Alex Erikson

Discovery: Everest Cale

December 30, 2013

“As far as being hip and trendy, I think it works against us,” says Everest Cale’s lead singer and rhythm guitarist Brett Treacy.

Ejecta’s Anno Dominae

November 20, 2013

Bright, uptempo and crystalline, the debut album, Dominae, by electro-pop duo Ejecta—which is comprised of former Tigercity bassist Joel Ford and Neon Indian touring keyboardist Leanne Macomber—is fresh, at times filled with an almost childlike wonderment. At other moments, the songs linger in a much more adult melancholy.

Discovery: Naomi Pilgrim

October 15, 2013

Born to a Barbadian father and Swedish mother and raised in Sweden, Naomi Pilgrim has been making music her entire life. “When I was 14 I decided, okay, I can sing, so maybe I should do something about it. Record something, whatever,” she muses.

Exclusive Song Premiere and Interview: ‘All the Days (Lissvik Remix),’ HAERTS

October 8, 2013

Of course, music journalists have already made the obvious comparison between HAERTS lead singer Nini Fabi’s soaring vocals and another strong female lead: Stevie Nicks.

Discovery: The Sparrow

August 30, 2013

Brooding, with poetic lyrics and a deeply romantic sensibility, The Sparrow—which consists of singer/songwriter/visual artist Mina Karimi, her semi-rotating cast of musically inclined friends, and her guitar player/producer Masaya Ozaki—shot their latest video, for “The Fight,” atop a roof near Karimi’s South Williamsburg loft.

Discovery: White Prism

April 22, 2013

Dreamy, breathy vocals layered over uptempo beats and synthesized instrumentation that nimbly maneuvers between a sense of 21st-century melancholy and jubilation, without ever quite committing to either, characterize White Prism’s newest self-titled EP.

The Center of Everything Everything

March 25, 2013

Formed in late 2007, the math-rock maestros behind UK-based rock quartet Everything Everything slowly gained a loyal indie following until 2010, when they signed with Geffen records and released their debut LP Man Alive. That year, they were also chosen as part of the BBC’s Sound of 2010. More recently, the band has released their sophomore album, Arc.

Discovery: Bright Light Bright Light

October 26, 2012

British electropop import Rod Thomas—better known by his stage name Bright Light Bright Light—wishes studious listeners would compare him to Neil Tennant.

Midnight Magic, to the Nines

October 3, 2012

Carter Yasutake, Morgan Wiley, Nick Roseboro, Jason Disu, W. Andrew Raposo and Tiffany Roth—the main members of nine-piece disco house band Midnight Magic—have been floating around the Brooklyn music scene as a band since 2005.

Callers, Revivified

September 19, 2012

On Callers’ third effort, Reviver, contrapuntal bass lines, bright, splashy guitars and Lucas’s enchanting, complex vocals feel fully formed.

Icona Pop Loves it in New York

September 12, 2012

“We just moved here, so everyone out there who wants to show us a good time, please come and dance with us!” Aino Jawo quips about her recent relocation, along with fellow Stockholm-native bandmate Caroline Hjelt, from London to New York.

Discovery: The Peach Kings

August 7, 2012

Riff-heavy, with silky vocals from former solo artist—and Warped Tour alum—Paige McClain Wood, San Francisco-born, LA-based duo The Peach Kings have found a bi-coastal following with their take on the two-piece, boy-girl blues outfit.