Shane Meadows is frequently cited as one of the best filmmakers working in Britain today. His films depict an England far removed from the one told across this side of the Atlantic. They're earnest in their grittiness and unflinchingly honest in their narrative.
As second albums go, Detroit-based outfit Bars of Gold had their share of challenges. Geographically separated, but undeterred, they put together their upcoming LP Wheels through Skype practice sessions and pondering the tapes of nascent riffs. What's so impressive is that it suffers for none of these setbacks.
Anna Lunoe is a Californian transplant who's making a name for herself stirring dance music revelers into a frenzy from behind the decks as well as weaving out a sound for herself—as vocalist and producer—that's as much bucolic melodies as it is shrewd house beats.
Sarah Neufeld seems to gather critical acclaim at every turn. One part of Grammy Award-winning outfit Arcade Fire and Juno Award-winning ensemble Bell Orchestre, Neufeld has now turned her hand to solo pursuits. Hero Brother is a dynamic release that is as rich and atmospheric as it is resilient and bristling with wild energy.
Rich cinematic sweeps and Atari bleeps are central to Sega Bodega's esoteric audio mix, which never strays far from the dark, gritty streets of his stomping grounds in Glasgow.