Rundgren’s own latest album is called State and it
brings the long-time innovator into the modern scene full bore, with
energetic stabs at Electronica, Dub Step and Techno, with his unique
vocals and multi-layered/multi-instrumental arsenal thrown up against
the electronics to see what sticks.
Forget “love at first sight.” A cappella group Pentatonix had harmony at first sight. Recently,
they found viral-video success with “Evolution of Music,” a medley of
music from Gregorian Chants to contemporary Pop. Now, let them wow you.
If brevity is a virtue, Warm Soda should be up for some sort of musical sainthood. The Oakland, Calif., quartet’s debut album, the recently released Someone Like You,
clocks in at just more than 27 minutes but its 12 tracks quiver with
unbridled Pop/Punk intensity.
Night Moves took the reverse Radiohead route in getting its full-length debut, Colored Emotions,
a proper release. The Minneapolis trio streamed
its self-produced album for free on Bandcamp, eventually drawing notice
from the peeps at Domino Records, who released a “refurbished” version
of the album last fall.
Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Swear and Shake coalesced just a couple of
years ago, but from the sound of its debut full-length Maple Ridge,
you’d swear (and shake) that this electric Folk marvel has been
percolating over the course of a decade or more with a half dozen
previous releases under their belts.