San Fran mixmaster Paul Salva, or just Salva, will release a new EP, Odd Furniture to accompany his upcoming tour with fellow Los Angeles DJ Daedelus. Salva, head of the beat powerhouse record label Frite Nite (sponsoring acts like Shlohmo and Ana Sia), took off this year after his remix of Kanye West’s “Mercy” exploded on dancefloors. His 2011 debut Complex Housing (released on Friends of Friends) featured nightclub stunners like “Keys Open Doors” and “Baroque.” He upped his own slick production cred by rocking live crowds at 2012′s Coachella, Mutek Montreal and Lollapalooza festivals. Tickets and information for Salva’s March 3rd performance at Underground Arts (21+) can be found on our concert calendar here; you can stream the RL Grime & Salva remix of “Mercy” below.
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Cheatahs, one of the best new acts emerging in London, have announced a US tour for this spring accompanying Veronica Falls. The four-piece punk outfit, which is the new project of ex-Weird Dreams member James Wignall, have yet to release a full-length album, but their two 2012 EPs made waves this summer. The title track from their Coared EP, which you can stream here, has a nostalgic fuzzpop vibe that’ll leave you wanting more beyond the album’s four tracks. Grab tickets to their March show at Johnny Brenda’s here, and below you can watch the watercolor inspired video for “Swans,” the first single from their new Sans EP.
Brooklyn four-piece Widowspeak, gearing up for the release of their sophomore record Almanac later this month, are streaming their track “The Dark Age” via Soundcloud. “The Dark Age” follows up Widowspeak’s first single “The Ballad of the Golden Hour” with a definitively more somber turn from the band’s typical luminosity. Singer Molly Hamilton’s haunting vocals cry heartbreak, sweeping over flashy guitar riffs and a catchy, melodic beat. Widowspeak is playing at Kung Fu Necktie January 23rd; go here for information and tickets to the 21+ show, and listen to “The Dark Age” below.
In case you weren’t aware of their status as “Discovery of 2011″ from NPR, Brooklyn rockers Caveman have already made their New Year’s resolve to take back 2013. The glam indie five-piece announced plans to record a brand new album set for release in early 2013 accompanied by a wave of tour dates, wrapping up with a finale performance at Johnny Brenda’s on April 11th (get your tickets for the 21+ show here). Their 2011 full-length debut, CoCo Beware, is an experimental collection of pensive chamber pop tracks like “Old Friend.” CoCo Beware, with its melancholic guitar riffs and slow moody lyrics, is a hypnotic set of lullabies for a post-rock generation. You can download “Thankful” from the band’s website here, and check out their video for “Great Life” below.
Jessie Ware, the UK pop/soul artist who delighted audiences with her debut album Devotion, shows love through the eyes of two children in the charming new video for “Sweet Talk.” The quirky flirtation between two teenie-boppers trying to get their start as performers makes a play for one of the most endearing videos released this year. Ware’s U.S. winter tour includes a performance at Union Transfer January 18th; go here for tickets and information. Below, watch the video for “Sweet Talk.”
Friends since childhood, rap duo DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan, better known by their performance name, OCD: Moosh & Twist, continue their rise as one of Philly’s most popular hip-hop acts. The pair have been recording together since they were still in high school–which, surprisingly, was not so long ago, despite their seasoned performance style.
Moosh and Twist caught audiences by surprise in 2011 with a fresh perspective on following dreams and keeping cool under pressure with addictive tracks like”Possibilities” and ”Take Me Back.” After the explosive success of their debut mixtape, Up Before The World, Moosh and Twist continued recording and started popping up in different venues throughout the area, which landed the pair to a tour with Aer this past summer. In the midst of the chaos preparing for their upcoming headlining tour, we swapped e-mails with Moosh and Twist to get the skinny on how they started, what they’ve got coming up projects and their shared excitement about performing. Continue reading
With 2012 wrapping to a close, there aren’t many more questions that have to be answered this year. One that you should definitely think about, though, is which concert you will be attending on New Year’s Eve. The two-night stand at Johnny Brenda’s from Philly’s The War on Drugs is sold out as of this morning, but we’ve got a round-up of what else is going on. So now all you have to worry about is how many friends will be begging to tag along! Continue reading