With a banjo in one hand and a synthesizer in the other, New York’s Freelance Whales have left their fans wanting more ever since releasing their electronic-folk hybrid of a debut Weathervanes in 2009. Last month they ended their quiet spell, releasing “Locked Out,” and now “Spitting Image,” both singles from the upcoming album Diluvia. As opposed to the synth-laden “Locked Out,” this new track features bits and pieces of electronics scattered throughout, but is mostly anchored by guitar picking and topped off with Doris Cellar’s cool, airy vocals. With two very different singles it’s tough to imagine what Diluvia will be like. It seems the band is going for more of a synthesized sound, but here’s hoping for a little bit more banjo.
Diluvia is set to be released October 9th by Mom + Pop Music and Frenchkiss Records.
Well this weekend is certainly a busy one here in Denver. For those of you not into dirty beats, which will be had at “Return of the Ninja” at Vinyl Nightclub, we have a really bad ass alternative. This Saturday the 25th, Chicago-based electronica act Supreme Cuts is rolling through the Bluebird Theater. After spending countless hours diving into their album, Whispers in the Dark, and watching the above video, we can honestly say we’re beyond stoked to see these guys play live.
Add in the fact that it’s a Saturday night show, and that they’re coming with Minnesota’s indie group Polica, you have no reason not to check it out.
If you’ve been following our blog for a few months, you know that Meg Myers is one of our favorites. Between an ever-so-entertaining interview filled with silly antics and hilarity, to listing her as one of our Top Up-and-Coming Indie Artists to watch out for on Staged Incident, there’s no mystery that we dig her musical stylings.
We recently headed out to LA for a ninja vacation. The trip in and of itself was fantastic. Great food, copious amounts of adult beverages, Disneyland (!), and the beach. All of that was good and well, but the pinnacle of the trip came at the Bootleg Theater in Silverlake. Amongst the sea of hipsters, my friend and I ordered Mama’s Little Yella Pilsner and awkwardly waited for Meg to come on. We’ll venture out and say this: Meg has only been performing at this level for a short time, but her stage presence is already well-defined. She knows how to work the crowd, while still maintaining a reserved composure.
Her set was brief, as she doesn’t have a lot of music recorded, but what we saw was enchanting. She ranges from softer tracks like “After You,” to more aggressive tracks like “Curbstomp.” While her vocal range is tested throughout the set, she always maintains a dark, mysterious aura that lures the crowd in. We were able to sing along with most tracks, but one caught us off gaurd. Meg played a new track called “Heart Heart Head.” This track should be laid down in the studio in the next month or so, so keep your ears peeled. It was fantastic.
Catch Meg Myers this Monday at the Bootleg in Silverlake. The show is free, but worth so much more.
September 14, 2009. That is the date MuseThe Resistance came out. Three years down the road and my impatience only has to wait 39 more days. To make the wait easier to bear the English band released Madness, their first single from their forthcoming album The 2nd Law. After putting out a triumphant song for the London Olympics this summer, excitement began to grow over the thought of the new music that was sure to come. Starting off leaning heavily on the pulsating synth, this song slowly progresses showing off the talents from all corners of the band. Taking all of four minutes to climax, it will have you waiting as impatiently as I am for the next 39 days to get here a little faster. Go to the official Muse websiteto pre-order your copy of The 2nd Law.
Please prepare yourself. This bootleg by Shapes of Light is about to hit you as gently as a ton of bricks. From the start the Miami and Stockholm based producers, Andrew Berman and Nicolas Russo-Larson respectively, show slight hints of the chaos that is soon to ensue. But nothing can really prepare one for what drops in at two minutes. This bootleg of Atom features a newfound filthiness that did not previously exist in this track. Throw this on your weekend track list and it will prove to be one of the quickest ways to get a crowd of people to go nuts.
Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.
Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.
MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
For all three shows this weekend, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Can’t wait to see you down there!
While hip-hop continues to lack extensive positive female representation, artists like Rapsody and Nitty Scott MC provide living proof that there is a place for lyrical, conscious ladies in the genre. On the first single from her upcoming EP “The Boombox Diaries Vol. 1,” Nitty enlists the talented, Compton-based rising star, Kendrick Lamar, to cultivate a soulful chorus and a powerful anchoring verse. “Flower Child” features a deep, west-coast bass line and some calming, jazzy piano with Nitty delivering an innovative, organic flow all the while exuding the steez and grace of a Queen Latifah. As usual, Kendrick delivers with his unique style creating vocals in perfect contrast to the instrumental.
Check out the soothing and intelligent “Flower Child” below and support this up ‘n comer by pre-ordering and copping “The Boombox Diaries Vol. 1,” due out on August 28th, on iTunes.