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JUNIP Featured

José González is describing the entire process writing, recording, life – that went into the creation of Junip, the upcoming, self-titled album from the band he fronts alongside drummer Elias Araya and keyboardist Tobias Winterkorn, due for release on April 23rd by Mute. “All the ups and downs were very ‘Junip,’” he adds, “so titling it with our name seemed appropriately iconic. It’s truly a band album.”   Read More
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STICKY FINGERS Featured

For a band to survive on the touring circuit these days, they need to make sure that their music is easy to dance to. Luckily, the Fingers have that down with their reggae and dub grooves, which are the essence of their appeal. Add to that a serious rock attitude and the band is a power to be reckoned with. Their debut album is incredibly well put together, which is perhaps surprising, considering the personalities and craziness surrounding the band. The singles,Caress Your Soul andClouds And Cream, are enticing enough and a perfect introduction to the album.How To Fly’s a…
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SISTER SPARROW AND THE DIRTY BIRDS Featured

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds is an eight-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies.     Read More
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STATE RADIO Featured

Since their 2002 debut, Flag of the Shiners, State Radio have evolved as a band. Along with constantly picking-up and dropping new drummers, the group has realigned their sounds with all different genres. Their debut felt them experimenting with a raw, rock sound, while they eventually became a reggae-rock group. From there they turned away and took on an indie pop sound. Finally, we have their second full album release, Year of the Crow. This album perfectly blends elements of each genre of State Radio’s past into their own indie fusion sound with an unpredictable track list and extremely talented…
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RUBBLE BUCKET Featured

It’s not that Rubblebucket disappeared over the past year or so, though the Brooklyn band did ease back slightly on its tendency to tour hard — but only so singer Kalmia Traver and bandleader/trumpeter Alex Toth could write new music. Those efforts are about to bear fruit: Rubblebucket releases a new EP, “Save Charlie,” in September, and Speakeasy today premieres the title track.   Read More
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BALLYHOO! Featured

The album opens up with “Evil Penguin” which features a classical like piano introduction that is picked up by a well balanced mixture of power chords and upbeat strums to produce that punk rock/reggae sound that the band is known for and continues onto the next song “Last Night”. I feel as if the next three songs: “Diamonds”, “Say I’m Wrong” and “Walk Away” are associated and were specifically put in that order to tell a story about relationships. The song “Diamonds” is about finding that one person who you can’t stand to be away from and is everything you’ve…
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CHASE AND STATUS Featured

If you were looking for an artist who embodies the rise in dance music's commercial fortunes, you could do worse than alight on Chase and Status. Saul Milton and Will Kennard began their career a decade ago, releasing a dub step-infused take on what would once have been called nu-school breaks.   Read More
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LOCAL NATIVES Featured

Hummingbird picks up where Local Natives’ previous effort, the acclaimed Gorilla Manor, left off. It follows a formula that worked before, and continues to work, retaining the group’s sublime, lofty harmonies. What has changed over the course of three years however, are the lyrics. Hummingbird is an album that turns inward, exploring more introverted territory than its predecessor.   Read More
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CRYSTAL FIGHTERS Featured

Crystal Fighters have spent much of the past two years on the road, with countless headline shows from Europe to Australia, Russia to Japan and beyond. The summer of 2011 saw the band perform at over 40 festivals, from late night raves at Bestival (UK) and Benicassim (Spain) to bewitching crowds at Montreux Jazz (Switzerland) and Moseley Folk Festival (UK). Last fall, having previously supported Foals, the band sold out their Shepherd‚ Bush Empire headline show in London. Read More
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THE WEEKND Featured

It’s difficult to believe over two years have passed since Abel Tesfaye made his first on-record appearance as The Weeknd. The 23-year-old R&B upstart has had a dramatic rise from internet oddity to, as he states on the title track here, “Seeing the whole world in just twelve months.” That’s not bad for a guy just breaking into his twenties. In 2011, Tesfaye self-released three mixtapes, the first of which, House of Balloons, was a lyrically depraved document of the pitfalls of his life in Toronto.  Read More
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