Band To Watch

Band To Watch: A Pregnant Light

By Wyatt Marshall / April 3, 2013
Sometime in the second half of 2011, I took a chance and ordered a number of cassettes, sound-unheard, from a new cassette-only record label that had made an announcement on a black-metal message board saying they were ready to start shipping their first batch of releases. It wasn't a huge risk: Priced at five or… More »

Band To Watch: Wampire

By Claire Lobenfeld / March 13, 2013
Portland exports Wampire are a long time in the making. The duo, comprised of Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps, have been playing music together since they were in middle school -- "we started jamming in 2001," says Tinder -- in their hometown Keizer, OR. While this is a lengthy amount of time to have under… More »

Band To Watch: Slander

By Amrit Singh / February 11, 2013
From the historic maritime village of Mystic, CT comes Slander, a five-piece rock band born from the hub that is Mystic Disc, local record store and art-kid nexus point. Singer Julia Farrar linked with Disc employee and rock-band lifer/drummer Rich Freitas there, with Echo & The Bunnymen as an initial reference for a new band. More »

Band To Watch: Natural Assembly

By Wyatt Marshall / January 11, 2013
Natural Assembly began as Jesse Cannon's solo project in late 2010, when the London resident started churning out lo-fi dark synthwave via hypnotic, sometimes danceable instrumentation overlaid with expressionless singing that sounded like it was coming through a bass-heavy transistor radio in an abandoned factory. The obscurity of the music was matched by its method… More »

Band To Watch: Greys

By Michael Nelson / December 18, 2012
Like fellow Torontonians METZ or Burning Love -- or, if we're keeping our reference points north of the border, Winnipeg's KEN Mode -- Greys are a young band dealing in a form of noise rock/post-punk/hardcore that seems to have sprung directly from '90s influences: Fugazi, Drive Like Jehu, the Jesus Lizard, Helmet ... heck, most… More »

Band To Watch: Swearin’

By Michael Nelson / November 13, 2012
Swearin' co-frontperson Allison Crutchfield is only 23 years old, but she's been in the game forever already. A truncated history: She started the Ackleys as a ninth grader in Birmingham, AL, with her twin sister, Katie; they were on Warped Tour as high school students. After that band called it quits, the sisters formed… More »

Band To Watch: The Midnight Hollow

By Wyatt Marshall / October 23, 2012
The Midnight Hollow's songs tend to build, born from electronic whispers. Soon, a beat brimming with bottled-up energy comes in, then vocalist Spencer Draeger joins with a crystal clear and brooding baritone. Eventually, after toying with tension, a sort of catharsis is reached when Draeger unleashes a powerful wail shot through with desperate honesty. More »

Band To Watch: Fat Creeps

By Liz Pelly / September 14, 2012
In Boston's smoky basements and smaller rock clubs, Fat Creeps have played tirelessly over the past year, surfacing as one of the city's best new bands, with their dark, grungy riffs and distant harmonies. Their self-titled, self-released debut EP -- released last month -- teeters between the moodier, Mazzy Star-inspired end of the dreamy garage-po… More »

Band To Watch: TEEN

By Amrit Singh / July 27, 2012
TEEN is the Brooklyn-based, sisterly project of Teeny Lieberson, setting out under her own name (more or less) after logging time with Here We Go Magic. Lieberson's TEEN formed last spring and features her sisters Katherine and Lizzie as well as Jane Herships, the latter of whom makes spellbinding, downcast folk as Spider. It… More »

Band To Watch: Murals

By Michael Nelson / July 18, 2012
Looking at the cover image of On A Passing Cloud, the debut LP from Louisville's Murals, you get the feeing the band has maybe dabbled in recreational hallucinogens -- it's four guys, eyes half-mast, surrounded by (and covered in) flowers, wide blue sky behind them. Listening to the music only supports that notion: The whole… More »

Band To Watch: HAIM

By Melissa Locker / July 11, 2012
Even though the Beach Boys sang about California girls over four decades ago, it’s easy to imagine they were thinking about HAIM when they wrote it. The band is comprised of three sisters from Los Angeles who are all in their late teens and early twenties with long hair flowing down their backs and a… More »

Band To Watch: Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

By Tom Breihan / June 6, 2012
Ed Schrader's Music Beat are a two-piece band from Baltimore who play elemental, stripped-down postpunk, and who find a surprising amount of variation in that description. Frontman Schrader sings while banging on a rudimentary drum kit -- one he plays standing up -- and a metronomic rhythmic pulse is just about the only connecting thread… More »

Artist To Watch: Joey Bada$$

By Corban Goble / May 9, 2012
Much has been made of the reanimation of New York's present day rap scene, thanks to the style-encompassing, radio-friendly rap of Harlem's A$AP Rocky, the gritty, precise flow of Brooklyn's Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, the flash and sizzle of Harlem's Azealia Banks, the straightforward hustle of the Bronx's French Montana, as well as traditional-outsiders-now-sorta-insider-y lenses of… More »

Band To Watch: Doe Paoro

By Amrit Singh / February 15, 2012
Out this week is Slow To Love, the album by Brooklyn-based torch-song singer Doe Paoro. She comes with some steam and production vision behind her already, which you can see in the crisp videos for "Born Whole" and "Can't Leave You," and via the strings that color the latter, or the session-player fretless-ba… More »

Band To Watch: Mirel Wagner

By Tom Breihan / February 3, 2012
Mirel Wagner, a singer-songwriter born in Ethiopia and raised in Finland, is 23 years old. When she wrote "To The Bone," the opening track from her shivery self-titled album, she was 16. But her songs sound old as dirt. With an appropriate amount of crackle and hiss, you could easily pass them off as ancient,… More »

Band To Watch: Ryan Power

By Amrit Singh / February 1, 2012
From the vibrant enclave of Burlington, VT comes an artist one of you called the North Country's "best kept secret." Verily, after spending the last week with Ryan Power's latest release I Don't Want To Die, and seeing the reaction it gets from heard-it-all friends, it really is pretty weird that more people… More »

Band To Watch: Blonds

By Amrit Singh / December 7, 2011
The indie-pop duo Blonds is not to be confused with the Brooklyn-via-Oberlin electronic duo Blondes, though, truth be told, the nominal similarity is what led me to open the email they sent. West Palm, Florida's Blonds are about to self-release their debut EP Dark Roots, and it will eventually make its way onto many… More »

Band To Watch: 2:54

By Amrit Singh / November 30, 2011
This outfit, 2:54, is a pair of British blood sisters with shoegazer and eyeliner smeared all over their music and a terrific EP to their family name. (Thurlow, for the record.) Think about the sonic signifiers of Lush and PJ Harvey bottled inside a band that named itself after a specific moment in a Melvi… More »

Band To Watch: Beacon

By Amrit Singh / November 11, 2011
Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett are Beacon, a Greenpoint-based duo steeped in '90s and contemporary R&B, IDM, and bass music. Moodgadget is set to release Beacon's No Body EP, the project's second collection of songs to triangulate those worlds into a sensual, downtempo electronic mesh of lush synths and lusty falsetto. It'… More »

Band To Watch: Zambri

By Amrit Singh / November 3, 2011
The twin sisters Cristi Jo and Jessica are Zambri, both in surname and musical guise. I first mentioned them on Stereogum when they jumped onstage and added petite, but substantial, vocal muscle to Hooray For Earth during that band's CMJ 2010 shortlist winning set; it was the sort of highlight that deserved identification. More »

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