Don’t worry – this blog is becoming a Charli XCX fan page full time – but this song was too perfect for a Friday not to post.
The song starts with Charli imploring you to come out wit her, singing ”Why you gotta go to sleep? Don’t go to sleep. / Don’t go to sleep. Let’s go out” over a pulsing backbeat that tells you tonight is not the night to stay home.
So I’ve watch this Charli XCX cover of the Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way” several times, and I still can’t decide if I love it or hate it. Here’s been my process while watching it:
1. I am 100% down with the concept of indie artists (particularly female indie artists) covering 90s/2000s boy band tracks.
1A. I would love Solange to do a cover of U + Me = Us. Read More
The Dodos are getting ready to release their fifth studio album, Carrier, one that singer/guitarist Meric Long notes was influenced by the unexpected passing of guitarist Chris Reimer (formerly of Women):
“Chris was a huge influence on the way I think about guitar, songwriting, and music in general. Seeing how he could transform and shape sound with an electric guitar inspired me to explore more tones and use those tones to begin writing a song.”
Have you been listening to Young Galaxy’s recently released album Ultramarine? Because you need to be.
Ultramarine, which was released a few weeks ago via Paper Bag, is quickly becoming one of my favorite releases of 2013. The ethereal vocals combined with synth-y beats makes for some fantastic music. Read More
So I’ve finally finished my semester, which means I’m taking a week off to go visit the fabulous, exotic, bustling …
Salt Lake City.
Yeah, it’s gonna be baller. That means I won’t be posting from now until May 20th, but don’t worry, because I’m leaving you with one fantastic song.
What’s that? You didn’t think there were any songs written about Salt Lake City? You are dead wrong. Way back in 1965, the Beach Boys released a little gem called “Salt Lake City” with insightful lyrics like:
Down in Utah
The guys and I dig a city called Salt Lake
It’s got the grooviest kids
That’s why we never get tired of Salt Lake
Nice rhyme scheme, Brian Wilson. See y’all May 20th.
I’m never quite sure how to describe a band that sounds like Ski Lodge. With shades of the Smiths, indie pop seems to be the genre name of choice, but that one never sits quite right with me.
I would make up a genre name for it, but no one wants to be the one to inflict another “chillwave” on the world.
Wild Moccasins were always one of my favorite bands to see in Houston. Fun, catchy songs with the stage presence to back it up. It’s a band that looks like they’re actually enjoying playing for you.
Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten a chance to catch them since moving to Austin. That is until Monday night, when I saw them open for Of Montreal at the Mohawk, a great example of a bill that actually works together. If you like Of Montreal, there’s a good chance you’ll like Wild Moccasins. The bands are on a U.S. tour for the next month and you should absolutely make it out if they’re coming through your town. Read More
This week, Adult Swim released the latest in their music series, Garage Swim, which features tracks from all your favorite garage rock bands: King Tuff, Bass Drum of Death, Black Lips, and more.
Did I mention its available for a free download? Not even your e-mail required?
I’m still not quite sure what to make of MS MR after catching them at SXSW, but the verdict has been in on CHVRCHES, so it’s no surprise I’m digging this remix.
“Hurricane” is off MS MR’s debut album Secondhand Rapture, which is out May 14 via and streaming now. Check out CHVRCHES’ remix of the track below:
When two big names in music get together to do a collaboration, there’s a pretty solid chance it’s going to be good. When those two names are Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu, you can feel pretty confident you’re gonna have a jam on your hand.
And in this case, that jam is titled, “Q.U.E.E.N”, and it’s off Monáe’s upcoming album The Electric Lady, due out this fall via Atlantic Records. Read More