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- Wendy Geller at The New Now4 mths ago
In the mood for some good old gritty New York-style sound? NYC Lower East Side trio the Kin can fill that bill nicely. The group, composed of brothers Isaac and Thorald Koren (who actually originally hail from Australia), plus their enigmatically named drummer Shakerleg (a stick-less, hands-on percussionist they discovered in the subway), cut their musical teeth playing residencies in the city.
There, they amassed first a stable of local raves -- not an easy crowd to win over -- and then eventually landed a major record deal.
The Kin is all about the live show, winning fans right and left for their energetic performances as well as "musical robberies," where they spontaneously play unlikely venues and give the (inadvertently created) audience a fun shock.
"We're looking to surprise people and hit them on all senses," Thorald noted, and it's safe to say they've done just that. The Kin has "robbed" ears at locales ranging from a New York restaurant to a French airport!
- Tiffany Lee at The New Now4 mths ago
Seductive, stylish, and endlessly sexy, British singer Natalia Kills is a veritable atom bomb's worth of pop weaponry. With her big brown eyes and a smile that might lead you to your death, Kills was heralded as the next Lady Gaga upon her debut (to her dismay). But with her second album "Trouble," her sound has evolved to another echelon that is unquestioningly her own.
With a just a mic and a guitar, there is nowhere for a singer's true voice and skill level to hide. And Kills passed the test with flying, outer space-bound colors.
Yes she's gorgeous, yes she prances half naked in her music videos, yes she commands stages and cameras like a lion tamer, and yes, she has better poise and pout than Paris Hilton, but she, unlike plenty of attractive and intriguing artists, has the voice . Good heavens, does she have a voice.
Check out our exclusive stripped-down performance with Natalia Kills. It's here that you can fully experience her impressive lyrical storytelling along with a voice that lifts us all. We dare you not to be moved.
- Wendy Geller at The New Now4 mths ago
Now and again a really cool band that is sort of undefinable hits the music consciousness at large, getting fans all worked up with its unique vibe. Melbourne-based group Hiatus Kaiyote fall into this category, with a sound termed "future soul" that has won praise from artists ranging from ?uestlove to Q Tip (who even guests on one of the songs on their debut album).
If you're intrigued to meet these soul-sters, we at Yahoo Music are happy to offer the premiere of their video for "Live in Revolt," which will give you a nice long taste of the band's flavor. Enjoy!
Hiatus Kaiyote are currently finishing up an American tour and you may still be able to catch them live at select dates through November. Keep up with their schedule here.
- Dave DiMartino at The New Now5 mths ago
A delightful new band making friends and influencing people via their recent Stateside jaunts with the Zombies, Et Tu Brucé really do have the goods.
Dwelling somewhere in the interesting artistic nether region of sounds that are both refreshingly new yet evocative of the glories of the great pop past, the English combo have fashioned an upbeat, sparkling debut album in Suburban Sunshine —released here recently on the SonaBLAST! label. To celebrate its release, the London-based group hit the States earlier this year--first catching our eye at this year’s South By Southwest convention, where they opened for the Zombies and played a smart, compelling set that surprised many.
And yes, that Zombies connection is not incidental, as Et Tu Brucé member Jamie White is in fact the son of Zombies founding member Chris White—and as far as having a good ear for pop music, it would appear that the like father, like son maxim yet again holds true.
- Wendy Geller at The New Now5 mths ago
Up-and-coming electronic five-piece Claire, which just signed with Astralwerks Records in July, totally won over a Berlin crowd while performing as part of Yahoo's On The Road concert series this summer. The group's "wow factor" wasn't simply in effect due to the homeland audience -- Claire hails from Munich -- the magic came from its indefinable blend of musical reference points, groove-ability factor, and frontwoman Josie Claire Bürkle's stunning vocals.
Claire, which started out as a project between three of the members who shared a Munich studio in 2012, released its debut single "Games" officially in August, followed by the EP Broken Promise Land in September. They rapidly gained attention and an appreciative audience for their unique brand of synthpop.
Claire is gearing up to play its first-ever U.S. shows starting this week, including multiple shows during CMJ in New York City. Interested in catching the group live? You can keep up with their schedule here.
Krewella recently performed a daytime set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival's Village in Las Vegas, then hopped on a plane to play Southern California's Nocturnal Festival, and THEN jetted back to Vegas to DJ the official iHeart afterparty at hot nightclub Light. That's how in-demand Krewella are these days.
But who exactly are Krewella? They're Chicago's own Jahan Yousaf, Yasmine Yousaf, and Rain Man, and while they seem to have come out of nowhere with their dance hits "Alive," "Killing It," and "Live For the Night," they've been doing this for seven years...and Jahan and Yasmine are sisters, so they obviously go way back. Now, as they release their debut album, Get Wet , Krewella's time has truly arrived.
Yahoo Music got to chat with Jahan and Yasmine backstage at the iHeart Village about their career, their music, their future...and Andrew WK, of course. Check out what these ones-to-watch had to say!
- Tiffany Lee at The New Now5 mths ago
"I always want to challenge myself and what I'm doing," said singer Dennis Lyxzén over the phone from his native Sweden last week. "Restless soul. I never stick with anything, I always move forward." In his forward trajectory, Lyxzén brought along drummer Andre Sandström and guitarist Anders Stenberg, with whom for ten years he had been playing music and touring with. Rounding off the band is bassist Sara Almgren from Lyxzén's garage-infused band the (International) Noise Conspiracy.
While the self-titled album is a first release for INVSN in their current state (having changed the name a few times), the band has already released two previous albums in Swedish. Starting more in the old school punk vein similar to AC4, Lyxzén steered the band into a new territory of sound for the second album. "At the time we just said, 'Let's do something that was sort of a challenge.' Some of the things we were playing and recording were uncomfortable," Lyxzén admitted. "But then we really liked the record and we did an English version of it."
It's not every day that a rising alt-rock band gets to open for Robin Thicke, Elton John, Katy Perry, and Queen. But that's just what happened to Arizona pop-rockers the Summer Set, when they won the fan-voted Macy's Rising Star talent contest and scored the opportunity to kick off the entire iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday, September 20.
Talking to Yahoo Music backstage right before their gig of a lifetime, the Summer Set kids seemed surprisingly calm. So the conversation quickly turned to light topics: Miley Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres, and haircuts. Check out these rising stars in the video above!
Shaun White is best known as an Olympic snowboarding gold medalist, but apparently he's a real Renaissance man: He also plays guitar in a rock band called Bad Things, and they're not bad at all!
Shaun and his Bad Things bandmate Jared Palomar (formerly of Augustana) were in Las Vegas on September 20 to check out the iHeartRadio Music Festival, where they caught up with Yahoo Music backstage. Find out why Shaun's new haircut — which renders him nearly unrecognizable — has been good for his rock 'n' roll career, and how he's planning to balance that career with his sporty "day job."
- Marisa at The New Now5 mths ago
Skrillex and Diplo are two of their genre's most iconic figures, and now they're about to slay festival lineups as Jack U - EDM's all-new super duo.
The DJs/producers debuted their act at San Diego's Mad Decent Block Party on Sunday, September 15. Skrillex's brand of raw bass music slices and dices right through you, while the bouncy hip-hop flair of Diplo's DJ stylings has always been known for causing a scene. Their first performance was a harmoniously wild combo of both their unique vibes, peppered in with across the board crowd-pleasers, including Kanye and Jay Z's "N----- in Paris."
Jack U also introduced a heaping helping of never-before-heard collab tracks that partygoers seemed to relish. One emotive new track also features Brit electro-pop favorite AlunaGeorge. Check out the mayhem of Jack U's first few minutes on stage in the clip below.