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Saturday, August 7th, 2010 03:38 pm
Evolove - photo by Mia Tyler

This is Evolove. They're an alternative rock band from Los Angeles. From left to right you have: Billy Berman (bass/acoustic guitar), Colby Jensen (rhythm guitar), Lucy Levinsohn (vocals), Dave Corsile (lead guitar/vocals) and Brian Weathers (drums/percussion). They came together in July of 2009.

They've got an EP called 2012: Countdown To The End, which I'm really enjoying. You can preview all of their songs on their Myspace or Reverbnation, or below.

Evolove playlist via Reverbnation )

Currently "On The Floor" is my favorite, but that's probably due to my mood. All of the songs are good. The lyrics are not revolutionary, but they are good and entertaining. Most importantly, they're not offensive to my (admittedly hypersensitive) sensibilities. The guitar work is really catchy and their songs go by quickly without being rushed or too short.

Their first video was for "Toyshop Girl":

Toyshop Girl video )

They also have a video for "2012":

2012 video )

And here's an acoustic version of "Let Me In", which is really quite good.

I found this band when Dave's friend, Tommy Joe Ratliff who is the bassist for Adam Lambert, twitted about them. Rarely do musician recommendations work for me, I don't listen the way musicians do, but this one was a good fit. So that was shiny.

Important Links:
MySpace
ReverbNation
Twitter
YouTube

Buy their EP:
Amazon
cdbaby
iTunes
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 09:16 am


This is Metric an indie rock/new wave band hailing from the great land of Canada. They are Emily Haines (vocals, synthesizer & guitar), James Shaw (guitar & theremin), Josh Winstead (bassist) and Joules Scott-Key (drummer). They started in Toronto but have been all over the world at various times.

Background Info:
Wikipedia
Offical Site Bio


I found them thanks to My One True Radio Station, aka the Alternative Channel on Music Choice. They kept playing "Help I'm Alive" and finally I just had to find out more about the band that made this song I liked so damn much.

So first I hit up RCRD LBL's site to see if they had a listing for Metric, which they did: Metric page on RCRD LBL

Happily, they had two, not just one, songs available to stream & download. I've embedded the streaming player here, or you can just click on the link above.

embedded )

At that time Lala.com was still alive, and so I used some of my sign-up credits to 'buy' the streaming version of their album Fantasies. I fell in love. It was utterly delightful. I liked every single song and that is one of the things that's really special for me. I want to be able to enjoy the entirety of what an artist/band has to offer, and with Metric that was no problem at all.

Here again was a female-lead band that played the music I enjoyed and had lyrics that didn't depress me. And on top of that, they're really good. I do hope you'll give them a chance.


Important Links:
Official Site
Myspace
Twitter
YouTube

Buy Metric's Fantasies:
Metric's Webstore
Amazon [CD] or [MP3]
iTunes

All Other Merch
Saturday, June 5th, 2010 02:17 pm


This is Tegan & Sara, immensely talented twins from the great land of Canadia, I mean Canada. They've been making music since they were fifteen and they've been touring almost as long.

You can read a detailed History of Tegan & Sara over on Wikipedia, so I won't replicate that here. I found them because I heard one of their songs played on a tv show, but for the life of me I can't recall which one. Obviously their music was superior to the show using it.

I promptly looked them up and was thrilled to find a female-lead band (two queer females even!) that made songs that were both musically and lyrically satisfying to me. All too often I find the best female bands/singers have songs that, while amazingly well done, are also fucking suicide-inducing. And I understand why that is. Women, even now, have a lot of shit poured on them. It's only natural to write about that, work through it, protest against it via art. I applaud that even. But as someone who honestly can't handle my own shitty life, I am unable to take on the additional burden of other women's pain. So with Tegan & Sara I was pleased to find songs that resonated strongly on an emotional level but that did not overwhelm me with pain and despair.

Looking through their discography I realize that I basically really love every other album they do and am just kind of meh about the others. Not sure why, just one of those things. Still, with six studio albums to their names, there is plenty to enjoy even for weirdos like me. FYI: my faves are This Business of Art (2000), So Jealous (2004), and Sainthood (2009).

And here's a sampling of songs off those records (though I love the full albums so):
on Grooveshark
or embedded here )

So go buy their music!
at Amazon
on iTunes


Vital Links:
Official Site
MySpace
Facebook
Twitter
Youtube
Vimeo
Merch
Saturday, May 8th, 2010 12:48 pm


This is Imagine Dragons. I have waxed poetically about them in my personal journal a few times before, but I really, really want more people to find them and love them too. :D

Imagine Dragons is an unsigned band located in Las Vegas, Nevada. I found them thanks to a Google Alert for Panic! at the Disco (who they sound nothing like really). So far they've recorded two EPs. The first one is available on iTunes: Imagine Dragons - EP. The second one, Hell and Silence, is now (as of 6/5) available on iTunes.

You can preview pretty much all of their music on their ReverbNation page, but I've included the player behind the cut-tag:
hear it, love it )

One thing that impresses me about Imagine Dragons is how polished they sound. The songs sound just like they were recorded by a major studio, not rough at all. They have a synth-rock sort of sound and a manic energy for most songs, but they can do lilting ballad types as well. Good range.

They are the "go to" band for out of town bands who want a local opening band in Vegas. They mostly tour right around Nevada and California, but they also performed at South by Southwest this year.

Here's an interview with them by a local Vegas music vlog. And here is some video from their performance at the Neon Reverb Music Festival where they just fucking slayed it.

You can get two of their songs for free by joining their mailing list which is VERY low traffic. In fact, I think the only thing I got so far was an email from them offering me another free song. So it's no hardship.

sign-up for free music! )

They've got a retro flair to their style, but updated and made fresh. A nice balance between what was and what is. Though the main vocalist is male, their female keyboardist provides backing and it really fills out the sound nicely.

Links:
MySpace
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Fan Club (lots of good info there)
Saturday, May 1st, 2010 01:14 pm
Meet Snowsera.


(Hi, Snowsera!)


They're an unsigned rock band from Chicago, a city that apparently has a magic music potion in the water. They've been together since 2006 and they have a fairly diverse list of influences: Michael Jackson, Nirvana, the Beatles, to name only a few. Because of this, they're not one of those bands whose songs all blend together.

I found them in 2008, right after someone in the band MySpace spammed me. Normally I click 'Decline' and don't bother to listen to the music. This time, however, I clicked the link and was pleasantly surprised. Their EP Fictions had just come out and I downloaded it right away. The songs have a great, polished quality to them that you don't often see with unsigned bands. It's a pretty good way to get into unsigned bands, because the sound isn't all that different than what a radio-listener is used to.

There are three other EPs, all of which are available free of charge on their website. Push&Pull came after Fictions. The two songs there (Push&Pull and Sun Meets the Sea) are rougher, not as polished, but no less interesting. With a bit of studio glitz, they, too, would be as strong as the Fictions EP. The other two-song EP contains the songs Chase the Rabbit and Stop, Listen, both of which are favourites of mine.

Things get a little tighter each time with respect to instrumentation, though I do wish the singer's voice didn't sometimes get a little drowned out. That's due to recording issues, though, so I'm doing my best to be patient.

For earlier Snowsera stuff, download the Snowsera EP, which includes the demos of two songs from Fictions - TwentyFour (24) and So Subtle.

Is this band perfect? Of course not. No one is. Are they a little rough? Definitely, but that's not a bad thing. They're certainly a band to keep an eye on because there's real potential there. That's pretty exciting.

Photos:
-*- Live
-*- Recording
-*- Promo

Other links:
-*- Official Site
-*- MySpace
-*- LastFM (And what's that I see? I'm the Top Listener? Shock me, shock me!)
-*- Pure Volume