For the first time since the release of their third studio album in 2013, "Modern Vampires of the City", Vampire Weekend has released its fourth studio album today. Titled 'Father of the Bride', the album has 18 tracks and involves contributions from other artists such as iLoveMakonnen, Danielle Haim, and Vampire Weekend ex-member Rostam. Some notable tracks from 'Father of the Bride' include "Harmony Hall", "Sunflower", "Flower Moon", and "Unbearably White". To emphasize, the album's tracks discussed various topics that are affecting today's society, ranging from the rise of populist politics to the omnipresence of social media. In "Harmony Hall", the song
In the midst of a post blink-182 tour depression, Mark Hoppus decided he needed to self medicate with some collaboration. What he had intended to be a project involving multiple friends from bands he had worked with in the past, quickly turned into a new band all in of itself. Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low was the first to come over to jam, and the two knew they had stumbled onto something special. And so gave birth to Simple Creatures. The band released their first single "Drug" a few months ago, and it was the perfect introduction to the tight
Seventeen year old wunderkind Billie Eilish wastes no time stomping her foot down on her debut full length "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" After a brief vocal track of her declaring she has removed her invisalign, the creeping bass of "bad guy" seeps into your ears with a menacing bounce that will make you wanna get up and dance. This song really sets the tone for the album, a beautiful, bass driven collection of goth-pop songs that feel sometimes like the music we would've gotten from Lorde, or Taylor Swift had they grown up listening
"We have strong women in the family no question about it" states Taali's grandmother in the recorded track "For Michal"(about her great- great- great grandma's holocaust death) off the debut album I Am Here. A powerful statement that inform listeners what we need to know about Jewish contemporary pop singer Taali. New York native/L.A based songwriter and engineer shows she's an authentic artist as she incorporates her traditional Judaic culture, lineage, and identity into her work. The fifteen-track album itself is a spiritual journey of storytelling through inspiring lyrics. Her opening song "Release" is the right introduction that hooks an audience in
Amber Bain - a.k.a. The Japanese House, has been not so quietly making a name for herself over the past 4 years. With an impressive collection of EP's and singles already under her belt, Bain has finally released her debut full length Good at Falling. The album continues to showcase the sound Bain has used the past four years to hone in on, a mix of synth and guitar that blends into a trance like indie pop that's impossible not to get lost in. Bain takes on the bulk of the songwriting weight for the Japanese House, but does get some
British synth-rock trio White Lies (Harry McVeigh, Charles Cave, & Jack Lawrence) have been recording and touring for the past decade. They've had their own share of supporting acts and headlining at venues. They have gained much love from all over as fans sing along their older hits to new favorites. Their fifth album Five is out now and B-Sides got the chance to chat with frontman Harry about the new album and the thrill performing it live. Harry you lived in San Francisco for awhile. Did the new living environment on the West Coast or exposure to American life influence any
The twenty-four year old Scottish pop singer, Nina Nesbitt, has blossomed since her debut album Peroxide and is proud of her sophomore record The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change from her new label Cooking Vinyl. The title is from her last track on the album, which the idea came from walking in London where she lived. Nesbitt explains the philosophical meaning behind the name; "It reminds people everything in life is temporary-- whether good or bad. Just be aware. It'll change." Nesbitt shares her latest creation to the world this month embarking on her next tour. Nesbitt describes her album
It wasn't hard to find good music in 2018 as there were many artists pushing the boundaries in pop, hip-hop and rock. In a year of the "algorithm" artists, many artists sought inspiration from both the classics and the traditional approach to songwriting, to the modern use of technology for collaboration and taking advantage of the advances in technology to create sounds that were never-before heard. New artists made strong debuts in 2018, some of which made our year-end list, demonstrating that once again showed that the full-length format is not only just as strong as it was in the
Given the amount of critical acclaim, and hype that has surrounded Courtney Barnett, it can be a little startling to realize her newest release "Tell Me How You Really Feel" is only her sophomore solo album. Her breakthrough 2015 debut album "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit," dazzled fans and critics alike with her profound penchant for wordy, verbose lyricism, compared to none other than the king lyricist himself Bob Dylan. She followed it up in 2017 with a joint album alongside Kurt Vile, but her newest release see's her back in the driver seat, alone.
Since their last release almost five years ago, Franz Ferdinand return with a slightly altered lineup on Always Ascending, released February 9th.<!—more—> Not quite fifteen years since Franz Ferdinand made their international breakthrough with the catchy single “Take Me Out”, the band finds themselves in a much different musical atmosphere trying to catch the attention their debut attracted. The danceable pop rock of the early 2000s, with its clean and crisp guitars and nerdy aesthetics, has certainly evolved into a more electronic territory as many bands from that era spent the last decade meticulously blending the genres with few enjoyable results.
London based rock band Wolf Alice released their romantic and noisy second album Visions of a Life September 29th, displaying growth as a band and a step in the right direction from their 2015 debut, My Love is Cool. <!—more—> My Love is Cool debuted the quartet’s distinct sound as a mixture of pop rock and melodic folk style songwriting, but the band has fine tuned the sound and added a deeper contrast of many styles. The two years between releases were used wisely by the band, intensive touring, organizing charity gigs for refugees, and also performing at a concert protesting the
I love good, midwestern rock n roll. Like really love it, almost as much as I love Iron Maiden, Snoop Dogg, or The Sex Pistols. There is just something inherently good about a John Mellencamp song, Ryan Adams lullaby, or Tom Petty (sob) cut. I also found that same Midwestern charm in bands like Husker Du and The Replacements. Just all around great songwriting with no pretensions. 15629
The Killers burst onto the scene in the early 00s with a fresh sound and approach with a hint to the past. Hot Fuss was a magical ride of 80s inspired pop riffs with a swanky songwriting ability that caused earworms in the brain. Sam’s Town went a little darker, a little deeper, but still with songs that cut to the core. Day and Age and Battle Born came and went, and now here we are still looking, I think, for that next Hot Fuss, which is most likely never going to happen. With a debut album as big as