Author Archives: Liz Galvao

In the year of the surprise album, there’s something to be said for the joys of anticipation. Take Phantogram for example, who just released the fourth single from their upcoming sophomore record Voices, out February 18th on Republic Records. Like the songs that dropped before it, “Nothing But Trouble” is a smooth, synthy track that begs […]

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Did Beyoncé start a chain reaction with her surprise album? Since Bey Day on December 13th we’ve seen surprise releases from the LOX, Pixies and Del The Funky Homosapien, who released his free, self-produced Iller Than Most LP on Soundcloud yesterday. It’s a playful, minimalist record with elements of horror and sci-fi that feels heartier than its 34 minutes. […]

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Anyone who hasn’t recognized the release of Beyoncé as a huge moment in music just doesn’t get it. It’s about a female African-American artist taking her power and letting the world know that the rules don’t apply to her. Beyoncé Knowles doesn’t have to “leak” her songs, scandalize us at the VMAs or drive a gold truck around […]

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Now is that weird time of year when we’re equally encouraged to reminisce about the best of 2013 and put a down payment on a 2014 Ford C-Max. Phantogram has ensured that we’ll have something to look forward to next year with “Fall In Love,” the first single off their upcoming full-length Voices, out February 18th […]

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Icona Pop have been putting out reliable party anthems for a while now, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Doing only one thing and doing one thing well are very different propositions. Icona Pop do what they do so well, in fact, that they’ll be joining both Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry on their respective […]

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There’s an inventiveness to music that doesn’t come from big cities. Over the years, my friend Kyle has sent me tons of great indie pop from his hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, bands he’s seen in converted barns and other small, well-loved venues. Decent Lovers‘ latest song “Keep It Together” instantly reminded me of these […]

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At the risk of jumping the gun, I’m going to admit that my favorite album of 2013 so far is Ty Segall‘s Sleeper. The LP represents a stylistic break from the noisy psych rock in which Segall’s been so prolific, and is a concise record of imaginative acoustic songs about death, nightmares and break-ups. I’ve been […]

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The first thing you must know about Carnivore Club is that it shares its name with a Canadian meat subscription company. You must know this to be sure you’re seeking out the band, a solo project from Judas And The Winehearts’ singer/guitarist Arend Bruchwitz. His folk-infused pop music calls to mind the zeitgeisty indie bands […]

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“You’ll never guess who’s in this duet,” I said. “Tyler Perry.” “Okay, maybe it’s not actually that weird.” Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Norah Jones have teamed up to cover the 1958 Everly Brothers record Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, a collection of traditional country songs. (Nope, still pretty weird.) The two met at the […]

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