Band To Watch

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

Band To Watch: Sharpless

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…
James Rettig | June 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Band To Watch: Happyness

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…
Chris DeVille | June 10, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Band To Watch: Roof Doctor

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…
James Rettig | April 4, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Band To Watch: Nai Harvest

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…
Chris DeVille | March 12, 2014 - 11:08 am

Band To Watch: Protomartyr

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…
Chris DeVille | March 5, 2014 - 11:12 am

Band To Watch: Young & Sick

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:…
Chris DeVille | January 28, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Band To Watch: Cloud Becomes Your Hand

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…
Miles Bowe | January 17, 2014 - 11:45 am

Band To Watch: Mutual Benefit

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…
Chris DeVille | October 28, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Band To Watch: Bars Of Gold

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…
Chris DeVille | October 18, 2013 - 11:27 am

Band To Watch: All Dogs

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…
Liz Pelly | September 12, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Band To Watch: PUP

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,…
Miles Bowe | August 20, 2013 - 11:02 am
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