Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Dan Friel

By stereogum / May 29, 2008
Dan Friel is the guy with red hair in anthemic psychedelic Brooklyn noiseniks Parts & Labor. He's also the mind and burnt keyboards behind this interesting eponymous solo project. Stepping outside P&L isn't new for Friel, but the first full-length release Ghost Town came out a week and change ago on Important. Before… More »


Band To Watch: Telekinesis!

By Amrit Singh / May 20, 2008
Today your regular bloggers have been replaced by Ben, Chris, Nick, and Jason of Death Cab For Cutie. The band's new album Narrow Stairs is out now. DCFC are not professional bloggers, so please send them tips. By Chris Walla There's not a lot to say when you… More »


Band To Watch: Extra Life

By brandon / May 8, 2008
Extra Life's Secular Works arrived unknown in our mailbox and quickly found its way into regular rotation. The New York group is fronted by guitarist/vocalist Charlie Looker, who spent six years in ZS, has played with Mick Barr, was a one-time member of Dirty Projectors (he performs on Rise Above), and has worked with… More »


Band To Watch: Dominique Leone

By brandon / April 10, 2008
For anyone who's enjoyed Dominique Leone's writing at Pitchfork over the years, it's pretty fascinating to listen to the San Francisco-based Texan's self-titled debut full-length, which follows his self-titled Feedelity EP. You can hear his beloved Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson in the harmonies (for Nilsson, think of "Without You" and check out the… More »


Band To Watch: The Muslims

By brandon / April 4, 2008
Assured-beyond-their-years San Diego quartet the Muslims will definitely get a lot of attention for their name, but we're much more interested in the band's catchy, sorta sloppy and stark post-punk-infused rock 'n' roll. They mix a kind of Strokes-y, and therefore VU, detachment and something that bumps in the night like Hell and hi… More »


Band To Watch: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

By brandon / April 3, 2008
At some point last summer, after hearing the amazing job Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor did producing Dirty Projector's Rise Above -- we've been impressed, variously, with the way he's producing around the strengths and attributes of his artists -- we asked him what else he had coming up. Of course and as we know,… More »


Band To Watch: Bell

By brandon / March 25, 2008
Bell is New York-based Olga Bell and friends. Bell does the singing, some of the samples, clapping, keyboards, and wields a laptop. She's joined by a three-piece band, consisting of drummer Jason Nazary, bassist Mike Chiavaro, and guitarist Grey McMurray. That said, the project uses her last name as its moniker for a reason:… More »


Band To Watch – SXSW Edition: High Places

By brandon / March 15, 2008
This week we're revisiting and reflecting upon the original write-ups for some of our favorite Bands To Watch playing SXSW '08... So far, the Brooklyn duo High Places has seemingly made all the right choices as they step further into the hype machine. For instance, instead of rushing out a debut album, they decided… More »


Band To Watch: SXSW Edition – Liam Finn

By Stereogum / March 14, 2008
This week we're revisiting and reflecting upon the original write-ups for some of our favorite Bands To Watch playing SXSW '08... We're writing this from our day party during Liam Finn's set, making the shaggy New Zealander a Band To Watch and reflect upon in more ways than one. He's doing a great… More »


Band To Watch – SXSW Edition: Lykke Li

By brandon / March 12, 2008
This week we're revisiting and reflecting upon the original write-ups for some of our favorite Bands To Watch playing SXSW '08... We were immediately hooked by Bjorn-championed Lykke Li, aka Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson, more or less on the basis of the irresistible "Little Bit" and its kooky video, where Li dances unabashedly and… More »


Band To Watch – SXSW Edition: No Age

By brandon / March 11, 2008
This week we're revisiting and reflecting upon the original write-ups for some of our favorite Bands To Watch playing SXSW '08... We first saw No Age live at last year's SXSW and were blown away by the performance. So much so, that a couple months later in May, before they had a widely available… More »


Band To Watch: Singer

By brandon / March 6, 2008
Their own mini avant choir, Singer write songs that allow all four members to chime in vocally, each maintaining a separate spaciousness, around which the guitars, bass, and drums remain harmonious but noncommittal. The group could be considered a "super," if the other bands they play (or played) in were bigger. Instead, Singer's a… More »


Band To Watch: Fight Bite

By brandon / February 26, 2008
The Denton, Texas synth duo Fight Bite's gentle, lush, female fronted pop has us reaching back into the record collection for our Slumberland and Parasol vinyl -- or maybe early Magnetic Fields, before Stephin Merritt took over vocal duties. It's a claustro, dusky sound that somehow, for the first time in ages, made u… More »


Band To Watch: Megafaun

By brandon / February 14, 2008
On their debut Bury The Square, Raleigh-via-Eau Clair trio Megafaun neatly splice together different strands of sounds, whether it's tape manipulated hoedowns ("Tired And Troubled") mournful, slow-blooming banjo-and-white-noise-laced epics ("Where We Belong"), or the rural barbershop doo wop of "Find Your Mark." Focusing on a wide palette of instrumentation, but always coming back to… More »


Band To Watch: Hammer No More The Fingers

By Stereogum / January 31, 2008
Maybe it's bullshit, but we heard some members of the Durham/Chapel Hill trio Hammer No More The Fingers have been playing together since they were ten -- circa 1994, reportedly rocking all originals minus an Archers Of Loaf cover. If you do the math, that puts them in their earlier twenties and currently making… More »


Band To Watch: El Guincho

By brandon / January 22, 2008
This past week we found ourself unable to stop listening to "Antillas," a five-minute bundle of clattering loops and sunny harmonies, from Barcelona-via-Canary Islands one-man band El Guincho, aka Pablo Díaz-Reixa, and his entirely addictive self-released Alegranza, so we contacted the man himself and asked if we could post it. When he wrote back,… More »


Band To Watch: Helvetia

By Stereogum / January 17, 2008
Like Times New Viking, Helvetia reminds us of a font, but we know ancient Swiss history well enough not to be fooled (uh, merci, Wiki). Plus, this is guitar-centric rocking pop of a different sort. The Seattle duo -- featuring 2/3 of Duster -- can conjure a bit of Built To Spill in frontma… More »


Band To Watch: Fuck Buttons

By brandon / January 11, 2008
Fuck Buttons are the Bristol duo of Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power, who started clanging things together in '04. You could rope them in with softer sounding At All Ends-style Yellow Swans or Burning Star Core: Their songs are expansive, melodic drone pieces that layer slabs of distortion and colorful notes with climactic,… More »


Band To Watch: High Places

By Stereogum / December 20, 2007
Yes, every once in awhile those year-end lists are good for something other than epic, never-ending arguments. OK fine probably not on the magazine end of things, but if you're looking to do some discovery, artist-generated lists are a great way to go. Take Bradford Cox for example. The man not only looks great… More »


Band To Watch: frYars

By Stereogum / December 11, 2007
Ben Garrett, aka frYars, is a skinny, wavy-haired 18-year-old London-based singer-songwriter with a Roxy swagger, and whose velvety baritone sounds like it's emerging from someone twice his age and stature. It makes perfect sense he was brought to our attention by a friend (thanks, Kristi), who heard of him through Beirut's sax player while… More »


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