Zeds Dead is an Electronic duo from Toronto, Ontario composed of DC and Hooks. DC and Hooks have been producing together since 2004, formerly as Mass Productions. Taking influence from hip hop, Mass Productions released one independent album in the summer of 2007 entitled Fresh Beetz. It is their first and only release to date.
Anton Zaslavski known primarily by his stage name Zedd is a German electronic dance music producer and DJ from Kaiserslautern, Germany. He primarily produces in the electro house genre, but has branched out, pioneering what is known as ‘Zedd style’, which draws influences from Progressive house, Complextro and Dubstep.
Yuck are an indie rock band that originated in London, England. The band features members Daniel Blumberg and Max Bloom, both of whom formerly played in the band Cajun Dance Party. The band’s self-titled debut album was released through Fat Possum on 21 February 2011 in the United Kingdom. Critics have likened the band to Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth.
Ximena Sariñana Rivera is a Mexican singer-songwriter and actress. Sariñana’s musical career was launched in 2008 with the release of her first studio album Mediocre, an adult contemporary pop-rock/vocal jazz album that has been critically acclaimed and nominated for various awards, including two nominations in the Latin Grammy Awards of 2008.
WU LYF (pronounced “Woo Life”, stands for “World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation”) are a band from Manchester, England that originally became known for creating a mystery about themselves by declining requests for interviews and not releasing much information to the press. The band describes their music as “heavy pop”. Their manager, Warren Bramley, has previously worked with Tony Wilson at Factory Records.
Wolf Gang is a British alternative and symphonic rock band with Max McElligott as lead vocalist. Having played with different musicians McElligott settled on the current live set up in late 2009 which includes Lasse Petersen (drums) previously of The Rakes and Gavin Slater (guitar) previously of Ghosts.
Wild Flag is an American four-piece supergroup based in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C.. The group consists of Carrie Brownstein (vocals, guitar), Mary Timony (vocals, guitar), Rebecca Cole (keyboards, backing vocals) and Janet Weiss (drums, backing vocals). The band is most known for consisting of ex-members of the bands Sleater-Kinney, Helium and The Minders.
Wild Beasts are an indie rock band from Kendal, England. They released their first single, “Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants”, on Bad Sneakers Records in November 2006, and subsequently signed to Domino Records. They have released three acclaimed albums, Limbo, Panto in 2008, Two Dancers in 2009, and Smother in 2011. Two Dancers was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
We Were Promised Jetpacks is an indie rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland, comprising Adam Thompson (vocals, guitar), Michael Palmer (guitar), Sean Smith (bass) and Darren Lackie (drums). The band’s debut album, These Four Walls, was released on 15 June 2009 on Fat Cat Records.
The band cites label mates Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad as influences, alongside Biffy Clyro’s early material.
We Are Augustines is an American indie rock group based in Brooklyn, New York and consisting of guitarist Billy McCarthy, bassist Eric Sanderson and drummer Rob Allen.
Songwriter, lead singer and guitarist William McCarthy has had as tough a life as anyone. He never knew his father. His mother was an alcoholic schizophrenic and her children ended up in foster care. His brother, James, was also a schizophrenic who lived in and out of institutions prisons. At about the time his original band, Pela, was breaking up, McCarthy’s brother committed suicide. McCarthy, along with Pela bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter Eric Sanderson, and drummer Rob Allen, regrouped to form We Are Augustines. Picking the name was easy. McCarthy and Sanderson both have August birthdays, Pela dissolved in August, and McCarthy’s brother committed suicide the same month. August plays a heavy role in the band’s life.
Wallpaper. is led by the sleazy, excess-obsessed Ricky Reed, who is also a gifted producer, multi-instrumentalist songwriter, viral media hustler and disco ball-busting crowd destroyer.
Wallpaper. evolved from a clever jab to, as S.F. Weekly put it, “a rebuttal against pop music as simple window dressing.” It boomed beyond the satire and quickly surpassed the irony and gained attention for the legit songwriting and masterful production. The beat-heavy pop ditties are built around sweaty, swaggerful beats. Wallpaper. keeps it funky, and gives a knowing nod to the early greats who offered their influence: P-Funk, Afrobeat, Bay Area rap, perhaps even some Prince.
Tune-Yards (stylized as tUnE-yArDs) is the music project of New England native Merrill Garbus. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot, and layers these with ukulele, voice, and electric bass (played by Nate Brenner). The Whokill (stylized as w h o k i l l) tour has added a saxophone section.
When L.A.’s world-class beat/electronica crew Brainfeeder takes over the Fonda later this week, you’ll spot one guy up there making music the (comparatively) old-fashioned way. Him with the extraterrestrial sense of style and supernatural ability on the bass? That’s Thundercat, a.k.a. Steve Bruner, who you’ve heard on Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma where he held down the low end on the track “Mmmhmmm”. He’s also played with Bootsy Collins, Erykah Badu, and Snoop Dogg.
Abel Tesfaye better known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian recording artist and record producer of Ethiopian descent. Songs recorded under The Weeknd name first leaked in late 2010, though the identity of the individual behind the project was initially unknown.
The Weeknd released a nine-song free album, House of Balloons, on 21 March 2011. This album is a part of a trilogy which includes Thursday, released on 18 August 2011, and Echoes of Silence, released on 21 December 2011. The song “High for This” produced by Cirkut was featured in the promo for the final season of the HBO show Entourage On June 16, 2011, House of Balloons was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. On July 6, the album was named as one of ten shortlisted nominees but eventually lost to Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. On December 21, 2011 Tesfaye released his highly anticipated third mixtape Echoes of Silence. The Weeknd’s site crashed shortly after due to the large number of downloads. The Weeknd quickly provided a Hulkshare link to keep the album available while the official site was down.
The Vaccines are an English indie rock band who formed in West London in 2010. The band’s debut album, What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, was released through Columbia Records on 14 March 2011 and reached number 4 in the UK Album Chart. They have drawn comparisons to The Strokes and Ramones. The band, however, describe their influences as “‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, ’60s garage and girl groups, ’70s punk, ’80s American hardcore, C86 and good pop music”.
The Sheepdogs are a Canadian rock band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, consisting of Ewan Currie on vocals and guitar, Leot Hanson on guitar, Ryan Gullen on bass and Sam Corbett on drums.
The Sheepdogs beat 15 other bands to win Rolling Stone’s “Choose The Cover” competition to be featured on the August 18, 2011 cover of Rolling Stone magazine, the first unsigned act to do so. During the competition, the band made appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival as well The Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Quebec. The band has recently signed with Atlantic Records with a new album being produced by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney.
The Rapture is an Indie rock band based in New York City. The band mixes influences from many genres including post-punk, acid house, disco, electronica and rock, pioneering the post-punk revival genre. They were forerunners of the post-punk revival of the early 2000s, as they mixed their early post-punk sound with electronic and dance elements.
The Midnight Beast, sometimes abbreviated as TMB, is a British comedy music group from London, perhaps most famous for their YouTube cover-parody of the 2009 single TiK ToK by American pop artist Ke$ha. The group currently consists of its three founding members, Stefan Abingdon, Dru Wakely and Ashley Horne.
The Horrors are an English band formed in Southend on Sea in 2005. Their debut Strange House, was released in 2007 and reached number thirty-seven on the UK Albums Chart, their second album Primary Colours was released in 2009 and peaked at number 25 in the UK. In July 2011 The Horrors’ third album Skying was released, and reached number five in the UK album chart.
The Hives are a Swedish garage rock band that first garnered attention in the early 2000s as a prominent group of the garage rock revival. Their mainstream success came with the release of the “greatest hits” album Your New Favourite Band, featuring their most well-known song “Hate to Say I Told You So”. The Hives are known for performing in ever-changing black and white suits.
The Head and The Heart is an indie folk-pop band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in the summer of 2009 by Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion), the band also includes Charity Rose Thielen (violin, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), and Tyler Williams (drums). The band signed to Sub Pop Records in November 2010.
The Growlers are a band formed in Long Beach, California in 2006, though their hometown is originally Costa Mesa, Orange County. The band consists of Brooks Nielsen (vocals), Matt Taylor (lead guitar, vocals), Scott Montoya (drums, vocals) and Kyle Straka (keyboards, guitar). Their first album, Are You in or Out, was released in 2009. Their second album, Hot Tropics, was out in 2010.
The Gaslamp Killer (born William Benjamin Bensussen) is a Los Angeles-based DJ who releases material through Brainfeeder, the record label of Flying Lotus. Bensussen grew up in San Diego, California, where he began listening to Too Short, Jimi Hendrix, and Dr. Dre. After being influenced by DJ Shadow, he became a DJ in San Diego’s Gaslamp district when he was 17, where his unique sets often ruined the pop music vibe in the clubs, earning him the nickname “The Gaslamp Killer.” After moving to Los Angeles in 2006, he helped found Low End Theory, “L.A.’s monolithic weekly showcase for uncut beat-driven tracks”.
The Dear Hunter is an indie rock band originating in Providence, Rhode Island. It began as a side project of Casey Crescenzo, formerly of post-hardcore band The Receiving End of Sirens. The band’s sound is unlike that of Casey’s former band, with more alternative and progressive rock tendencies and a wider variety of instrumentation.
The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The group began as an independent act founded after the duo dropped out of college, and they eventually emerged among a second wave of popular garage rock revival artists from the 2000s. Through October 2011, The Black Keys had sold over 2 million albums in the United States.
The Black Angels’ music is hardly the stuff of stripped-down acoustic confessionals: It’s the sound of a distant rumble, possibly beamed from a garage in the early ’70s. So when we got word that the Austin-based psych-rock band would go acoustic for this Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices, a mystery was born: namely, “Huh?”
Amazingly, what we got came largely without amplification or electricity, with one notable exception: Singer Alex Maas got his own vocal mic so he could be properly filtered for full, dreamy, otherworldly effect. The resulting four songs, three of which appear on 2010’s Phosphene Dream, showcase a bold and surprising mix of sensibilities — at once icy and rustic, cavernous and confined.
The Big Pink is an English electro-rock duo comprising multi-instrumentalists Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell. The duo signed to the 4AD label in 2009, and won the prestigious NME Philip Hall Radar Award for best new act. To date, they have released five singles, with their debut album A Brief History of Love released in September 2009.
An electrifying electro/hip-hop duo from Toronto Canada. It’s not totally accurate to call Toronto-based duo The Airplane Boys a rap group. It’s not that they don’t rap. They do, and pretty well, at that. It’s more that the Boys—who have been carrying the “next-Toronto-act-to-blow” tag for very close to a year—make a point of screwing with genre conventions, throwing handfuls of synthpop, R&B, dubstep and house into their musical stew.
Swedish House Mafia is a Swedish house music group consisting of the three disc jockeys and producers, Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso. The group officially formed in late 2008.
Angello & Ingrosso met as children in Stockholm; Axwell was not a member until years later when they contacted him after a chance meeting.
The name “Swedish House Hegarty” was adopted initially, but the group then resorted to their current name that was coined by BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong, who was a member of the Kent Soul Mafia in the 1980s. It then appeared on forums and was used to encapsulate the group of producers that were working together in the future. Steve Angello stated, “But we’ve been through everything together.
The band is kind of made up of an all-star line up. We all come from different bands of all sorts of music. Members are: singer/ song writer/ guitar- Davey Warsop (Beat Union), keys/ organ- Greg Kuehn (TSOL, Berlin), drums- Korey Kingston (The Aggrolites, Hepcat, See Spot), guitar Chris “the general” Bradley (The Distraction), Nic Rodriguez (Fallborn). The majority of them are from Southern California, with the exception of Davey, who now lives in So Cal, but is originally from Birmingham England.
Nick Douwma, better known by his stage name Sub Focus, is an English Electronic Music record producer. He has been releasing records since 2003. On 12 October 2009, he released his self-titled debut album. He plans to release a second album in 2012.
Annie Erin Clark better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She was a member of The Polyphonic Spree and also part of Sufjan Stevens’ touring band, prior to forming her own band. Clark currently resides in Manhattan.
Her debut album, Marry Me (2007) was released to critical acclaim, and was followed by the more commercially-successful Actor (2009). Her third album, Strange Mercy, was released on September 13, 2011.
Squeeze are a British band that came to prominence in the United Kingdom during the New Wave period of the late 1970s, and continued recording successfully in the 1980s and 1990s. They are known in the UK for their hit songs “Cool for Cats”, “Up the Junction”, “Tempted”, “Labelled With Love”, “Black Coffee In Bed”, “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)”, and “Hourglass”. Though not quite as commercially successful in the U.S., “Tempted”, “Hourglass” and “853-5937” were all American chart hits for Squeeze, and the band have a dedicated following there and continue to attract new fans.
Spector is a five-piece indie rock band from London, comprising Frederick Macpherson (vocals), Christopher Burman (guitar), Thomas Shickle (bass), Jed Cullen (synth, guitar) and Danny Blandy (drums). Macpherson has previously been in Les Incompétents and Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man. They have been described as “somewhere between Roxy Music and the Strokes, the Killers and Kanye West, Pulp and R&B and Frank Sinatra” and have also been described as “reminiscent of The Walkmen mainlined into The Killers’ chugga-train drive”.
Sleeper Agent is an American band that formed in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Their debut album, Celabrasion, was released on September 27, 2011, following the digital release of the album in August. Rolling Stone magazine noted the group as a “band to watch” prior to the LP’s release.
Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti commonly known as Seun Kuti, is a Nigerian musician, and the youngest son of legendary afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Seun leads his father’s former band Egypt 80.
Seun and his brother Femi are the two successful musical offsprings of the late Nigerian afrobeat innovator Fela Kuti. Seun has one younger sister who used to sing in his band. At the age of nine Seun expressed the wish to sing to his father. A short while later Seun started acting as a sort of mascot and would sing a few songs backed by Egypt 80 before his father took to the stage. Since then, Seun has followed the political and social ethos of his father.
Sebastian Ingrosso is a Swedish DJ and producer of Italian descent. Born in Grahamstown, South Africa but raised in Solna, Sweden. Sebastian spent his teenage years in his fathers studio learning how to make music, with his first official remix released on Mega Records in 1999. He was ranked #26 in 2011 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ list, and won the award for the highest new entry into the chart in 2009, a record beaten only by Deadmau5 into the 2008 Top 100 DJ list at #10. Sebastian is also one third of DJ super-group the Swedish House Mafia, along with friends Axwell and Steve Angello.
SebastiAn is a French actor, DJ, and musician affiliated with Ed Banger Records. Musically, he has worked as a solo electronic musician, as a producer for artists Kavinsky and label-mate Uffie, as a film-music composer, and as a remix artist for musicians and bands such as Daft Punk, Kelis, and Klaxons.
SBTRKT (pronounced as “subtract”) is the stage name of Aaron Jerome, a musician and producer from London, United Kingdom. SBTRKT began his career as a DJ in the east London club “Plastic People”. SBTRKT has remixed songs by artists such as M.I.A, Radiohead, Modeselektor, Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson, Underworld and Goldie, and has released singles, EPs, and a self-titled album. SBTRKT’s music is a mixture of two-step, UK funky, dubstep, US RnB and Chicago house.
Santi White better known by her stage name Santigold (formerly Santogold), is an American songwriter, producer, and singer. Her debut album Santogold was released to positive reviews in 2008. Her new album Master of My Make-Believe is announced for spring 2012.
Refused is a Swedish hardcore punk band originating from Umeå, formed in 1991. In total the band released five EPs and three albums, before splitting up in 1998. Kerrang! magazine listed The Shape of Punk to Come at #13 on their 50 Most Influential Albums of All Time list in 2003. Refused comprised vocalist Dennis Lyxzén, guitarist Jon Brännström, guitarist/bassist Kristofer Steen, and drummer David Sandström. Their lyrics were often of a non-conformist and politically far-left nature.
Real Estate were born in the depths of one New Jersey summer. Frontman Martin Courtney had just returned home to his native Ridgewood from college in Washington State, a few fresh songs in his pockets. He’d been playing music with bassist Alex Bleeker and guitarist Matthew Mondanile since high school in various forms, even covering Weezer and the Strokes records from tip to tail. But during the summer of 2008, Real Estate didn’t get nostalgic for just their specific suburban nights, crushes, or favorite bands as teens— they fashioned a tin can-and-string to memories more universal. Their self-titled debut LP is a collection of those first underwater pop songs and onward, 7” cuts and mpfrees that have been backstroking their way across the Web and into lo-fi nerdpiles.
Note: If you don’t know who Radiohead is, you should eat glass.
Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (guitars, keyboards, other instruments), Ed O’Brien (guitars, backing vocals), Colin Greenwood (bass) and Phil Selway (drums, percussion).
Radiohead released their debut single “Creep” in 1992. The song was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, Pablo Honey (1993). Radiohead’s popularity rose in the United Kingdom with the release of their second album, The Bends (1995). Radiohead’s third album, OK Computer (1997), propelled them to greater international fame. Featuring an expansive sound and themes of modern alienation, OK Computer is often acclaimed as one of the landmark records of the 1990s.
Fadil El Ghoul commonly known by his stage name R3hab, is a Dutch DJ, remixer and house music producer. R3hab’s singles and remixes are played by such producers as David Guetta, Afrojack, Tiësto and Swedish House Mafia. Alongside Afrojack, he is considered as being the proponent of European “dutchstep” fusion genre initially based on dubstep.
Sam & Dave linked up about a year ago while both working at the Ninja tunes 20 year anniversary party in L.A. After bunning down a couple of hoons, the two Brit’s started chatting and it became apparent that they shared alot of similar music history. Next thing you know they’re in the studio and “crash, bang, whallop” they’ve knocked out an album! After first hearing it Lemon D @ Valve Sound U.K classified it as “Footwork Bass” and then his son called it “Basswork.” We’re not really sure what to call it, but we do know one thing, it definitely has lots of Bass and seems to work well at moving feet! You make your own mind up tho!
Pulp are an English alternative rock band formed in Sheffield in 1978. Their lineup consists of Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar), Russell Senior (violin, guitar), Candida Doyle (keyboards), Mark Webber (guitar), Steve Mackey (bass) and Nick Banks (drums).
The band originally formed in 2004 as Kunek and released one album in 2006 under that name. Other Lives’ self-titled album was released physically April 7, 2009 by TBD Records and digitally March 17, 2009. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Joey Waronker.
The lead single “Black Tables” was featured on the television shows Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill.
Band members are Jesse Tabish (vocals, piano, guitar and percussion), Jenny Hsu (cello and backing vocals), Jon Mooney (violin, horns, piano and percussion), Colby Owens (clarinet and percussion) and Josh Onstott (bass and percussion).
Oberhofer’s music runs the gamut of indie sub-genres, from noise pop to dance punk, and even “freak folk.” Take the song “Dead Girls Can Dance”; now, imagine Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) crashing into Wavves. And, “I Could Go,” with its whistling, oohs and ahhs, vocal layering, smashing cymbals, and somehow catchy hooks, is, all at once, mysterious, engaging and strange.