The city of Austin, Texas, was just recently taken over by thousands of people for SXSW. Part interactive, film, and music festival, this last week, the city saw of the country’s greatest music acts. Chances are you haven’t heard many of the bands, but they nonetheless drew crowds of hundreds. One of them, In the Valley Below, wowed people. The chemistry between the vocalist Angela Gail and guitarist/back-up vocals Jeffrey Jacob was a brooding example of how emotion is supposed to be used in music. Their melodic duets fit perfectly with the pounding drums and dreamy synth movements.
You remember Depeche Mode, don’t you? The popular English electro-pop band is coming out with a new album, available March 26. There’s a lot Depeche Mode has done in their 30 plus year existence. This new album, Delta Machine, is testament to the fact that it doesn’t look they’ll be stopping anytime soon. This single, Heaven, is catchy and reminiscent of their earlier work but with a modern feel. With a ballad sound, we think we’re going to like Delta Machine.
Have you been feeling too cool for school recently? You can satisfy all of your hipster and indie-rock needs with The Strokes’ newest album, Comedown Machine. It’s been 12 years since their wildly popular debut album Is This It. Though the indie-rock band has been around, it seems as though they have been off of the radar for a couple of years. That will likely change with their newest release on March 26. Here is the first single of their new record, called All The Time.
No, we’re not talking about the city a lot of us call home, but the band Phoenix will be releasing a new album in April. You may remember the French alternative rock band’s last album from back in 2009, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. It’s been almost four years since then. After spending many years on the road and in the studio, it’s about time Phoenix released another album for our listening pleasure. According to interviews, the band will be trying to stay away from the pop-side of music for their new album, saying they want a more experimental feel. We’re cool with that. Here’s the first single off of Bankrupt! by Phoenix, called Entertainment.
Ten years ago, the world got introduced and acquainted with The Postal Service. Ben Gibbard’s, of Death Cab For Cutie, side project with a couple other amazing musicians, including Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, explored the pop side of electronic music. Catchy hooks, powerful choruses, and fun melodies, The Postal Service had a great run. In 2005, the band went on a permanent hiatus. Well, not entirely permanent, because now in 2013, The Postal Service is back. They’re working on a new album and have tour dates. Here is a recently released song from them, A Tattered Line of String.
If you caught the Grammy’s last night, then you definitely saw Justin Timberlake’s return to music. After the last few years focusing on his acting, Timberlake once again hit the stage the last night and put on a performance that everyone will remember. Using a cool 1940s-esque set up, Timberlake opened the performance with his new song “Suit and Tie.” He then finished it off with two updated versions of soul music.
Yesterday was the biggest sporting event of the year. The Baltimore Ravens took on the San Francisco 49ers for the Super Bowl. Aside from the game and commercials, what do people look forward to most about the big game? The half-time show. Beyonce hit the stage and wowed the millions watching. Though, not without a bit of controversy. After her recent lip syncing episode during the presidential inauguration, she vowed she would sing live at the yesterday’s performance. She did, but it did feel like there was hardly any singing during the performance. Maybe the power outage was used to distract the audience from the lack of singing? Well, decide for yourself. What did you think of the show?
It’s Monday and that means you probably have the blues. Well, we’ll be brining you some more. But the good kind. Singer and songwriter Ben Harper has been around for awhile but his latest album, Get Up!, will survive the test of time. Teaming up with Charlie Musselwhite on the harmonica, the two produce some of the best contemporary blues out there. This song, I Don’t Believe A Word You Say, is just the tip of the iceberg. Filled with raw emotion, we can tell the album is going to be hit and will finally bring blues back to the mainstream.
If you haven’t heard of Toro Y Moi then you’re definitely missing out. Combining hip hop beats, smooth electronics, and indie vocals, Toro Y Moi is one of our favorite bands. His newest album, Anything In Return, is due out January 22. This track, Rose Quartz, is a sneak peak at what you can expect from the whole album. It’s one of those songs that you can put on, sit back, and relax to. We can’t wait for the album to come out.
The indie rock band from Canada, Tegan and Sara, are back. Their newest album, Heartthrob, is due out next month, but here the first single off it, Closer. It seems to have a more electronic feel to it but it is definitely a catchy track. One thing we didn’t realize about the duo is that they’re identical twin sisters. The official music and even some of melodies remind of the 80s, we’re not complaining though. It’s fun and energetic. Heartthrob will probably be a purchase for us once it comes out Feb. 11.
Happy New Year, folks! Well, not quite yet, but sure enough you’re getting ready to party tonight. So what are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt want to know. Here they are singing a very cute song just for New Year’s. So grab that someone special and be ready to kiss them when the clock strikes midnight tonight.
Well, it’s definitely not new music, it is indeed a classic. In honor of it being Christmas Eve and all, we decided to bring you some nice and warm holiday music. We wanted to share one of our favorites, Frank Sinatra. So sit back, relax and spend some time with loved ones while enjoying your holiday.
Rihanna released her newest album last month. Actually, it’s her seventh album in seven years. You would think one would run out of material writing that much, but once again, Rihanna has proved that she is here to stay on top of the pop charts. Her new album, Unapologetic, explores a wide range of pop music. From pop ballads to dub step, she’s not afraid to try new things. She even has a track called “Nobody’s Business,” featuring Chris Brown. Hm, wondering what that one is about?
Okay, so Ke$ha’s new album drops tomorrow. When she first came out onto the scene a couple of years ago, we honestly didn’t think she was going to make much of an impression. Well, she proved us wrong with hit after hit. Granted, we’re not the biggest fans of the genre and can find her voice a bit nasally. But her success speaks for itself. Check out the single C’Mon on her upcoming album Warrior.
Alicia Keys is indeed a girl on fire. Every couple of years she releases a new album that blows us away. That’s true for her latest release, Girl on Fire. She’s done a lot over the last few years, including marrying a big-time producer, having a baby, and acting, it’s amazing she had the time to record and write this record. We’re glad she did. Check out the title track of Girl on Fire, but we also recommend picking up the entire album.
The Sacramento based band is back and better than ever. Deftones have been around for over 20-years and they show no sign of stopping. Their latest album, Koi No Yokan, sticks with their heavier roots but, as always, remaining extremely catchy. Released on November 14, the album is most like their 2000 release White Pony. It’s beautiful while angry at the same time. Listen to their single, Tempest.
Who ever keeps breaking Taylor Swift’s heart is really doing her a favor. A broken heart seems to be her muse, as is clear listening to her latest single Red, the title track of her newest album. Perfectly blending country and pop, Swift has the forumla down. If you like country, you’ll like this album, if you like pop, you’ll like this album. It’s a win win and so far has received excellent reviews. Honestly, we’re not the biggest fans of this genre, but we have to admit, it’s pretty catchy. Take a listen to Red.
If you’re a fan of hip hop then you’re going to love today’s New Music Monday. Rapper Macklemore and his buddy, DJ and producer, Ryan Lewis have been working on hard their album The Heist. Released on October 9, the album sold a surprising 97,000 so far and debuted number 1 on iTunes. Not to mention, it’s currently number 2 on the Top 40. That’s really impressive for an independently recorded and released album. The music has a great message behind it. Anything from equal rights to not being bought by major labels, Macklemore has a way with words that makes you feel good. They even make their own music videos. Check out Thrift Shop.
The Musical Instrument Museum is one of the coolest places in the Valley. With exhibits that feature music from all over the world, there’s a lot to learn when your there. On Saturday, November 3, the MIM will be unveiling its new and improved hip hop exhibit with an all day event.
From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., you can immerse yourself in Hip-Hop culture through rhythmic sounds, beats, and B-boy movements. Hosted by Johnny Castro, co-founder of ILL-PHONIX (a collective of MCs, musicians, and artists), member of Furious Styles Crew, and instructor of Hip-Hop at Paradise Valley Community College, the day will be filled with fun.
Often called the Jimi Hendrix of DJing, Qbert will be performing. For a list of all the activities, click here.
For those of you who don’t recognize the name, you surely would recognize some of his music. Most famous for his bands Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service (more of a musical eruption of talent that only released one album back in 2003), Ben Gibbard is back with his second, and first completely solo album. Taking cues from his melodic driven past, his album Former Lives is sure not to disappoint. The most of the music is puts out is great anyway, this is just another one to add to the collection. Take a listen to the song Teardrop Windows.
It’s been 13 years since Ben Folds Five have released an album. That all changed on Sept. 18 with their newest album, The Sound of The Life of the Mind. It’s piano rock at its finest. Going back the roots we missed so dearly since the late ’90s. It’s been a long wait since we’ve the amazing piano riffs and slick bass lines of Ben Folds Five. The Sound of The Life of the Mind brings us back to over a decade ago when wore out our CD player with Brick and we couldn’t be happier. Check the title track of Ben Folds Five’s latest album.
Time for a ’90s throwback. It’s been 11 years since No Doubt has released a studio album and it’s been almost 20 years since the release of their spectacular Tragic Kingdom (that brought us hits like Just A Girl and Don’t Speak.) Released on September 21, No Doubt brings us Push and Shove. We have to say, we really enjoy the title track. It’s part back to their roots (ska remnants) with a contemporary twist that features synths. It’s catchy, fun, and really quite good. We don’t know about the whole album yet, but so far, we recommend Push and Shove. Take a listen to the title track.
We’ve waited three long years for Mumford and Sons to release a new album. The 2009 smash hit Sigh No More practically wore out our iPod. Well friends, the wait is over. Released on September 24, their new album, Babel, has exceeded our hopes. This folk band that hails from the U.K. is simply amazing. From them, we’ve learned that you don’t need fancy electronics to make good music, which is quite refreshing to see (and hear for that matter.) All you need is an acoustic guitar, stand-up bass, keyboards, and a banjo. It’s like these came straight out of yesteryear. Check out their single, which we’ve graciously provided you, I Will Wait.
It’s been two years since Band of Horses has released an album. September 18 changed that with the release of their fourth studio album, Mirage Rock. It’s a bit more happy than some of their other releases, but nonetheless we enjoy the seamless tones and melodies. The single, Knock Knock, featured in the video we provided, is a glimpse into the new album. Sure, it’s a bit corny, but we’ll always have a soft part in our hearts for Band of Horses.
It’s Madness. We mean that in a good way. The latest track from one of our favorites, Muse, is great. The UK group has done it again and we’re extremely excited for their newest album The 2nd Law. They’ve definitely have the budget for a great music video, so we hope you watch that as well. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. So if you have sometime while you’re at the office, grab some headphones and enjoy.