The Shins – Heartworms
Western Addiction – Tremulous
Laura Marling – Semper Femina
Minus the Bear – VOIDS
Kolars – Kolars
Grandaddy -Last Place
Johnossi – Blood Jungle
CLAVVS – World Underwater
Froth – Outside Briefly
Blood and Glass – Punk Shadows
Los Campesinos – Sick Scene
Heart Attack Man – The Mason Family
Shelby Earl – The Man Who made Himself A Name
Las Rojas – Everybody Gets Exactly What They Want
Mew – 85 Videos (Single)
Hey Allison! – Jeff Rosenstock
The frontman of this band is the former front of punk heroes, “Bomb the Music Industry!”
Dirty – Made Violent
For their newest EP, the trio of best friends secluded themselves in a cabin to write.
Meme Generator – Dan Deacon
Don’t underestimate Dan Deacon; he has performed at Carnegie Hall and has written a film score for Francis Ford Coppola.
Leave You in the Dark – State Champs
With the release of “The Acoustic Things,” the normally rowdy group has been transformed into something more delicate and melodious.
Minions – Torche
Bassist Jonathan Nuñez told Rolling Stone that their newest album, “Restarter,” is full of “heavy, melodic crushers.”
Your Sly Smile, Iron & Wine
From the new album “Archives Volume No. 1,” all tracks are unreleased material from previous recording.
Strange Encounter, Father John Misty
FJM, aka Josh Tillman, says his newest album is “about a guy named Josh who spends his time banging his head against walls, cultivating weak ties with strangers and avoiding intimacy.”
Chris Ward’s new album, “Rapture,” is filled with avant-garde percussion, catchy piano and sultry vocals.
Julia Survived, DOE
The English Three-piece lists “feminism, horror films and brown beer” as their hobbies on Facebook.
Persia, Until the Ribbon Breaks
The Welsh electronic band revealed that their name comes from the idea of listening to a mixtape repeatedly “until the ribon breaks.”
mouth mantra – Bjork
Bjork’s new album, “Vulniura,” just garnered “Best New Music” on Pitchfork.
Insufferable, Parquet Courts
It’s only been about six months since their last album, “Sunbathing Animal,” but this group shows no signs of slowing.
Teenage Exorcists, Mogwai
The Glasgow five-piece is releasing their new EP through the label that they run themselves, “Rock Action.”
The title of their sixth album, “Ixora,” is the name of a tropical flower found in the band’s native Florida.
She, She & Him
M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel’s latest album project called, “Classics,” was recorded live.
The Reasons, The Pass
The synth-pop four-piece quotes their interests as “dancing, synthesizers and freaky people” on their Facebook page.
Understand Me? – CJ Ramone
From the newest album from the Ramones’ former bassist.
Children of Paul – Ty Segall
The rock legend is at it again. This is from his latest compilation album entitled “Singles”
Go All Night – Gorgon City
This track features the one and only Jennifer Hudson.
Vamonos Lejos – AJ Davila y Terror Amor
Awesome Puerto Rican garage rock!
Rise Your Fist – Rancid
Straight from their eighth studio album entitled “…Honor is All We Know”
Frosted Glass, ZKPR
The band found their drummer, Matt Kaufman, through Craigslist and they still rock.
Break the Cycle, YOU+ME
Do those voices sound familiar? That’s because this new duo consists of Alecia Moore, AKA P!nk and City and Colour’s Dallas Green.
Pour it On, New Build
The band New Build consists of Hot Chip members Al Doyle, and Felix Martin.
Snow in Newark, Ryan Hemsworth
The music video for this track has already garnered millions of views and was shot in Nepal.
45 Revolutions Per Minute, Oil Boom
The title of this song is actually a clever nod to the speed at which it is played.
Happy Idiot – TV on the Radio
Black Moon Spell – King Tuff
This track features Ty Segall on drums, a very interesting collaboration.
Que Sera – Wax Tailor
The newest album, “Phonovision Symphonic Orchestra,” was recorded live with a 35-piece orchestra and 17-person choir at the Sebastopol Theatre in Lille. A must-listen!
Breathe, Desperately – From Indian Lakes
Their newest album, “Absent Sounds,” is overflowing with acoustic beauty.
Bus Lines – …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Their newest album was dedicated to “all artists who have attempted to exercise their creativity under the oppression of government…”
Justine – Algernon Doll
Ewan Grant’s one-man project hones an alternative guitar sound inspired by 90s grunge.
Awake in the Night – Modern Vices
Five-piece, self-proclaimed “dirty doo-wop” hailing from Chicago.
Broods – Evergreen
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
Caribou – Our Love
Wampire – Bazaar
Hozier – Hozier
Balderdash – S
This newest album, “Cool Choices,” is the perfect soundtrack for a rainy day.
Zero Zero – Gerard Way
The debut solo album of My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way was mixed by Tchad Blake, who has done the same for the Black Keys and the Arctic Monkeys.
Fernandina – White Violet
This song tells the story of a 24-hour stay in a beachside motel.
Rock n Roll – Cy Dune
Cy Dune had its beginnings in 2012 in the deserts surrounding Tucson, Arizona.
Terrified – The Rural Alberta Advantage
Being about loss and heartbreak, the title of this album, “Mended With Gold,” embraces the idea that the scars these traumas leave make you stronger.
Syro – Aphex Twin
Aphex Twin’s first album in thirteen years, titled “Syro,” has already garnered “Best New Music” from Pitchfork.
Bloodflood pt. II – Alt-J
One of the central voices of electronic-leaining indie rock.
Low Key – Tweedy
The band Tweedy is the collaboration between Jeff Tweedy, founder of the band Wilco, and his 18-year-old son, Spencer.
Take Me In Your Army – Julian Casablancas and the Voidz
A brand new band formed by the lead singer of the Strokes.
Hologram – Lydia Ainsworth
Ainsworth is proving to be a powerful force in ethereal pop.
Drowning – Banks
Dark and sultry pop from her newest album, “Goddess.”
All the Rage Back Home – Interpol
Recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York City, this song is soon to be all the rage.
Leaving Today – Tiger High
The band from Memphis, TN has been described by Mojophenia as “haunting yet graceful psych-pop.”
Dervish – Simian Mobile Disco
Elegant electronic music that will keep you coming back for more.
Another Drug Deal of the Heart – The New Pornographers
With their last album, “Together,” being released back in 2010, this Canadian band looks like it’s making a comeback.
Triangulate – Helado Negro
You can’t go wrong with Helado Negro.
Old Souls – Prawn
The band’s second LP, entitled “Kingfisher,” has serious depth, both lyrically and instrumentally.
Fire On the Mountain (I-II-III) – Wand
This song is more of a story of monomythic proportions condensed into five minutes.
Sweet Emotion – The Kooks
Front man Luke Pritchard has said of their newest album, “The first three albums were chapter one, this album is the first of chapter two.”
You Come To Kill Me?! – Happyness
The trio are preparing for a short UK tour this October.
Susie Thumb – Ty Segall
Grungy guitar paired perfectly with swooning vocals.
Warning – Cymbals Eat Guitars
CEG’s newest album is entitled “Lose” to honor the loss of frontman Joseph D’Agostino’s best friend and collaborator, Benjamin High.
Little Killer – Merchandise
Merchandise’s genre has always been hard to pinpoint, and so we’ll just call it indescribable. You’ll have to listen for yourself.
Witches of Ulster – Marco Benevento
The multi-instrumentalist out of New Jersey has been a part of the experimental rock scene in New York since 1999.
Raptor – Rustie
This track just garnered a “Best New Track” nod from Pitchfork.
Slow Pour – Sarah Jaffe
The haunting orchestral additions in this one will take you by surprise.
Jimmy – Literature
Catchy, ’60s-inspired pop-rock off their sophomore album, entitled “Chorus.”
UFO, Please Take Her Home – Coachwhips
The three-piece garage-rock group is best known for their unintelligible lyrics, but that won’t hinder you from jamming to them.
Seeds of Gold – Closure in Moscow
Progressive rock-pop fresh out of Australia. So danceable!
Years of War – Porter Robinson
For a 22-year-old, Porter Weston Robinson’s output of electronic music is extremely impressive.
Rainy Taxi – Spoon
With their eighth studio album, “they Want My Soul” released, the indie-rock band from Austin, TX shows no signs of slowing.
Tuff Ghost – The Unicorns
Their album “Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?” just garnered “Best New Reissue” on Pitchfork.
Terrible Things Always Happen In 3’s – Casey Jack
Rowdy garage pop worthy of setting a new standard.
Death Of An Old Bike – The Rosebuds
Justin Vernon, frontman for “Bon Iver,” has been quoting saying that the Rosebuds make “some of the most important music in the world.”
Telephone – Twin Peaks
There’s no deeper meaning to the band’s name; they’ve admitted they chose the name because it “sounded cool.”
Time Between – Bear In Heaven
Their newest album, “Time Is Over One Day Old,” is darker than their past works.
Everything To Stay – Jim-E Stack
If you’re at all curious about what “piano-house melancholia” sounds like, then this track is a must-listen.
Forerunner Foray – Shabazz Palaces
Experimental hip-hop out of Seattle, WA.
Runner – Boytoy
A fusion of 90s grunge and pop-rock with a female lead-singer, the brooklyn-based trio makes it sound easy to be this good.
I Love Lucy – Loose Buttons
The NYC-based band played their first gig in Manhattan with the band members’ average age a mere 14. They’ve come along way.
Ra – Acid
“Acid” is made up of Australian artist/producer Ry X and Grammy-nominated DJ Adam Freeland. Could this be where the song title “Ra” comes from? Nonetheless, Ry and Adam are the duo to beat.
Mushrooms – JPNSGRLS
Their new album, titled “Circulation,” runs a range of styles, with something for everyone.
Sheen – Xeno & Oaklander
Classified as “minimalist synth,” the boy-girl duo’s work finds itself wandering between the popular and the avant garde.
Relative – Wray
The three piece harbors a pension for repetition that is enjoyable instead of monotonous and demands a less-than-passive audience.
Earth Is The Loneliest Planet – Morrissey
Widely regarded as an indie innovator, the former vocalist for The Smiths shows no signs of slowing down.
The Phoenix – Fhloston Paradigm
A rumble of drums and ominous synth chords that will have your brain buzzing for the entire nine-minute track.
Kerosene Girl – Young Widows
Post-hardcore from Louisville, Kentucky. You won’t be able to resist at least a slight foot-tap.
Dreaming Awake – My Brightest Diamond
Mixes ethereal elements of opera, chamber, indie folk and cabaret. A must-listen!
Texas – Magic Man
The five-piece synth-pop band delivers with their latest lively, feel-good album, “Before the Waves.”
Blue Tunnel – Eaux
Ben Cook, a member of the Eaux trio, describes the group’s songs as “never finished, just abandoned.”
It’s that time of year again, folks. Tonight, the sky will be a blazing canopy of light as a reminder to all that we live in one of the greatest countries on Earth. Artillery shells, bottle rockets, roman candles and sparklers as far as the eye can see. But if you just can’t wait until dark, here’s a short playlist of six songs to get you in that patriotic state of mind.
“Why six tracks?” you may ask. I’ll tell you why. Because this is the United States and we have the freedom to do whatever the hell we want. ‘Murica.
The Decemberists – July, July!
Stars – Celebration Guns
Polock – Fireworks
Weezer – American Girls
Titus Andronicus – A More Perfect Union
Elliot Smith – Independence Day
The Kooks – Around Town
The critically-acclaimed Brits are back and as funky as ever.
A Sunny Day In Glasgow – MTLOV (Minor Keys)
Categorized as “dream-pop,” the new ASDiG album may be their most vibrant yet.
Paradise – Secret Cities
This newest album, “Walk Me Home,” is the first recorded in an actual studio and reflects the group’s varying musical tastes.
Lana Del Rey – West Coast
The indie-queen’s newest album emanates a feeling of desperation and isolation that you’ll want to lay down and breathe to.
Donovan Blanc – Minha Menina
An in-depth glimpse back to pop’s golden age through modern eyes.
1. Father Sister Berzerker-Tobacco
Tobacco’s highly anticipated new album ‘Ultima II Massage’ is aggressive and impressively experimental in his signature style.
2.Art Smock- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
TPBPH churn out more perfected dreamy indie rock on their latest record ‘Days of Abandon.’
3. Camera Thief-Atmosphere
Minnesota nice mc slug returns with a new LP- Southsiders.
4. Picking Up The Pieces- Strange Talk
Pop outfit Strange Talk make music for the dance floor with their latest record ‘Cast Away.
5. Idylwild-Mia Dyson
On her similarly titled latest LP, Dyson enchants with her smoky voice and rye observations.
1. No Rest For The Wicked-Lykke Li
Lykke Li returns with her highly anticipated new album ‘I Never Learn.’
The album is confessional, dramatic and maybe her most refined to date.
2. Keep On Shining-Curtis Harding
Standing out from Burger Records usual slew of garage bands, Curtis Harding gives a fresh new take on soul music.
3.Find A New Way-Tune Yards
Lead singer Merill Garbus amps up her primal vocal stylings on her new record ‘Nikki Nack’.
4.Can’t Leave The Night-Badbadnotgood
Badbadnotgood make impressive modern day jazz. Each song on their new album ‘III” relates a different, strong vibe.
5.Tangerine Girl- Asher Roth
The nearly one hit wonder has been biding his time and getting a little weird. His new record “RetroHash’ seems to be aptly titled and
descriptive of his current mindset. Tangerine Girl is undeniably smooth and a standout moment from his latest trip.
1.So It Goes-Ratking
New York hip hop crew Ratking burst out onto the rap scene with their debut full length ‘So it Goes’.
The trio’s smart rhymes and aggressive style will make listeners sit up and pay attention.
Climbing beats mix with guttural sounds to create this 9 minute marathon of a song. Mark E does a serious take on house music with his
latest LP “Product of Industry”.
Plush and moody, Young Magic create a feel throughout on “Breathing Statues”.
4.Anything You Want-Jessica Lea Mayfield
Jessica Lea Mayfield’s voice and musicianship equally stand out and mesmerize on her third release “Make My Head Sing”.
Fans of Angel Olsen and Ty Segall will embrace Mayfield.
5.All Will Combine-Chad VanGaalen
Sub Pop artist Chad VanGaalen delivers melodic sincerity on his impressive new record “Shrink Dust”.
1. Holiday- Teebs (Ft. Jonti)
Teebs will put listeners in a totally different headspace. ‘Holiday’ is shimmering, with noises
that sound like he’s put a rainforest or the best day of summer into musical form. Tweebs’ second LP Estara
is packed with ethereal soundscapes.
2. Want Remover-Protomartyr
Protomartyr deliver quips on daytime television and proclamations on more existential subjects all in two and half minutes.
Their latest record Under Color of Official Right is one of the strongest albums out this year.
3.Sola in Citta- Thievery Corporation (Ft. Elin Melgarejo)
Thievery Corporation’s newest album ‘Saudade’ is a moody and beautiful bossa nova record.
4.Come Together-Light Year
This track’s build makes it well worth the six minute span. It’s rhythm will add fire to any dance floor.
5. Bye Bye Queenie- Denney and the Jets
Slouchy delivery make this rock n’ roll country hybrid tons of fun.
Artists, producer, and musician Scott Hansen returns with his second LP ‘Awake’ for Ghostly International.
Hansen doesn’t stray from his ambient stylings with this his latest release but rather refines his momentum.
2.Rythm of Devotion-Sisyphus
Sisyphus is composed of three indie rock heavyweights- Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens. Each bring their specific genre to the
table for a collision of hip hop, electronic and melodic influences.
3. Mexican Aftershow Party- Kevin Drew
Kevin Drew, the vocals and writing behind Canada’s famed Broken Social Scene delivers his sophomore solo release ‘Darlings’.
The album is moving with Drew’s signature emotional cadence infused throughout.
4.Ordinary Fools- Chain Gang of 1974
With a slightly 80’s tinge, CHO1974 urges “Hey, Leave your records on”.
We are sure you’ll want to heed the directive and keep this track on repeat.
5.Hungry Ghost-Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana
Mehldau & Guiliana have joined forces to create a compelling, fresh modern day jazz album that should not be missed.
1. Big Stars- Perfect Pussy
PP are the ‘buzz band’ of the moment for many critics.
Their short, frenetic debut album ‘Say Yes To Love’ delivers to earn all of the credit ascribed to them.
2. Valley of Tears- Pure X
On Pure X’s latest LP the Austin band slow things way down. Every song is smooth with an either calming or slightly sultry effect.
3. Keep The Ships At Bay- Total Slacker
Unpretentious and weird, Total Slacker are totally fun.
4. Love Sublime-Tensnake Ft. Nile Rodgers, Fiora
Tensnake returns with ‘Glow’ and dancefloors across America are all the better for it.
5. Love Letters-Metronomy
Metronomy turn up the funk and forever remain catchy.
1.Slow Death Sounds-Destruction Unit
Intense, spacey and dark, Destruction Unit bring serious, impressive noise every time. Catch them for free when they headline Kruxfest2014 on Sunday March 9th at the NMSU Horseshoe.
2. Spinning Signs- Painted Palms
Painted Palm mix subtle electronic and indie influences for an overall
up beat and ecliptic sound.Catch them for free when they headline on Kruxfest2014 this Sunday March 9th at the NMSU Horseshoe.
3. Snow Your Mind -Gap Dream
Synthy, laid back garage glam noise makers Gap Dream will also headline Krufest2014 this Sunday March 9th at the NMSU Horseshoe field.
4. Best Friends (Dado Remix)-Holy Child
High energy and sweet pop slinging Holy Child opens up the headlining event for Kruxfest2014. You know where, you know when.
1. White’s Not My Color This Evening-Cherry Glazerr
LA teenage band Cherry Glazerr is receiving a lot of well deserved buzz for their debut record ‘Haxel Princess’.
Clementine Creevy’s vocals are commanding one minute and playful the next.
2. Sweet Spot-Wild Beasts
Wild Beats return with their newest album ‘Present Tense’. Lead singer Hayden Thorpe once again shows range with his signature vocals,
sounding incredibly powerful or fragile on different tracks.
3. Gouge- Eternal Summers
Driving guitars and hazy vocals dovetail together to make this compact indie song memorable.
4.Fine, Great- Modern Baseball
Modern Baseball’s sophomore release is honest and well put together, solidifying them as the one of the best
post emo, nostalgia pining bands out now.
5. At Night-Illum Sphere Ft. Mai Nestor
Stripped electronic work and serene background vocals mesmerize on this track from Ilum Sphere’s latest record-
‘Ghosts of Then and Now’.
1. Stars-Angel Olsen
Angel Olsen’s latest release Burn Your Fire For No Witness is a tour de force.
Olsen’s powerful voice delivers raw, beautifully composed songs.
2. Shoot Out the Stars and Win-Lee Bannon
Former Joey Badas$ producer, Lee Bannon’s debut album- ‘Alternate Endings’
is one of the years most interesting and surprising records thus far. Bannon mixes
high energy 90’s rave flavor with modern hip hop and electronic nuances.
Leeds, UK band Eagulls have been making waves recently with their fast and loud musical delivery
as well as their outspokenness as a band on the state of current “indie music”and the players involved.
Opinions aside, their sonic gripes sound just right.
Though with only an EP under their belt young New Zealand duo Broods look to be posed to hit it big with their well balanced beat driven dream pop stylings.
5. Hundreds of Ways-Connor Oberst
Infamous and eary 2000s staple emotional singer songwriter Connor Oberst returns with this promising single.
The sound is signature Oberst with reflective lyrics. Hundreds of Ways is off Oberst’s forthcoming album
Upside Down Mountain.
1.I Am Not A Part Of Me- Cloud Nothings
This first single from their new album ‘Here and Nowhere Else’,
is lighter and less encumbered but maintains a force of sound the band has come to craft well over time.
2. Siin- Habibi
Pulsating rhythm and fraught with tension lyrics drive this memorable track from Haibi’s self titled latest.
3. Night Chills-So Many Wizards
“I blame it on the desert”, the LA band smirk in a relatable chorus on this standout from their new 7″.
New tracks show SMW getting slightly experimental while maintaining their best elements.
4. Passing Out Pieces-Mac DeMarco
2013 was a big year for Canadian singer Mac DeMarco; he met with fame and a grueling tour schedule.
This latest single, from his highly anticipated third release ‘Salad Days’,
finds DeMarco more demure and reflective.
5. Water- Juan Wauters
Juan Wauters formerly of the Beets, goes solo with his debut album- North American Poetry.
NAP is a compact, slightly weird, yet overall endearing and charming record.
1.Seasons Waiting On You-Future Islands
Future Islands return with this great single off their forthcoming record entitled ‘Singles’.
Well crafted in their signature style, SWOY is emotionally bold and glittering.
2.Purple Mesas-Garden & Villas
Aptly titled and at nearly six minutes long this softer track feels expansive and gorgeous.
A slight country influence and robust vocals complete this stirring new single from the famous musician.
Spanish lyrics are delivered nicely from the up and coming Houston outfit on this indie pop gem.
5. Last Words- Hospitality
Hospitality show off great synth work to create an impressive and subtler indie dance track.
1.Painted Palms- Too High
The lead track off their latest second album ‘Forever’ is upbeat and busy.
Reminiscent of Animal Collective on their more straight forward days, Painted Palms’ delivers a collage of sounds.
2.Cat Le Bon-Cuckoo Through The Walls
Le Bon’s firm yet delicate delivery backing robust drums and guitar work make this track more than memorable.
3.The Crystal Method- Sling The Decks
The Crystal Method have returned with a high energy, new self titled record to remind everyone of their status as figure heads
in electronic dance music.
Simple lyrics with emphasis on smooth instrumentation make ‘Honey’ a relaxed track.
5. James Vincent McMorrow- Cavalier
McMorrow’s incredible falsetto, stirring piano, and a slight r&b edge combine on his impressive sophomore release-‘Post Tropical’.
1.Bombay Bicycle Club-Luna
The single premiere from BBC’s upcoming ’14 spring release ‘So long, See you tomorrow’ does not disappoint. Up beat and surging,
BBC refine their signature style on this impressive track.
2.Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings-Retreat!
Fans of the blues and powerful female vocals will appreciate Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings mastery of soul music.
3.Cheap Time- Kill The Light
Get punk leanings and snotty vocal delivery from the Nashville band on their latest album “Exit Smiles’.
4.St. Vincent- Digital Witness
Tracks from St. Vincent’s upcoming self titled release keep trickling out.The latest, Digital Witness, is beat driven and a departure from
the guitar heavy work St. Vincent usually deals in.
Rhye lead singer Milosh embarks on his own but carry’s the same low and sultry sound with him for his new release ‘Jet lag’.
The first single, off Ema’s upcoming spring album ‘The Futures Void’, is one to contend with. The track opens with and repeats static throughout. The pulsating chorus anchors this powerful song.
2.Swearin’-Dust In The Gold Sack
Dust is a concise track with driving guitars and smooth, nostalgic vocals. Swearin’ is recommended for fans of Pity Sex and Lemuria.
3.Pharmakon-Crawling On Bruised Knees
Slightly industrial and all noise, Crawling is eerie and interesting. Pharmakon stands out in building intense and forceful soundscapes.
4.Ben Pearce-What I Might Do
Pearce’s vocals layered over smart beats make this track energetic. What I Might Do is an infectious, standout dance single.
5.Cate Le Bon-Are You With Me Now?
Melodic and laidback, Le Bon asserts herself as a quietly powerful singer song writer with this lead track.
1. Las Preguntas- Helado Negro
Beyond consistently offering gorgeous vocal stylings in Spanish, Helado Negro builds smooth, diverse soundscapes with every song.
2. Birth In Reverse- St. Vincent
Annie Clark, returns as St. Vincent with this forward and promising single from her upcoming self titled record.
Birth In Reverse offers slight beginnings of the heavier guitar work St. Vincent has come to be able to do so well.
3. Silver Timothy- Damien Jurado
Tinged slightly with 60’s psychedelic flair, Damien Jurado’s latest single is quite the stand out.
Jurado’s unique vocals have always been his signature draw, sounding delicate, powerful and haunting all at once.
4. Be A Toy-Title Fight
On their latest album, Spring Songs, Title Fight bring the usual emotional angst with guitar noise back drop. Though still anxiety ridden, Spring Songs, is a much more mature effort in subject matter and presentation from the band.
Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance fame strikes out on his own as BeeDeeGee with a solid electronic driven LP debut-Sum/One. Flowers is a lighter appealing track and features Lovefoxx of CSS on vocals.
The Pampers lyrics are indiscernible and their sound is heavy. Searing guitars are the point of attention on their self titled debut
2.For Floatsom- Los Campesinos
In contrast Los Campesinos! have quite a bit to say. Their latest release ‘No Blues’ is made up of pop influenced, highly personal and nostalgic, mostly four minute monologues.
3.Keep Still- Daedelus
Renowned LA producer Daedelus returns with a new record entitled Drown Out. Keep Still opens with party hype and seems to go in one direction but then takes a turn toward an over all more eclectic approach.
4.Del Monton- Destroyer
Bright, short, and sweet Destroyer mesmerize with this single off their wonderful new EP Five Spanish Songs.
5. Bad For My body- Deap Vally
Often when lead singer Lindsey Troy yelps out obvious lyrics it comes across as kitschy. There is no denying however that the LA duo make serious, powerful sound to back them up.
1.We Are Explorers- Cut Copy
The Australian electronic band continue to make great dance music on their latest fourth release Free Your Mind. They recently played El Paso and put on an amazing show.
2.Bad Boy Masterpiece- Marijuana Deathsquads
With a name like that it’s little surprise MD’s music is experimental and often intense. On their debut album Oh My Sexy Lord the electronic noise band switches gears from track to track with dark drawn out instrumentation to fast, layered glitchy pieces.
3.Pretty Girls- Nobunny
Nobunny’s sound is raucous. Singing about a staple rock and roll theme off their latest release: Secret Songs: Reflections From The Ear Mirror, Nobunny keep it fun and noisy.
4.You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now- Parquet Courts
Impossibly catchy and witty, the brooklyn post punk band once again prove their striking musical talent with this single from their latest EP release Tally All The Things That You Broke.
5.The Old And The Young- Midlake
Midlake make somber, heavier extended instrumentation work. Their new record Antiphon is comprised of serious, robust songs making for a mesmerizing listen all the way through.
10.29.13 Top 5 Picks for Halloween
1. Walk On The Wild Side-Lou Reed
In remembrance of the legendary rock and roll pioneer- Take Lou’s advice and make sure your Halloween festivities are on the wild side.
2. Lucifer’s The Light of the World- King Dude
A mellow almost sweet ode to the dark one. It might be too easy to find yourself nodding along in homage with this subtle goth folk number.
The perfect track to conjure up spirits to. Leading in with ominous drums that surround an eery and repetitive latin chorus chant, the misfits revel in the dark.
A throwback from 1965, Los Saicos’ sound on this track is low, catchy and interspersed with shrill wails.
Only spooky in name, let this lo fi dream pop single cleanse your musical palette if your night get’s too full of fright.
1. Cults- High Road
This incredibly smooth and catchy pop single is a return to form from the New York duo off their highly anticipated new record Static.
2. Crystal Antlers-Rattlesnake
This single begins subtly but Crystal Antlers quickly deliver the heavy over searing guitars and a strong chorus line.
3. Deltron 3030-City Rising From The Ashes
Rap heads unite for the celebrated sophomore release of ‘Event 2′. Deltron’s latest is chalk full of smart rhymes and great beats.
4. The Preatures- Is This How You Really Feel?
The Preatures latest single is a lesson in pop perfection. The accompanying video is a throwback nod to the 70′s and guaranteed to incite your dancing feet.
British producer and musician Kwes delivers an impressive first album with ‘ilp’. Every song and Kwes’s preferred style is slow, and effortlessly cool.
1. The Sing- Bill Callahan
This beautiful single from singer songwriter Bill Callahan is tinged with a country air. A stand out violin accompanies Callahan’s concise yet incredibly poetic lyrics. Extended spaces of instrumentation are left between words making the track feel vast. The rest of the superb new record Dream River makes the case for Callahan being one of the best poets in music for our time.
2. No Shelter-Blouse
Soprano vocals relay somber and candid lines like “Give me your body/ I need a thing to hold” on this moody single. Blouse are matter of fact about the darker vibe of this track making for an entrancing listen.
3. Faces-Jonathan Rado
This bright single from one half of Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado is solid with psych pop flair. Repetitive without being unappealing, Rado sings of an endless sea of faces encountered during any mundane weekday but lifts the listener out of the monotonous with this concise throwback gem.
Erupting drums intertwine nicely over featured Chairlift singer Caroline Polacheck’s melodic voice on this lively pop track. Delorean’s upbeat and bold fourth album Apar see the Spanish collective move away from their previously more compact electronic efforts and aim instead for a carnival of sounds.
5.Kiss Land-The Weeknd
Clocking in at 7:14, this single off the similarly titled newest LP from restless frontman Abel Tesfaye is a definite monologue. Anyone familiar with The Weeknd’s prior work will quickly hear familiar themes: lust, fast money,and the celebration of isolation and power. Tesfaye has made melancholic boasting of excess his signature style and perfected it.
9/12/13 – KRUX’s Top 5 For The Round Up’s Sex Issue
1. Pull My Hair Back-Jessy Lanza
Over smooth beats and with sensual vocals Lanza asserts she’s ready for love just let her pull her hair back first.
This track takes a subtle tone yet is confidently flirtatious throughout. Lanza doesn’t make a big deal on the subject of attraction
but rather simply let’s you know she’s in control.
2. Orgysteria- Jackson and His Computerband
Clocking in at 6:37 this track could be meant for the beginning of a tantric long haul.
While the name might suggest an aggressive style choice the track is actually subdued yet dynamic.
This is background music when you’re with the friend who thinks words don’t matter much and you both just want to get to business.
3. Major Minor Love- Rhye
Rhye’s debut album Woman has been lauded as one of the best albums to come out this year.
Each track is dreamy and the record as a whole takes the listener across the spectrum of love and relationships.
MML is a perfect ode to relate to when the feelings run deep for that special someone.
4. No Eyes- Baths
Baths doesn’t merely ask that age old question ‘What’s love got to do with it?’ but rather he declares it.
Honest and selfishly the lyrics state “It’s not a matter of if you mean it…It’s only a matter of my fix.” Bath’s is upfront about this tryst being bluntly casual.
Concise with a driving, powerful beat this track might inspire reflection on the practice of modern day ‘hooking up’ and it’s various implications.
5. Kiss Land -The Weeknd
Whereas Bath’s is matter of fact in wanting a sexual connection to be emotionless, the Weeknd asserts the same in a much more dark and twisted way.
In his signature hazy, misanthropic, and hypnotic R& B style frontman Abel Tesfaye makes it known he still loves complete excess and wants fast money, women, and substances.
Admittedly self destructive and just about a fleeting high, Abel desires the same in any potential acquaintances.
“This ain’t nothing to relate to” he croons in warning toward the end of of the track on his lifestyle and relationships.