Afghan Whigs- Do to the Beast
Apr 10, 2014
Composed of thirty, yes thirty, band members, I’m From Barcelona is best described as a collective. Although the band’s name isn’t meant literally (they actually hail from Sweden), they burst onto the indie radar in 2006, with their debut album Let Me Introduce My Friends. The band continues in the footsteps of their debut with “Paper Planes”, the first single off of Who Killed Harry Houdini? Sounding like a mixture of a choir and an orchestra, the band has created an eccentric masterpiece.
Anthony Green, no stranger to the stage, has previously played in Saosin, The Sounds of Animals Fighting & Circa Survive (as well as many other bands). His current solo project contains a collection of songs Anthony has written over the past 5 years of his life. Many fans have fallen in love with some of these songs year after year when they surprisingly pop up at impromptu acoustic sets in venue parking lots across the nation after Circa Survive shows. These songs are now finally being recorded and released together for the first time as Avalon.
Avalon has the same feel that any work by Anthony Green does with his signature vocals but with a more pop feel than his previous work. There is not a whole lot of material on the record that begs for widespread commercial success, but the record is still immediately likable and catchy in the simplest of ways. This acoustic/folk album is a great listen to all fans and is something you can relax to.
Check out his video for "Dear Child (I've Been Dying To Reach You)" below!!!
The Spinto Band is an indie rock band out of Delaware. Formed in 1997, Moonwink is their sixth album, and first on Park The Van Records. Moonwink presents fun tracks that are easy to dance to and sing along with, where their previous album, Nice and Nicely Done, exhibited more folk-influenced tracks. The six person band can be compared to Oh No! Oh My!, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, and arguably Vampire Weekend.
Check out their video for "Summer Grof":
With an alt-country vibe paired with the delirious 12-year old boy sounding cry of Whitney, Jaguar Love makes their own sound but stay close to their roots. Re-writing the genre rulebook with tracks sounding like neo-classic rock, pop and techno, they are edgy and perfect.
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!