Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Cyberbully Mom Club

By James Rettig / September 3, 2014 - 11:33 am

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 - 10:43 am

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 - 11:02 am

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 day… More »

Band To Watch: Twin Peaks

By Chris DeVille / August 5, 2014 - 12:42 pm

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 - 2:26 pm

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 - 11:09 am

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. In a… More »

Band To Watch: For Everest

By James Rettig / July 23, 2014 - 2:04 pm

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 - 11:47 am

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 the… More »

Band To Watch: Adult Jazz

By Chris DeVille / July 8, 2014 - 12:51 pm

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 - 2:53 pm

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 - 2:27 pm

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 - 12:26 pm

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 - 1:21 pm

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 - 11:08 am

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 - 11:12 am

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 - 3:52 pm

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 T-shirt… More »

Band To Watch: Cloud Becomes Your Hand

By Miles Bowe / January 17, 2014 - 11:45 am

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 - 4:42 pm

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 once. A… More »

Band To Watch: Bars Of Gold

By Chris DeVille / October 18, 2013 - 11:27 am

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 - 12:21 pm

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 »

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