Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Raleigh Moncrief

By Tom Breihan / October 14, 2011
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
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
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
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
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… More »

Band To Watch: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

By brandon / April 21, 2011
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
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
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
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… More »

Band To Watch: Implodes

By Stereogum / February 17, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
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 »

Band To Watch: Pop. 1280

By brandon / October 8, 2010
New York Jim Thompson fans Pop. 1280's shredding, scowling The Grid 12" surfaces after the self-released "Bedbugs" 7" and a split single with Hot Guts. The sharply noisy post-punk/no wave quartet conjure a scrubby, dangerous Downtown New York junkyard that no longer exists. Not a specific sound. More a sensibility, subject, and clamor that crosse… More »

Band To Watch: Givers

By brandon / August 20, 2010
Givers are a young quintet from Lafayette, Louisiana, the local openers for Dirty Projectors last year at Chelsea's in Baton Rouge. The Projectors hadn't heard them before that night but were impressed enough to ask them to join them on their next tour through the South and the East Coast. We're impressed, too, and easily… More »

Band To Watch: PVT

By Stereogum / July 8, 2010
Australian trio PVT started as a quintet called Pivot -- after being sued by an American band of the same name, they removed the vowels. The band's released a couple of albums under the old moniker, but brothers Richard and Laurence Pike and Dave Miller (and his laptop) are about to release Church With NoMore »

Band To Watch: Computer Magic

By Stereogum / July 1, 2010
Computer Magic is the solo project of 21-year-old DJ/blogger Danielle (she goes by Danz). She moved from Rock Hill in upstate New York (population: 1,056) to New York City in 2008 to attend Hunter College. Danz started doing Computer Magic a few months ago in her downtime between school, DJing, and graphic designing. She… More »

Band To Watch: Frank (Just Frank)

By Stereogum / June 21, 2010
French coldwave (not chillwave or Cold Cave) duo Frank (Just Frank) release their debut The Brutal Wave next month via Wierd Records. You may hear the Cure in the guitar tones (or XTC's "Mayor Of Simpleton" in the introduction to "Crisis"), but it's a distinctive and updated collection that blends icy, melancholic guitar/synthesizers, dark… More »

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