I wish I had gotten into Crime in Stereo sooner. This year’s I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone turned out to be their last and final album following the announcement of their disbandment back in August. It’s a shame — the Long Island five-piece truly embodied the post-hardcore ethic, staying true to their underground punk roots while accepting an evolution towards a darker, melodic sound. The band recently released a video for “I Am Everything I Am Not,” an introspective collection of tour footage from this year. Savor this, because unless you’re one of the lucky few who’ll be around for their final Northeast shows, it’s the last you’re going to get. Crime in Stereo is dead. May they rest in peace. I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone is out now on Bridge Nine.
Back when music television provided what its name implied, this was the kind of video I waited hours on end to see. Steel Train’s treatment for their latest single and ATG favorite, “Turnpike Ghost” is, to put it simply, fun. Watch as some five-year-old’s dish out an adorable rendition of the song to a boozing late night talk show host. Jay Leno could take some pointers from this guy. Steel Train is out now on Terrible Thrills.
How could Manchester Orchestra get any better? By adding Kevin Devine to their line-up, of course. Well, Mr. Devine hasn’t joined the band as a permanent member, but rather teamed up with Hull and co. to form a new project: Bad Books. Bad books sounds pretty much like you would expect them to. Think the louder side of Kevin’s catalog mixed with a hint of folk and the Southern-tinged, minimalist rock of the Orchestra. It’s safe to say that if you like either of the sides in this project, you’re going to enjoy Bad Books. The band’s only released two songs so far: “You Wouldn’t Have to Ask” (below) and “Please Move,” which you can find on their Facebook page. Their self-titled full-length is due out October 19th on Favorite Gentlemen Records.
Fun., one of my favorite bands of the past couple years, have released a trippy little video for their unbelievably infectious single, “Walking the Dog.” We’ve featured the song here on ATG before, but if there’s any band that deserves mention of their every move it’s these guys. Besides, the video does the song a hell of a lot more visual justice than that Expedia commercial. Check out the video after the jump.
It should be a prerequisite that any bands touring with each other record covers of the others’ songs. Having stumbled upon such tracks by Annuals and Manchester Orchestra that were released prior to a tour they did together two years ago, I think it’s only fair. These re-do’s are more than your everyday remixes and stand as pieces of work on their own. Andy Hull and company lay down a stripped, minimalist version of their touring mates’ epic “Brother” while Annuals lather up the Orchestra’s “Where Have You Been” with some haunting electronics. Good stuff I wish I had discovered earlier. Hat tip to BWC.
Lydia’s one of those bands that, despite making some damn beautiful music, still had to lug that emo tag around. Whether it was due to their music or simply the people who listened to them, I don’t know. Either way, they were close to shaking it off. Illuminate was proof of that, and their latest but regretfully final release, Assailants, only shows the same. It’s a bittersweet listen, but this seven-track EP is probably the best note for these guys to go out on. Their current tour is their last, so get into them now before it’s too late.
“Psychedelic” would be one of the last words I’d use to describe the Cut Copy that we’ve all come to love over the past few years, yet it appears to be what most people are using to describe the Aussie trio’s latest single, “Where I’m Going.” The track forgoes the usual dance-inducing synths for a more traditional, piano-based instrumentation, the end result being an incredibly catchy, trippy homage to Brian Wilson. Sure it’s different, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t won over instantly.
I don’t think I need to say much about Sargent House guitar demons and ATG favorites Fang Island. The dudes tore up this year’s SXSW and since then everyone and their mother has been raving about them. The band just released a video for “Careful Crossers,” another song off the prog-pop-rock masterpiece that is their self-titled album. Not quite sure what’s going on in this claustrophobic strobe and silly string orgy, but I want in on it. Check out the video after the jump.
UPDATE: Probably should have posted their more recent video. View the shreddage here.
It bugs me that We Are Scientists have found more of a home in the hearts and minds of the Brits than with us good ol’ Yanks (you should be writing ridiculous soccer anthems for us, not them!). Their music is seriously some of the more catchy stuff I’ve encountered in my entire life, and it has only gotten better with each go-around. The boys have come a long way since the minimalist days of With Love and Squalor and have built a lot upon their infectious brand of pop-rock with Brain Thrust Mastery and their latest release, Barbara. I’ve only given the album a couple listens through and the entire thing’s already stuck in my head. So do me a favor and get hooked if you haven’t already (it also helps that they’re two of the more hilarious people in the business). Check out “Rules Don’t Stop” below and its video after the jump.
It’s been a while since I’ve walked into a concert and come out utterly amazed. Twas the case with Annuals‘ show at DC9 last weekend, by the end of which my jaw had dropped several times over. It’s hard to define exactly what I heard given that the North Carolina six-piece’s repertoire pretty much runs the indie gamut, but regardless of whether they were dropping bright pop-rock like “Confessor,” alt-country jams like “Always Do,” or nascent epics like “Brother,” Annuals pulled it off with plenty of panache and cohesion despite barely being able to fit on stage along with their instruments (and that’s saying a lot with two drum sets). Definitely check these guys out if they’re playing in your neck of the woods, and make sure to grab the quirky calypso jam “Loxtep” (from their latest Sweet Sister EP) as well as the aforementioned set closer “Brother” below.
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