August 20, 2014 This is the fourth year that I’ve attended Outside Lands Music Festival in foggy Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, with my father. Yes, my father who is both half a century old and at least one-and-a-half times the age of many of musicians to which he listens (he won’t appreciate that, as far as any of you know he’s still in his mid-30s).
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October 17, 2013 This week, you’ve been hearing bits and pieces about the CMJ Music Marathon, which New York City is currently smack in the midst of. In spite of the festival’s 1,300-plus acts, we can’t help from fixating on the lineup, which includes established artists like The Dismemberment Plan and Placebo (who played their first show together in six years Tuesday night), as well as countless new and emerging bands. We’re especially excited for the debut performances of several of our own featured artists, including BASECAMP, NONONO and Duologue. As the music marathon continues with today’s College Day (stream it live here) we’ve put together a list of acts playing the festival who you should definitely know about. Check them out below. BASECAMP This emergent trio of producers from Nashville made their CMJ debut at The Bowery last night and will also play three more shows this weekend. In August, their quietly released self-titled EP revealed four stunning songs of downtempo electronic with shades of R&B. Download it for free here and stay tuned for more on the group from Ones To Watch. PAPA L.A. locals Darren Weiss and Daniel Presant’s brand of jingly pop-rock takes its time to grow on the ears: you have to kind of let it slowly swish around your brain before the impact takes. Their debut LP, Tender Madness, has been making impressions this way since it released earlier this month. Stream it on Rdio here. Bishop Nehru This ambitious New Yorker keeps a coolly conscious profile way beyond his years, having already collaborated with J. Dilla at the ripe age of 16. The rapper and producer named himself after Tupac’s character in the 1992 crime film Juice and the former independence leader and Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Jonathan Rado For those of you mourning the quick rise and fall of Foxygen, former frontman Jonathan Rado brings the lo-fi, sixties-reminiscent alt-rock sounds to Law and Order, his solo effort which debuted last month. NONONO One of the buzziest premiere bands this CMJ have been Stockholm’s NONONO. Singer Stina Wäppling, a former psychology student at Brighton, teamed up with producers Astma and Rocwell to produce one of this fall’s most elated indie-pop singles,“Pumpin Blood,” which has already spawned countless remixes. Ryan Hemsworth Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth’s keeps the electronic music quotient guessing with his unique mixing of shoegaze-y samples that touch on hip-hop. You can stream his latest album, Guilt Trips, via Pitchfork here. Torres Torres is 22-year-old singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott. Based in New York (by way of Nashville, Tennessee), Torres’ ardent, brooding voice translates over into a stirring live show. Her self-released, self-titled LP debuted earlier this year, featuring wonder tracks “Honey” and “Come To Terms.” For more CMJ coverage, stay tuned at Ones To Watch.
October 14, 2013 Here at Ones To Watch, nothing sets us off on happy life tangents more than discovering new music that rocks. Naturally, we jump at any opportunity to do so – which is how we found ourselves in L.A.’s Echo Park for this weekend’s Culture Collide Fest. The fourth annual arts festival thrown by FILTER Magazine featured a lineup of musicians from all around the globe and surprises along the way, including a creative panel kickoff featuring keynote speaker Moby (awesome) and tacos from Iceland (yum). Basically, we were blown away by the amount of talent the world brought. Below are a list of the acts that stood out to us the most. The Men (US) [Photo: Kate Griffin] From Brooklyn, NY, the men of The Men won us over with their fuzzy, post-punk rock sounds they brought to the festival. Their new EP, Campfire Songs, is out today via Sacred Bones Records. The collection of five tracks was literally recorded around a burning fire during the band’s sessions for their 2013 album, New Moon. The Raveonettes (Denmark) [Photo: William Le] The Raveonettes proved they were just as good live as we hoped they’d be. That their latest album, Observator, was recorded in the same studio on Sunset where The Doors recorded many records came as no surprise – this bicoastal duo from Denmark are well on their way to making an even bigger name for themselves in American rock. Bagheera (US) The beginning of Friday night brought one of our earliest finds with Houston DJ, Aidan Kennedy. As Bagheera, his funky, upbeat mix of urban and primitive dance music had the crowd in high spirits for the rest of the evening. Birth of Joy (The Netherlands) One of the buzzbands of Friday night was psychedelic rock trio, Birth of Joy. Their live set had the entire festival talking about the Dutch group, who self-classify as “Sixties on Steroids.” Rhye (US, Denmark, Canada) [Photo: Live on Jimmy Kimmel] Rhye (pronounced like “rye”) has been quite the talk of town lately, and with every good reason. The sublime synthesis of Mike Milosh’s ethereal vocals and Robin Hannibal’s soulful blend of jazz and electronic instrumentals made for a positively cerebral live experience. Their new album, Woman, debuted in May via Republic Records. Kid Karate (Ireland) “Two Boys. Make Noise” reads Kid Karate’s Facebook About section. That is both a truth and an understatement for this rock duo from Dublin, who had the entire floor at The Echo floored from the first few notes of “Heart.” Duologue (UK) Of course we had to make it out and support our favorite guys from the UK, Duologue. Finally having recouped from jetlag, they played a solid live set in the back of a cozy French restaurant which, by the looks of it, garnered a whole new room of fans just in time for the release of their new album, Song & Dance.