New supergroup Upset is pop punk bliss reminiscent of the’90s. Led by Ali Koehler (former drummer of Best Coast and Vivian Girls), Upset combines rough guitar melodies with honest lyrics. Koehler is joined by Patty Schemel (Hole) on drums and Jenn Price (La Sera) on guitar.
Artist: Sleigh Bells Album: Bitter Rivals Release date: October 8, 2013 Twenty-thirteen has illustrated a shift in dance albums, particularly from indie artists. While some bands succeeded, others fell flat. Fortunately, Sleigh Bells falls into the former category. The noise pop duo’s take on a more polished and melody-based album revealed that Sleigh Bells are…
Liverpool trio, The Wombats, return with new track, “Your Body Is A Weapon.” Their latest single manages to draw elements from their guitar-heavy debut, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, and synth-driven sophomore effort, This Modern Glitch, all the while sounding refreshingly new.
Electronic indie-pop band Au Revoir Simone made it back onto my radar thanks to their latest single, “Crazy.” Not only is the music video for it a whimsy remake of Martin Scorsese’s film ‘After Hours”, but it’s a catchy song with relatable lyrics that I don’t mind having stuck in my head.
Canadian dream-pop band Stars headlined The Glass House in Pomona on September 20, 2013. Opening for them was Oakland based Trails & Ways, who were able to capture the audience’s attention with jangly guitars and bilingual songs.