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April 29th, 2011
Julian Lynch Terra (Underwater Peoples) B+ Need to know: Julian Lynch doesn’t have a website, a Myspace, or a Twitter account. Once, he performed a show via webcam from the comfort of his own apartment. At 26, Lynch seems to be purposefully crafting himself the persona of the mysterious, brooding intellectual who hides indoors honing [...]
April 27th, 2011
Times New Viking Dancer Equired (Merge) C Need to know: Times New Viking is a Columbus, Ohio trio comprising of art school graduates Jared Phillips (guitar), Adam Elliott (drums), and Beth Murphy (keyboards). Some call it shitgaze or lo-fi, but whatever you want to call their mix of shouted vocals, distorted drums, heavy treble and [...]
April 21st, 2011
tUnE-YaRdS w h o k i l l (4AD) A Need to know: Sure, the stylization of the name tUnE-YaRdS looks like a 13-year-old’s MSN Messenger display name, but upon listening to 32-year-old New England native Merill Garbus, she definitely doesn’t invoke any of the connotations that her band name suggests. Garbus entirely self-produced and [...]
April 12th, 2011
Ponytail Do Whatever You Want All The Time (We Are Free) B- Need to know: Ponytail consists of Molly Siegel on vocals, Ken Seeno and Dustin Wong on guitar, and Jeremy Hyman on drums. Hailing from Baltimore, MD, the eccentric four-piece features characteristically harsh and abstract textures, a frantic feel good energy, and idiosyncratic vocals [...]
April 12th, 2011
TV On the Radio Nine Types of Light (Interscope) A- Need to know: The Brooklyn based art-rock trio, Tunde Adebimpe (vocals), Dave Sitek (guitars/keyboards/loops/producer) and Kyp Malone (vocals/guitar/bass/loops) formed TV On The Radio in 2001. Their 2006 release Return To Cookie Mountain featured notable contributions from David Bowie, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Kazu Makino [...]
April 6th, 2011
The Kills Blood Pressures (Domino) C+ Need to know: Alison “VV” Mosshart and Jamie “Hotel” Hince formed their blues and punk infused rock band after disbanding from their separate bands and signing to British label Domino Records, where they released their first album, Keep on Your Mean Side, in 2003. With the impact of their [...]
April 1st, 2011
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Belong (Slumberland) A- Need to know: This Brooklyn based quartet consists of Kip Berman (vocals, guitar), Peggy Wang (vocals, keyboards), Alex Naidus (bass) and Kurt Feldman (drums). After releasing their highly praised self-titled debut album in 2009, the band established themselves as ones to look out for. Now [...]
March 29th, 2011
Bibio Mind Bokeh (Warp) B- Need to know: British born Stephen Wilkinson, aka Bibio, began his career with his 2005 debut album Fi, labelling himself as “saturated folk.” He released his fifth studio album, Ambivalance Avenue in 2009, which became highly acclaimed and was a major breakthrough in his career. New album, Mind Bokeh, finds [...]
March 28th, 2011
It is a great week for Radiohead fans. The band has been working hard lately on their publication, The Universal Sigh, as well as the physical release of their new album, The King of Limbs, both of which come out tomorrow (March 29th). Now, Radiohead has just announced that they will be releasing a 12” [...]
January 21st, 2011
Listen to The Here and Now by Architects here! Need to Know: Architects, the five-piece comprising of Sam Carter, Tom and Dan Searle, Tim Hilier-Brook and Alex “Ali Dino” Dean, have been front runners in progressive metalcore since forming in 2004. Hailing from Brighton, UK, the band has released a gradual, steady flow of records [...]