Touring the US and Canada in the confines of a 2003 Toyota Sienna doesn’t paint a very glamourous picture, but Winnipeg band Living Hour makes it work, and delivers astounding music along the way. The five-man ensemble brings with them dreamy soundscapes, full of evocative lyrics, superior musical...
With her new album, “The Heart Will Jump (With Nowhere to Fall),” Hillary Susz gives listeners a collection of love songs three years in the making. Through her mix of operatic rock and poetic songwriting, Susz has turned her attention to a genre rarely seen or heard in...
Just two years ago, Sam Lassner, aka Prince Fox, was a junior at NYU learning to create and produce music. Fast-forward to today and you’ll find him touring the festival scene and collaborating with the likes of Hailee Steinfeld (Ender’s Game, Pitch Perfect 2). Their first track together,...
When it comes to picking a favorite collaborator from her debut album dropping this September, Carly Rae Jepsen just can’t do it. “I mean truthfully it’s hard to pick favorites like that because they are such different collaborations,” says Jepsen of the chart-toppers that range from Redfoo of LMFAO to Justin Bieber. “For me there’s still that moment where I kind of pinch myself and ask if this is all really happening.”
With a voice reminiscent of Christina Aguilera in Burlesque and a face to match, Ivy Levan has been making quite the impression on the L.A. music scene. Influenced by everything from Whitney Houston to Depeche Mode, the brassy-voiced singer debuted her first EP, “Introducing the Dame,’ last June, though this isn’t her first brush with the music industry.
A California quintet hailing from Santa Barbara, Rebelution has a history of making sunny, island-flavored sound with a West Coast twist. Though reggae at its core, Rebeultion’s style is a medley of SoCal pop, breezy funk and acoustic folk with a burst of Jamaican dub, resulting in an unpredictable yet effortlessly refined flow.
Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, The Werks are a genre-hopping jam band that play everything but the kitchen sink. In fact, they’d probably play the kitchen sink, too, if it had any sort of musical resonance. Comprised of Rob Chafin, Chris Houser, and brothers Dino and Norman Dimitrouleas, the four-piece blends rock, funk, jam and everything in between into a kaleidoscopic mix of psychedelic dance rock.
For a two-man band, El Ten Eleven can make a lot of sound. Known for their unconventional pairing of fretless bass and electronic drumming, the indie instrumental duo utilizes effect pedals to loop and layer the contrasting sounds. The result is an array of chilled out electro ballads and laidback rock jams, compacted into five studio albums and a handful of singles.
On Wednesday night’s concert at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, psych pop solo act Youth Lagoon let his music do the talking. The 24-year-old singer/producer—otherwise known as Trevor Powers—shied away from the small venue’s typically intimate setting, opting for a shadowy show with minimal conversation.
Manic Focus is not your average EDM producer. Rather than lean toward the pop-laced, big anthem club tracks as so many producers before him, the young up-and-comer boasts a more laidback sound, accenting synth-laden tracks with subtle funk, hip-hop flavor, and hoards of dubbed-out bass.