Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Ryan Power

By Amrit Singh / February 1, 2012 - 3:00 pm

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 aren’t aware… More »

Band To Watch: Blonds

By Amrit Singh / December 7, 2011 - 3:48 pm

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 a… More »

Band To Watch: 2:54

By Amrit Singh / November 30, 2011 - 11:25 am

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 - 2:49 pm

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’s How To… More »

Band To Watch: Zambri

By Amrit Singh / November 3, 2011 - 1:32 pm

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. A year… More »

Band To Watch: Raleigh Moncrief

By Tom Breihan / October 14, 2011 - 12:22 pm

The excellently named Sacremento producer Raleigh Moncrief has been something of an indie rock “that guy,” for the past few years, staying busy on the periphery. He engineered and co-produced Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca, and he’s played in Marnie Stern’s backing band on tour. His debut solo album Watered Lawn, meanwhile, is coming out o… More »

Band To Watch: Wet Illustrated

By Tom Breihan / September 16, 2011 - 10:53 am

If you look at them from a certain angle, the San Francisco trio Wet Illustrated fit right in with the analog-gear retro-garage boom that’s happening in their city right now. After all, they’re a sometimes-jangly, sometimes-riffy guitar-rock band who know their way around a chorus hook and who record on gear that sounds older tha… More »

Band To Watch: R E A L M A G I C

By Amrit Singh / June 30, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Get past the eye-catching/potentially irritating stylized spacing (ala w h o k i l l), and focus instead on the heartfelt, fuzzy electronic dance tracks from 26-year-old Denver art school grad Drew Englander aka R E A L M A G I C. He claims influence from “shoegaze, R&B, and Grime,” and on “No Thing… More »

Band To Watch: Part Time

By Scott Lapatine / June 24, 2011 - 1:21 pm

Part Time is the slinky (new-)romantic synth-centric project of San Franciscan David Speck. You may have already heard his breezy, deadpan “In This Filthy City” (FKA “If I Lose My Cool I Die”), a coy ’80s throwback that sounds like Ric Ocasek covering Haunted Graffiti. New single “I Wanna Take You Out” carries on the… More »

Band To Watch: Beige

By Amrit Singh / May 17, 2011 - 4:37 pm

Spacy, neo-psychedelic Brooklyn outfit Beige been kicking around local show undercards this past year, offering the internet a few MP3s but precious little self-revelatory info. There’s an oblique bio on MySpace about the “realization of matter” and sounds and color (beige, of course), and there’s a Tumblr hosting an Einstuerzende Neubauten YouTube along with a… More »

Band To Watch: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

By brandon / April 21, 2011 - 12:19 pm

The glammed-up, psychedelic, soulful, punked-out Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the brainchild of Oregon (via New Zealand) resident Ruban Nielson, a former Mint Chicks guitarist who mentions Captain Beefheart, Sly Stone, and RZA in the same breath. UMO’s self-titled debut full-length sounds like funkier Ween tackling Elephant 6, blending New Age ’70s recording techniques with that… More »

Band To Watch: Slowdance

By Amrit Singh / April 7, 2011 - 11:23 am

The band Slowdance played their 11th (or possibly 12th) show a week ago, opening for PS I Love You and Diamond Rings at Glasslands. Unusually captivating for an unheralded opener, the quintet zipped through a quick set of tight and moody, occasionally Francophonic indie-pop. (This sat well with French-Canadian fans of the bill’s headliners.) Slowdance… More »

Band To Watch: Friends

By Amrit Singh / April 4, 2011 - 3:19 pm

After WU LYF’s post-midnight US debut at Glasslands Friday night, folks slipped into the venue next door, 285 Kent St., to catch the tail-end of a bill anchored by the band Friends. It was an impressive, infectious set — ESG-style polyrhythmic post-disco on a tropical-pop trip, with some Lykke Li in the mix — from… More »

Band To Watch: Austra

By brandon / March 14, 2011 - 1:48 pm

Austra is the Toronto trio of vocalist/pianist/etc Katie Stelmanis (ex-Galaxy), drummer Maya Postepski (ex-Galaxy, currently TRUST), and bassist Dorian Wolf (ex-Spiral Beach), but the bulk of the band’s promo photos feature the singer by her lonesome. Even if Stelmanis wasn’t the primary songwriter, her powerful, instantly memorable voice would deserve the front-and-center attention. Some background:… More »

Band To Watch: Implodes

By Stereogum / February 17, 2011 - 10:47 am

Chicago crew Implodes’ first official full-length Black Earth’s a 43-minute collection of densely atmospheric star-melting guitar scrawl, acoustic interludes, and gentler drone. It’s the kind of heady nighttime psychedelia that has a way of feeling truly space-stretching and mind-altering, like how Flying Saucer Attack could create and then maintain those private shadowy landscapes. At time… More »

Band To Watch: Cult Of Youth

By brandon / January 28, 2011 - 10:54 am

Brooklyn’s Cult Of Youth, primarily the project of multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and onetime Love As Laughter bassist Sean Ragon, has released home-recorded singles and one limited-edition Dais LP since 2007, but this new self-titled Chris Coady-produced, Kevin McMahon-mixed collection is the first he’s recorded with his proper band, bassist Micki Pellerano, drummer Glenn Maryanski, and violinist Christiana… More »

Band To Watch: Silk Flowers

By Stereogum / January 14, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Silk Flowers released a self-titled PPM full-length and the As Above So Below EP on Captured Tracks in 2009, but it’s their sophomore effort, the MNDR-produced Ltd. Form, that feels like it’ll bring them wider name recognition. (That lo-fi darkwave is no longer so lo-fi, etc.) The NYC trio of Ethan Swan, Aviram Cohen, and… More »

Band To Watch: Headless Horseman

By Stereogum / November 5, 2010 - 1:31 pm

At first blush, there’s something almost grating about New York-via-Allentown duo Headless Horseman — the music’s warped, claustrophobic, Chimpmunk-y, sorta strange. After you let it sink in for a few seconds, it’s also sharp, smart, and full of unavoidable hooks. Bandmates Conner O’Neill and Fareed Sajan were reportedly both born on Halloween. Apocryphal or not,… More »

Band To Watch: Regal Degal

By stereogum / October 28, 2010 - 10:24 am

Brooklyn post-punk trio Regal Degal perform in a kind of wind-tunneling locked-groove, one that gathers steam as it circles into itself. They’re fronted by onetime Dinowalrus drummer Josh da Costa, which maybe has something to do with the percussiveness of each instrument. (And their updated take on an older, dirtier NYC sound is more seriou… More »

Band To Watch: Total Warr

By Stereogum / October 21, 2010 - 4:15 pm

Total Warr is a newly formed Parisian duo who make rhythmic, rich pop songs. Its members — who go by the charming French nicknames Kiki and Guigui, were longtime friends in different hardcore bands before they decided to hook up. According to Kiki, the pair visited (Euro) Disneyland with their girlfriends, then wrote, recorded, and… More »

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