(Dean Zulich Photography)East of Eli is the musical project of Nathan West, an actor, producer, and musician perhaps best known for portraying Jan in the teen classic Bring It On. In addition to his work in film and television, West has honed his strengths as a singer-songwriter, drawing from influences as diverse as Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Otis Redding to create his warm and honest tunes.In anticipation of the release of East of Eli's debut EP Nothing Ordinary on March 30, we're happy...Read Full Story
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This week's best new music is heavy on artists who will rock Austin next week for South by Southwest — and there's a lot to be excited about, even if you're not planning a trip to the heart of Texas. Once again, we've offered some illustrative comparisons to aid in the finding of your new jam.1. Janet Jackson + Phantogram = Tiny HeartsAsked to describe Los Angeles trio Tiny Hearts' sound in three words, vocalist Dede Reynolds offered "gritty, icy, evil." There's...Read Full Story
(VEVO)A lot of people are working the 90s nostalgia thing hard these days, but few have demonstrated more commitment to the task than Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX. Today, the Aussie rapper and the British pop songstress released the music video for their collaboration "Fancy," and it's essentially a flashy, sexy recreation of Clueless.There's the debate scene, complete with accurate costume:The Ambulator:Charli XCX as Tai, post-makeover:The designer gym clothes:The FREEWAY?!?!?! scene:And a...Read Full Story
(Catie Laffoon via Stunt Company)This winter has been so brutally bleak, it's hard to remember that sometimes beautiful things emerge from the cold. Today the gorgeousness arrives in the form of "Let Go," a starkly lovely new song from Swedish trio Like Swimming.While the band's previous single "Go Buffalo" offered a jubilant burst of indie pop, "Let Go" reflects the austere intimacy of the remote forest cabin where much of the band's upcoming debut album was written. An equally stirring live...Read Full Story
(Facebook)To know The Belle Brigade is to love them. Los Angeles-based siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska have a gift for timeless harmonies and remarkably earnest lyrics, and also happen to be responsible for my favorite-ever Facebook band bio: "Barbara and Ethan met when Ethan was born. They knew they were brother and sister but they did not know that 19 years in the future they would form a band." Just try not to be charmed.
So of course I'm extremely happy to premiere the band's new...Read Full Story