Often lazily labeled a slacker rocker, Wavves' Nathan Williams is anything but. For his fourth LP, Williams and longtime cohort Stephen Pope (formerly a guitarist for indie hero Jay Reatard) spent an entire year in the studio. The result is a more melodic, sometimes even upbeat album, which still clings tight to the twisted positivity Williams has preached from the beginning.
In questioning the credibility of pop music and the constructs that have led bloggers and blog-readers alike to align their opinions and agree on what is "good" and "bad," Cities Aviv has found an avenue for his music that traverses the mainstream and the obscure, and he comes out with his distinct version of pop music that is both nostalgic and futuristic.
Holy Ghost! is a Brooklyn band that doesn't obsess over their image; they've bucked the trend of releasing "exclusive" remixes daily and instead take time to work on cohesive albums; and despite falling under the dance music umbrella, they're miles away from the chart-topping "live your life" chant-alongs that are all but ubiquitous on pop radio.
Action Bronson is a man of excess. Take a tour through his quickly-expanding catalogue and you'll get a glimpse into the mind of a man obsessed with the finer things in life—expertly-prepared cuisine, rare and luxurious furs and leathers, and, of course, willing women of all sizes and colors.
A DJ and producer in the traditional sense, unlike his fist-pumping counterparts, FlyLo (as his fans affectionately refer to him) is a hip-hop head who's created and pioneered his own style—a blend of ambient landscapes, soulful energy, and sampled loops—and created a sound that's truly distinctive. Simply put, when you hear a Flying Lotus record, you know it.