The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
Kristoffer Rangstam is a Swedish rock musician coming strong with his third album, Wrong Side of the Room. He cannot truthfully be categorized into one particular genre of music, with each song he creates having its own unique sound.
He has been known as the Swedish Beck, but his sound varies so frequently (in only positive ways) that it is hard to fit him into one type of sound. Rangstam can go from a fuzzy electric guitar with hard drums in the background on one track, to acoustics and soft almost spoken vocals on the next.
Check out the video for his new single; "Swing That Tambourine"!
Alongside friends Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot have been one of the most talked about bands in 2008. After releasing a self-titled EP last year, the band was quickly signed to Barsuk Records, the former home of indie giants Death Cab for Cutie and Rilo Kiley, to name a few.
However, the band's future became uncertain after the death of drummer John Ryan Pike. The band decided to continue though, and are stronger because of it. The dark lyrics and swirling strings of their debut album, The Rhumb Line, pay tribute to Pike, an obvious inspiration for all of the band's future endeavors. The result is a beautifully sad, strangely uplifting album that will make any music fan happy.
Check out Ra Ra Riot's video for "Dying Is Fine" off their debut The Rhumb Line:
Generally, when you make a name for yourself in the music scene with a critically-acclaimed, successful band, you don't usually branch out to do your own thing. Of course, there have been a few exceptions to this notion: Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, who took a break to pursue a solo career; Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, who surprised everyone with the Postal Service; Matt Sharp (formerly) of Weezer, who decided to get his synth on with the Rentals; Jack White of the White Stripes, who went southern with the Raconteurs; and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, who followed in Stefani's footsteps.
Another name can be added to that list: Albert Hammond, Jr.
After getting his start with the Strokes in 1998, Albert Hammond, Jr. took a break in 2006 to release a solo record, Yours To Keep. Following some critical praise, he continued work on his project, ultimately penning enough tracks to release 2008's Como Te Llama?, an album that certainly steps in the right direction after an already great debut.
Check out the video Albert Hammond, Jr.'s "GfC" from his new album, Como Te Llama? below!
Attention new students! Make the daunting task of moving into your new dorm room fun and exciting! Listen to 88.3-FM The Buzz, St. Bonaventure's own student-run radio station, as you're driving into the Olean/Allegany area on Thursday, August 24th.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Buzz will be giving away prizes such as tee shirts, sun glasses and water bottles! Resident Assistants will also be listening to The Buzz in the check-in areas, so you don't miss your chance at winning great prizes. So keep it locked to 88.3 The Buzz and let the best four years of your life begin!
British electro band Does It Offend You, Yeah? have often been compared to frontrunners of the electro genre, like Daft Punk, Digitalism, and Justice. However, unlike those bands, DIOYY? is a full band. The live drums, bass, guitar, and synth creates a heavier sound, which have brought comparisons to bands like Muse and !!!.
DIOYY? became known for producing brilliant remixes of such bands as Bloc Party, Muse, The Raconteurs, and The White Stripes. These remixes helped them make a name for themselves even before releasing their first album. You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into is an energetic album, bound to make even the most introverted person get up and dance. On it, the band fully lives up to the hype surrounding them.
Check out the video for their song "We Are Rockstars":
Sure, their name might be a bit cumbersome, but Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin has a sound that is far from troubling. With silky-smooth vocals and soothing, melodic instrumentation, the Springfield, Missouri quartet formed in 2002, but it wasn’t until 2006 that SSLYBY signed with indie juggernaut Polyvinyl Records.
SSLYBY comes back this time with Pershing, an album sure to keep your feet tapping and head bopping. Singer and lyricist John Robert Cardwell gives you eleven tracks of great indie rock and eleven reasons to simply relax.
Check out SSLYBY’s first single off of Pershing, “Think I Wanna Die,” below!
Sub pop's latest gem, Foals, have released their debut full-length Antidotes.
Their mathy/post punk sound leaves the listener begging for more. Picking up where Q and Not U left off, Foals has a promising future. Not to mention, lead singer Yannis Philippakis was voted 45th most cool in NME's most cool list. Check out the band's single "Cassius."
He may not have the fullest head of hair in the music business, but Nick Cave has a pretty solid resumé. After thirty-five years in the industry, he’s still kickin’ and releasing new music with his band, The Bad Seeds. Their most recent effort, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, is nothing short of a bluesy-pseudo-punk masterpiece.
Cave, not only a successful musician, is also an author, screenwriter, and actor. He has weathered many genre and artistic changes over the past three decades, working with many musicians and even producing some solo work. Fifty years old and Australian, he is unlike anyone around today.
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, the band’s fourteenth studio album in twenty-four years, starts with a track of the same name and moves onward from there, passing through folk-inspired indie rock with attitude and occasional hook-filled, somewhat poppy cuts while still maintaining the feel of a great blues album.
Give a look and listen to “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!,” the album’s first single, below!
New Zealand's The Ruby Suns have been together since 2004. Originally known as Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns, the band was quickly signed to Lil' Chief Records in New Zealand. In 2007, they were signed to Sub Pop Records, who released their second full-length, Sea Lion, in January 2008.
The Ruby Suns draw from a wide-range of influences: “Pop music, noise, psychedelia, flamenco, South Pacific, southern Africa, home recording, hiking, travelling, animals, beaches, vegetarian food, especially falafel," many of which can easily be heard in their music. The sounds created on Sea Lion are incredibly unique, drawing comparisons to everything from The Beach Boys and Paul Simon's Graceland to "the orchestral experimentation of The Olivia Tremor Control". Check out the video to "Tane Mahuta":
Headlights craft unbelievable pop songs with a slight breathy ambience. Whether upbeat or mellow, the songs are perfect to listen to any time. Headlights prove to be a wonderful addition to any collection.
Check out their single "Cherry Tulips."