Best New Music
Grab a pair of comfortable shoes, pack a light sweater, and schedule that industry lunch at Ironworks early in the week, so you can upload your BBQ pic hashtagged SXSW before the rest of the music industry shows up in Austin.
Cynicism aside, SXSW is one of my favorite music conferences, because the possibility of discovering and hearing new bands is virtually limitless.
With just the right …
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Guitarist Garba Touré comes from musical royalty as his father, Oumar Touré, played congas for Mali’s guitar legend, Ali Farka Touré.
Garba fled Northern Mali when Islamist jihadists took control of the region in 2012 and formed a band to keep the country’s music alive for the refugees.
Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs ended up producing the band’s just-released album.
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Boxed In – “Boxed In” (Nettwerk)
A favorite of KCRW DJ Chris Muckley, this one-man (Oli Bayston, by name) band’s self-titled debut finally sees a domestic release at the end of March, and for fans of catchy 80s electro-pop anchored by a classic Motorik beat, the wait is worth it!
H. Hawkline – “In the Pink of Condition“(PIAS)
Welsh artist Cate Le Bon has produced the new …
Helio Sequence – “Stoice Resemblance”
There’s something to be said for the 3-minute pop song. As a longtime fan of Portland-duo Helio Sequence, I’m proud to announce that their new single on Sub Pop is just that.
It’s a hit of catchy goodness with a funky bassline with a chorus of “oh na na nas.” It’s a bonafide jam.
Alice Boman – “ Be Mine” (Jaakko Eino …
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Aptly named Australian DJ/Producer Tornado Wallace is a bona-fide force of nature.
His range of work on Instruments of Rapture, Delusions of Grandeur, Beats in Space and LA’s ESP Institute spans an impressive range of styles from classic Disco sounds to chuggy House to wavy emotively Ambient.
His newest, forthcoming 12″ on the Beats in Space label finds Wallace in Acidic Rave banger mode.
A-side; “Kangaroo Ground“ is heavy, …
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Editor’s Note: KCRW Music Director and Metropolis host Jason Bentley will be spinning Mix Mag’s Lab LA party this Friday, February 27 and he shares his favorite Metropolis tracks of the moment to get us prepped for the weekend ahead.
Attend by RSVPing to email@example.com (He spins at 8:30pm but suggests arriving early!)
“Cheerleader” – Omi
This track is already a breakout hit. It’s the sweetness of …
Jessie Ware – “Meet Me in the Middle”
For a second weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey took the top spot at the box office.
While I have no plans to see the movie, I’m pleased it birthed a surprisingly good soundtrack, particularly this sexy song from Jessie Ware.
If by any chance you missed her last full length, this is the track you need to hear.
Seagulls – …
Like lots of folks in LA, jazz musician Alex Brettin is from “somewhere else.” (Chicago, actually.)
But, one listen to Brettin’s Mild High Club and at first you’ll think he’s just from “way out there” and then you’ll conclude he is undoubtedly puro Los Angeles.
His hazy, sunshine superman sound can only come from having drunk of the waters of the LA River…if not at the very least from having scooped some into his …
I’ve been a fan of Miami Horror since their 2010 debut “Illuminations”.
As a Miami native, I was immediately intrigued and the album became my exercise soundtrack for over a year (that’s a compliment, it keeps me going!).
Now, they’re back with the first single from their forthcoming full length “All Possible Futures”.
The song came seemingly out of nowhere when it popped in my inbox this …
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Sam Prekop – The Republic (Thrill Jockey)
Fans of Sam’s work in the band The Sea and Cake or even his first two solo records might be surprised to learn that he has a parallel career as a superior synthesist.
The Republic is his second collection of instrumental electronica that burbles & percolates in an abstract, yet pleasing sort of way.
Emmy the Great – Sep (Bella …