Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

By stereogum / July 31, 2008 - 1:29 pm

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band are a new Seattle quintet with a long name. We’ve been enjoying their self-released Weepy EP, so we thought we’d post something from it. “Dull Reason”‘s a an angular, noodling summertime pop jam with hills and valleys and multi-vocal harmonies. The seasoned-sounding collection was recorded by Scott Colburn (Animal Collective,… More »


Band To Watch: The Neighbourhood Council

By stereogum / July 8, 2008 - 9:48 am

After two weeks of reader-tipped BTWs from Lawrence, Kansas, we mentioned there seemed to be something going on in that city, despite William S. Burroughs up and dying a few years ago. After the proclamation went out, we received notes from people in other cities and towns and territories, letting us know that, no actually,… More »


Band To Watch: Hospital Ships

By stereogum / July 1, 2008 - 12:23 pm

As we pass saturation point for press coverage of Montreal, Portland, Brooklyn and et cetera, it seems Lawrence, Kansas is poised for its coming turn in the music media trend piece carousel. At least from what we’re hearing; this marks two straight BTWs from the burgeoning midwestern artistic oasis. We gave the treatment to RooftopMore »


Band To Watch: Rooftop Vigilantes

By stereogum / June 27, 2008 - 11:55 am

We get a lot of emails, many of them from publicists. It’s fun when you receive an email straight from a band, when they include a rickety link to an MP3 that doesn’t work, but you make the trek to their MySpace anyhow, take a listen, and discover they kick ass. This doesn’t happen often,… More »


Band To Watch: Dan Friel

By stereogum / May 29, 2008 - 10:56 am

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 this 30-minute… More »


Band To Watch: Telekinesis!

By Amrit Singh / May 20, 2008 - 2:38 pm

Today your regular bloggers have been replaced by Ben, Chris, Nick, and Jason of Death Cab For Cutie.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.

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There’s not a lot to say when you get knocked out. When I… More »


Band To Watch: Extra Life

By brandon / May 8, 2008 - 12:13 pm

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 Anthony… More »


Band To Watch: Dominique Leone

By brandon / April 10, 2008 - 2:31 pm

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 first… More »


Band To Watch: The Muslims

By brandon / April 4, 2008 - 10:58 am

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 his Voidoid… More »


Band To Watch: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

By brandon / April 3, 2008 - 1:49 pm

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, there’… More »


Band To Watch: Bell

By brandon / March 25, 2008 - 12:19 pm

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: The… More »


Band To Watch – SXSW Edition: High Places

By brandon / March 15, 2008 - 10:29 am

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 - 5:16 pm

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 job. More »


Band To Watch – SXSW Edition: Lykke Li

By brandon / March 12, 2008 - 2:11 pm

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 - 9:29 pm

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 - 2:01 pm

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 band… More »


Band To Watch: Fight Bite

By brandon / February 26, 2008 - 5:10 pm

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 us remember… More »


Band To Watch: Megafaun

By brandon / February 14, 2008 - 2:46 pm

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 their… More »


Band To Watch: Hammer No More The Fingers

By Stereogum / January 31, 2008 - 3:50 pm

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 ’90s-sounding… More »


Band To Watch: El Guincho

By brandon / January 22, 2008 - 1:04 pm

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, he… More »


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