Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Woodhands + Junior Boys

at Cafe Eleven

Tara A Skalowski

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pretty Lights

Passing By Behind Your Eyes

I caught a notice for Pretty Lights on tour and having never heard of them before I did a quick google search to check them out. I'm so happy I did, and happier to find that the man behind the lights Derek Vincent also offers the album Passing By Behind Your Eyes as a free download from his site. After scanning just a few tracks I'm hooked. Throbbing bass lines, soul-infused neo-jazz, pounding electro, and a smattering of hip-hop all combine in a sonic alchemy that is sure to get your head bobbing and dance floors everywhere jumping. Pretty Light make pretty noise. Keep it coming Derek!

"Passing By Behind Your Eyes" is the 3rd full length Pretty Lights album released on October 6th 2009.

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Monday, November 9, 2009


Ocean Eyes

By now you can barely turn on MTV or VH1 without catching OWL CITY's "Fireflies" video or hearing clips of it in a TV show segue. And no, it's not 'that guy from Death Cab For Cutie,' though the similarities are eerie on that first single. So indeed, this kid is just EVERYWHERE, and frankly I'm not complaining. "Fireflies" however, is just one gem in a mixed goodie bag of indie-dance-electro tracks that are damn near infectious. I've been catching myself humming them often. There are a couple of sickly poppy tracks that I could forgo (see the singsongy "The Bird and The Worm" or very odd "Dental Care"), but standout favorites like the booming opening track "On The Wing," "Vanilla Twilight," "Meteor Shower," and most of the 12 tracks are consistently sonic with deep waves of bass carrying cascading synths, epic breaks and soaring vocals. His third release and major-label debut album Ocean Eyes is an exceptional bold mix of styles and flawlessly executed.

"Hoot! Hoot!" for OWL CITY!