4 items from 2012
Here's eleven of my favorite new rock tunes for your early spring listening pleasure. Enjoy the melodic sunshine, people.
"Eskimo Kiss" The Kooks Junk of the Heart (Astralwerks)
Not sure why my fellow critics insist on dropping the "sounds like The Strokes" tag on these Brits. And some scribes have whined they aren't "edgy" enough. So what. I hear more of The Kinks and The La's as reference points. And to me, that's much better company if you love more pop in your rock. Case in point, the infectious ear candy of "Eskimo Kiss," my pick hit from their latest long player (LP). Currently on tour in the U.S. of A.
"Stay At Home" Yellow Ostrich Strange Land (Barsuk)
Speaking of the Strokes...I hear more than a hint of their aggro-guitar pop rock in this very fine track from former Wisconsinite/current New Yorker Alex Schaaf. His newly »
- Dusty Wright
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Ever wondered what would have happened if Kings of Leon decided not to make arena anthems and stuck to the blues-rock format that was infinitely better? If so, then Southampton rockers Band of Skulls may be your new favourite band as they release their second album, Sweet Sour. Full of fuzzy basslines, heavily distorted guitar and a huge slab of groove, they help to make up the British rock class of 2012 slowly taking over the world.
In the three years since their debut album, the band have found themselves touring all over the globe, to increasingly larger crowds. In spite of this, there is no sense that the band have lost their roots, with the songs having a delicate balance between dance-floor fillers and nostalgic lighters in the air moments. The combination and contrast of lead singers Russell Marsden and Emma Richardson allows this balance to occur, »
- Dan Donnelly
Here's a rundown of some standout videos and tracks for the day, from Black Keys, St. Vincent, Niki & the Dove and Band of Skulls. Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys hasn't just been hard at work on Dr. John's next album. He and Patrick Carney have been rocking audiences in support of latest "El Camino" in the last few months, with the below footage culled from a raucous set in New York. I find the setting disagreeable -- Webster Hall isn't even near one of the best venues in the city -- but the lights do a lot of doctoring »
Snow Patrol and the Klaxons have been added to this year's Bilbao Bbk Live lineup. The three-day Spanish music festival takes place in the northern city of Bilbao on July 12-14. Noah and the Whale and Band of Skulls have also been confirmed for the event, which recently announced Radiohead as one of its headline acts. Along with a roster of international talent, the festival (more) »
- By Lewis Corner
4 items from 2012
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