When Florida-based rockers Anberlin released their sixth album, ‘Vital,’ in October 2012, the band set out to explore new territory with an electronic-influenced sound -- and a renewed sense of energy after 10 years together. The band also re-enlisted producer and longtime friend Aaron Sprinkle, who worked with them on their first three records and is credited with helping shape their sound.
Deap Vally may look and sound like they’re straight out of the 1970s, what with their heavy, guitar-driven rock sound and long shaggy hair, but they're very much of this moment. The Los Angeles duo is gearing up to release its debut EP, ‘Get Deap!’ on April 9, and with their fringe, lace, and thrashing beats, these ladies leave their mark with vintage-inspired blues and sneering attitude.
The Breeders are nothing if not comprehensive. To mark the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album ‘Last Splash,’ the band is releasing ‘LSXX,’ a hefty package compiling ‘Last Splash,’ four EPs from the same era, a live show recorded in Sweden and a disc of demos, rarities and previously unreleased session tracks.
Indie-pop duo Matt & Kim haven't stopped since the release of their latest effort, 'Lightening,' last fall. With Bonnaroo, Firefly, and more festivals coming up, Matt Johnson chatted with PopCrush -- head there for part one of the interview, which wraps here at Diffuser.fm -- about the challenges of performing at festivals as opposed to regular gigs (and why he prefers it), and what he and Kim Schifino like to do with their free time, if any.
Cold War Kids deliver their fourth album, 'Dear Miss Lonleyhearts,' on April 2, and to most listeners, the band likely seems a thriving success story, existing outside of both the inner sanctum of critically acclaimed indie acts and the modern-rock radio crowd. Between those classes, you usually find a desert of talent, but Cold War Kids have outpaced the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Portugal. The Man and Two Door Cinema Club, becoming trailblazers in this, a realm where bands don't need to have defined sounds that relate to their peers -- just something that resonates with enough of a core audience to maintain a career.
This has been quite the breakout year for Los Angeles-based duo Blondfire. Their hit single 'Where the Kids Are' has been one of the top tracks in the alt-rock world, and having released an EP of the same name last fall, the brother-sister combo are ready to reach new heights.
To those who've only discovered Pitchfork or begun listening to indie rock within the last six years, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club likely fall into the same category as ...And You Will Know Us By Our Trail Of Dead and Band of Horses: groups whose aesthetic seems at odds with "hipster culture." Those with longer memories, of course, know it wasn't always this way. Once, all three bands enjoyed their share of hype and praise, and as a result, they've rightfully remained part of the critical conversation.
Not that BRMC are too concerned with this. In fact, Peter Hayes, one of two singer-songwriters in the band, has the everyman, working-class-musician vibe down so cold that he doesn't seem too concerned with anything. Answering questions posed by Diffuser.fm in a recent interview, he sounds unaffected, though his answers are not without thought. Each word is carefully considered, as if his straightforward and honest replies are the result of simplifying complex computer codes. It's hard to tell if he hates us or simply the process of giving interviews, but either way, we respect him.
Canada has really got it figured out. Between poutine and legal drinking at 18, not to mention MuchFACT (A Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent), we've got half a mind to move up there ourselves.
MuchFACT-supported artist Dragonette aren't exactly the ubiquitous face-of-pop superstars that some of their contemporaries, like Lady Gaga, have become, but the trio's savvy synth-pop certainly warrants a listen
Near the end of our interview with John Linnell, one of two Johns (Flansburgh being the other) at the core of They Might Be Giants, the songwriter notes that "the majority of the crowd" he sees from the stage wasn't yet born when the band began in 1982. I didn't have the heart to tell him I was born in 1982, but it wouldn't have thrown him. Linnell maintains a realistic and healthy respect for his band's longevity, and he would rather draw in young people than see the audience grey along with him.
Stepping out from behind the drums of his longtime band Interpol, multi-instrumentalist Sam Fogarino is releasing his debut album under the name EmptyMansions. Working as primary songwriter, Fogarino provided vocals, guitar, drums and keyboards. For everything else, he enlisted Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison and Secret Machines keyboardist Brandon Curtis, who also moonlights with Interpol as a touring musician.