Smoke & Jackal – EP 1

Smoke & Jackal

With a year’s worth of free time from touring and recording with Kings of Leon, bassist Jared Followill teamed up with Mona frontman Nick Brown to make booze-fueled, off-the-cuff recordings with a desire to create their own soundtrack. The Nashvillian duo named themselves Smoke & Jackal after spending eight nights in Brown’s basement with bottles [...]

Rough Trade Shops Bella Union 15: 15 Years of Bella Union Records

Bella Union

To honor its impressive roster of musicians and loyal customers, Bella Union has teamed up with Rough Trade Shops to celebrate Bella Union’s fifteenth year as an esteemed independent by compiling a 34-artist, 144-minute collection culled from the label’s quietly rich history. The artists here have never been million-sellers (Fleet Foxes’ self-titled debut in 2008 [...]

LA Weekly Name Bon Iver as the ‘Worst Hipster Act’


In an article published on LA Weekly earlier today, Bon Iver was named ‘Worst Hipster Act’ amongst a list of twenty other bands, including Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie and the Black Keys. The article has stirred a great deal of annoyance, not only by the general viewing public via Twitter, but also by [...]

Jack White, Alabama Shakes and Beach House Top NPR Readers’ Best of 2012 (So Far)

Jack White

Jack White holds the crown of current fan favorite in 2012 In case you missed it, NPR polled their readers over the past few weeks to see who would rise to the top of public opinion with the best album of the first half of 2012. The music-loving NPR fans contributed quite the extensive, distinguished [...]

Beach House Announce Tour, Debut Video, Dispute Ad Controversy

Beach House have had an eventful 24 hours. The dream pop duo just announced their fall “Frightened Eyes” tour along with the music video for their recent single “Lazuli.” Meanwhile, their high profile dispute with Volkswagen over an ad that the band claim ripped off one of their tracks also progressed. The dispute began last [...]

Interview: Denise Nouvion of Memoryhouse


Memoryhouse is a darling dream-pop duo from Ontario, Canada consisting of Evan Abeele and Denise Nouvion. They recently signed on with SubPop Records and released their first venture with the label this past February, a wonderful LP entitled The Slideshow Effect. Evan is also a producer (he has produced all of Memoryhouse’s releases). Denise is [...]

Beach House – Bloom


Those worried that Beach House may risk following up the ten songs of blissful, heartrending perfection that was 2010′s Teen Dream with a lesser effort or foreign sound can return to kaleidoscopic slumbers. Beach House burst straight out of the gate on Bloom with the same bold maneuver they dropped on team Teen Dream: they [...]

Beach House Reveals New Album’s Spotty Cover Art


Beach House has unveiled the cover art for their forthcoming album, and we don’t suggest that you look at for too it to long. We made that mistake and we’re still seeing spots. “Bloom” will be released via Sub Pop on May 15 in the U.S. and Canada. The album will include 10 tracks, including “Myth”, which you [...]