Songs You Should Listen to Right Now
Kindness – “World Restart (Ft. Kelela & Ade)”
At every music festival I go to, my favorite set of the day is ALWAYS a band I’ve never seen before. I see a lot of music so an unexpected surprise is always the most impactful and welcome. This weekend at FYF Fest, that band was Kindness.
WOW. They were great.
Kindness is 32-year-old Adam Bainbridge, who performs with …
Deers – “Bamboo”
The first time I heard Jason give this track a spin on MBE, the back and forth of the two female vocalists instantly caught my ear.
It’s lo-fi surf rock that is bursting with attitude from this duo out of Madrid (Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosials).
They released this track under the title DEMO on their Bandcamp page and described the circumstances behind …
Its a Four Songs You Should Listen To: First City Festival Edition!
They call Monterey the “First Capital” of California because it was home to the states’ very first Public Library, Theater, Printing Press and Newspaper.
In June of 1967, Monterey staked its claim to another first when the Monterey Pop Festival introduced to the world Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Otis Redding and was the first …
I’m dubbing this post the “Twitter Inspiration Version” of my regular column. I also noticed at the end that all of these bands of local! (Word is that Spoon’s Britt Daniel moved here a few years ago)
So here it goes…
White Fence – “Like That” + White Arrows – “I Want a Taste”
A few weeks ago, I approached the Twitter-verse for help clearing up …
Bahamas – “Stronger Than That”
I’ll be honest. It took me a couple listens to get into the new Bahamas album.
But once I did, I fell for it hard. There’s always something more rewarding about those albums that require a closer listen, a bit more attention and focus to make their full impact. In 2014, focus is ever harder to come by so the reward …
I usually don’t have a theme for these posts but there are SO many great female artists catching my ear right now that I wanted to share their tunes in one place!
Zola Jesus – “Dangerous”
The new Zola Jesus song is a BANGER (to use one of the favorite words of my fellow blogger Mario Cotto).
It’s a synth pop track that manages to be both …
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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Pete Molinari, Father John Misty, Sylvan Esso, Parquet Courts
Pete Molinari – “Hang My Head in Shame”
I opened a package with the Pete Molinari album last night and everything about it said folk – the cover art of him with a guitar, a list of influences that include Woody Guthrie – but when I put it on, I was met with “Hang My Head in Shame” which in anything but.
It’s an incredibly catchy …
French Style Furs – “All the Way Down”
I was listening to MBE the other day and heard an instantly recognizable voice – it was Cold War Kids’ Nathan Willett. The song was urgent and in your face, but what was this??
Come to find out it’s a new project called French Style Furs, which also features CWK’s Matt Maust and fellow Angeleno Nathan Warkentin from …
Crash – “Motion Animal”
Community Music is the label behind Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes so anytime they send me music I pay attention.
Ten seconds into this song I was a fan – I liked the drums, the horns, the funky groove, the keys. All of it.
It’s from an artist named Crash, who was the frontman for LA’sThe Deadly Syndrome but puts his falsetto to …
Boogarins – “Erre”
Brazil’s Boogarins have created an excellent psychedelic pop record in “As Plantas Que Curam” (translated as Plants That Heal). It came out last Fall on LA’s Burger Records but after rave reviews for their live show from SXSW, they got a second push. Band members Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz are still in their late teens and met while in school in …