Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Pop. 1280

By brandon / October 8, 2010 - 10:24 am

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 - 2:35 pm

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 - 11:51 am

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 - 2:26 pm

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 make… More »

Band To Watch: Frank (Just Frank)

By Stereogum / June 21, 2010 - 2:33 pm

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 drum… More »

Band To Watch: Minks

By Stereogum / June 14, 2010 - 5:01 pm

Like previous BTW World Unite/Lucifer Youth Foundation, Minks comes with few details. Their MySpace says they’re a Brooklyn project, and this live video, taken from a May show at Glasslands, shows six people in their live line-up. Their website is unhelpful. Like Brooklyn’s the Drums, Minks harness a few of the best traits of gothic… More »

Band To Watch: Safe

By Stereogum / June 7, 2010 - 1:52 pm

Safe is self-described Missoula-to-Berkeley “goat enthusiast and musical multimedia artist” CF Edley, more formally Christopher F. Edley III. He tells the world he likes “birdwatching, goats, cooking goats, tobacco, singing at audiences, vorticist art, sticks and such, whiskey, sus chords when appropriate, Somali pirates kinda, the name ‘Dudus,’ the drummer Tony Williams, a whole host… More »

Band To Watch: Restless People

By Stereogum / June 3, 2010 - 10:19 am

When we posted Tanlines’ Memory Tapes remix, there was mention of the tropical duo’s history as members of (respectively) math gods Don Caballero/nautical trio Storm & Stress and dubbed-out NYC dance-punks Professor Murder. Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm have gone and formed another larger group, Brooklyn quartet Restless People. Their brief bio mentions RP i… More »

Band To Watch: Vehicle Blues

By Stereogum / May 28, 2010 - 1:05 pm

Vehicle Blues is Chicago songwriter Gabe Holcombe. He runs his own Lillerne Tape Club, and has put out limited-edition VB releases here/there, but the forthcoming 4-song EP Changer is his first “professionally manufactured” recording. It’s also the first “pro-CD” for the label Bridgetown (Cloud Nothings, etc.). We’re told the new songs are “documenting the lonely… More »

Band To Watch: WU LYF (World Unite/Lucifer Youth Foundation)

By Stereogum / May 27, 2010 - 2:09 pm

Here are some things we’ve been able to figure out from about World Unite/Lucifer Youth Foundation: The band is based in Manchester. They’ve got a fluid membership of four to six (or more) members. According to Said The Gramophone, some or all of the members of the band used to be in a band called… More »

Band To Watch: Lower Dens

By Stereogum / May 13, 2010 - 12:23 pm

Texas-born Golden Apple, R.E.M. coverer, and ex-pizza shop employe Jana Hunter is currently living in Baltimore and fronting the quartet, Lower Dens. She was the first person to release a record on Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic’s Gnomonsong via 2005’s Blank Unstaring Heirs Of Doom, followed by 2007’s There’s No Home and Carrion EP o… More »

Band To Watch: Braids

By Stereogum / May 5, 2010 - 11:41 am

A couple of years ago we wrote about a young Calgary band, the Neighborhood Council. They had a single self-released EP. The band’s still pretty young, but have since moved to Montreal, changed their name to Braids (no, not Braid, emo boy), and are set to release a full-length, Native Speaker. With the name change… More »

Band To Watch: Sunglasses

By Stereogum / April 30, 2010 - 10:04 am

Sunglasses is the Savannah-based pop project of 8000 bam bam (Samuel Cooper) and Baby Seal (Brady Keehn). The approach is bright, upbeat, danceable, and playfully weird with an uncanny sense of three-dimensional spaciousness. The duo’s initial mind-melding took place while they were working on Cooper’s senior thesis film, MILES, aka an “8 1/2-inspired black and… More »

Band To Watch: Treasure

By Stereogum / April 23, 2010 - 5:32 pm

Treasure is the reverb-soaked one-man band of young London resident Hari Ashurst, a guy who cites “Fleetwood Mac, J Dilla, Beach Boys, Lou Reed, Highlife, Cosmic forces, Afro-beat, Field recordings,” etc., as influences while mentioning he wants to write choruses like Hall & Oates. He started Treasure last summer, but there’s something chill-y about hi… More »

Band To Watch: Secret Cities

By Stereogum / April 13, 2010 - 5:49 pm

Fargo, North Dakota trio Secret Cities used to go by the name White Foliage. The new moniker makes more sense with the multi-hued heartbreaking pop songs that appear on their official Secret Cities debut Pink Graffiti. We’re told the highly ambitious 10-song collection’s a meditation on “Brian Wilson and young people.” To quote:
Bria… More »

Band To Watch: Girls In The Eighties

By Stereogum / April 8, 2010 - 3:29 pm

Girls In The Eighties is the solo (now full band) project of 25-year-old Chase Reynolds. He started the band in 2001, but it ended in 2004. Years went by, and it sounds like they weren’t good years. In Reynolds’ words: “At the beginning of 2008, I tried to kill myself. Then I tripped ‘shrooms and… More »

Band To Watch: Golden Ages

By Stereogum / April 6, 2010 - 11:07 am

Golden Ages is the bedroom project of a 21-year-old Cognitive Science major/Animal Collective fan from Philadelphia. Yes, it’s impossible not to hear the AC influence on his work, but influences are inevitable and like a good Cognitive Scientist in training, he does something heady and elastic with them. He has knack for painting color tone… More »

Band To Watch: Gayngs

By brandon / April 2, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Minneapolis producer Ryan Olson and Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Tanlines pals Solid Gold are at the center of Gayngs, but a couple dozen other folks orbit the trio on the debut album Relayted. Olson started the project in his Minnesota bedroom, but stepped outside and into Wisconsin’s April Base studio where he threaded… More »

Band To Watch: BRAHMS

By Stereogum / March 29, 2010 - 6:06 pm

They have just four demos, but things are heating up nicely for NYC trio BRAHMS. Which is fitting: Despite the Depeche Mode coldness to their instrumentation, their songs feel far warmer. With 127 years just three months to their name they can’t point to much yet, though where they can point is notable:… More »

Band To Watch: Peepholes

By stereogum / March 9, 2010 - 5:38 pm

In their words, UK twosome Peepholes is the result of Katia Barrett and Nick Carlisle trading off “singing, drumming, keyboards, Kaos pad, guitar etc” duties. In our words, “etc” should include writing hooks because while noisy duos are nothing new — hell, by 2003 there was already an we-are-not-Lightning Bolt glut — noisy duos writing… More »

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