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NEW MUSIC: Laura Groves – Committed Language

Let a song start with synthesized mallets and I’m already sold. But from there Laura Grove’s Committed Language becomes only better: she adds more bright synth and vocal layers to something that reminds me on a Kate Bush or Empress Of song. The EP is out soon and I’m already[…]

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Zhala – Aerobic Lambada

This is Zhala’s second video for Aerobic Lambada. Not a postive and minimalistic as her first one, it is rather nightmarish affair: It finds Zhala in the Swedish forest by night and involves a pomegranate fruit. The song is great and I have probably already mentioned that Zhala is an[…]

Adryelle, Feral The Earthworm and Fifth Nation live at Trash Bar

Tuesday night we ventured out to Trash Bar to see Adryelle, an electronic music artist from Baltimore. She is like a darker and less flashy version of Grimes – she also performs alone behind a desk using loops and samples to create her music right there on stage. Last year’s[…]

SXSW MUST SEE: Catfish and the Bottlemen

Must See for SXSW are Catfish and the Bottlemen, making their US touring debut over from Wales and if I ever had only seen them performing on Letterman (unlikely, because I don’t watch TV), I would not have really been impressed. Looks too much like a Julian Casablancas impersonation (huge fan!) and overall[…]

LIFE SOUNDTRACK: The Strokes – Is This It

Lately, I’ve been referencing The Strokes too often to not finally come back to them for glamglare’s LifeSoundtrack series. By the time, The Strokes have put out their first album, Is This It in July 2001 (click on the link to read about the album cover controversy), I lived already in[…]

FIRST LISTEN: Nite Fields – Depersonalization

Nite Fields is surly an apt name for this Australian band of four. The music is dark and I can hear 80s gloom rock staples Joy Division, The Cure and The Chameleons in it. Most songs center around a melodic guitar line and Danny Venzin’s deep voice. My favorite songs[…]

SXSW MUST SEE: Swervedriver

Like every appealing music festival, SXSW also ensures to bring on a few of the big name bands or pioneers/legacies in their field. This year, not only Australia’s The Church will be headlining the festival, but 90s shoegazers Swervedriver are making a stop in Austin too, while touring the US[…]

SXSW MUST SEE: DMA’s

DMA’s are three friends from Newton, South Australia. They got signed to I OH YOU without even having played (together as a band) live before. Their videos are refreshingly different, because the three sport a, decisively, nerdy/geeky look but their sound is anything but. The songs on their EP are catchy[…]

NEW MUSIC: Lower Dens – To Die in L.A.

The Lower Dens have an interesting music journey behind them. Listen to their first album or even to Jana Hunter’s solo work before and then this. I really like it – how about a late registration in Austin?

SXSW MUST SEE: Sexores

Sexores are a three-piece from Barcelona via Latin America. They call their music dream pop and rightfully so: Below the Rainbow feels like a dream, with the vocals barely raise over thick guitar layers.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Zola Jesus – Hunger

Hunger is the third video off Zola Jesus’ last record Taiga. It is our favorite song and the video is simple and fun: it shows Nika Danilova doing some sort of twisted variation of yoga or standing model for various statues. Or whatever else you want to interpret into what[…]

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[…]