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Your new Vacation(er) music

The other day I fell down the Amazon “You may also enjoy” rabbit hole of suggestion. Relenting to the algorithms of Silicone Valley can occasionally pay off. Interspersed with the four star filler that I wasted my internet on, I came across a band that was truly “bandwidthy” (the term going forward for bands ...

The Kids are Alright

I first discovered pop/alternative sibling quartet Echosmith in late May 2013 through BUZZNET; another site I regularly contribute to. A fellow blogger friend of mine posted their debut video for “Come Together,” which is a glorious homage to the 1985 cult classic, The Breakfast Club. Needless to say, not only was ...

No Devotion Rises from the Ashes of lostprophets

Nothing good was supposed to have emerged from the lostprophets quagmire. If you’re unfamiliar with this Welsh band’s sudden end and the depravity that preceded its downfall, don’t expect me to give you the details. If you really need to know, you’re welcome to go look up Ian Watkins. (Let’s just say that ...

Pro-snowboarder Shaun White has a band…and they’re really good!

My first impression upon hearing Bad Things was that they were the real deal. A healthy dose of rock n’ roll with a modern twist, Bad Things don’t disappoint on their self-titled debut album. I’ll admit it took me a while to sit down and spend some time with this album, to really pinpoint what their message was and ...

5 new bands to listen to this April

With all the festival hubbub, we've had going on over here, I feel like we've been slacking in bringing you new artists to get to know recently, so here's my attempt at making up for that - an overload of great new bands to last you all month. Or, at least a week until we find more we think you should know. >> ...

SxSW Band To Watch: Air Traffic Controller

I'm not a fan of the military (or navy or whatever) because we're lovers not fighters here, but Boston's Dave Munro's stint in the navy led to his current stint (hopefully not just a stint though) in the indie band Air Traffic Controller. So because of that, we'll concede that the military had a point here. With the ...

7 Bands We’re Excited To See At SxSW

Leftover Cuties Shirli McAllen (lead vocals, ukulele), Austin Nicholsen (bass, vocals), Mike Bolger (brass, keys, accordion, vocals ) and Stuart Johnson (drums, percussion, vocals) – have sparked a fire with music lovers with a timeless jazz-tinged sound, combining sultry vocals, pop-perfect songwriting, and seasoned ...

My summer with Metronomy

I owe my love interest with Metronomy to my playlist buddy. The two of us are more excited to share our new playlists with each other and head out on the town, than actually be on the town, listening to music we might, but probably won’t like as much as the streaming we created. Metronomy was given to me in a ...

6 International Bands To Keep On Your Radar In 2014

Haerts If you’re a fan of St. Lucia, Haerts are right up your alley! Most of their songs have been produced by St. Lucia mastermind Jean-Philip Grobler and I have a feeling 2014 will be a big year for them. They released their debut EP, Hemiplegia this past October, featuring the blog-friendly, “Wings,” and we ...

Leftover Cuties’ new old-style perfect pop songs

I first came upon Leftover Cuties about a year ago because they'd made a Christmas EP and, I swear to god, they make the most perfect Christmas music I think I've ever heard. It's like they went inside my head, took a photo of my Christmas dreams, and came back out and made it into music. But, you know, you ...

The indie-pop band that Durban should be so proud of

Durban based band, Asleep In Transit has released their EP Kaleidoscope, and it is pretty great. As a Durban gal myself, I feel a strange kind of connection to their music. Their sound reminds me so much of the little seaside city where I grew up: the humid summer days, the mornings on North Beach with the regular ...

Come and have a Manicanparty

Every year as the dreaded festive season draws nearer and the year swiftly wraps itself up in to a collection of memories and odd regrets, I always find myself in a strange state of sadness. It’s that feeling of nostalgia, of things coming to an end, of time inevitably slipping by and youth running away from me. In ...

Could this be your favourite album of the year?

I don't often give in to hype. In fact, if you press on about a new buzz band too much, I can be such a belligerent hag that I'm likely to find a reason not to like them before I'll risk giving in. But something about the buzz that blew my way around Durban's Hinds Brothers was too intriguing to fight. Marianne had ...

Oh, Lorde!

It is the night of Lorde’s headlining appearance at Brooklyn’s Warsaw; a concert hall only a few feet up the block from my apartment and I am green with envy. I know I’m going to regret not going to this show, but a couple of months ago, I would have begged to differ. When I first lent my ears to "Royals", by ...

The band that’s bringing ska back

Ska music is making its come back. In case you missed the rage, ska is a blend of reggae and rocksteady that took the music world by storm when it first came rolling out of our radios back in the ‘90s. Skinheads loved it, punks worshipped it and parents hated it. The jumpy, Jamaican vibes infiltrated bands like No ...

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