Northern Lights by Sweden’s Kate Boy

Sweden’s Kate Boy are set to release their debut EP Northern Lights on IAMSOUND Records on January 22, 2013. They have kindly released two songs in advance, one a video for Northern Lights and the other, a b-side called In Your Eyes via SoundCloud. Both songs are infectious and have been on repeat since they landed in my inbox late last week.

With the success of Lykke Li, First Aid Kit, Robyn and more recently Niki & The Dove, Kate Boy is destined to be the next big think out of Sweden!

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Video Watch: Interpol’s Paul Banks Solo Project

Photo by Helena Christensen

Paul Banks hasn’t left Interpol, but Julian Plenti‘s first solo project is now called Paul Banks. Confused? I was at first when I forgot that Julian Plenti… is Skyscraper, the record he released back in 2009 was actually Paul Banks. The single, Games for Days still rings loud in my head as if it was on Interpol’s first release, Turn on the Bright Lights which had me hooked from the first note. By the way, Interpol is about to release the 10th anniversary edition of Turn on the Bright Lights on Matador Records. Has it already been ten years? Anyway, Paul Banks’ new album Banks came out last month on Matador and is a must buy!

Tickets are still available via Ticketmaster for his show at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles next Wednesday, Dec. 5th and his show at New York’s Webster Hall on Dec. 14th (a make-up date due to Hurricane Sandy) before he heads to Europe next year. Check out his video for Young Again directed by Sophia Peer from his new album Banks and grab a ticket to one of his upcoming shows.

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Haim has a polished new video and are supporting Florence and the Machine’s arena tour of the UK.

Twin Shadow, Summer Camp, St. Lucia, and Milo Greene were just some of the shows I had to arrive early to so I could see sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana, collectively known as Haim (they’re surname) rock out! They released their Forever EP earlier this year and have been performing non-stop ever since. With every new show came a more composed and powerful group as well as a throng of adoring new fans. They just completed their first European tour and are heading back out to support Florence and the Machine on her arena tour of the UK. Tickets are still available via Ticketmaster for Haim’s headlining date at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, Dec. 15th, but their homecoming show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Dec. 19th is completely sold out.

Check out their video for Don’t Save Me that had over 200,000 views in just two days and make sure to pre-order a copy of their limited edition single via Neon Gold before it sells out.

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Philadelphia Dream Pop Duo Lockets And Their Debut Album Camera Shy

Lockets – Winter Light from Lockets on Vimeo.

I happen to come across Philadelphia duo Lockets while searching for records online at Rough Trade. I always laugh when I discover American bands on British sites, but that’s exactly what happened the other day. All I had to read from Rough Trade’s description was, “stunning dream pop which aches with bittersweetness”, and I was instantly hooked. Lockets are vocalist Dani Mari and multi-instrumentalist Todd Mendelsohn and yes, comparisons to Cocteau Twins and Beach House are inevitable, but I still can’t stop listening. You can listen to and download their album Camera Shy on their website and pre-order the very limited vinyl (only 500 made) that comes out in the US on Dec. 4, 2012 on Beautiful Strange.

If you happen to be in or around the Philadelphia area, tickets are still available via Ticketfly for their show on Dec. 6, 2012 at the Barbary opening up for St. Lucia who I recently caught this past summer at the Echo in Los Angeles and loved! Check out the their latest video for Winter Light and pre-order their debut record here.


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The Trance-Like Sounds Of Tamaryn

Tamaryn performing on Friday Nov. 23, 2012 at the Echo in Los Angeles.

Just before 11:30pm, I walked into a darkened Echo to find a very packed house waiting for Tamaryn to take the stage. Within moments, the swirling guitar sound of Rex John Shelverton and the soft voice of Tamaryn had me in a trance. They of course played new songs from their recently released record, Tender New Signs out on Mexican Summer which sounded amazing live. The set was short, but sweet with nary a word uttered from Tamaryn except at the beginning when she asked to turn the lights up a bit on stage complaining it was too dark. Hmmmm, not very “shoegazey”, but hey if you can’t see…

Their North American tour just ended on Saturday with a show at the Independent in San Francisco, but you should definitely pick up a copy of their new record and check out the video for The Garden below directed by Miko Revereza. Beautiful music!

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Destroyer, DIIV, and Deerhoof are among the highlights of Le Guess Who? Festival 2012 in Utrecht, Holland.

If you happen to be in or around Amsterdam next week, Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht (only 30 minutes away) should be on your must do list. The DIY festival has only been around since 2007, but has grown each year with some of the hottest indie acts around. The festival takes place in various indoor venues around the city which I recently experienced at the Iceland Airwaves festival in Reykjavik and loved it!

Le Guess Who? takes place Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2012 and features acts like DIIV, Destroyer, Sharon Van Etten, Ultraista, Beak>, Deerhoof, Nick Waterhouse, and many more… see full lineup here. Tickets are still available via the Le Guess Who? festival website. If I only had some extra time and money to go (hint hint), anyone want to take me? Check out their Spotify playlist and tell me all about it if you’re lucky enough to be there.

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Canada’s Patrick Watson Returns To Los Angeles For Church Sessions

Patrick Watson – Into Giants from Boogie Studio on Vimeo.

I’ll admit I have a soft spot for Montreal, Quebec since many of my favorite bands call this place home… Arcade Fire, The Dears, Plants and Animals and of course who doesn’t miss Wolf Parade and the Stills, I sure do. Luckily, Patrick Watson is still making beautiful music and has made many fans over the years wether it’s performing with the Cinematic Orchestra or now with his own band also called Patrick Watson.

Their fourth album, Adventures in Your Own Backyard was released earlier this year on Domino Records and now they are back to play the First Unitarian Church in Los Angeles this Wednesday, November 21st. I recently saw Lost in the Trees there and let me tell you it’s a wonderful place to see live music. Tickets are still available via Ticketfly and apparently if you bring some canned goods or non perishables to the show you’ll get a nifty Patrick Watson poster. Check out the video for Into Giants and I’ll see you at the show!


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Punch Brothers are back on the road for a Winter Tour and a new EP, Ahoy!

Everyone’s favorite alt-bluegrass band Punch Brothers are back on the road to support their new EP, Ahoy! just released on Nonesuch Records. Chris Thile and company have been riding a wave of success since they released Who’s Feeling Young Now? earlier this year including a highly regarded appearance on Austin City Limits with the Civil Wars. LA’s own Luckman Fine Arts Complex will be hosting the show on December 1st, 2012. Tickets are still available from Ticketmaster for what’s sure to be a hand clapping, foot stomping good time. Check out their video for “Movement and Location” from their episode of Austin City Limits  after the jump and get your tickets to an upcoming show.

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