The Japanese sludge/doom rock trio, BORIS, take their name from a song on grunge godfathers the Melvins' 'Bullhead' album. They have a lot in common with the Melvins musically, including a fondness for heavily downtuned guitar/bass tones and exceedingly slow tempos. But they also incorporate elements variously drawn from other sources, including psychedelic rock, punk, noise, minimalism, pure sludge-drone music and more. Although its groundbreaking album, 'Pink,' was not released until 2006, the trio-drummer Atsuo, lead guitar player Wata and bassist Takeshi-have been grazing their unique sonic turf since the early 1990s.
Drive Like Jehu is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego active from 1990 to 1995. Formed by rhythm guitarist and vocalist Rick Froberg and lead guitarist John Reis following the breakup of their band Pitchfork, the band's lineup also included bassist Mike Kennedy and drummer Mark Trombino.
American DJs compete for a spot in December's World DJ Championships, taking place in Chile. This year's featured acts are Boi Jeanius, Ease, Mike 2600, Trayze, Jaycee and Supagi, with special guests DJ Jazzy Jeff, Skratch Bastid and Byte.
90's dream pop band Belly reunite for a summer tour. Formed by Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, the Breeders) in 1991, the band also features Thomas Gorman and Chris Gorman. The group released two albums-1993's debut LP Star and 1995's King, before breaking up in 1996.
Envy on the Coast is an experimental alternative rock band from Long Island, New York, headed by Ryan Hunter. Envy On The Coast is made up of the ashes of three former Long Island bands, the pop punk tinged 3 Minute Warning, Kingston 12 and the post-hardcore band Guilt Like Gravity.
Liverpool's Echo and the Bunnymen have had an illustrious 25- plus-year career, spanning a sonic range of dark post-punk and pyschedelic sounds that have made them one of the most successful bands in the U.K. Sonic hypnosis, aching anthems, pop sensibilities, brooding indie magnificence, semi-funk riffs and charming guitar lines - whatever elements a particular song contains, Echo and the Bunnymen have refused to be categorized by any genre. Their most recent album, 'Siberia,' was released during the fall of 2005.
Songwriter/producer Derek Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss comprise Sleigh Bells, an experimental pop duo out of Brooklyn that began earning its first fans after a breakout performance at the 2009 CMJ Festival. The musicians formed the group in New York, where Miller had relocated in the hopes of starting a new project. He found his ideal partner in Krauss, a former vocalist for the teenaged girl group Rubyblue, and the two began creating a batch of demos that combined pop hooks with loud, rhythmic crunch. The duo signed to M.I.A.'s boutique label N.E.E.T. and released their debut album, "Treats," in 2010. Now with the label, Mom + Pop, they have released their third studio album entitled "Bitter Rivals."
Corinne Bailey Rae shot straight onto the UK charts at No. 1 with her 2006 eponymous debut album, and immediately went platinum. Her soulful voice and beautiful songs have earned comparisons with Billie Holiday, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and even Bjork, but Corinne's elegant grace is all her own.
After her highly-acclaimed debut Strange Cacti landed in the hands of listeners, it became very obvious the special presence Angel Olsen offered to listeners. She had a fresh edge to her sound, a warm and wonderful range, and a level of skill and charm out of this world.
Having paired off in other local Buffalo, NY combos (frontman Shaant Hacikyan and guitarist Jeff Czum in one, drummer Tom Falcone in another), Cute Is What We Aim For came together in 2005, driven by a shared desire to cast their own upbeat spin onto modern pop.
Klingande is comprised of childhood friends Cedric and Edgar from Croix in northern France who formed the duo after being united by their love of electronic artists such as Klangkarussell, Bakermat and Nico Pusch.
Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski started Blind Pilot in 2007. Friends since college, Israel and Ryan have traveled many a mile to get where they are today-literally. in 2008 Israel and Ryan embarked on a West Coast bike tour. This wasn't a tour where they rode bikes, and had a van hauling the equipment. They hauled everything on their bikes. No gas. 100% leg powered. Playing little towns that don't often get shows by "touring bands" - they were able to share their brand of music with people who weren't particularly familiar with indie-pop, or indie anything. But they found that heartfelt lyrics and beautiful music appeal to just about everyone. In fact, they completely sold out of their EPs. They returned to Portland anxious to complete their first full-length album. The group, now a six piece ensemble, features multi-instrumentalists Kati Claborn and Dave Jorgensen, bassist Luke Ydstie and vibraphonist Ian Krist.
Rachael Yamagata's songs have been featured on many television shows, including "The O.C.," "How I Met Your Mother," "Grey's Anatomy," "NCIS: New Orleans." The Philadelphia native used to be a backup singer for Ryan Adams. Early in her solo career she specialized in what Rolling Stone called "a coffeeshop sound," but has moved into a sound that is less pretty and has darker subject matter.
British singer/songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg is known for his blend of folk, punk-rock, and protest music. His music is a combination of poetry and political comment, with a dash of romance.
Russian Circles is a three piece instrumental band from Chicago. It would be tough to imagine that a band would be able to develop its own unique presence and innovation with such solid groundwork in the instrumental genre. However, Russian Circles does bring something new to the table. Their songs feel incredibly narrative and linear. There is no angular flash or mathematical flair. These songs stream through themes and by no means build on just one repeating idea. They are gargantuan in scope. They flow seamlessly from beautiful soft ambience to truly defined melody to massively thick heaviness with a gradual progression that never leaves you lost. Variety is no gimmick and they are a band that does not just vacillate within an achieved sonic identity.