The long awaited Battle of the Bands was off to a solid start last Friday April 24 at the Cave. Fourteen student acts performed and filled the basement of Evans with sweet vibes. This year’s Battle of the Bands really showcased a great variety of diversity. From Hip Hop acts reminiscent of freestyle Fridays by Scatty & Cla$$ic, Flux Duckling, reallylionel, and X^2 to funk infused soul groups like Who is Jordan Peota and Northern Riot. Other crowd favorites such as the classic Gross Domestic Prada and the freshmen cover band Saber Tooth Mouse Lion brought some strong energy to the stage. All in all, he Cave had a solid attendance with a good bunch of sweaty college kids moshing it out.
The next final round of Battle of the Bands will be held next Saturday sixth weekend at 8:30pm at The Grand featuring this year's finalists Real Lust, reallylionel, At Your Disposal, Northern Riot, Fem Exciter, and melfry. Make sure to come out and support these students bands while having a blast... you know how these things go
Photos by Thomas Hiura
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Groovy guitar and soulful vocals peddle sultry tracks along a chill train on old tracks. Tight drumming and some 1970s waves ground the recordings in a familiar territory. Think Willis Earl Beal’s Nobody Knows, but with more depth and variation.
Top Tracks: Miss You, Gimme All Your Love, The Greatest, Shoegaze
RIYL: Gnarls Barkley, T-Rex, D’Angelo
Turnover - Peripheral Vision
With bands like "American Football" reuniting to play sold out shows across the country, it only makes sense that we'd start to see more new emo bands prop up with their own brand of whiny vocals and delicate guitar. Turnover isn’t a new band per se, they released a pop-punk album in 2013, but this album is such a radical departure from their previous work that they might as well be. Like any self-respecting emo album, this record is dominated by shiny guitar melodies, hazy waves of reverb and wistful vocals lingering overhead. Throughout this release, Turnover maintain a firm grasp of pop sensibilities and their album is thoroughly enjoyable and accessible.
RIYL: early Death Cab for Cutie, American Football, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Into It. Over It
Top Tracks: Cutting My Fingers Off, Hello Euphoria, Take my Head
Winter –Supreme Blue Dream
Winter's first full length LP is dreamy and lush, more than a little like the strain of marijuana it's named after. Driven by front woman Samira Winter's floating vocals and graceful guitar melodies darting out from underneath swells of reverb, this album is absolutely entrancing. Unlike many of their Dream Pop/Shoegaze compatriots who often fail to innovate once they've found a winning formula, Winter refuses to sit still. Each track contains a tiny innovation, with hand drums, saxophones, electronic beats, and acoustic guitar all being featured at one point or another. Yet, despite all of these additions, Supreme Blue Dream somehow remains a cohesive and beautiful album that is easy to let yourself sink into.
RIYL: Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Beach House
Top Tracks: Crazy, Some Kind of Surprise, Expectations/Exigencias
George Fitzgerald –Fading Love
George Fitzgerald first came on the electronic scene by dropping deep house festival anthems like “Child” and “Thinking of You.” On his first LP however, Fitzgerald has moved away from “hands in the air” house music and towards a more cerebral type of dance music that has a broader emotional range than eye jiggling ecstasy. While clearly remaining dance music with throbbing bass and piercing synthesizers at its core, Fading Love makes effective use of poignant vocal samples and sparse production to land emotional punches that most of its contemporaries don't even attempt.
RIYL: Aphex Twin, Midland, xxy
Top Tracks: Full Circle, Call it Love (If You Want To), Shards
By: Ian Mercer
(This article previously appeared in Volume 3 Issue 2 of No Fidelity)
Don’t go writing a two-page CLAP article about me being an asshole for writing this title. I promise: this isn’t about Chillwave being shitty; it’s just a few observations on the unique space that the genre occupied in contemporary music history,
Since nobody can agree on what this genre actually is, I’ll refer to a dictionary: “Chillwave is a genre of music whose artists are often characterized by their heavy use of effects processing, synthesizers, looping, sampling, and heavily filtered vocals with simple melodic lines.” The term itself was coined by the editor-in-chief (known only as “Carles”) of the music blog “Hipster Runoff.” This essay will outline the 3 standard-bearers of the movement before entering into a brief discourse on the state of Chillwave today.Read more...
This is the inaugural upload of an new mp3 blog, curated by the krlx staff, that will mine and put to mp3 some treasures of the Record Libe. Expect no thematic continuity beyond interesting music pre-1997 or so. Our first offering is Deception Bay's 1993 debut album Fortune Days.
Deception Bay released two albums and an EP in the late 80s and early 90s on the LA imprint Independent Project Music. Fortune Days is their first full length release, from mid 1993. They're a goth rock band that favors cyclical rhythms, chanted vocals, and drifting, distorted lead guitar. Like a fucked up Calvin Johnson, or Can post-apocalypse. Would be really good for walking home after a big fight with your partner through a melting city, fending off stray dogs with an improvised dog fighting tool (hockey stick with broken glass glued to it, maybe) on your way back to the sewer where the last humans live.
Solidarity Forever - Lily Eskelsen
Run The World (Girls) - Beyonce
Rebel Girl - Bikin Kill
Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
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