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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Firehose (stylized as fIREHOSE) is an alternative rock band consisting ofMike Watt (bass, vocals), Ed Crawford (guitar, vocals), and George Hurley(drums). Over the course of seven and a half years, the band developed their own musical identity apart from the Minutemen while still maintaining the same dynamic synthesis of punk, funk, and free jazz. They toured non-stop and consistently played to packed audiences. All in all, Firehose played 980 gigs, released five full-length albums and two EPs before disbanding in 1994. They played their final gig on February 12, 1994 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California.
In an interview with The Village Voice, Mike Watt left open the possibility of working with Ed Crawford and George Hurley once again. On January 4, 2012, Verbicide magazine posted an article detailing that, according to a reader’s tip, an announcement was made at Harlow’s in Sacramento, CA on December 29, 2011 that fIREHOSE will be performing at the venue on April 5, 2012. fIREHOSE were also announced in the line-up for the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Leslie Feist known professionally as Feist, is a Canadian singer-songwriter, both as a solo artist and as a member of the indie rock group Broken Social Scene.
Feist launched her solo music career in 1999 with the release Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down). Her subsequent studio albums, Let It Die, released in 2004, and The Reminder, released in 2007, were critically acclaimed and commercially successful, selling over 2.5 million copies. The Reminder earned Feist four Grammy nominations, including a nomination for Best New Artist. She was the top winner at the 2008 Juno Awards in Calgary with five awards, including Songwriter of the Year, Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Album of the Year and Single of the Year. Her fourth studio album, Metals, was released on 30 September 2011.
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Jonathan Gooch, more commonly known by his stage names Spor and Feed Me, is a drum & bass, electro house and dubstep producer and DJ from Hertfordshire,England.
The first release by Feed Me was ‘Mordez Moi’, on Noisia’s Division label, the second was ‘The Spell / Raw Chicken’ released on Mau5trap. After completing a stack of remixes for the likes of Gorillaz, Chase & Status and Chris Lake, Feed Me released his much anticipated ‘Feed Me’s Big Adventure EP’ (also on Mau5trap) exclusively to Beatport on Christmas Day 2010.
Fanfarlo are a London-based indie pop band formed in 2006 by Swedishmusician Simon Balthazar, and Giles J Davis (who subsequently left before the release of the first single). They fuse elements of folk, indie rock andpost-punk using eclectic instrumentation including trumpet, violin, mandolin,musical saw and clarinet.
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Explosions in the Sky is an American post-rock band from Texas. The band has garnered popularity beyond the post-rock scene for their elaborately developed guitar work, narratively styled instrumentals, what they refer to as “cathartic mini-symphonies,” and their enthusiastic and emotional live shows. They primarily play with three electric guitars and a drum kit, although band member Michael James will at times exchange his electric guitar for a bass guitar. The band’s music is instrumental and completely void of vocals.