When soul and jazz-influenced singer-songwriter Matthew E. White put together the group that recorded his debut album, "Big Inner," he wasn't just looking to form a band. He was trying to build a community.
He did exactly that, partnering with his fellow musicians to create Spacebomb Records, a label and recording studio with house band, in his hometown of Richmond, Va.
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Songs that caught the ear of Big Boi from Outkast, that ended up in commercials and on the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack and that made up set lists at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza were produced not in a multimillion-dollar studio, but in a barn in Saratoga Springs.
Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, known to a growing fan base as the moody electro-pop duo Phantogram, sound... » more
As the vocal half of reclusive duo Rhye, whose early-year debut "Woman" reminded everyone how great smooth, steely, Sade- adjacent soul can sound, Mike Milosh confounded listeners just by being a man with a high, sensual voice, but as a solo artist he's been actively releasing nakedly emotional electronica for years. Fortuitously timed to his preferred down-tempo heartache sound being... » more
Jose James describes himself as "a jazz singer for the hip-hop generation." Unlike most jazz singers, he didn't discover the music by being exposed to the all-time greats. He got into it by listening to acts like A Tribe Called Quest and Digable Planets, and then learning about the jazz artists they were sampling.
James melded his influences together into a soulful sound reminiscent... » more
Lady Gaga is hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. Here are our tips for the flamboyant singer to get some deserved applause. (Get it?) Hopefully Ms. Gaga is reading our little guide to getting gags.
1: DO stay within your comfort zone. Play characters that have some connection to music. Maybe co-host “What’s Up With That?” with Kenan Thompson.
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Over the last few years, it seems as if most successful new musicians have gone in one of two completely opposite directions: electronica or roots music.
Indiana's Houndmouth falls squarely in the latter camp, delivering harmony-drenched Americana that will hit the sweet spot for fans of The Band or recent acts like The Lumineers.
amNewYork spoke with singer and keyboardist Katie Toupin.
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Indie-rock outfit Metric has headlined arenas across Canada, performed with the Rolling Stones and Lou Reed, and played main stages of festivals around the world. This fall, though, the band is on the road in a supporting role, as the main support act for pop-punkers Paramore.
amNY caught up with Emily Haines, Metric's lead singer, to talk about touring, 10-year anniversaries and the passing... » more
This year has been a surprisingly good one for Bob Dylan fans.
First there was a package tour with Americana disciples like Wilco, Beck and My Morning Jacket. Then there was the release of “Another Self Portrait,” featuring unearthed tracks from 1969-71. The year ends with the release of the 43-CD “Complete Album Collection Vol. 1” box set and a star-studded Dylan Fest tribute concert, which... » more
"There's a quote I like," Katie Longmyer, creative strategist and co-owner of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, said. "'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.'"
It's that mindset that has Longmyer, on the eve of her festival's sixth year, at the forefront of the future of the music industry.
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Canadian alternative rock group Arcade Fire scored its second No. 1 record by knocking pop singer Katy Perry off the top spot of the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.
"Reflektor," the fourth studio album from Arcade Fire, sold 140,000 copies in its first week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Perry's "Prism," which debuted at No. 1 last week, dropped... » more