artist of the week

Artist of the Week
12:25 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Sigur Rós Shows Off With A Monstrous, Magnificent New Album

Icelandic-language rock has never been on the forefront of popularity, but Sigur Rós seems to be the exception. With their ethereal sound and light spectacle live performances, knowing what the lyrics mean is secondary or perhaps not even relevant at all.

Sigur Rós’ seventh full-length, Kveikur, begins with a quiet bang. There is this soft static in the distance, and then there is a huge crescendo into fortississimo using industrial, distorted bass. The first 20 seconds of Kveikur is unnerving and menacing, but it sets the tone well for the album. The opening track “Brennisteinn” is a muddled, abrasive, and at nearly eight minutes long, it’s one of the boldest and mystifying tracks Sigur Rós has ever put on a record.

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Artist of the Week
1:58 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Tap Your Toes To Fitz And The Tantrums’ Lively Beats

Hailing from Los Angeles, Fitz and The Tantrums were formed in 2008. Their debut studio album, Pickin' Up the Pieces, released in August 2010, made them one of Rolling Stone’s Band to Watch.

Much like their debut, Fitz and the Tantrums’ second album, More Than Just a Dream, relies on the chemistry between co-vocalists Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs. Fitzpatrick leads the vocals, while Scaggs' charm adds an extra layer of fun.

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Artist of the Week
11:25 am
Fri May 31, 2013

The National Continues Their Melancholy With More Smart, Stunning Songs

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The National have never been about sugarcoating it or spinning the truth, and they don’t need theatrics to deliver. The beauty of The National has always been their handling and execution of imagery.

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Artist of the Week
12:35 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

The Boys Of Vampire Weekend Become Men

Clad in pastels, Vampire Weekend brought Ivy League prep sensibilities to indie rock in 2008 with their self-titled debut. After Vampire Weekend came the band’s 2010 sophomore record, Contra, and the New York City quartet continued their reign of springy pop songs with African rhythms.

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