Afghan Whigs- Do to the Beast
Apr 10, 2014
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."
After his 2005 debut album, Sometimes, Dallas Green, the lone member of City And Colour (a band name that comes directly from Green's actual name), had something left to prove. That's not to say Sometimes was a weak album; it just hinted at more than it was. Bring Me Your Love, his newest release pleases listeners as it welcomes them into the depths of his soul.
With a sound somwhat akin to Iron & Wine (not only in band name), City And Colour uses lush acoustic instrumentation and the occasional harmonica to create folky, almost ambient tracks. Green, singer from the screamo band Alexisonfire, surprises with his soothing voice and attention to melody on Bring Me Your Love. Not your stereotypical solo acoustic singer-songwriter, City And Colour has successfully made his mark.
Watch and listen below to "Waiting...," the first single off his new album, Bring Me Your Love!
Los Campesinos! are a seven piece indie pop band hailing from the mean streets of Cardiff, Wales. The band name originates from the Spansh term for farmers. This seven piece is as quirky and spazz as it is beautiful.
These newcomers were formed just over two years ago at their alma matter the Cardiff University. With boy/girl alternating vocals, a full backing band with punky undertones, it is not surprising the band received the uncommon score of an 8.4/10 on Pitchfork Media.
Check out Los Campesinos! single, "Death to Los Campesinos!"
Detroit hip-hop duo, The Cool Kids bring a whole new sound to the current rap scene. Dubbed BMX hip-hop by critics and fans, emcees Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish are rapidly gaining fans as well as youtube plays on their debut music video "Black Mags."
The Cool Kids may look or sound familiar because the band was featured on Rhapsody's commercial with Sara Bareilles. They were later cut and replaced with another Sara Bareilles song.
Currently on tour with M.I.A, these youngsters are the future of the rap game. Check out their single "Black Mags."
Bona Women's Basketball: Why You Should Pay Attention, by Jeff Landers
I understand that unless you live in Tennessee or Connecticut, women’s basketball probably doesn't top your list of favorite sports. But I am going to give you three reasons why you should care about St. Bonaventure’s women’s basketball team.
1. They are winning, and there’s nothing people like more than winners. The 63-60 upset victory over then #14/13 George Washington on February 16 set the program’s single-season record at 17. They’re not done yet, either. The Bonnies have three games left before heading to Philadelphia for the Atlantic-10 Tournament.2. These girls can play. Many people live their lives under the assumption that men’s basketball is just a better game than women’s basketball. While it may be generally true that men are stronger and faster than women, it doesn’t mean the game itself is better. The women’s breed of basketball is, in most cases, a more fundamentally sound game than the men’s game. The Bonnies tend to use more set offenses, setting more screens and distributing the ball with higher frequency. Head coach Jim Crowley likes his team to spread the floor and use as little dribbling as possible.
3. They are true student athletes. No welding scandals can be found here. These Bonnies ranked third on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Team Honor Roll with an overall GPA of 3.594 during the 2006-07 academic year. Not to mention junior guard Katelyn Murray boasts a 4.0 overall average… as a bio major.
If you can’t root for a team that is winning - and doing it the right way - then you probably shouldn’t be a college-basketball fan at all. St. Bonaventure's women's program is on the upswing, and you should be paying attention. The Bonnies’ remaining schedule follows:
2/24 vs. St. Louis (1 p.m. Reilly Center) *
2/27 @ UMass (7 p.m. Mullins Center)
3/1 vs. Xavier (1 p.m. Reilly Center) *
* Listen live on 88.3 The Buzz in Olean/Allegany or log on to wsbufm.net.
Jeff Landers is Station Manager of 88.3 The Buzz and announced play-by-play for the women's basketball team from 2006 to 2008.