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Here’s a sample of what’s coming up Monday night at 8pm on our New Music Show:
“Time Moves Slow” by BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Sam Herring
The Canadian instrumental outfit BADBADNOTGOOD bring worlds together with their music. Trained in jazz, these guys have a history of bringing their wonderful technical skills to all sorts of different musical spectrums, most notably hip-hop and electronica. On their new album, IV, they welcome Future Islands frontman Sam Herring to lend them a hand (or voice) and the result is quite good.
“OBLIVIUS” by The Strokes
They’re back! The Strokes return with a funky guitar driven jam called “OBLIVIUS” from a new EP titled, Future Present Past. The new song is powered by riffs that bring to mind Television-esque dexterity and a nostalgia as only the Strokes can tap into. Enjoy…
First Impression Artist: MUTUAL BENEFIT
MUTUAL BENEFIT at its core is singer-songwriter Jordan Lee. But at any given time, depending on who he’s writing, recording or touring with that can change. It’s more of an evolving project than a set band. The new Mutual Benefit album, and first for the Mom + Pop label, is called Skip A Sinking Stone. It’s a beautifully recorded and produced collective of dreamy tunes. We’ll listen together tonight for our First Impression.
Each week we update our XPN Best New Music Spotify playlist for you to enjoy whatever you missed on the show recently too! Take a listen:
There’s usually a downside to festivals having stacked lineup: with so many great artists, you’re never going to be able to see them all. So when I made the trek down south to attend what is becoming the best indie-rock festival in North America – the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta – there were a lot of difficult choices to be made. Do I see The Kooks or Wavves? Kaiser Chiefs or Manchester Orchestra? Wilco or Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds? Dr. Dog or Diamond Rugs?
But even with all these conflicts (my picks: Wavves, Manchester Orchestra, Wilco and Philly’s Dr. Dog), I wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading →
Friday started off like a whirlwind. An epic journey from Philadelphia–>North Jersey–>Brooklyn–>Randall’s Island.
The final destination was where this year’s Governor’s Ball took place, about a 20 minute trek over the Triborough Bridge. This intimate, yet vastly sizable island was the perfect place for a music festival. The grounds made for a good fit for four large stages and a sensational line up of music. The line up was diverse and well suited with everything from electronic rock to progressive hip hop to rap artists to indie rock favorites like Spoon and The Strokes. Nostalgia was definitely a major part of the weekend, seeing bands like OutKast who have been around for twenty years and haven’t put out an album in about eight. Other blasts from the past included Neko Case and TV on the Radio, a bit timid in the beginning of their performances but overall glad and excited to be performing.
Yesterday we took our places in the crowd at New York’s Randall’s Island for day two of Governor’s Ball, catching everything from garage punk to hip-hop, electronic music and bluesy rock and roll.
Nashville, Tennessee noise rockers, Diarrhea Planet brought their energy, and flexibility to the stage on Saturday afternoon.
The ladies of Lucius emerged on stage in their sequin dresses and alien-like sunglasses to a packed crowd bringing their indie pop energy. They are another band we can’t wait to see at XPoNential Fest next month. Continue reading →
The Strokes released a new song, “One Way Trigger,” that you can download below in exchange for your e-mail address. It’s the band’s first song since the release of Angles, which was released in 2011. The song bursts open with peppy, sinewy synthesizer lines and singer Julian Casablanca’s taking the falsetto high road throughout most of the song.
The Internet tells me that the band The Strokes just did something important—and, if the Internet says its important, it has to be.