Noisia, stylized as NOISIΛ (‘VISION’ rotated 180°), is a Dutch electronic music trio consisting of members Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger from Groningen, The Netherlands. They now produce a wide variety of music including drum and bass, dubstep, breakbeat and house music. Noisia perform across the world and own three record labels (Vision, Division and Invisible Recordings).
Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician and singer-songwriter, formerly the lead guitarist, lead and backing vocalist and principal songwriter of the English rock band Oasis. He is currently fronting his solo project, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Nero is a British electronic music act originating from London, England consisting of Daniel Stephens, Joseph Ray with Alana Watson a vocalist, who are best known for producing drum and bass, dubstep and house. On 6 December 2010, Nero were announced as nominees for the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll.
Neon Indian is an indie electronic band from Denton, Texas. The music is composed by Mexican-born Alan Palomo also known for his work with the band Ghosthustler and as the artist VEGA. The band’s debut, Psychic Chasms, has received many favorable reviews, including the designation of Best New Music and 14th best album of 2009 by Pitchfork Media. The Rolling Stone magazine called Neon Indian one of the hottest new bands of 2010.
As dubstep production duo Mt Eden (formerly Mt Eden Dubstep), Jesse Cooper and Harley Rayner are truly putting New Zealand - and dubstep as a genre - on the map. You could write that off as industry hyperbole, but in this case a little braggadocio is entirely apt: to date the New Zealand based act can claim over 80 million collective plays of their tracks on YouTube - more than any other New Zealand act, ever.
Morgan Page is an American progressive house and electro house DJ from Los Angeles. His most widely recognized track is “The Longest Road,” featuring Lissie, which was included on his debut album Elevate, released in March 2008. The Deadmau5 remix was nominated for a Grammy (Grammy Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical). Page is signed to Nettwerk Records worldwide.
Modeselektor is an electronic music band formed in Berlin, featuring Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary. The group draws heavily from IDM, glitch, Electro house and hip hop. In an interview the group said regarding their sound: “Happy metal, hard rap, country-ambient, Russian crunk. We don’t like it if people tag us as being a certain style or school or scene or whatever. We don’t really care about all that”.
Metronomy are an electronic music group formed by Joseph Mount in Totnes, Devon, England in 1999. The current band consists of Joseph Mount (composer, singer, keyboards and guitar), Anna Prior (drums and vocals), Oscar Cash (saxophone, backing vocals, guitars and keyboards) and Gbenga Adelekan (bass guitar and vocals). Their music consists of instrumental electronic music and more recently, with the release of Nights Out, vocal electronic pop music. Mount also releases remixes under the name Metronomy, and has remixed many artists including Gorillaz, Roots Manuva, Franz Ferdinand, Klaxons, Goldfrapp, The Young Knives, Zero 7, Ladytron, Kate Nash, Lady Gaga and Lykke Li.
Now best known as the lead singer for electro/techno/rock band, Lords Of Acid, she also shows that she’s not only a great leading lady, but a versatile one at that! Mixing experitise with innovation, combining her powerful yet beautiful voice while playing or performing her own musical productions (as well as her previous collaborations with other artists, such as the globally known dj/producers; Miguel Migs, Trent Cantrelle & Richard Vission to well known mainstream producers such as Nynex, Marc Jordan & Fred Durst) all the while, with an unforgettable stage presence. And that’s just the live performance shows. She is also one highly skilled DJ.
Mazzy Star is an American alternative rock band formed in Santa Monica, California, in 1989 from the group Opal, a collaboration of guitarist David Roback and bassist Kendra Smith. Roback’s friend Hope Sandoval became the group’s vocalist when Smith left the band.
Mazzy Star is probably best known for the song “Fade into You” which brought the band some success in the mid 1990s and was the group’s biggest mainstream hit, earning extensive exposure on MTV, VH1, and radio airplay. Roback and Sandoval are the creative center of the band, with Sandoval as lyricist and Roback as composer of the majority of the band’s material.
Martin Picandet (French pronunciation: [maʁtɛ̃ pikɑ̃dɛ]), better known under his stage name Martin Solveig, is a French electronic music DJ and producer from Paris. He also hosts a weekly radio show called “C’est La Vie” on stations worldwide including FG DJ Radio in his homeland. His label is called Mixture Stereophonic.
Manchester Orchestra is an American indie rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2005. The group is currently composed of rhythm guitarist-singer-songwriter Andy Hull, lead guitarist Robert McDowell, keyboardist and percussionist Chris Freeman, bassist Jonathan Corley, and drummer Tim Very. Former drummer Jeremiah Edmond parted ways with the band in January 2010 to focus on his family as well as running the band’s record label, Favorite Gentlemen. To date they have released several extended plays and three studio albums: I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child (2006), Mean Everything to Nothing (2009) and Simple Math (2011).
Madness are a British pop/ska band from Camden Town, London, that formed in 1976. The band continue to perform with their most recognised line-up of seven members, although their line-up has varied slightly over the years. They were one of the most prominent bands of the late-1970s 2 Tone ska revival.
Madness achieved most of their success in the early to mid 1980s. Both Madness and UB40 spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts over the course of the decade, holding the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. However, Madness achieved this in a shorter time period (1980–1986).
Hailing from Nantes in France, recently turned 17 year old Madeon came to the attention of the world for his unique blend of Pop/House/Electro via his ‘Shuriken’ and ‘For You’ tracks as well as his amazing remix of Pendulum’s ‘The Island’ single, which won a remix competition set up by Warner Records and picked as the winning remix by Rob Swire (vocalist from the band). His most recent remixes on the Yelle ‘Que Veux Tu’ and Deadmau5 ‘Raise Your Weapon’ singles, have been a huge success with support from the likes of: Martin Solveig, Alan Bract, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, Pete Tong, Rob Swire, Axwell, Deadmau5 and more. His ‘Pop Culture’ mashup was viewed over 1 Milion times in 7 days on his Youtube channel. Madeon’s Debut EP is due for release later this year.
M83 is a musical act by French musician Anthony Gonzalez. It is named after a spiral galaxy, Messier 83. The band was founded in 2001 by Gonzalez and former member Nicolas Fromageau in Antibes, France. The musical style of M83 owes something to the shoegazing genre in its extensive use of reverb effects and lyrics spoken softly over loud instrumentals, although M83’s songs employ considerably less guitar than most shoegazing bands. Gonzalez and Fromageau parted ways shortly after touring for their second album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, and now Gonzalez records mainly on his own, often with the help of his brother Yann Gonzalez, vocalist/keyboardist Morgan Kibby, and drummer Loïc Maurin.
Matthew Stephen Ward, known by his stage name M. Ward, is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who rose to prominence in the Portland, Oregon music scene. In addition to his solo work he is known as a member of She & Him and Monsters of Folk.
Elisabeth Maurus, known by her stage name Lissie, is an American folk rock artist and Paste Magazine’s #1 best new solo artist of 2010. She released her debut EP, “Why You Runnin’”, in November 2009. Her debut album, Catching a Tiger, was released in June 2010.
The story of Le Butcherettes starts in 2008 with: KISS & KILL EP conceived in a homemade way thing that rapidly attracted the media and hundreds of people that became hardcore fans of this group. A year later the independent/underground industry of Mexico acknowledged their work awarding them the tittles of “Best Punk Record” and “Best New Artist”. At the end of 2008 Teri Gender Bender, drummer Normandi and Omar Rodríguez López meet and from that moment on the project changed.
Laura Beatrice Marling is an English folk musician from Eversley, Hampshire. Initially prominent within the London folk scene, she has also toured with a number of well-known indie artists in the UK. Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim and her second album I Speak Because I Can were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008 and 2010 respectively. She won Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards.
LA Riots are in the business of crafting straight-up, hot-as-shit club bangers and they’re not messing around. In only a few months since their inception in 2007, the Los Angeles duo has made a name for themselves cranking out one quality track and remix after another and blowing up some of the hottest parties and venues in Southern California. Now, with remixes of Ocelot, SCANNeRS, and Le Castle Vania tearing across the blogosphere they’re poised to take the party to the masses. Keep your eyes and ears open boys and girls, this is going to be big.
Kendrick Lamar is an American rapper, and songwriter. He first gained major attention after the release of his 2010 mixtape O(verly) D(edicated). In 2011, his album Section.80, released exclusively through iTunes, instantly ranked as one of the top digital hip-hop releases of the year. Lamar has amassed a large internet following, is a member of hip hop collective Black Hippy, along with Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul, and has worked with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Wiz Khalifa, Game, Drake, Busta Rhymes and Tech N9ne among other popular artists.
Keep Shelly in Athens are an electronic / downtempo duo from Athens, Greece. Their debut 12” vinyl EP, “In Love With Dusk” released in 2010 and quickly sold-out. It was followed up with a 7” single “Hauntin’ Me” and another 12” vinyl EP “Our Own Dream”.
Ryan Raddon better known by his stage name Kaskade, is an American DJ and record producer. On October 20, 2011, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, with Ultra Records, Kaskade placed at #30. On September 9, 2011, a DJ Times poll voted Kaskade “America’s Best DJ 2011”.
Kasabian is an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. Originally comprising vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and keyboardist Christopher Karloff, guitarist and backing, occasional lead vocalist Sergio Pizzorno and bassist Chris Edwards, the band has released four studio albums – Kasabian (2004), Empire (2006), West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009), and Velociraptor! (2011). The band currently features Meighan, Pizzorno, Edwards, and drummer Ian Matthews. Pizzorno has become Kasabian’s lead songwriter since Karloff’s departure.
Kaiser Chiefs are an indie rock band from Leeds who formed in 1996. They were named after the South African football club Kaizer Chiefs. The group’s debut album, Employment, was released in 2005. It was primarily inspired by New Wave and punk rock music of the late 1970s and 1980s, and enjoyed international success with over three million copies sold. In 2005, the album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. Kaiser Chiefs’ second album, Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007), yielded “Ruby”, a number one single in the United Kingdom. They released their third album, Off with Their Heads, in October 2008. After a three-year hiatus, they released The Future Is Medieval in June 2011.
Justice (stylized as Jus†ice) is a French electronic music duo consisting of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay. The duo is one of the most successful groups on Ed Banger Records and is managed by the label’s head, Pedro Winter. Justice is known for incorporating a strong rock and polka influence into their music and image. The duo gets all their inspiration from Rick James.
With a legacy stretching back nearly 50 years, the Honourable Jimmy Cliff is still standing as one of the prime movers and continuing shapers of modern music. With a catalog that ranks among the most influential in global culture, Cliff remains a forceful voice of power and conscience, creating new music as vital and vibrant as ever. Teamed with producer Tim Armstrong — the Rancid front man who has cited Cliff as his most admired artist — Cliff is working on his first new album in seven years, a set which builds on his unparalleled history and points to a wide-open future.
The power and promise of the pairing jumps out from a five-song EP previewing the album. Together they bring fire to both compelling Cliff originals and a couple of pointedly chosen covers.
Jeff Mangum is a musician best known for being the lyricist, vocalist and guitarist of the band Neutral Milk Hotel, as well as being one of the cofounders of The Elephant 6 Recording Company. Mangum, along with the other founding members of the Elephant 6, attended Ruston High School in the late 1980s. The friends shared a passion for acts of the 1960s, most notably The Zombies and Donovan, as well as an affinity for later alternative rock bands such as Sonic Youth and the Minutemen. They reflected these influences in the tapes they recorded and shared with each other, forming the seeds of what would become the Elephant 6 Collective. He is married to Astra Taylor, known for making the documentary film Žižek! about the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek.
James is a British rock band from Manchester, England. They formed in 1982 and were active throughout the 1980s, but most successful during the 1990s. Their hit singles include “Come Home”, “Sit Down”, and “She’s a Star” as well as their American college radio hit “Laid”. Following the departure of lead singer Tim Booth in 2001, the band became inactive but re-formed in January 2007, returning for a new album and international tour. Up to 2010, the band had sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.
Stuart Price is a three-time Grammy-winning British electronic musician, songwriter, and record producer whose remixing and production skills are in demand by artists including New Order, Madonna,Kylie Minogue, Take That, Missy Elliott, Scissor Sisters, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys, Brandon Flowers, Gwen Stefani, Seal, Keane, Frankmusik andHard-Fi.
Introducing France’s latest exciting export! Pierre Leroux and Victor Le Masne, aka Parisian duo Housse De Racket, has joined the ranks of label extraordinaire Kitsuné to release their superb second album, “Alesia”.
Pierre and Victor both grew up in the suburb of Chaville, situated between Versailles and Paris. Starting out as in-demand session musicians-for-hire with local bands Air and Phoenix, plus touring band members behind Chilly Gonzales, Alex Gopher and Stardust singer Benjamin Diamond, the boys were simultaneously making their first steps as Housse De Racket. Fast-forward to the close of 2008 and the duo’s debut album Forty Love sees the light of day. Hungry to conquer the world, Housse tour the album relentlessly, playing over 200 live shows from Lisbon to Tokyo via Berlin and Beijing.
Burlap and opals. Moonshine and macrobiotics. Shaken and soothed. How Suzanne Santo (vocals/banjo/violin) and Ben Jaffe (vocals/guitar) managed to reconcile not just polemics, but seemingly opposed realities for their sexually tinged, bruised knee honeysuckle take on roots music has to be heard to be understood.
Yet somehow the young 20-somethings figured out that it’s the extremes that define the middle, whether embracing the big mistakes in the bluesy smoulder “Glad I Done What I Did,” embracing the romantic doubt that is the low slung gospel of “Don’t Know How,” or the euphoric romp-age of “Let’s Get Wrecked” that embraces the arc debauchery completely. This is the sound of coming not of age, but awareness; and digging into what it means to be alive permeates throughout honeyhoney’s October 24th release of Billy Jack on Lost Highway Records.
Hello Seahorse! is a Mexican alternative pop band formed in 2005 in Mexico City. The band gained quick recognition as one of the leading acts in Mexican rock pop, placing their first commercial single “Bestia” on regular radio airplay by November 2008. Early releases such as the EP Hoy a las Ocho featured lyrics in both English and Spanish, though latest tracks are solely in the latter; these however deal about nonsense or surrealistic themes. The band’s second album Bestia was released on May 19, 2009. The track “Bestia” from that album won the “song of the year” award at Mexico’s 2009 “Indie-O Music Awards” ceremony. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica, they were nominated for and won the “La Zona” award.
Grouplove (also typeset as GROUPLOVE) is an American indie rock band that formed in 2009 by Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi, Sean Gadd (son of singer/songwriter Steve Gadd of UK band Stray), Andrew Wessen and Ryan Rabin (son of film composer and former Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin).
Gregory Regis Ginn is a guitarist, songwriter, electronic dance musician, and singer. He currently plays in many jam and electronic-oriented bands, and is best known for being the leader of and primary songwriter for the hardcore punk band Black Flag, which he founded and led from 1976 to 1986. Ginn was 99th on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are like a modern-day version of Tina Turner stroking the microphone in a spangled mini-dress while fronting the Rolling Stones circa Sticky Fingers. The proof is there for all to hear on the band’s third album for Hollywood Records, hitting this spring, and marks an artistic breakthrough for a vital young band caught in the act of fulfilling its immense promise. Little wonder that Grace and her cohorts have chosen to title it, directly and emphatically, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
“This record is the first time it’s really been us — the first time we’ve all found each other and ourselves,” says Potter with obvious excitement. “Everybody was totally comfortable, everything we had was sitting right in front of us, and it just poured out of us. The whole thing was fluid and effortless. In my mind, an album shouldn’t be self-titled unless it feels that way.”
Wouter “Wally” De Backer also known professionally by his stage name Gotye (pronounced gore-tee-yeah) is a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter. The name “Gotye” is derived from “Gaultier” (or “Gautier” or “Gauthier”,) the French equivalent of “Wouter” (“Walter” in English). Gotye’s voice has been compared to Sting and Peter Gabriel, some fans even going to the extent of mixing Gotye’s vocals with tracks by The Police.
He has released three studio albums independently and one album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. De Backer is also one-third of Melbourne indie-pop trio The Basics, who have independently released three studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (formerly punctuated Godspeed You Black Emperor! and commonly abbreviated to GYBE or GY!BE) are a Canadian post-rock band which originated from Montreal, Quebec in 1994. They were the first outside act to release their recordings through Constellation, an influential independent record label also located in Montreal.
After the release of their debut album in 1997, the group toured regularly from 1998 to 2002. In 2003, the band announced an indefinite hiatus in order for band members to pursue other musical interests. In the intervening period the group was occasionally rumored to have broken up, but the band finally reconvened for a tour in late 2010 and early 2011, and are scheduled to appear at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Givers are an indie pop group from Lafayette, Louisiana. The band is made up of vocalist and percussionist Tiffany Lamson, vocalist andguitarist Taylor Guarisco, drummer and vocalist Kirby Campbell,bassist and guitarist Josh LeBlanc, and flautist, saxophonist, andkeyboardist Nick Stephan.
Girls is an indie rock band from San Francisco, California. The band comprises two key members—Christopher Owens, the main writer and lead singer, and Chet “JR” White, who plays bass and produces. Owens is a former member of the Children of God cult. The New York Times compared the band’s sound to Elvis Costello,The Beach Boys and Buddy Holly.
Gregg Michael Gillis better known by his stage name Girl Talk, is an American musician specializing in mashups and digital sampling. Gillis has released five LPs on the record label Illegal Art and EPs on 333 and 12 Apostles.
Gary Clark Jr.is an American guitarist and actor considered by some to be the leader of the Austin, Texas rock scene, playing in a style that has at times been compared to Jimi Hendrix. Acclaimed as the savior of blues, Clark has established a resume which has enabled him to share the stage with various legends of rock and roll. His live performances, as well as his recordings, blend rock, soul and blues, infusing fluid guitar with a guttural howl and a falsetto trill that mix together.
Despite his roots, Clark comes across as someone who is forging something unique in the music world. More specifically, his 2010 self-titled EP debuts his ability to explore various genres of music, while demonstrating his independence and distinctiveness from the heavily saturated music industry.
On their 2008 tour for Devotion, Beach House had a t-shirt for sale at their merch table featuring the album title spelled out in the sort of gothic font you see on death-metal album covers, creating a cheeky contrast between the grim presentation and the band’s tranquil hazy-headed dream-pop. But those two aesthetic poles blurred into one upon hearing the striking debut single from Gardens & Villa. Ideal for summertime strolls through a cemetery, “Black Hills” pits vibraphone chimes against an icy synth pulse overtop an unnervingly steady beat. And while “Black Hills” presents magisterial images of mountains, seas, and high tides, its environment feels tensely claustrophobic, with Chris Lynch’s elastic, androgynous voice projecting serenity and severity in equal measure. It’s the sort of song you could easily imagine Beach House coming up with, were they to follow-up the lushness of Teen Dream with something more sinister.
Christopher Francis Ocean, better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer-songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended John Ehret high school Ocean made an early career as a ghost-writer for artists such as Bridget Kelly and John Legend. In mid 2010 he became a member of OFWGKTA premiering on Domo Genesis’ track, “SteamRoller”. In February 2011, he released his debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra to critical acclaim. He released two singles; “Novacane” and “Swim Good”. Both singles achieved chart success. Ocean went on a 7 show tour through North America and Europe promoting the mixtape.
The mixtape caught the interest of recording artists such as Kanye West, Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z, and he appeared on Watch the Throne. He wrote the popular track “Thinking About You” for Bridget Kelly. On January 5, 2012, the BBC announced that he had finished in second place in the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll. Ocean is currently working on his debut studio album, set to be released in the first half of 2012, and will appear at Coachella 2012.
Flying Lotus (born Steven Ellison) is an experimental multi-genre music producer from Winnetka, California. His debut album, 1983, was released on Plug Research Records in 2006. He produced much of the bumper musician Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block, for which he is uncredited, and he also contributed remixes for fellow Plug Research artists including Mia Doi Todd. He is often referred to as “FlyLo” by fans and critics. His grandmother is songwriter Marilyn McLeod. He is the great-nephew of the late Alice Coltrane, whose husband was John Coltrane. He is also the cousin of musician Ravi Coltrane.
Joshua Steele, known professionally as Flux Pavilion, is an English dubstep producer and DJ. He is the co-founder of Circus Records, along with Doctor P and DJ Swan-E. He is best known for his 2011 single “Bass Cannon”, which peaked at number 56 on the UK Singles Chart, and was placed on the Radio 1 A-List. Along with Doctor P, Flux Pavilion presented the 2011 compilation album Circus One, to which he contributed four tracks. In August 2011 his track “I Can’t Stop” was sampled by producer Shama “Sak Pase” Joseph for hip-hop album, Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West. On December 5th, 2011, the BBC announced that he had been nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll. On March 5th, 2012, “I Can’t Stop” was used in the viral “KONY 2012” campaign, therefore receiving a large new fan base.
Florence and the Machine (stylised as Florence + the Machine) are an English indie pop band, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch and a collaboration of other artists who provide backing music. Florence and the Machine’s sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul. The band’s music received praise across the music media, especially from the BBC, before they gained mainstream success. Specifically, the BBC played a large part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of BBC Introducing.
The band’s debut album, Lungs, was released on 6 July 2009, and held the number-two position for its first five weeks on the UK Albums Chart. On 17 January 2010, the album reached the top position, after being on the chart for twenty-eight consecutive weeks. As of October 2010, the album had been in the top forty in the United Kingdom for sixty-five consecutive weeks, making it one of the best-selling albums of 2009 and 2010.
Fitz and The Tantrums are an American soul/indie pop band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2008. Their debut studio album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, released in August 2010, has received critical acclaim and reached #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. They were heralded as a “band to watch” in an April 2011 profile in Rolling Stone.
The band consists of Michael Fitzpatrick (lead vocals and keyboards),Noelle Scaggs (vocals and percussion), James King (saxophone, flute, trumpet, and harmonica), Joseph Karnes (bass guitar), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards) and John Wicks (drums and percussion). They are produced by Chris Seefried, who is also a co-writer.
First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk duo composed of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, whose close vocal harmonies and woodsy, folk-influenced songwriting take influence from the likes of Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom. Hailing from Enskede, a southern suburb of Stockholm, the teenaged siblings began composing songs in 2007. Their 2008 YouTube video cover of the song “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” by Fleet Foxes spread their name rapidly on the Internet, the sisters subsequently appeared alongside Fleet Foxes performing the song in a concert in Holland.