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Fox & Woman formed in 2010 when Jess Silva (vocals), Andrew Nelson(guitar, keys), and Emily Haltom (vocals, violin, keys) started playing at a weekly street poetry gathering in San Francisco’s Mission District. As an acoustic trio, they rehearsed and wrote songs in the basement of a local antiques store, discovering a shared desire to stretch pop song forms to accommodate unconventional rhythms and harmonies.
Eight years in the making, Daft Punk’s latest album Random Access Memories is now available to stream online for free.
Just a couple of days after I found my groove listening to Sydney-based producer Isaac Tichauer‘s Take Over You (thanks Jamila), the fine folks at French Express have decided to give away his whole Take Over You EP for the fine price of free. You can’t help but love a label like French Press, who so consistently release highly acclaimed records for free to the masses.
Flies, frogs, owls, wildebeest and other animals populate the songs on The Wilderness, The Handsome Family’s first new studio album for four years. Through a fascinating collection of myths, legends and true stories, mysteries of the animal kingdom are revealed and we see our own world in a new light.
On Mayday we celebrated the release of the new Rob St. John double A-side single Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey/Shallow Brown
Internationally raised by way of NYC, Roxiny Rivas – Roxiny to you and I – releases her latest throwback to the 80s in the form of single ‘Cheree’ this month. Showcasing retro, reggae vibes, a gorgeous video featuring the woman herself and rare footage of The Big Apple during the 1980s, ‘Cheree’ displays the Latin Princess’ uplifting side with upbeat, down tempo melodies and bouncing bass rhythms.
“On Your Own (Pt. 2)” is the latest darkly comedic step towards Fryars’ debut album, which is looking increasingly like it could be filed somewhere near Autre Ne Veut in your record collection, though of course with the addition of Benjamin Garrett’s unique take on despondent pop music.
Having been one of the first UK blogs to write and interview Velvet Two Stripes, tipping them for BBC 6 Music and presenting them with one of our famous “Pipster” awards last year, we are obviously delighted by news of their announcement of their first official UK release.
Emerging from their grubby bedrooms, Weirds are a bunch of teenagers who create driving, turbulent, psychedelic rock.
Baz Luhrman’s version of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a tale of garish American society in the roaring 20’s starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan is undoubtedly going to be one of the major cinematic blockbuster releases of 2013. From a musical perspective it comes with a big hitting soundtrack as well, including the likes of Jay-Z, The XX, Jack White, Florence & The Machine, Sia and the wonderful Lana Del Rey.