White LiesDec - 27 - 13
When most people imagine synths and electronic beats, they don't think of dark melodies or foreboding vocals. But that's exactly what Minneapolis group CLAPS does on this track, creating an oddly disturbing, atmospheric soundscape that makes you lean in to listen closely. Minimal instrumentation isn't a bad thing, and that is readily apparent from "White Lies." Listen below!
Thrown StonesDec - 26 - 13
Black Diet has an appeal all to themselves. Describing their shows as "Baptist church services held at punk houses," they combine elements of soul and classic indie rock with their lead singer's unique vocals to create a different sound that has to be heard. On their new track, "Thrown Stones," the Minneapolis group rocks out (but softly) and provides a taste of a band worth checking out. Listen below!
Ain't No ChimneysDec - 25 - 13
Sharon Jones is one incredible woman. Just a few months after going through treatment for Stage 2 pancreatic cancer, the inimitable soul/funk singer is back, with a new album on the way and once again on tour. On "Ain't No Chimneys," Jones pulls no punches as she gives us a Christmas song unlike the rest. Have a very happy holiday, and enjoy this excellent track below!
LootDec - 24 - 13
Like a dark Christmas carol, Bollywood's new track "Loot" positively pulses with angry energy. With its discordant guitars, constant steady beat, and heavy vocals, the song takes no prisoners and thunders through a winding melody to a haunting end. It may not be exactly what your family expected this Christmas, but it might be what you need. Check it out below.
Devil's KinDec - 23 - 13
From its first few seconds, Quiet Life's new track "Devil's Kin" pulses with an infectious energy. As the bluesy guitar and vocals kick in, the song shifts into gear, creating a catchy song you can't help but tap your foot along to. So as you get ready to head home for the holidays, consider make this track part of your driving accompaniment!