This video is wildly entertaining and worth it just to see Sufjan in rare form. And if you haven’t checked out Sisyphus’ debut album, which features work from Sufjan, producer Son Lux, and rapper Serengeti, then you must.
If this video doesn’t make you want to get up and dance (or at least smile), you may want to check your pulse. It’s worth it for their outfits alone. If you haven’t gotten your hands on their debut album, “Blonde” or seen one of their shows yet, what are you waiting for? It’s infectious, sun drenched electro pop that is sure to provide the perfect soundtrack to your spring and summer.
If you don’t know Sam Smith now, you will soon. He’s going to gain more exposure and popularity after appearing on this week’s Saturday Night Live as the musical guest. His voice is something to be treasured and something you absolutely need to hear. So soulful and moving.
Check out his new song here:
I’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of this album for a while. It will officially be available for purchase on April 1 (so soon!), but it’s now streaming on NME. If you’re into “heavy,” emotionally charged indie rock, you’ll definitely want to check this out. Their sound is definitely more intense and driving than it was on their 2011 album, “Simple Math.” They’ll be on tour in April and May with Balance and Composure (another amazing, must see band) and Kevin Devine. Such a great lineup.
Stream their upcoming album, “Cope,” here:
The album is available for pre-order here, so be sure to support this talented, hardworking band and try to see them on tour as well…
If you’re in the mood for fun, poppy indie rock, check out “Forcefield,” the latest from Tokyo Police Club. Not surprisingly, their sound has shifted since their last release, 2010’s “Champ.” This new album feels a little lighter and more mature than the louder, slightly frenetic sound they crafted in their earlier work. The band has achieved an electro-pop-meets- power-pop type of sound and it really works. It’s almost like what you’d get if you crossed Passion Pit with The Strokes.
Standout tracks include the instantly catchy “Hot Tonight,” “Toy Guns,” and the more chill closing songs “Through The Wire,” and “Feel The Effect.”
If you’re into chill instrumental rock or if you’re a fan of Explosions in the Sky, you’re in for a treat. Mark Smith from Explosions in the Sky and Matthew Cooper, an ambient artist who records under the alias “Eluvium,” have joined forces to create a new project called “Inventions.”
Their self titled album, due out on April 1, is now available to stream via NPR.
The Black Keys just released “Fever,” the first single from their upcoming album (out May 13), and you’ll definitely want to turn it up and rock out to it. I’m sure it will be all over the place this summer…
Check it out here: