom + “Survival” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / May 19, 2015 - 2:18 pm

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 fleeting moments: the lingering smell of Old Spice on a jacket, heating up frozen mac-and-cheese, trying not to get lipstick on an apple in a crowded subway. Their lyrics pinch… More »

Band To Watch: Algiers

By Caitlin White / March 26, 2015 - 3:37 pm

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 - 12:50 pm

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 - 3:00 pm

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 - 12:33 pm

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 - 10:21 am

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 friend… More »

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

By James Rettig / January 5, 2015 - 12:02 pm

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 - 12:37 pm

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 - 9:53 am

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 recesses of YouTube. By… More »

Band To Watch: Soft Fangs

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 19, 2014 - 2:34 pm

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 - 2:46 pm

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 - 1:23 pm

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 - 1:10 pm

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 - 2:27 pm

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 - 4:21 pm

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 »

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