Tags archives: 2017

  • Art for Progress wants to say goodbye to 2017 with the best electronic music albums of the year.Below you find our year-end top ten AFP picks that we have selected especially for you. The list includes a video and the label info where the records have been published.2017!  It was a great year for music in the world with many awesome, high quality albums created by the most talented artists from across the world.Enjoy the new year and may your 2018 be full of good music!Happy 2018!1. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream. DFA and Columbia Records.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKeJFxwuBBE 2.  Björk - Utopia. One Little Indian Records.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqbv7cCM5AI 3.  Laurel Halo - Dust. Hyperdub. 4. Four Tet - New energy. Text Records.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWInZ4N6C2g&t=2357s 5.  Bonobo - Migration. Ninja Tune. 6.  James Holden - The animal spirits. Border Community.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj35YNtP3IE 7. Powerdance - The Lost Art of getting Down. Powerdance.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHrBXKtc0Sc 8.  Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest. Because Music.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRwgL_PrQYQ 9. Errorsmith - Superlative Fatigue. Pan.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fsCgZh6E8k 10.   Arca - Arca. XL Recordings.https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZqsyBiYZFQ3bQ6wAHoeYkkt[...]
  • For music aficionados and the real heads that check out a lot of live shows, you know when you're in the presence of exceptional musicians, singer/songwriters. Where Mumford and Sons have in some respects brought a new wave of progressive folk music to the forefront of popularity, I can't say the results have led to many high quality bands.  When I received an invite to check out the band Twain, I was a bit reluctant about attending, but after listening to some of their stuff I was ready to go.On this night, they were playing the opening set, but it was obvious that the early crowd was gathered to see Twain, and by the end of the night it was clear they were worthy of the top billing for this show.With 8pm fast approaching, the level of excitement was building as eager fans edged closer to the stage, and with their new album Rare Feeling dropping on October 20th, this would be the first opportunity for many to experience the new stuff live.  As they got into their first song, the thing that initially caught my attention was the depth and warmth of their sound, and as their set progressed I heard glimpses of everything from Neil Young, The Doors and even The Grateful Dead.This is the kind of music that grows on you, and as you continue to listen to Mt. Davidson (lead singer/songwriter) and the band perform, you're soon captivated both musically and lyrically. Though many of the songs deal with serious subject matter, there's an undeniable sense of enthusiasm in[...]
  • With each year the staggering list of shows grows larger, but we're here to help with this not so shiny, quite diverse list of recommendations to help you sort it all out.Monday, March 13thIdgy Dean  - The Parlor Room, 88 Rainey St – 7pmSylvan Esso - AV Club Presents Just Another Manic Monday @ The Mohawk - 10:45 pmGirl Pool - Do512 Party @ Hotel Vegas - 1 amTuesday, March 14thWu Tang Clan w/ Thievery Corporation - ACL Live at the Moody Theater - 11:00pmThe Districts - Buffalo Billiards - 1:10amSpoon - The Main - 1:00amSleigh Bells - Stereogum Party @ Empire Garage - 1:00amPlastic Pinks - Fine Southern Gentlemen - 2:00amWednesday, March 15thMaybird - Taco Bell Feed the Beat  - 1:00 pmThe Avett Brothers - ACL Live at the Moody Theater - 11:00pmTokyo Police Club -  Bungalow - 12:00amGrandmaster Flash - Clive Bar - 11:00pmThe New Pornographers - Stubb's - 12:20amField Trip - The Market - 1:00amThursday, March 16thJulie Byrne - Pitchfork Day Party @ French Legation Museum - 12:30 pmLo Moon - YouTube @ The Coppertank - 3:00 pmThe Big Moon - South by San Jose @ San Jose Hotel - 4:00 pm BBC 6 Music Presents @ Latitude 30 - 12:00 amBeach Slang - BrooklynVegan @ Cheer Up Charlie's - 5:00 pmPell - Stub Hub party @ Bangers - 6:00pmEcstatic Vision  - Grizzly Hall - South By South Death - 9:00pmGirl Pool - Anti- Records Party @ Elysium - 11:00pmFriday, March 17th[...]
  • In some recent discussions with musicians, bands, DJ's and musical creatives, I made the point that for me, a flat performance is pretty much a worthless one. If you can't take people on a musical journey than it's just plain boring. It's the bands and DJ's that can cross genres that get my attention.  Case and point, Tell All Your Friends PR  turned us on to the new album from rock trio, Slothrust.  After listening to the album, I decided to do a review for the blog.  I have to admit, sometimes I don't get past the first track, but "Surf Goth" got my attention.  The idea that they would start the album with an instrumental track was enough  for me, and when the show began on Saturday evening at Mercury Lounge it was the first track they played.Let me start by saying, their sound is on-point and very powerful. Particularly for a trio. They have great chemistry on stage, and their fans (including me) are really into them.  Musically, the band members are equally impressive as they effortlessly worked through songs that range from blues to grunge with elements of jazz.While Kyle Bann (bassist) had a continuous grin on his face, Leah Wellbaum maintained a certain attitude as drummer Will Gorin fiercely hit the skins as if it was possibly his last opportunity to play this year. Highlights from the new album- "Like a Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone," "Mud," "Sleep Eater," and "Trial & Error," which Wellbaum explained she wrote in high school.  From the older mat[...]