With the anticipated return of big-name indie bands like Phoenix, Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend this year, 2013 is shaping up to be big. But aside from the usual suspects, there are also some newcomers and reunited acts expected to make noise this year. Here are some albums we speculate may end up ... More >>
Near the end of Royksopp's set at The Wiltern Tuesday night, Torbjorn Brundtland thanked the crowd, calling us "true fans." It was hard not to wonder what makes a "true" Royksopp fan.
With some artists-- Lady Gaga, X Japan and Emilie Autumn immediately come to mind-- you can s ... More >>
Doesn't Kristen Bell always look a little "Dark Crystal"esque?Yeasayer just debuted a new video for song "Madder Red." The clip was directed by Swede (again, WHAT'S UP WITH SWEDEN????) Andreas Nilsson, who's also made weird clips for Fever Ray and MGMT.
The Yeasayer video features a blobby p ... More >>
Heffington's We Are the WorldThose two points of comparison make for a more apt amalgam than one might imagine.
At first glance, Echo Park-based dance.music project We Are the World is a thing of high art -- costumed and cryptic, much like the work of filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (Holy Mou ... More >>
We're tempted to tell you about Jim Morrison and the really interesting remixes of their old catalog featured on the soundtrack to the new documentary People Are Strange. This is because we spent a few hours listening to it trapped in traffic trying to get to the parking lot so we could get to spend ... More >>
You can take Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and any other Grammy-approved lady you wish, but Karin Dreijer Andersson is our pop diva. The mastermind behind Fever Ray and one-half of The Knife, Andersson is unafraid of going against convention, but her experimental nature never comes at the expense ... More >>
Cover for Blacklist Night of the Century
Last week, I put together a small playlist of mostly '80s tunes that reminded me of Halloween, but weren't the usual holiday hits. The response was great and I couldn't help but take notice of reader Alexander Tregaskis' comment:
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There was a lot to be expected from Fever Ray's show at Henry Fonda Theater last night, particularly for those of us who had seen Karin Dreijer Andersson's other project, The Knife play at El Rey Theatre a few years ago. Back then, Anders ... More >>
It's hard not to become enamored by Karin Dreijer Andersson's voice, a heartbreaking instrument that she frequently manipulates to take on the roles of the characters in her songs. On her debut album as Fever Ray, Andersson, who is best known for her work with The Knife (as well as ... More >>
When I stumbled upon Emily Gordon's Lemondrop post "A Secret Most Dark (I Was a Teenage Goth)," I read it eagerly. While it was an amusing, slice-of-life piece, I couldn't understand why Gordon would be embarrassed by her goth past. Is it any different than having been a hippie in the '60s or a punk ... More >>