Band To Watch

Band To Watch: SAINT PEPSI

By Miles Bowe / July 26, 2013 - 2:25 pm

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 - 3:34 pm

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 - 10:28 am

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 as playing… More »

Band To Watch: Krill

By Liz Pelly / June 7, 2013 - 1:38 pm

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 - 11:18 am

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 »

Band To Watch: A Pregnant Light

By Wyatt Marshall / April 3, 2013 - 10:14 am

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 - 1:26 pm

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 - 9:48 am

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 - 12:40 pm

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 - 10:21 am

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 - 10:00 am

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 P.S. More »

Band To Watch: The Midnight Hollow

By Wyatt Marshall / October 23, 2012 - 11:29 am

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 - 2:48 pm

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 - 11:33 am

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 follow… More »

Band To Watch: Murals

By Michael Nelson / July 18, 2012 - 12:15 pm

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 - 11:40 am

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 - 2:48 pm

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 - 11:52 am

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 - 10:45 am

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-bass style that… More »

Band To Watch: Mirel Wagner

By Tom Breihan / February 3, 2012 - 11:32 am

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 »

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