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MUSIC BUZZ: SXSW // Taylor Swift // Spotify

It’s a mere seven weeks to SXSW Music. The list of showcasing artists is already impressive, with more joining every week. Elke and I are working through this list and trying to listen to as much music as possible. Find our discoveries here and on our Facebook page. One thing[…]

3 Is A Band: Young Empires

While listening to Young Empires‘ debut EP Wake All My Youth, I had to check once, twice and then again to make sure I read correctly: Young Empires do NOT come from Australia? The land of up-beat, positive and lush sounds? The land with a seemingly endless supply of joyful electro-pop[…]

Throwback: Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy

1984 was the year when I had to decide what to do with my life and in the spur of a moment, instead of pursuing a university degree, I decided to pick up a trade and started an apprenticeship as hairdresser in the town I’ve lived all my life. A small[…]

NEW ALBUM: The Sidekicks – Runners In The Nerved World

This might very well be the album I’ve listened to the most in this still very young year of 2015. Hailing from Columbus, OH, The Sidekicks have released an immediately appealing new album with Runners In The Nerved World. The music is mainly upbeat, the songs are catchy and there’s a lot[…]

Zola Jesus live at St. Vitus

Fortunately, when Zola Jesus announced an “intimate show at St. Vitus”, I just saw her tweet passing by and could secure tickets immediately. Last Fall, I saw her at Webster Hall with the bonus of a full horn section and three additional musicians. But, when it comes to live shows,[…]

NEW MUSIC: Emika – Klavirni

Normally, I wouldn’t be drawn to a record with 13 acoustic piano tracks, all named Dilo. But I love Emika dearly and I actually liked her previous piano work a lot: the closer of Emika, Closing Credits always gets me with its dark intensity and her 2003 Klavirni EP with[…]

NEW MUSIC: Sea Change – Square

Sea Change is the stage name of Ellen Sunde from Norway. Her music is melodic and glistening and her voice reminds me of Empress Of or Salt Cathedral. She releases her first record Breakage on February 23rd. Her first challange will be to step out of Beck’s shadow, whose 2002[…]

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Color War – Shapeshifting

Although this video has already been released last fall, it is too good to let it pass. Filmmaker Crystal Moselle did this video for the Brooklyn electronic music duo Color War. The song is great, but juxtaposing it with three young ballet dancers having fun all over Manhattan is genius.[…]

FIRST LISTEN: Until The Ribbon Breaks – A Lesson Unlearnt

When we saw Until The Ribbon Breaks last year in Austin on our way to see a different band. I remember, I liked them, but I was more concerned with freezing on the open deck of Maggie Mae’s and the deadly accident that happened close by that night. Now they[…]