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3 Is A Band: Fiction Plane

In today’s preparation for our #3IsABand series, I wanted to do something special and decided on a band, who I came to love in early 2009: Fiction Plane.  I was lucky enough to see Fiction Plane performing live on August 13th 2009, at Mercury Lounge. It was an early show and I made[…]

2014 Top 10 to 6: Elke’s Choice

10. Royal Blood – Royal Blood Before the album officially came out in late August, there were at least two songs of this upcoming record being played in heavy rotation on streaming radio like Shazam or Spotify: Out Of The Black and Come on Over. Both are strong, high energy songs with a[…]

2014 Top 10 to 6: Oliver’s Choice

These are the our first yearly top ten lists under the glamglare umbrella, but we still chickened out before the prospect to having to agree on a single selection of albums. In any case, we put our money where the mouth is and have bought every album listed here on[…]

NEW MUSIC from Germany

New Music from Germany We’re off to a holiday visit to our home country and that s a good reason to introduce some new music from Germany. However, when I compiled the World Cup playlist this summer, to my surprise I realized how hard it was to find contemporary Germany[…]

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Blonde Redhead – Dripping

It was not too easy to find a video of the week this time. Blonde Redhead, after we went to their show last week, felt like a little too obvious choice and it is in the end just a classic band performance video. But the overall video selection is small[…]

3 Is A Band: Ballet School

Since I’ll be heading to Germany in a couple of hours, thinking of a three piece band, Ballet School from Berlin came to mind. Rosie Blair (vocals, guitar), Michel Jun Colett (guitar) and Louis McGuire (drums) are a band since 2011 and together they’re not only relentlessly touring Europe but North America as well.[…]

Blonde Redhead live at Music Hall of Williamsburg

The thing with Blonde Redhead is that they have been around for 21 years, since 1993. That is long before the Internet became mainstream and even longer before anybody could think of how technology would change music and the rest of the world. Much of the the audience (Elke and[…]

FIRST LISTEN: Little Boots – Business Pleasure EP

Like FKA twigs English musician Victoria Hesketh goes to market under her nickname. She also writes and performs electronic music, but more on the danceable elctro-pop side. Her new EP Electronic Pleasure came out yesterday and caught my eye after seeing her name on the lineup for the Brooklyn Electronic[…]

Ugo live at Spike Hill

There’s increasingly less time left to see and hear some great music on Bedford Avenue’s Spike Hill, yet luckily I cought a really cool act past Saturday: Ugo from Boston – a project fronted by Chris Lee. There were five people on stage: two singing and rapping vocalists, a drummer,[…]

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: EMA – 3Jane

EMA’s song about being losing yourself in the cyberspace, perfectly set into a futuristic environment, including an android and a drone.

3 Is A Band: PVRIS

Oddly enough, one of the first things I knew about PVRIS is that they’re from Lowell, Massachusetts – an old industrial town I’ve been to in 2006 to see a friend perform on stage there. And THEN I found out that PVRIS are a true trio, a real 3 Is[…]

FIRST LISTEN: September Girls – Veneer EP

September Girls, a five-piece from Dublin, was one of my discoveries of this year’s CMJ festival. They delivered a great performance and now they have backed it up with a new EP Veneer, the follup-up to their 2013 debut album Cursing the Sea. September Girls feature two main vocalists, backed[…]

NEW ALBUM: Firestations – Never Closer

Naturally, the closer we get to each year’s end, the less new album releases we see, which however can be regarded as an advantage for new and upcoming bands, like Firestations for example. The five piece hails from the UK, calling North East London their home, and has just released their[…]