In a musical milieu in which "pop music" often functions as an epithet, Vancouver four-piece Rococode doesn't shy away from the moniker. The band's satirically titled first album Guns, Sex, and Glory is a kind of love song to itself. Equal parts sophisticated uptown polished pop princess and downtown grunge prince, the record is a seemingly mismatched couple that brings out the best in—well, itself, placing more approachable, pop-driven songs beside darker offerings without compromising either's authenticity.
Nearly a decade after his first release, much-lauded singer-songwriter Cory Branan is back with all bite and no bark. Six years in the making, Mutt's pedigree may be a mystery, but with Tom Waits-like melodies and Tom Petty lyrical acrobats, its lineage is abundantly clear. Some tracks are bread-and-butter Americana; others are downright whimsical. All feel utterly lived in—a musical equivalent to worn leather where buttery smoothness rewards initial discomfort.
In a room with feminist icon Gloria Steinem and unimpeachable heartthrob Chace Crawford, where's a young, empowered woman to turn? Owing largely efforts of many women in attendance, luckily most of us need not choose between intellect and aesthetic. Last night Forevermark and The Wall Street Journal presented the premiere of IFC Films' Peace Love & Misunderstanding to benefit The Women's Media Center, co-founded by the film's star Jane Fonda.
After over a decade of poking at the border and years of occupying the fringe, electronic music has officially entered the American mainstream. Sperry Top-Siders are as ubiquitous at festivals as glow sticks, and rock-star DJ personalities have replaced those hidden behind a club-sweat haze having originated across the pond.
Self imposed tax exile, excessive and uninterrupted drug use, leachinghangers-on, and several unstable lovers sounds more like a recipe fordisaster than formula for one of the most revered rock albums inhistory. But seeing is believing, and a Virgin-produced feature film, based on David Greenfield's literary account of the conception and creation of Stones' album Exile on Main St., might just make us believers.
Fashion editors comb through arsenals of accessories to find their favorites and make them our favorites, but why not trust their discerning eye to conceive the pieces themselves? This seems to be what H&M was thinking—today they announced their latest collaborative collection with industry authority Anna Dello Russo.
In the vein of Kanye West and Jay-Z's musical Parisian romp, A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob briefly expatriate in the NSFW video for the transparently titled "Goldie," determined to engage in typical expat activities. Chief among them are smoking, drinking, and cruising the Champs-Elysées in a decidedly more petite version of the tricked-out rides of their peers.
A propos of Easter, we're thrilled to premiere a song today that features an organ working overtime and vocals with choir-girl charm
Melt is a rhapsodic map of the globe as interpreted by Young Magic's members—a kind of sonic cartography drawn with peaks and valleys, quietly deep oceans and urgently moving streams, and little margin for error. Indonesian-born Melati Malay met members Isaac Emmanuel and Michael Italia in New York and revisited the potential for collaboration in hometown Australia. Ten countries later, Melt was created in a Brooklyn warehouse.
Once again, one instance of historical revisionism is to be revised by another, as news of a Braveheart television series broke last week. The 1995 film earned Mel Gibson an Academy Award for directing, revived the historical epic in film, and reawakened Scottish nationalism.
We're pleased to premiere an Ellie Goulding cover that isn't an oppressive dub-step rendering that leaches the femininity or affect out of the British crooner's brand of indie-pop. Brooklyn four-piece Wishes & Thieves added a cover of "Starry Eyed" to a 7-inch available today on the heels of Lighthouse, their much-lauded freshman EP.
La Sera, the solo venture of Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman, offers a two-for-one deal with the release of "Real Boy"/ "Drive On," a video within a video directed by Travis Peterson for two tracks off September's Sees the Light. Part one is more Barnum & Bailey, part two is more blood and brutality.