Category Archives: Bands We Love



Bands We Love: Haim

Posted by The E on October 1, 2013

What’s better than a girl group that channels Chrissie Hynde? The Los Angeles-based trio of sisters known as Haim is all that and has enviable style to boot. Pick up their new album “Days Gone By” to get a taste for yourself.

via Tomboy Style

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Bands We Love: Neko Case

Posted by The E on September 12, 2013

We can’t get enough of Neko Case’s new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, especially this track, “Night Still Comes.”

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Bands We Love: Wild Belle's Fall Tour

Posted by The E on August 16, 2013

If like us you missed the psych rock-meets-reggae croonings of Wild Belle on the festival circuit this summer, you’ll be glad to know the brother-sister duo just announced a fall tour with stops throughout North America, kicking off September 5th. As this video of their performance suggests, the Island vibes of the band’s songs sound as good live as they do recorded. We might even go bi-coastal and catch them at the September 28th Echoplex show in Los Angeles AND their Bowery Ballroom gig on October 8th in NYC.

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Bands We Love: Chvrches

Posted by The E on August 9, 2013

The breezy upbeat sound of Scottish trio Chvrches makes the perfect electropop soundtrack for weekend unwinding. We plan to do little more than put their new single “The Mother We Share” on repeat, find a glass of something chilled, and seriously kick back.

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Bands We Love: June Playlist

Posted by The E on June 13, 2013

These days we find ourselves listening to those freewheeling “perfect for a road trip” tunes, with more soulful songs making appearances as the day winds down. Here are some we have on repeat to energize mornings and afternoons, and bring even happier hours come evening.

Holden’s La saison des touristes from their 2002 album “Pedrolira” plays well with a first cup of tea, gently easing you into the rest of the day. We also like to think the title is a tongue-in-cheek way to welcome summer.

Surfer Blood‘s new release “Python” sees the band build on their 2010 debut “Astro Coast,” adding depth without losing a sound that makes for great steering-wheel drum sessions, like in the first single “Demon Dance.”

From her recently released album “Sing to the Moon,” Laura Mvula‘s Green Garden has a fresh feel as upbeat as her story—she overcame terrifying stage fright to share her talent with the world. We’re so glad she did. Catch her when she tours North America this September.

The UK’s Jacob Banks‘ new track Worthy is nothing short of amazing. Fresh off a tour with Alicia Keys, we bet we’ll be seeing more of his nouveau R&B.

Channeling equal parts Nina Simone and Joan Armatrading, Jim JamesState of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) has a beautifully haunting sound that would be a good sunset viewing soundtrack, or work as a lullaby to remind you of a “life worth living,” as the lyrics suggest.

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Bands We Love: Inc.

Posted by The E on June 4, 2013

Dubbed “boudoir’n’b,” Los Angeles–based Inc. join the ranks of Frank Ocean, the Weeknd, and other young troubadors currently reinventing soulful jams with contemporary electronic sounds and styling. References informing the two brothers’ particular take on the trend (while predominantly hailing from the ’90s) are as diverse as the sources are varied, made up of a mix of listening to, opening for and playing in bands such as Beck, D’Angelo, Marilyn Manson, Lauryn Hill, Dave Navarro and Nirvana. With a new album “new world” out earlier this year, catch them on their tour this summer, listen on Spotify, or download from iTunes.

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Bands We Love: Matt + Kim

Posted by The E on May 21, 2013

We have been loving the sounds of Matt + Kim lately and wanted to be sure to share! The indie dance duo/couple formed in Brooklyn, New York in 2004 consisting of Matt Johnson (vocals, keyboards) and Kim Schifino (drums, vocals) is known for their DIY attitude toward music. They have released four studio albums to date: Matt & Kim (2006), Grand (2009), Sidewalks (2010) and Lightning (2012).

After the success of their first album, Matt & Kim signed with the FADER label releasing their next three. They gained popularity with indie fans over the years through their many outgoing tours. The duo, known for their energetic shows, wrote, recorded, and produced their last album in their Brooklyn home studio. Praised for the albums dynamic sounds, their single “Let’s Go” was performed live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon prior to launching a 2012 headlining sold-out North American tour.

Our favorite song is “Daylight” which was was the first single from their second studio album Grand. The duo performed this song on August 26, 2009 on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. The song appears in the video game NBA Live 10 and is the only non-hip hop song on the soundtrack!  The lyrics are inspiring and upbeat ending with the line “And in the daylight I don’t pick up my phone because in the daylight anywhere feels like home.” Check out the quirky video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgBeu3FVi60

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Bands We Love: Dumbfoundead

Posted by The E on April 30, 2013

Dumbfoundead

Best known for his witty rhymes, infectious attitude and playful vibe, Jonathan Park, also known by his stage name Dumbfoundead, is a native Los Angeles rapper of Korean descent.

He has been dubbed by NPR as “A Rising Star In A Genre In Transition”.   Their reasoning behind this is because when you hear the word “rapper” most people envision Jay-Z wearing a scary mask or Ice Cube snarling.  However, Jonathan is the complete opposite from your typical rapper and comes off as a playful goofy guy who is quick witted and really intelligent.

Jonathan is contributing to breaking the typical rapper stereotype by creating rap music with his own cultural twist.  He believes Asian rappers didn’t step into the hip-hop scene in large numbers initially because they hadn’t figured out they could broaden the genre with their own cultural spin. They pictured rap as African-American, and hesitated to break that mold.

In the past couple of years, he has been establishing a strong online presence and has received the most views for his song   “Are We There Yet”.  In this song he talks about the struggles of being born to Korean refuges in Argentina then being taken to Mexico and finally smuggled into the U.S.  Throughout the song, he praises his mother for giving up her dream and handing it down to him. We love this inspiring upbeat song and cannot stop playing it in our offices!  What do you guys think?

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Bands We Love: Movits!

Posted by The E on April 25, 2013

Movits!

Named after Fader Movitz, a character in a story by an 18th-century Swedish poet, this Swedish band, Movits!, is one of the most eclectic bands we have listened to in awhile.  They are a Swedish-hip hop-swing band that started pretty mainstream as an acoustic hip hop reggae band . The DJ and multi-instrumentalist of the band Anders Rensfeltdt said. “It was just acoustic guitar, organ and cajun.” Eventually, though, inspired by the drums and the horns of the swing era, they started working on the music that turned into their first album called, Äppelknyckarjazz, which translates to Apple swiper jazz or scrumping jazz in English, and is referencing the apple-stealing trousers worn by Swedish street kids in the ’30s and ’40s. After being featured on The Colbert Report, Movits! received quick fame and they claim that was the reason for their popularity. We love their unique sounds and style; listen for yourselves. Here’s one of their newest singles, Nitroglycerin:

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Bands We Love: Rudimental

Posted by The E on March 25, 2013

Rudimental

The British drum and bass quartet recently visited Los Angeles over this past weekend and we were lucky enough to listen to the dance group perform live at the legendary Troubadour club . They are a mix of electronic music with amazing instrumentals — the perfect sound to dance to, and they sounded especially great at the intimate venue. They recently just confirmed the release of their long-awaited debut album called Home will go on sale on April 29. We can’t wait to hear the rest of the album, but meanwhile we will keep on listening to “Not Giving In,” which features vocals by John Newman and Alex Clare.

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