Band To Watch

Band To Watch: For Everest

By James Rettig / July 23, 2014
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 much on atmosphere as it is on songcraft, luxuriating in aimlessness tempered with short bursts of well-orchestrated chaos. When I learned that For Everest made a conscious effort to emulate… More »

Band To Watch: Cayetana + “Dirty Laundry” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / July 16, 2014
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 the stage, compulsively checking my phone and feeling awkward and left out because my friend who I was supposed to meet at the show had just ditched me. But… More »

Band To Watch: Adult Jazz

By Chris DeVille / July 8, 2014
Adult Jazz make wonderfully unique music -- trim yet expansive, alien yet familiar, mannered yet driven by intangible urges. Their songs often feel like the sonic equivalent of spare, ornately designed blueprints springing to life and spreading out in front of you. There are traces of prog, folk, post-rock, and chamber pop in the mix… More »

Band To Watch: Jawbreaker Reunion

By James Rettig / June 19, 2014
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 sound exactly like the kind of music that would soundtrack some spunky, idyllic montage of a sleepover in a '90s teen comedy, girls with pigtails in patterned pajamas engaging i… More »

Band To Watch: Sharpless

By James Rettig / June 17, 2014
Sharpless is the project of Brooklyn native Jack Greenleaf, who began writing music in earnest after he went away to school in Chicago. His 2011 debut (​+​More »

Band To Watch: Happyness

By Chris DeVille / June 10, 2014
Happiness is a great feeling; Happyness is a great band. The South London trio specializes in lush-yet-breezy indie rock that conjures all sorts of wistful feelings then takes the piss out of them with wry puns and punchlines. Think of it as Sparklehorse's mournful dream-pop pocket symphonies infused with Pavement's winking ironic sensibility, or Yo… More »

Band To Watch: Roof Doctor

By James Rettig / April 4, 2014
When Philadelphia five-piece Roof Doctor took the stage for their album-release show last week, it was clear that most of the audience was already well-versed in the songs, even though the band's new album, Mobile Freedom Home, had come out only a few days prior. Part of the reason for that was because many of… More »

Band To Watch: Nai Harvest

By Chris DeVille / March 12, 2014
When the UK duo Nai Harvest first appeared on Bandcamp in 2011, they were among a growing movement of youngsters channeling the scorched-throat, nimble-fingered Midwest emo of Mineral and American Football. But as singer/guitarist Ben Thompson and drummer Lew Currie pursued their muse, it carried them away from their twinkly, bilious roots to the point… More »

Band To Watch: Protomartyr

By Chris DeVille / March 5, 2014
The best bands sound like everything you love and nothing you've heard. So it goes with Protomartyr, a Detroit quartet that seems to have ingested every classic post-punk record and evolved into a new kind of beast. The band's forthcoming second album and Hardly Art debut, Under Color Of Official Right, is ripe with reference… More »

Band To Watch: Young & Sick

By Chris DeVille / January 28, 2014
Here's what some Googling will tell you about Young & Sick, the self-described "music and art project" based out of New York and Los Angeles: It's the brainchild of a guy named Nick who grew up in Holland. He's done cover art for Foster The People, Maroon 5, Robin Thicke, and Mikky Ekko, and… More »

Band To Watch: Cloud Becomes Your Hand

By Miles Bowe / January 17, 2014
It was nearing the end of the first night of Boston Hassle Fest, after everyone shuffled through the November cold from the Lightning Bolt set at the Elk's Lodge over to Cantab Lounge for the final bill of late-night acts. I was standing in the hot, crowded bar, mainly there to see Krill, when through… More »

Band To Watch: Mutual Benefit

By Chris DeVille / October 28, 2013
Love's Crushing Diamond, the first full-length release after many EPs and singles from Mutual Benefit, is the sort of elegaic celestial symphony-in-miniature that fans of Youth Lagoon, Sufjan Stevens, Mercury Rev, the Microphones, and Radiohead's "Motion Picture Soundtrack" will adore. The record's seven song-suites somehow sound like intimate cuddling and expansive world-building at… More »

Band To Watch: Bars Of Gold

By Chris DeVille / October 18, 2013
Michigan quintet Bars Of Gold makes distinctly urban music, but not in the sense that "urban" has become synonymous with hip-hop or the retro garage clatter that earned the nickname Detroit Rock City. Nor does it have much to do with techno's drum machines or Motown's matching suits and four-part harmonies. Some of that rucku… More »

Band To Watch: All Dogs

By Liz Pelly / September 12, 2013
Since I first heard the debut tape by Columbus, Ohio's All Dogs last month, I've had a hard time listening to anything else. The collection of tracks is just five originals plus one cover, on one side of a split with fellow Ohioans Slouch, but those few songs contain more perfect anxiousness and earnestness tha… More »

Band To Watch: PUP

By Miles Bowe / August 20, 2013
Changing a band name is a hard decision. From the Quarrymen to On A Friday, when a band decides to present itself as something new, even if the members stay the same, it takes guts. It's more than a cosmetic "rebranding," it's a change in identity. Young Toronto punks PUP originally got some… More »

Band To Watch: SAINT PEPSI

By Miles Bowe / July 26, 2013
One of my favorite ways to pass time these days is to go on Bandcamp or Soundcloud and simply get lost. Like walking through a city you're not familiar with and discovering some wonderful bar or strange shop, some of my favorite music of this decade has come from strolling down these obscure avenues. It'… More »

Band To Watch: Pure Bathing Culture

By Claire Lobenfeld / June 27, 2013
Portland indie-pop duo Pure Bathing Culture were not necessarily drawn together because of the stars, but the story of the band's union and process of craft certainly feels that way. Members Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille were playing with Brooklyn band Vetiver when on tour in 2009, Hindman was just tooling with some tunes and… More »

Band To Watch: Potty Mouth

By Liz Pelly / June 18, 2013
In the spring of 2011, I heard Ally Einbinder speak at a Ladyfest Easthampton panel on “Women In Punk And Hardcore.” Sitting in a circle of folding chairs in the showspace at the Western Mass community-centric venue Flywheel, Einbinder reflected on her frustrating experiences booking DIY shows in a male-dominated community, as well a… More »

Band To Watch: Krill

By Liz Pelly / June 7, 2013
There's a certain rhythm to the morning after a house show. Usually it involves an assortment of touring musicians and housemates hanging around, some still asleep on the floor, others wandering around picking up empty beer cans, maybe someone making breakfast. Other times people will pick up their instruments, playing whatever, killing time until leaving… More »

Band To Watch: Hiatus Kaiyote

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 25, 2013
Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote seem like they could serve as the soundtrack to pretty much anything -- they blend what sounds like the score of a futuristic western with the daily grind of urban life. The band went on their first-ever U.S. tour last month, playing SXSW showcases, Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge, and a guest performance… More »

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