Band To Watch

Band To Watch: The Delta Mirror

By Amrit Singh / January 27, 2010 - 12:57 pm

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 and… More »

Band To Watch: Family Band

By Amrit Singh / December 11, 2009 - 11:15 am

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 to… More »

Band To Watch: Golden Silvers

By brandon / October 23, 2009 - 8:52 am

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 to… More »

Band To Watch: Sleigh Bells

By Amrit Singh / October 22, 2009 - 12:13 pm

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 with… More »

Band To Watch: Dominant Legs

By brandon / October 14, 2009 - 3:44 pm

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 details feel… More »

Band To Watch: Freelance Whales

By Amrit Singh / September 30, 2009 - 11:30 am

With the nature of tips we’ve received on Freelance Whales — both from the wide array of tipster-types (industry kids, concert goers, streetwalkers catching them playing on a corner) and the neighborhood they all inhabit (Williamsburg) — we sorta figured this band would fall squarely into the prevailing washed out/hypnagogic fuzzbucket hazed-pop thing before having… More »

Artist To Watch: John Carpenter

By brandon / September 18, 2009 - 1:18 pm

It’s fitting the Jersey-born New York-to-Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist John Carpenter shares a name with the man behind the Halloween franchise: There’s something autumnal and spooky about his soulful, romantic rock ‘n’ roll. See, for instance, “Seasons,” the A-Side of his new Mexican Summer 7″: It sounds like vintage Scott Walker fronting the Zombies. (To get… More »

Band To Watch: Pictureplane

By brandon / July 15, 2009 - 12:41 pm

Pictureplane, aka 24-year old Denver-via-Santa Fe multi-media maker Travis Egedy, popped up on some radars this past April via his remix of HEALTH’s “Die Slow.” Before that, he remixed Crystal Castles, collaborated with hometown New Mexico bud Zach Condon, and self-released his debut full-length Turquoise Trail, which Lovepump reissued digitally in March. Now the same… More »

Band To Watch: Blue Roses

By Amrit Singh / June 30, 2009 - 12:50 pm

Not to be confused with Dan Bejar’s labor of love, Blue Roses is the performing name of Yorkshire singer-songwriter Laura Groves. Back home, she’s landed at the fertile NME/BBC/Guardian intersect of critical kudos, but things States side are set to launch with the XL release of her self-titled, self-produced debut next month. Blue Roses cite… More »

Band To Watch: Crocodiles

By brandon / February 25, 2009 - 12:12 pm

When we gathered up our favorite artists’ year-end lists No Age included Crocodiles’ “Neon Jesus” as one of their top 10 “shredders” of ’08: “[Crocodiles are] a great new band from San Diego. This song is a real good kinda early eighties electro punk pop jam. It is super catchy.” All true, but something No… More »

Band To Watch: Hospitality

By brandon / February 12, 2009 - 9:21 am

Hospitality are a minimalist Brooklyn indie-pop trio fronted by Kansas City expatriate Amber Papini, who also handles guitar and piano. Her voice is immediate and unique, at times like a Mo Tucker but with stately Jesy Fortino/Tiny Viper intonations. Or Amelia Fletcher, fronting a super spare NY-based Heavenly or Talulah Gosh. She’s backed by drummer… More »

Band To Watch: tUnE-YaRdS

By brandon / February 6, 2009 - 2:24 pm

Before Amrit headed out to see Beirut at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg the other night, we knew to be on the watch for Merrill Garbus, aka tUnE-YaRdS, which is why he showed up early with a notebook. On record, Garbus’s one-woman DIY workshop concocts an impressively assured sort of lo-fi World (as in World… More »

Band To Watch: Suckers

By brandon / February 3, 2009 - 9:47 am

After listening to any of the four tracks on Brooklyn quartet Suckers debut self-titled EP you won’t be at all surprised to learn that Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder produced it, along with Chris Moore (TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Think “2080” minus the kids. The group, which includes BTW Quinn Walker, constructs songs around… More »

Band To Watch: The Rayographs

By brandon / January 29, 2009 - 9:06 am

The Rayographs are a UK trio. At first listen they’re reminiscent of Grace Slick working with the Breeders, but they tap into a dark psychedelia that’s quite different than the sounds created by the sisters Deal. A closer approximation would be a piano-free White Magic. It’s lame to affix a bunch of female comparisons to… More »

Band To Watch: I Was A King

By brandon / January 27, 2009 - 11:11 am

The Norwegian band I Was A King is the brainchild of Frode Strømstads. The new self-titled album, which follows 2007’s Losing Something Good for Something Better, features Serena-Maneesh’s Emil Nikolaisen on bass, drums and a co-production credit, alongside guest spots from Sufjan Stevens, Danielson and Ladybug Transistor, among others. But even without “star” contributions, the… More »

Band To Watch: Real Estate

By brandon / January 23, 2009 - 9:16 am

The words after the backslash at their MySpace are “Let’s Rock The Beach,” but Real Estate are more about the lovably down-and-out Jersey Shore than a pristine Caribbean. The quartet mention Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood NY, Jersey City, and Brooklyn as their location (that’s two out of four, which counts), the Boss and “New Jersey” itself… More »

Band To Watch: Cold Cave

By brandon / December 3, 2008 - 11:13 am

Cold Cave is the brainchild of Philadelphia’s Wesley Eisold, ex-Some Girls, Give Up The Ghost, XO Skeletons, and currently Ye Olde Maids, etc. We’re calling his newest project a Band To Watch, but Eisold received some high-profile press when Fall Out Boy reportedly plagiarized lyrics from his influential hardcore outfit Give Up The Ghost. He… More »

Band To Watch: Threatmantics

By brandon / November 13, 2008 - 9:46 am

Threatmantics are a scruffy Welsh rock trio that throw some wrinkles into the scruffy rock formula: Instead of a lead guitarist, they have a lead John Cale viola, and their drummer does double-time with a keyboard. The two guys mixing up the elements are brothers: Heddwyn (also the vocalist) and Huw Davies. Ceri Mitchell, handling… More »

Band To Watch: Surf City

By brandon / November 11, 2008 - 11:46 am

Surf City is a young quartet from New Zealand. They used to be called “Kill Surf City,” but there’s an unfortunate band in England with the tag, so now the Jesus & Mary Chain reference isn’t as obvious at first sight, though sonically, it remains. More than that, though, you’ll hear the various jangling/darkish lo-fi… More »

Band To Watch: Blank Dogs

By stereogum / September 4, 2008 - 4:15 pm

Blank Dogs are actually singular: It’s the insanely prolific one-man Brooklyn-based band of Mr. Blank Dog. We don’t know too much about the biography of the guy behind the bedroom new-wave pop/punk and he’s usually covering his face with masks or bedspreads, but that’s fine. The aura of anonymity allows you to focus on the… More »

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