Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#949 in the Series) is Roxy Swain, Restless Hearts Restless Hearts, the second record from local Chicago favorites Roxy Swain, is about as perfectly crafted a set of songs as your ears will enjoy all year. With influences that seem to float from Fleetwood Mac to Emmy Lou Harris, with a hint of daisy-duke era Linda Ronstadt thro […]
Keeping her young heart running free…For Rock And Rules, we speak to artists who’ve seen it, done it, bathed in it and pulled themselves out before they’ve shrivelled to nothing. They tell us some of what they’ve learned – lessons that younger artists would do well to follow. Previously, the series has featured Wayne Kramer, Hall & Oates, George Clinton, […]
Words from the heavier end of modern music…New column! We figured it was about time, what with all the other music we were putting on these here web pages, to lean towards the heavier end of what we like. So, we asked Hugh Platt, deputy editor of the tremendous Thrash Hits site, to lay down some knowledge on all things heavier than a real-life E. Honda vs T. […]
Clash presents quite the awesome bill…Hackney Central has often felt slightly post-apocalyptic. But on this warm September evening the end was certainly nigh. It was the last in the series of Clash’s three autumnal Electric Selection gigs. And we were going out in loud, proud style. Our triptych of closing acts all tinker with the vision of future dance musi […]
'G Stands For Go-Betweens: Volume 1 1978-1984' announced...Beginning their career in Brisbane, Australia, The Go-Betweens became one of the most entrancing phenomenons in 80s independent music. Recording with Postcard, Rough Trade and more, the much loved group sadly parted company in 2006 following the death of Grant McLennan. Rifling through the […]
Behind the scenes on his breakout year...For Sam Smith, 2014 opened at a frenetic pace and continued to accelerate. Undoubtedly one of the year's break out artists, the enormously successful performer has taken his sound across the globe. 'Restart' allows Sam Smith to take a quick rest, to assess how far he's come. The accompanying visual […]
Listen to it now...It's a curious anomaly but many of the defining artists in Americana are not, in fact, American. From Neil Young to The Band to The Cowboy Junkies onward, Canada has quietly, patiently been able to press its own identity onto that of Americana. In this sense, Elliott BROOD are part of a powerful lineage. The three piece hail from Toro […]
East London newcomer continues to impress...Bursting onto the scene with debut single 'Out Of Control' at the tail end of last year, JAGGA is keen to make each move count. So new EP 'Love The Pain' is nothing if not considered. A four track document, it will be released on October 15th and features some surprising aesthetic decisions from […]
The menswear giants collaborate on a capsule collection. Few weeks pass without some announcement or other of a new Supreme collaboration – case in point, here – but for whatever reason (20 years heading skate culture, continued high quality and limited runs perhaps), the influx has yet to overwhelm. Instead streetwear fans, and those who’ve fallen for the c […]
Check it out now...Seeming to improve with each passing show, the hype around Flyte is reaching a crescendo. New single 'Light Me Up' - out on November 17th via Turned Out Nice / Island Records - could well become something of a tipping point. With a plethora of important shows coming up, the track is already a live anthem. Blessed with a potent ho […]
Northern Soul inspired indie troupe...Arguably Britain's first rave phenomenon, Northern Soul remains a remarkably well contained scene. As a result, it's wider influence can sometimes be dismissed. For those who wish to enter its strange world, though, the impact can be lasting. New Street Adventure are an indie group from London, who aim to fuse […]
The composer-turned-songwriter talks intuition, understanding strings by being bad at cello, and Norman McLaren. UNCHARTED: How Lydia Ainsworth discovered her sound at the back of the orchestra by Michael Rancic | Chart Attack.
The veteran Canadian rapper's new album Neverlove deals with the pain of his recent divorce, but there's another love that still haunts and empowers him: baseball. That’s The Way Love Dies: Buck 65, Baseball and Divorce by Joshua Kloke | Chart Attack.
The trio's long-awaited first album is simultaneously hypnotic, dreamy and heavy as fuck. PREMIERE: Stream Toronto sludge-punks DAS RAD’s heavy psych debut LP, Radiation by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.
It also stars Kylie Minogue. La la la. La la la la. La la la. La la la la la. CONTEST: Win tickets to See Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days on Earth at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto by Simone Zucker | Chart Attack.
Today’s song is the title track from Robyn Hitchcock’s unexpected third solo album, I Often Dream of Trains. After a few years with post-punk psychedelia masters the Soft Boys, Hitchcock released Black Snake Diamond Role, a slight shift to pop that mined fairly familiar territory nicely. The problem-plagued Groovy Decay (aka Groovy Decoy aka Gravy […]
Los Angeles – The recent Way Over Yonder music festival was by far the most relaxed southern California festival of the 2014 season. What a relief to have no long lines, no huge crowds, and no massive venue to navigate. Of course, the beachside view on the iconic Santa Monica pier didn’t hurt either. Twenty Continue Reading → The post 3 Of The Best New Bands […]
Austin – (Ed.: This is the second part of Best New Bands’ two-part interview.) The artist known as Slow Magic has so far kept his name and personal life hidden beneath his neon zebra mask and tattered scarf. The costume has gotten a lot of attention in the last three years, while he’s worked almost Continue Reading → The post Slow Magic: The Nicest Producer […]
New York – Indie pop band HAERTS will release their self-titled full-length on October 27 via Columbia Records. A new song, “Heart,” is now available exclusive at iTunes. Fans who pre-order the album now will instantly receive six of the album’s tracks, including “Heart” as well as the lead single, “Giving Up.” The Brooklyn-based Continue Reading → The p […]
Los Angeles – Up and coming singer-songwriter, Zella Day, who’s been hailed “the happier Lana Del Rey,” opened for veteran musician LP Friday night at The Roxy. Despite the misconstrued description, there’s still an essential sadness embedded in Day’s songs. The eclectic crowd was spellbound by the songstress’ bohemian vibe. Day was dazzling at her Continue […]
Los Angeles – Electric Youth features L.A. and Toronto-based couple Austin Garrick (he) and Bronwyn Griffin (she). The electronic pop duo have been producing beautiful music together for several years, including the collaboration with David Grellier (aka College) on “A Real Hero,” which was featured in few momentous scenes in the film, Drive. Their long-awai […]