"We're not just covering songs. We're rearranging them and making them fresh for new audiences to carry them on," says Itai Shapira of The Decoders, a group that started out as a studio project but took on a life of its own. The concept is this: Each song the act performs is re-configured with a n ... More >>
[Editor's note: Soon-to-be-award-winning gonzo music journalist Danielle Bacher prowls the late late night scene for West Coast Sound. For this installment, she hits the town with LA-based soul-pop band Fitz and the Tantrums.] I should probably have dropped quarts of acid into the disgusting coconu ... More >>
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As SXSW approaches, we figured we'd be a little servicey and give you a guide to some of the highlights of the official showcases, alphabet style. Last week we gave you A through D; today it's E-H. So here we go: five more awesome bands to see in SXSW's official lineup.
Lainna FaderFitz And The Tantrums The show was sold-out and the place was packed before the first opener even took the stage. The first band was Belle Brigade, a seven-piece band fronted by siblings Ethan and Barbara Gruska who sound like a country-tinged New Pornographers. AWOLNATION follow ... More >>
Timothy NorrisFitz & the TantrumsCan we get an exclamation point for Fitz & the Tantrums? The stylish purveyors of old soul helmed by Michael Sean Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs have had a quite a 2010. They started the year practically as a novelty -- a slick band with nice EP and a great li ... More >>
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