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.......MAGIC BULLETS – HEATSTROKE
The sound that comes from San Francisco’s MAGIC BULLETS
does a number on me. Vocalist Philip Benson sets the stage with his lush delivery, and any band who’s references are THE SOUND, ORANGE JUICE & THE FEELIES, have me at hello. In May they were Spin’s Artist of the day and they’ve played shows recently with THE COLD WAR KIDS, VOXTROT, FRENCH KICKS and THE WALKMEN. Management: Rob Wells. Legal: Pamela Klein & Chris Castle. Needs: Booking.
MAGIC BULLETS – A CHILD BUT IN LIFE YET A DOCTOR IN LOVE
– WORDS ON MUSICWHITE RABBITS – THE PLOT
Sounding like the indie rock version of FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS on this track, this band's rise should happen pretty quickly, and I'm sure they'll be on everyone's "Best Of" lists. A six-piece from New York, they blend indie into ska into piano tracks. Released on May 22nd on Say Hey Records, this is one you should go out and buy today, or download, or whatever you do with music these days.
Management: Aaron Romanello Booking: Paul Buck, Bigshot Touring.WHITE RABBITS
– Fort Nightly
– SAY HEY RECORDSVIVEK SHRAYA – FEVERED
Toronto’s VIVEK SHRAYA
blends his big poppy voice with T REX styled guitar licks, which made him pop out at me. Sometimes sounding like ‘I Turn My Camera On
’ era SPOON, Vivek has serious crossover potential, that’s if we can get him heard. He’s hit the US on tour with TEGAN AND SARA, and has really put in his road time in Canada. Needs: Management, booking, legal.
VIVEK SHRAYA – IF WE’RE NOT TALKING
– UNSIGNEDSNOWMAN – YOU ARE A CASINO
Hailing from Perth, Australia (home of Luc Longley), it’s SNOWMAN
. A four-piece that are part surf rock/Pulp Fiction, part over the top SCISSOR SISTERS like frenzy. Down under they won ‘Best Rock Act’ in the WAMI Awards, and this track won for ‘Best Song’. Recently on tour with WOLF & CUB, we need to collectively rally together and bring this snowball to America. Manager: Heath Bradby. Booking: Adam Yee (Aus) Publishing: Chrysalis Music, Mushroom Music (Aus). Needs: US booking, US label.
SNOWMAN - SNOWMAN
- DOT DASH/ REMOTE CONTROL (Australia)DIRTY LITTLE SECRET – FEELING BURNED
Frontman Louis Castle is truly unforgettable. We seem to be missing those FRANK BLACK’s these days? The J MASCIS? Those characters, the freaks? DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
has all that, and I mean that in the best possible way. An Los Angeles band that is no stranger to FUTURE SOUNDS, “Feeling Burned
” comes from their brand new batch of demos that show the bands evolution and maturity. Legal: Lisa Socransky Needs: Management, booking.
DIRTY LITTLE SECRET – DEMOS
- UNSIGNEDJAMIE T – SALVADOR
Already a hit in the UK, JAMIE T
is what would happen if Mike Skinner of THE STREETS were mixed with a ska version of THE KOOKS. Jamie T is only 22 years old, and comes from Wimbledon (London), and won the ‘Best Solo Artist’ award at the Shockwave NME Awards. The US is still waiting for his arrival, and it should be soon. He’s been Zane Lowe’s “Hottest Record in the World” and should make waves everywhere this year. Track "If You Got The Money
" should also be a runaway hit.
Management: September Management Publishing: Sony BMG
JAMIE T – PANIC PREVENTION
– CAROLINE RECORDS/VIRGIN UKDUNE – NO SPEED
High school kids from Skive, Denmark, Dúné
is a band everyone wants to sign, but can’t. They refuse to do anything until they hit college, except play shows in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany. They were just over in LA for MUSEXPO, where they made some real noise.
Manager: Manfred Zähringer Booking: Crative Talent (Ger) Agency Group Legal: Gary Mandel Publishing: EMI/Iceberg Needs: US Booking.
DUNE – WE ARE IN THERE YOU ARE OUT HERE
- ICEBERG RECORDS (Denmark)UNTIL JUNE – SLEEPLESS
I’ll be completely honest with you, this song is my guilty pleasure. I play it and play it and play it. No snobbery here, this band is the new REO SPEEDWAGON, and I mean that in the absolute best way. This thing is so hooky I can’t imagine it won’t make waves at radio and on TV shows everywhere. From Hollywood, via Phoenix, Arizona, it’s UNTIL JUNE
Management: Jody Nachtigal. Booking: Val Wolfe. Legal: Mark Maxwell.
UNTIL JUNE – UNTIL JUNE
– FLICKER RECORDSEXPATRIATE – CRAZY
This isn’t a cover of GNARLS BARKLEY, or PATSY CLINE, if anything it’s closer to HEART’s “Crazy on You
’ than anything. Out of Sydney, Australia come EXPATRIATE
, fronted and masterminded by singer Ben King. The band’s first EP was on heavy rotation on Triple J radio in Australia, and they’ve just finished working with producer John Goodmanson in Seattle on this Australian release dropping this month. Down under they’ve toured with the likes of The Grates, The Presets, Wolfmother and Simple Minds, and just played SXSW in Austin. Manager: Liz O’Grady. Booking: Evan Davis, Harbour Agency. Publishing: Control. Needs: US booking.
EXPATRIATE – IN THE MIDST OF THIS
– DEW PROCESS (Australia)SEA WOLF – YOU’RE A WOLF
I pulled this gem of a song off the ‘Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low EP’ that is out now that sets up the full length scheduled for a September release. Named after the Jack London book, singer Alex Brown Church’s (IRVING) lyrics and romantic musical notions respectfully reflect the namesake. Blowing up on the West Coast already, SEA WOLF
is scheduled for North By Northwest in June. Heard it banging on Indie 103.1 in LA today.
Management: Tim Husom. Booking: Tom Windish, The Windish Agency.
SEA WOLF – GET TO THE RIVER BEFORE IT RUNS TOO LOW
– DANGERBIRD RECORDSTHE FRAIL – COUNT ON THIS
The Bay Area’s THE FRAIL
are the perfect fix for anyone waiting for the next POSTAL SERVICE record, and oddly enough, this reference is actually fitting, as they met online, exchanging songs over the internet to create the original demos, like said Postal Service. The Count On This EP
, is full of big electronic beats mixed with indie rock sensibilities, tipping their caps to HOT CHIP at times, then to DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE at others.
Manager: Julie Schuchard. Needs: Booking, legal.
THE FRAIL – COUNT ON THIS EP
– TRICYCLE RECORDSVENUS INFERS – SAKE IN OSAKA
From Huntington Beach, CA, surprisingly enough, it’s VENUS INFERS
. Although they link their sound and name back to VU, they are clearly swept up in the present sound of such bands as AUTOLUX and MONSTERS ARE WAITING. Fronted by the frisky Trisha Smith, this four-piece is quickly making it’s name in southern California clubs and jumping on the industry’s radar. Needs: Management, booking, legal.
VENUS INFERS – BUT YOU ALREADY KNEW THAT
– UNSIGNEDTHE MIDNIGHT HOURS – LAY IT DOWN
New York’s THE MIDNIGHT HOURS
hail originally from Houston, Texas, and share members with super hip VAMPIRE WEEKEND. They just need some mixing and mastering and their full length (‘Graceless
’) is ready for daylight in July. A Northern BLACK KEYS meets THE WHITE STRIPES vibe, but with that dirty late night voice designed for after hours trouble.
Needs: Management, booking, legal.
THE MIDNIGHT HOURS – DEMOS
- UNSIGNEDTHE MINT CHICKS – CRAZY? YES! DUMB? NO!
Auckland, New Zealand’s THE MINT CHICKS
were another band that tore up MUSEXPO
in May. To me, this song actually sounds like it could’ve been an old MOTOWN classic, sung by THE FOUR TOPS, with it’s romantic sentimentality, just done in the quirky Kiwi fashion of 2007. At home they’ve supported THE WHITE STRIPES, TV ON THE RADIO and THE YEAH YEAH YEAHS, and have even released work on the genius FIERCE PANDA RECORDS in the UK. NEEDS: Management, booking, legal.
THE MINT CHICKS - CRAZY? YES! DUMB? NO!
- FLYING NUN RECORDSTHE WHIGS – WRITTEN INVITATION
From Athens, Georgia, THE WHIGS
should be a band that you’ve heard about, but one things for sure, after this year, you will have heard about them. ROLLING STONE called them the best unsigned band in America, until they signed with ATO Records, and now will grace the stage at BONNAROO and the Athens Music Festival in late June. Management: Josh Rifkind. Booking: Buster Philips C.A.A. Legal: David Prasse.
THE WHIGS – GIVE ‘EM ALL A BIG FAT LIP EP
– ATO RECORDSOTHER BANDS TO WATCH:FIGHT LIKE APES
TRACK: Lend Me Your Face
I'm sort of a sucker of anything that has to do with apes or monkeys - LANCE LINK, APES & ANDROIDS, PART CHIMP, you get the idea. So I was tipped off about this band from Dublin, Ireland called FIGHT LIKE APES
, I was instantly intrigued. What came next was streaming "Lend Me Your Face
" off their Myspace page and digging in deeper and deeper. Singer May K commands our attention and the lyrics are some of the funniest I've heard in some time. Label interest is building on this act.BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW
TRACK: When The Sun Grows On Your Tongue
A trusted source tipped me off to a band that has me intrigued, to say the very least. This band sounds as if AIR were living in rural Western Pennsylvania and dropping psychedelic slabs of sound on us like they did with Moon Safari. With track names like "Melt Me
" and "When The Sun Grows On Your Tongue
", what's not to like? Trust me, experience the BMSR
with some headphones on and some spirits running in your system.THE CUBICAL
TRACK: Edward The Confessor
Sounding like the original hound dog himself, CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, Liverpool, England's THE CUBICAL
has that dirty swamp sound that overtakes you. I mean, where the hell did this come from??? Signed to the Record Collection, they're set to drop their record sometime this summer/fall in the US. Bluesy, nasty, tribal, and completely refreshing. TOM WAITS better look over his shoulder.THE HENRY CLAY PEOPLE
TRACK: Elly Vs The Eczema Princess
Since this CD landed in my mailbox, Blacklist The Kid With The Red Moustache
, it has owned me. It reminds me of the cleverness of bands like PAVEMENT or ILLINOIS, and the fun of say a MODEST MOUSE. The band is from Los Angeles, and at the moment are unsigned.DOG DAY
TRACK: Oh Dead Life
I received this CD, ‘Night Group
’ and have had it in heavy rotation ever since. This is perfect indie rock, and this Halifax, Canada should have a big year in the US, with summer tour plans and their June release on Tomlab. For fans of VOXTROT, THE SHINS, and THE SPINTO BAND.LAND OF TALK
TRACK: All My Friends
I really don't know how this one slipped by me, but I've recently come across the Montreal band - LAND OF TALK
. Their record " Applause Cheer Boo Hiss
" came out almost a year ago on Dependent Records, it's a little gem of a 7 song full length. I can't wait to pounce on this three piece's next release that should be gearing up soon. Better late than never.THE STEEPLES
TRACK: Loosy Lucy
Ormskirk, England’s THE STEEPLES
are a young UK band, sounding a bit like THE KOOKS with the madness of THE HOUSEMARTINS or THE FRATELLIS. It’s non-stop fun from the minute you hear that big guitar hook of ‘Loosy Lucy
’ – one of my favorite new songs in some time.BODIES OF WATER
TRACK: These Are The Eyes
‘These Are The Eyes
’ blasts out of your speakers like the ARCADE FIRE evangelizing their love life. A four-piece from Los Angeles, who’s recent ECHO residency has started a lot of chatter about them. Get over to Myspace and check them out, lots of potential here.HEAD LIKE A KITE
ALBUM: There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere
The second release by Seattle’s Dave Einmo, aka HEAD LIKE A KITE,
continues to build on the “no rules” ethics of 2006’s ‘Random Portraits From the Home Movie
’, but then lifts off into this dancey, bleepy, party. Produced by Brian Deck (MODEST MOUSE, SECRET MACHINES), this record is for anyone that craves music that pushes boundaries.PULL TIGER TAIL
The London three-piece, PULL TIGER TAIL
, actually formed while driving across the USA in 2005 on a road trip. Now signed to B-Unique Records, they’re on all the UK playlists that matter and are eyeballin’ a return to the place that launched them. The band are a part of the “new rave” scene, being former housemates with THE KLAXONS.ALSO BUZZING
Juiceboxxx, The Pricks, Digitalism, The Black Summer Crush, Tiger Lou, OK Tokyo, Bullet Head, Jenny Owens Young, Marnie Stern, Last Gang, A Fine Frenzy, The Minutes, Vampire Weekend, Oppenheimer, Dark Room Notes, Shadow Parade, Canon, The Autumns, Havana Guns, The Takeover UK, Jack Peñate, Codebreaker, White Denim, The Jaguar Club, Yacht, Red Monroe, Policy, Kickball, The Alones, Tiny Dancers, Los Campesinos, Blood Red Shoes, Xu Xu Fang, Four Day Hombre, The Explorers Club, Bolt Action Five, Sky Parade, Tim Ten Yen, In Waves, Wendy Darling.EXCELLENT NEW RELEASES
65DAYSOFSTATIC - The Destruction Of Small Ideas
ARCTIC MONKEYS - Favourite Worst Nightmare
ART BRUT – It’s A Bit Complicated
BATTLES – Mirrored
BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – Baby 81
BONDE DO ROLE – With Lasers
CHASE PEGAN – Oh Musica!
(The Militia Group)
CHRISTOPHER BLUE – Room Tones (
THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA – Ma Fleur EP
D JON – Tha Underdawg
DUNGEN – Tio Bita
EDITORS - An End Has A Start
FEIST – The Reminder
JUNIOR BOYS – Dead Horse
JUSTICE - + (Vice Recordings)
KEREN ANN – Keren Ann
MATTHEW DEAR – Asa Breed
THE NATIONAL – Boxer
NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB – Fantastic Playground
PELA – Anytown Graffiti
THE PHOENIX FOUNDATION – Horsepower
SPOON – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
VOXTROT – Voxtrot
THE WHITE STRIPES – Icky Thump
(Warner Brothers)OVERLOOKED GEM
: SIMON DAWES – Carnivore
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