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Intriguing Record Labels 2015

by Walter Price   This past year was a further education in what the newer music landscapes are becoming.I have no reservations with my thoughts here and understand that this short list of standouts are not the end all be all but rather the companies and or scenes I found intriguing in 2015. A couple…

Taxes band

TAXES 3 Video Reasons Why

by Walter Price   The band Taxes (Breakup Record) are becoming known for their bombastic pop rock à la the Snow Patrol, Keane and Tired Pony but what strikes me as interesting is not just their remarkable assembly of stellar lyrics and sweet to the taste compositions, it’s their music videos as well. These, I…

Joel Magid

Joel Magid Pyramids

Circle or square I’ll be right here the same… by Walter Price   If you want to describe in words an album that is many elements mid-career Beck, Adam Green cheekiness held together with an addictive combination of everything from Brit pop, 60’s era rock, rockabilly nuisances, punk sensibilities and so many sweet far-flung elements…

Bonnie and The Bang Bang

BONNIE & THE BANG BANG Every New Love

If It breaks your heart I’ll cut you lose I cut you…   By Walter Price   Someplace between early Third Eye Blind and Suede come BONNIE & THE BANG BANG (Patrick Stiles, Joe Warren, Jake Dineen, Robby Cronholm, Bob Dossa) from Oakland, CA that picks up were early to mid-90’s Brit-Pop and US alt crossovers left off.…

Clintongore

Clintongore

The room clears out but I feel relaxed…. by Walter Price   Sometimes things have to sit a while before it is the proper time to find their way into the open air. Clintongore (Christopher Crawford / Sierra Haager) have done so with a 7 track self-titled album (Breakup Records) that started life in 2013…

Heartwatch

Heartwatch Faultlines

Meet me in the middle of The Golden Gate and our love will sink into the ocean…   by Walter Price   Their sound is so rich, layered with retro thoughts and fully fresh now pop that makes me wonder why this band aren’t international media darlings. Very soon, I am certain. Heartwatch (fka The Tropics)…

damgermaker band

3 Reasons Why Dangermaker

When people ask I never really know who to compare us to, I think I give a different answer every time. People like familiarity; I kind of like to be surprised…” – Adam Burnett by Walter Price   So there I was earlier today walking around the ghetto side of Leipzig listening to a rotation of…

sporting life band

Sporting Life Dull & Safe / Forces At Play

by Walter Price   The ripples of 1970’s New York still reverberate and San Francisco’s Sporting Life (Aaron Hazen-Keith Brasel-Andrew Gomez-Ryan McGee-Clayton Vorheis) use many elements born in those early raw sounds and twist the ingredients into a lo-fi concoction of delicious new garage rock. Their dual single release “Dull & Safe /Forces at Play”…

San Francisco music scene

NEWS: HEARTWATCH fka The Tropics

The Tropics bring the infectious garage-pop cool!’ – GTC by Walter Price   San Francisco’s pop is art outfit The Tropics are now further tantilizing as HEARTWATCH (Claire George,Nate Skelton, Kern Sigala, Eric Silverman, Rowan Peter): Changing a band’s name when success and fandom have been building can be a tricky matter. No worries here, when…

Breakup Records

Hart & Hare Enough

We stayed away from a traditional storyline by introducing some surreal elements and glitches” – Jess Pierson by Walter Price cover foto by Adam Smith   Portland’s ‘art-pop’ duo Hart & Hare (Jess Pierson and Graham Bell) have released a new single, “Enough” (Breakup Records), with a matching clip that finds the pair in the midst…

NRVS LVRS Cordoba Grey

So put your ear up to my lips, And here me ask you for a clip. We’re going on a killing spree Just my little girl and me… by Walter Price   NRVS LVRS, San Francisco’s ethereal dark indie pop outfit is out with a new video for their criminally beautiful track “Cordoba Grey” (Breakup Records). A…

el terrible band

El Terrible What Rough Beast

“it’s the song that’s sad, not you” by Walter Price   Showing influence from significant luminaries Jesus & Mary Chain, Bauhaus and Sisters of Mercy San Francisco’s El Terrible (Terry Ashkinos, Scott Eberhardt, Adrian McCullough) have a thriller new 7 track album What Rough Beast (out 12 May Breakup Records) that creeps in and out of the…