Otis Hart

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New Zealand's Jean-Paul Sartre Experience Gets Box Set Treatment

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

One of the great underground bands from New Zealand's pop heyday is getting its due. The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, which broke up in 1994 after a nearly 10-year career on Flying Nun Records, will have its entire discography remastered and re-released this year by Fire Archives.

The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience ...


Songs We Love: Bwana, 'Tengo'

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Classy dance-music anthems don't come around too often. EDM trades in stadium songs, but its brash electro riffs and trap basslines are intentionally debaucherous. Meanwhile, the most creative underground producers can (understandably) be wary of emotional motifs that make you want to stare into midair.

Toronto house producer


Wake Up To Breakfast Tacos With Avalon Emerson

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

On the final morning of SXSW, we woke up early for Austin's signature dish — breakfast tacos — with house and techno producer Avalon Emerson at Mi Madres Restaurant. "It nails Tex-Mex perfectly," she says, making everyone think about breakfast tacos right now.

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Torres: South X Lullaby

Monday, March 23, 2015

In the final installment of our South X Lullaby series, rising songwriter Torres met us at 2:30 a.m. outside Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, where she had just blown away a large portion of our contingent in SXSW.

Torres, known to the IRS as Mackenzie Scott, performed a plugged-in, but ...


Song Premiere: Geronimo!, 'Fires Of Hell'

Monday, March 23, 2015

What you're about to hear is the final song of a band's career. Chicago indie-rock act Geronimo! is breaking up this Saturday, March 28, after a seven-year run, (if you're in Chicago, you can see the band's farewell show at Beat Kitchen), and "Fires Of Hell" is the last ...


Laura Marling: South X Lullaby

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Late night on Friday at the SXSW music festival is usually when the delirium sets in. After three consecutive 16-hour days of live music, even the sharpest brains begin to lose it (so you can imagine what state ours were in). In other words, it was an opportune moment to ...


Flesh Lights, 'Just About Due'

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Flesh Lights' poppy garage punk is actually much more appropriate than the band's name would suggest (Google them at your own risk). Guitarist Max Vandever, drummer Elissa Ussery and bassist Jeremy Steen give The Ramones a power-pop makeover on this near-perfect encapsulation of life at the breaking point. Vandever's frustrated ...


Paul de Jong, 'Auction Block'

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

It's always a treat when members of dearly departed duo The Books release new material. Last year, it was Nick Zammuto and his Anchor LP; today, it's Paul de Jong, who's teasing is upcoming album IF with an entertaining retro-collage video for the song "Auction Block."

These charming three minutes ...


Shlohmo, 'Beams'

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Los Angeles producer Henry Laufer, who goes by Shlohmo, made a name for himself in 2012 with a narcotic remix of Jeremih's "F--- You All The Time." The R&B star took notice and started working with Shlohmo in a more official capacity, resulting in last year's No More ...


East India Youth, 'Hearts That Never'

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

One of England's most ambitious young musicians right now is 24-year-old William Doyle, who records as East India Youth. His debut full-length, last year's Total Strife Forever, was essentially a bedroom production, but its humble origins didn't stop it from receiving a Mercury Prize nomination. Doyle imbued his expansive electronic ...


Rabit, 'Straps'

Friday, March 06, 2015

After Kanye West's performance in London this week, grime seems poised to get some well-deserved attention in the U.S. The British street music, best epitomized by Dizzee Rascal's Boy In Da Corner, has its fans in America, no doubt, but no one of West's influence has ever embraced ...


Tall Tales & The Silver Lining, 'Something To Believe In'

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Los Angeles songwriter Trevor Beld Jimenez writes radio hits for a bygone era. He and his band of merrymakers record as Tall Tales & The Silver Lining, a seven-strong collective who channel that Laurel Canyon soft-rock vibe from mid-1970s.

The band's debut album, Tightropes, was released last week, and "Something ...


Föllakzoid, 'Electric'

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

When I first saw this video for the song "Electric" by Chilean psych band Föllakzoid, I couldn't look away for the full 12 minutes. For something to hold your undivided attention that long these days is a minor miracle, so let's figure out how directors Ion Rakhmatulina and Domingo Garcia-Huidobro ...


Girl Band, 'Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?'

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Electronic music borrows from its live music brethren all the time, but how often do you see a rock band covering techno or house? Aside from The Dirtbombs' Party Store album of Detroit techno covers, I can't think of one off the top of my head. (Feel free to ...


Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of February

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a mix called Recommended Dose.

February's selections include a youngster from Montreal, a veteran from Chicago, warehouse techno from Paris, a visionary from ...


Jane Weaver, 'I Need A Connection'

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One of the best albums of 2014 that no one heard (read: that went unpublicized) was Jane Weaver's The Silver Globe. It's an epic kraut-pop opera of sorts, teeming with motorik rhythms and analogue synths. Weaver's lyrics indirectly examine what it means to succeed during our brief time ...


Blur Announces First Album In 12 Years

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Blur, one of the greatest rock bands of the 1990s, will release an album in 2015. It's called The Magic Whip, and it's due out April 28 in the U.S.

The meat of the album was recorded in a small Hong Kong studio in the spring of 2013, after a ...


Jonnie Common, 'Shark'

Thursday, February 05, 2015

No sense in letting the feeding frenzy over Katy Perry's left shark dissipate without taking the opportunity to introduce a great song. "Shark," by Scottish oddball Jonnie Common, mixes the production values of alt-J with the droll humor of The Beta Band.

Common's latest album, Trapped In Amber, didn't ...


Say Lou Lou, 'Nothing But A Heartbeat'

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Twin sisters Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson, a.k.a. Say Lou Lou, have been bubbling under for more than a year since they first popped up on the BBC's Sound Of 2014 list. The duo makes maximalist synth-pop, along the lines of Tove Lo or IconaPop, and has demonstrated excellent ...


Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of January

Monday, February 02, 2015

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix called Recommended Dose.

January's selections include some seriously gnarly vibes from the other side of the planet (Shanghai and Sydney, ...