Ah, yes. The ridiculously popular folk band Mumford & Sons is back and with a new track. Hopeless Wanderer still has the banjo-driven ballad you’ve been used to it but we can’t help but stomp our feet and look up the lyrics while listening. The song comes off of their number 1 album Babel. So, you may be saying that the song is old. Just watch the video and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. For those of you who don’t know, that’s Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, and Will Forte.
Pretty Lights has a unique sound. He mixes electronic dance music with old-time-sounding trumpets. This gives, at least songs, a cool retro feel while staying current with the EDM trend. The cool thing about it is that he didn’t just take samples from other songs. All the loops were made by him, which is something you don’t see in this genre very much. Pretty Lights’ new album, A Color Map of the Sun, was released earlier this month and has gotten some pretty decent reviews.
You’ve definitely heard the song Lights by Ellie Goulding. It was number 1 on the charts for quite some time. Ellie has this cool mix of dance/pop and live instruments, many of which she can play. Late last year, Ellie blew audiences away with her second album Halcyon. This year, her third album Halcyon Days will drop. This album kind of like a re-release of the second and features remixes of the songs. If you choose to purchase the deluxe version, you’ll get 18 brand new songs along with the remixes. Check out one of the remixes: Tessellate (Alt-J cover) — “Une Nuit à Paris”
John Mayer is one of those that you can’t help but respect. He is an extremely talented guiar player and musician. Known for his… Out going personality, John has dominated the tops of the pop charts for years now. One thing you should know about John Mayer, is that he is an incredible blues musician. His new album, Paradise Valley, is due to be released on August 13. This track, Waiting On The Day, has a good mix of blues and pop-ballad. We can only hope that there will be more blues on this record.
Can you believe it’s almost been four years since Jay Z has released a solo album? Sure, he’s been around, collaborating with Kanye West among other things. Released on the Fourth of July, his new album Magna Carta is everything you could hope from a hip hop album. The album features collaborations with top artists like Rick Ross, Nas, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce Knowles, and Frank Ocean. This is Holy Grail, featuring Justin Timberlake.
You probably recognize Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros from their giant hit a couple years ago, Home. That song played in countless weddings, movies, and TV shows when it blew it up. They’ve had numerous hits since then and we can imagine their upcoming self-titled album will have many more. It’s easy listening, catchy, easy to sing to. The album is due to be released on July 23. For a sneak peak, check out the track Better Days.
The National is probably the best indie rock band you’ve never heard of. They’ve been around since 1999 and definitely deserve more recognition than they currently get. Their biggest break came from the 2011 movie Warrior, starring Tom Hardy. Their song About Today played during the climax of the film, if you’ve seen it. Anyway, The National have something very gritty and dark about their music. It’s the type of music that makes you want to just sit and contemplate things. Their newest and sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me, is no different. Check out this track, Don’t Swallow the Cap.
When the 90s came and went, techno was all the rage. When the 2000s started, that gigantic love for electronic music seemed to disappear. Well, for the last couple of years electronic dance music or EDM has made a huge comeback. Thanks to bands like Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, and Justice, EDM has been keeping music festivals crowded and full of eager dancers. Justice, the French house music group, has released a new album last month, Access All Arenas. The title is fitting seeing how they’ll be selling out arenas all over the world. Check it out.
Zooey Deschanel, aside from being a talented actress, is also an incredible musician. She teamed up with indie rocker M. Ward to create She & Him. Relaxing tunes with instruments like a ukulele, piano, and acoustic guitar, She & Him blend indie rock with a small dose of country. It really is something unique when compared to other contemporary music. Volume 3, their fourth and newest album, hit the stores last month and peaked at number 15 on charts. Check out the single Never Wanted Your Love.
Well, one of the biggest rappers and producers around, Kanye West, will be coming a out with a new album in a couple weeks. Yeezus is scheduled to be released on June 18. We always thought Kanye was kind of a tool but we have to admit that he is a talented song-writer and rapper. He’s also supposed to make an appearance in Will Ferrell’s sequel to Anchorman. So, how bad can Kanye be? It might be a good idea not to answer that question on a public forum like this. Anyway, here’s Kanye performing a track from his new album on SNL. His theatrics are cool.
Have you heard of Sigur Rós? From Iceland, the band is the epitome of epic (we don’t like throwing that word around, either.) Post rock meets ambient, they’re music can be truly moving and intense at the same time. They’ve released six albums since 1997, and you’ve probably heard some of their music from famous movies like Life Aquatic, Vanilla Sky, and 127 Hours. After a brief hiatus, the band is back with a new track and a new album, Kveikur, to be released on June 12. Check out the single, Brennisteinn.
Local rockers Jimmy Eat World will be coming out with a new album next month. Jimmy Eat World is probably one of the biggest bands to come out of the Valley. It was cool watching them start from a local group to selling out stadiums. Though, they have been out of the limelight for a couple years. It has been about three years since their last release. Their new album, Damages, brings back the catchy indie rock we love so much. Check out their single, I Will Steal You Back. They have indeed stolen us back.
The Appleseed Cast is probably the best band you’ve never heard of. Indie rock with a flair of the 90′s, Appleseed cast has been around since 1998. Back then, their debut album, The End of the Ring Wars, pretty much pioneered the start of the “emo” movement. Fifteen years later, their back with a new record, Illuminati Ritual. While touring extensively to promote this album, the band’s van was run off the road and they lost around $8,000 worth of equipment, according to Pitchfork. They are currently fundraising to get back on the road. Check out the title track on their Illuminati Ritual.
Vampire Weekend may be one of the best bands today. Forming in 2006, the indie band has had many successful hits, even though they’ve only released two previous albums. The band has spent almost two years writing and recording. Their newest one, Modern Vampires of the City, is due out on May 7, we’re very excited for this latest album and we’re sure it’s going to be a hit. Check out the single Step. Fun fact: this music video was directed by actor Steve Buscemi.
If you’ve never heard of Portugal. The Man, then you’re missing out. This indie rock band has been around for almost decade and have released a stunning eight full-length albums (not including a handful of extended plays) since 2004. Catchy hooks and choruses that just make you feel good, Portugal has everything you could want from a rock and roll band these days. The coolest thing about the band is that write, record, and distribute everything themselves. You have to respect a band that does what they love and does it all on their own. Their new album, Evil Friends, drops on June 4. Here is the single and title track off that album.
Today’s new music is all about new-age hip hop. Tyler, The Creator is the young (only 22-years-old) mind behind the wildly successful rap group Odd Future. Recently, Tyler has been making his own records. Earlier this month he released Wolf on OddFuture records. Tyler is known for his quirky antics and devil-may-care attitude. Both of those traits have gotten him into trouble but he doesn’t give a s***. He can be a bit controversial but big time names like Pharrell Williams recognize his potential. His rhymes are definitely not safe for work or underage ears for that matter but we think it’s awesome that Tyler can write, rap, say whatever he wants and obviously doesn’t care if there’s a repercussion.
If you haven’t listening to Cold War Kids then you’re missing out. The quartet from Long Beach have been putting out quality music since 2005. Their latest album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is no exception. They’re are one of the few indie rock bands to come out of southern California and truly “make it.” It’s catchy with the perfect blend of pop and blues. You should probably pick up this album. To help you decide, here’s the track Miracle Mile.
Daft Punk, arguably the most popular electronic band in the world, will be releasing a new album on May, 21. They’ve been around for 20 years and have paved the way for modern-day electronic music. Their 2001 album, Discovery, is a classic in our books and their upcoming album, Random Access Memories, is sure to follow that. All we’ve heard so far is this little teaser of the album and right away you can tell it goes back to their roots.
It’s Monday and that means it is time to get your weekly dose of new music. Today, we’re going the surf rock route. Wavves released their debut, self-titled album back in 2008. For those of you not familiar with surf rock, or sometimes to referred to as noise rock, the genre gained popularity in the early 1960s, especially in southern California. It’s always cool seeing contemporary bands take cues from the early days of rock and roll. Wavves’ newest album, Afraid of Heights, comes out tomorrow, March 26. This is the first single, called Demon to Lean On. Enjoy.
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.