Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Girl Band

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…
Ryan Leas | February 5, 2015 - 10:21 am

Band To Watch: Diet Cig

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…
James Rettig | January 5, 2015 - 12:02 pm

Band To Watch: Something Anorak

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…
Chris DeVille | December 16, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Artist To Watch: Shura

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,…
Chris DeVille | November 25, 2014 - 9:53 am

Band To Watch: Soft Fangs

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,…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 19, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Band To Watch: Chumped

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."…
James Rettig | October 29, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Band To Watch: Meatbodies

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…
Chris DeVille | October 9, 2014 - 1:23 pm

Band To Watch: Girlpool

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…
James Rettig | October 8, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Band To Watch: Fiancé

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…
Miles Bowe | October 1, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Band To Watch: Greylag

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…
Chris DeVille | September 29, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Band To Watch: Cyberbully Mom Club

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…
James Rettig | September 3, 2014 - 11:33 am

Band To Watch: Los Angeles Police Department

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…
James Rettig | August 13, 2014 - 10:43 am

Artist To Watch: Ryn Weaver

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…
Chris DeVille | August 12, 2014 - 11:02 am

Band To Watch: Twin Peaks

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,…
Chris DeVille | August 5, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Band To Watch: Ballet School

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…
Chris DeVille | August 4, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Band To Watch: Eyelid Kid

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…
James Rettig | July 31, 2014 - 11:09 am

Band To Watch: For Everest

One of my favorite albums of all time is Brand New's The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me. It's an album that's built as…
James Rettig | July 23, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Band To Watch: Cayetana

I saw Cayetana open for Waxahatchee (and fellow BTW All Dogs) on a cold, snowy night last January. I stood a few feet away from…
James Rettig | July 16, 2014 - 11:47 am

Band To Watch: Adult Jazz

Adult Jazz make wonderfully unique music -- trim yet expansive, alien yet familiar, mannered yet driven by intangible urges. Their songs often feel like the…
Chris DeVille | July 8, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Band To Watch: Jawbreaker Reunion

My friend coined the term "slumber party punk" to describe Jawbreaker Reunion, and I can't think of a definition more apt (or hashtag ready). They…
James Rettig | June 19, 2014 - 2:53 pm
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