Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Minks

By Stereogum / June 14, 2010
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… More »


Band To Watch: Safe

By Stereogum / June 7, 2010
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
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… More »


Band To Watch: Vehicle Blues

By Stereogum / May 28, 2010
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
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… More »


Band To Watch: Lower Dens

By Stereogum / May 13, 2010
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… More »


Band To Watch: Braids

By Stereogum / May 5, 2010
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… More »


Band To Watch: Sunglasses

By Stereogum / April 30, 2010
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
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
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: Brian Wilso… More »


Band To Watch: Girls In The Eighties

By Stereogum / April 8, 2010
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 'shroom… More »


Band To Watch: Golden Ages

By Stereogum / April 6, 2010
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
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… More »


Band To Watch: BRAHMS

By Stereogum / March 29, 2010
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 i… More »


Band To Watch: Peepholes

By stereogum / March 9, 2010
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 »


Band To Watch: The Delta Mirror

By Amrit Singh / January 27, 2010
Los Angeles trio the Delta Mirror say they're of a mind with bands like the Big Pink and Fuck Buttons, acts bent simultaneously toward shoegaze and electronics. But the DM is less expansive and less noisy, respectively, than those acts: Their debut LP Machines That Listen is downcast and down-tempo, heartfelt and brooding, immersive… More »


Band To Watch: Family Band

By Amrit Singh / December 11, 2009
Those tuned into NYC's downtown thrash scene may know Jonny Ollsin from his time on guitar and vocals with breakneck metallers Children, but it's this familial project with vocalist/wife Kim Krans that's become the couple's primary focus on the heels of completing a chilly and beautiful debut album. A friend passed along a link… More »


Band To Watch: Golden Silvers

By brandon / October 23, 2009
London trio the Golden Silvers made their first trek to the States this week for CMJ. They're buzzing overseas (did Jools Holland, won Glastonbury's New Talent competition in '08, playing the festival in '09, features in NME, etc.), but so far things are quieter Stateside. In fact, it took a tip from a friend… More »


Band To Watch: Sleigh Bells

By Amrit Singh / October 22, 2009
After this week, it'll seem like Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss have come out of nowhere to form the outfit on everyone's CMJ breakout list. But there are roots, dug deep and spread far: Past members of Sleigh Bells went on to form buzz-band Surfer Blood. Derek's old hardcore band Poison The Well toured… More »


Band To Watch: Dominant Legs

By brandon / October 14, 2009
San Francisco native Ryan William Lynch, aka Dominant Legs, has a strange, immediately appealing sound that's part funky Belle & Sebastian/part late-night Arthur Russell/part something uniquely his own. At MySpace, a series of photos titled "favorite clothes" include him sporting his Giants '87 sweatshirt and Dimebag Darrell and Anne Sexton tees. Somehow these detail… More »


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