Jamie xx, “In Colour” review
Read any interviews with Jamie xx, the producer behind the darkly rhythmic rock band the xx, and you’ll notice a theme. Real name Jamie Smith, he's bashful, often portrayed avoiding eye contact while regaling a journalist about, say, that time he was too shy to talk to Rihanna backstage.
Tanlines, “Highlights” review
Insofar as indie connotes singing from dudes who would never normally get paid to sing, Tanlines is quintessential indie electro-pop. Based in Brooklyn, today’s de facto capital for DIY dance clubs, Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen formed the band after splitting from groups that relegated their musical prowess to bass and keyboards, respectively.
Five producers Madonna should have used instead of Diplo
Madonna has pulled a half-Beyoncé (which sounds like a diva wrestling move). This week, she dropped six new tracks off of the forthcoming album, "Rebel Heart." And two of these tracks use "bitch" in the title.
Mercury Prize 2014: Young Fathers wins, beats out Damon Albarn and others
There are a ton of Americans Google searching Young Fathers right now. According to Wikipedia, Young Fathers is an alt-hip-hop group from Scotland. According to a group of musicians, executives, journalists and other music industry folks, Young Fathers' "Dead" is the best album of any UK and Ireland musicians this year.
PHOTOS: Jamie xx Bluebird Theater show (review, video)
In between working as producer and multi-instrumentalist for his band The xx, Jamie Smith, better known as Jamie xx, has been keeping himself busy as a well-respected DJ.
Five Colorado bands and their national doppelgangers: Inner Oceans, Hot Apostles and more
The Underground Music Showcase is like Colorado's South By Southwest, with a few notable exceptions. First, there's a hell of a lot less sponsors. (And they're relevant: While fans at SXSW might scratch their heads over why Katy Perry is blasting the crowd with a Cool Ranch Doritos cannon, Illegal Pete's actually has its own label, Greater Than Collective, and serves as an official festival venue.) Second, it's a lot less hassle getting into shows.
Junip at Summit Music Hall, 10-14-13 (photos, review, video)
“Is this really, really pretty or really, really boring?” I found myself wondering/tweeting that while watching Junip on Monday night at a half-full Summit Music Hall, the Swedish band’s songs lingering just over the crowd’s silent energy like a wooly blanket.
Mercury Prize 2013 shortlist: Disclosure, James Blake, David Bowie and more
The shortlist of nominees for the Mercury Prize 2013 have been announced. The annual award honors the best British album of the year. In 2013, alt-math rockers Alt-J took home the award for their debut album, "An Awesome Wave." Read More»