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Tonight is the last night of the Robotanists residency at Silverlake Lounge! Thank you to everyone who came out in the past three weeks to make these shows as fun as possible. We’ve premiered new music, given away limited download cards, listened to some brand new covers, given away vinyl as well hand-made goodies by the band themselves, and been having a really good time with the supporting acts each Monday night.
Tonight, Robotanists cap off their long month party with The Neighborhood (Ryan Dolliver of Hockey) at 8pm, Endless Hallway at 9pm, War Tapes 10pm and Skull Tape (Brad Breeck of The Mae Shi) at midnight… and with another night of music comes our last giveaway.
If you missed out on the some of the prizes earlier in the month – here’s a chance to make up for it! Just read the following instructions below and see what you can win this week!
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With the last band being from Portland, here’s a band who comes from the same parts but are now part the Los Angeles music family. Oh Darling is not a Beatles tribute band but their songs have just as much tenderness with Jasmine Ash’s bright vocals. Indie pop to their core, their songs are sweet but not saccharine-sweet which is why Oh Darling still ring credible in my ears.
Enticing to those who appreciate a well-crafted melody upon great musical accompaniment but accessible enough to gain new fans of lilting pop songs, Oh Darling’s upcoming album, Brave The Sound, should take them even further. Songs off the unreleased album have already been placed in numerous television spots, which foreshadow their successful appeal, but the opening track to the album is really the one to take note of.
“Gonna Be Yours” has much gumption as it does sincerity and to make it even more memorable than it already is, they’ve recently made a video for the song.
Check it out below and grab their song, “Happiness,” (which closes the album).
When Lykke Li‘s popularity finally landed in the US, we were all pretty much blown away by her adorable eccentricity on Youth Novels. However, it’s personally been a long time since I’ve heard any new material live up to the power of “I’m Good, I’m Gone.” Guest spots on songs such as Royksopp’s “Miss It So Much,” Amanda Blank‘s “Leaving You Behind” and even a track on Twilight’s New Moon soundtrack (“Possibility”) were nice but there hasn’t been a track of hers that has forcefully grabbed me as much as her first single did.
The Swedish singer has maintained her mysteriousness as well as her coy sensuality but even with the bold, “Get Some” off her her upcoming album, Wounded Rhymes, I still wasn’t feeling all of it. The track is loved by many, many music critics I know (Beck even remixed the track), but it wasn’t until I heard “I Follow Rivers” that my hopes were pulled back up to where they belonged.
“I Follow Rivers” contains lyrics which don’t try so hard and manages to please my ears while combining both her old and new songwriting styles. With a thread of tribal beats that pulls the entire song together, the chorus is also incredibly catchy all on its own.
Take a listen to both “I Follow Rivers” and “Get Some” along with a few remixes below!
If you’ve ever seen LA band, Family of the Year, you’re most likely used to seeing a large group of guys and gals playing some tight folk indie rock jams. In fact, they’ve gotten such a familial and easy-going vibe about them, Steven Tyler even dubbed the band as the “Mamas and Papas on acid.”
So, it’s a bit of a surprise to see that they’ve recently released a video for a track they never play live. “Psyche Or Like Scope” seemed a bit out of place on their 2009 album, Songbook, which boasted rich, harmonious songs like “Stupidland” or “Summergirl.” However with “Psyche Or Like Scope,” having as much magnetism as it has a nice solid electronica foundation (which still supports the comparisons to Fleetwood Mac), the song found its way up to the top on Parisian radio. It may not be folk, but it’s certainly proof that this band can bend their artistic pencils when it comes to writing great songs in other genres.
The video is laid-back as it is spacey and nicely portrays the feel-good vibes of the band members while it also caters to a more “European” sound. The clip is directed by Mareesa Stertz who got a lending hand from rest of Black Flamingo for the effects.
You can watch the video below as well as grab “Chugjug,” a tune off of last year’s EP, “Through the Trees” (which sounds more like the Family of the Year we locals know). However, if you’re into making new mixes of your favorite songs, the band has put their stems of “Psyche Or Like Scope” up for a remix contest. Take a listen to the tracks below and see what you feel like doing.
Adele‘s success rode in on the wave which Amy Winehouse started with her infamous Back To Black album. The British invasion which then included Lily Allen, Kate Nash, and Duffy seemed to highlight strong women with lyrics sharp enough to cut down any typical stereotype of females in the pop industry.
Adele, only 19 then (hence the title of her debut album), slid in only to be dubbed the “new Amy Winehouse.” Whether or not that comparison is still completely absurd, both singers did embody soul elements in their music but they both executed their strengths with very different techniques. Although Winehouse’s tabloid stories didn’t seem to help her out in the end, that second album of hers is still legendary for the contemporary pop/soul genre. Adele, on the other hand, managed to keep her head together and stayed classy enough to announce the news of her sophomore effort, 21 (slated for release on February 22, 2011 in the US).
The lead single, “Rolling in the Deep,” should already sound familiar to you as it made my Top 40 Songs of 2010 while the Keljet remix also made my Top 15 Remixes of 2010. However, if you haven’t seen the official video or the behind the scenes footage to the song, I’ve included both clips below. With Adele’s maturity shining even more, “Rolling in the Deep” dives into some contemporary roots and country music, thanks to her influential bus driver who would only play Nashville music on tour. The song still has the expected soul vibe with Adele belting it out in the chorus, but there is also another level of smokiness which she reaches by getting a little rowdier than usual through blues and gospel. If the rest of the album sounds anything like this song, we can predict a few more Grammys to fall into her lap again.
Check out “Rolling in the Deep” below and grab a remix as well!
High Highs‘ debut full-length is another album I’m looking forward to this year. Dropping their single, “Open Season,” on us near the end of 2010, it was quite the tease considering the fact that the tune’s warm acoustic tones and gentle yet bright vocals beckoned any listener into a peaceful state of mind following bursts of audio euphoria.
The Brookyln by way of Australia duo also released a video to accompany the song and the visuals they chose to pair up with the melodies and lyrics work quite well. Taking a simple super 8 camera and recording themselves performing the tune in various cities, the clip provides some nice summer footage for the harsh winter some of you are currently going through.
Check the video out below and grab the track along with their cover of Wild Nothing’s “Live In Dreams.” (See, they’re already showing potential. I love me some Wild Nothing and High Highs’ cover is stunning.)
As a fan of most artists on Kanine Records, I was really pleased to hear that they had discovered the band Pepper Rabbit fast enough to make a cozy home for this charming Los Angeles band. Experimental, folk, and pop are just many of the words one could use to describe the sound Xander Singh and Luc Laurent play together (now with a full live band).
Although there is some looping involved, it’s Singh’s endearing vocals and the choice of instrumentation he chooses to put into the mix that are impressive. Somehow in the almagamation of all the polite horns and soft woodwinds, other instruments such as the guitar and keys (sounds that usually front a song) are there to cushion instead of overpower and it’s all delightful.
Their debut album, Beauregard, was released back in October but they just released a video for their track, “Harvest Moon.” Floating instruments, mysterious books, and enchanted artwork seem to perfectly fit into Pepper Rabbit’s world in the clip. Watch it below and grab a few of their songs!
We may have been blessed with Glasser in 2010 but I have another one-woman show to look forward to in 2011. Denmark pop sensation, Oh Land aka Nanna Fabricius, has been getting fans of sparkling electro-pop beats all a twitter (literally if we are talking in a social media context) with her self-titled EP last year. However, sometime soon in early 2011 we’ll finally be seeing a full-length. She’s got the inviting vocals which beautifully flow around those drum-machine beats and in between the synth-melodies. Every element she has melded together in a true pop sense does nothing but enhance those catchy hooks she writes.
Most people are familiar with her song, “Son of a Gun,” but in case you haven’t noticed by now she’s also easy on the eyes. Using her skills as a fashionista and intoxicating stage performer, she’s been known to captivate crowds with her moves and grooves enough for us to dig deeper into her catalog of artistry. For instance, I now know the dreamy yet futuristic video for “Son Of A Gun” easily rivals the innovation of Lady Gaga and Robyn combined.
There is a new remix of her track, ‘White Nights,” done by Twin Shadow which you should check out along with the previously mentioned video. However, that’s not it. I’ve got more treats for you after the jump including a Yusek remix of “Son of a Gun” as well as an acoustic version of the song.
MNDR (aka Amanda Warner + the help of Peter Wade) arrived on my radar far too late. I started hearing about her during the summer of 2010 but the sassy, inventive, electropop artist has been making her rounds of approval for quite some time before that. You may now know her as the vocalist on Mark Ronson & The Business Intl‘s “Bang Bang Bang,” (one of the most infectious tunes on that album) but MNDR is a name that has become synonymous with “crowd pleaser” in regards to her own live shows.
Although her signature look with those large glasses may leave you skeptical about another hipster fashionista, take a listen to those beats (she’s a gearhead who knows her production) and especially her vocals. I don’t know about you, but I find them very reminiscent to Santigold’s bright tone. She’s got style and creativity in all the right areas to become an even more successful electropop star than she already is.
Proof? MNDR recently announced that she will be headlining some shows over in London and to celebrate this milestone, she has offered a new mix of her track, “Caligula,” for free. You can get it from her site in exchange for your e-mail address or you can stream it after the jump. Thanks to the rad Sheena Beaston for spotting this one. You can also grab her track “I Go Away” and check the video out for “Bang Bang Bang” if you haven’t already done so.
The Starvations may have called it quits back in 2005 but singer-songwriter Gabe Hart has been keeping busy since then. Not only is he in the wild and local group Dante Vs. Zombies, but he is also fronting a 10-person band who has just put out a full-length album. Five years may seem like a long time when you’re looking ahead but if you’re one like Hart who has kept his heels dug deep in the music scene, it can come by pretty quick and an album (along with a couple of videos) can serve much more than a nice pick me up.
Jail Weddings is a lot to take in and although much of it can seem theatrical, oddly enough, none of it is pretentious. Slamming garage rock into doo wop music is a small niche but Hart and company manage to make it come off very casual and easy. Live, they’re a band who doesn’t mind dressing up or going crazy with each other on stage. On record, there is a collection full of wonderfully melodic tantrums and explosive heart on the sleeve, booze-induced tales. With that many people, how could it not become one big party?
The new album, Love Is Lawless – an appropriate title for their style that rocks with abandon – is now available. I highly suggest picking it up because there are definitely tracks that croon honesty in ways one wouldn’t expect. Along with the release of their album, they also released a brand new video (directed by Nick Corirossi) for the song, “What Did You Do With My Gun?” Does the title foreshadow the plot a bit? Yes, but it’s a fun watch.
Check it out below and also grab their track, “I Thought You Were Someone I Knew.”