Since its formation in 2000, Austin alt-quartet Quiet Company has been loudly clawing its way into the scene with its dynamic stage shows and energetic approach to indie rock. With the success of its latest EP, A Dead Man On My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited, Quiet Company has been compared to the likes of Arcade Fire and Weezer, in addition to playing shows with legends such as Cheap Trick and The Toadies, and is well on the way to becoming a household name. Joonbug had the opportunity to speak with the band’s hilarious frontman, Taylor Muse, on grape jelly, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more:
Arcade Fire are great, we can agree on this, but after taking three years off to work on 'Reflektor' would they be able to maintain their critically acclaimed flare? Below is our track-by-track rating of the Canadian band's fourth album.
“Reflektor” – This is up there with best opening tracks for an album this year. As the first single of the album, the band unveiled their disco inspired sound, and like essentially everything they make, it’s damn good. What is fascinating about the record is the authenticity of it. It still feels like an uncompromising Arcade Fire record while deviating from their traditional sound. 9/10
With the release of their new album 'Reflektor' right around the corner, Arcade Fire have unleashed their new single "Afterlife" via BBC Radio 1 today (October 21). The record is classically Arcade Fire, and meets the high quality standard we've come to expect from the band. Disco-rock is hard to beat, and that combination makes "Afterlife" an instant hit, as well as a pretty flawless track. Check out the new record below, and let us know if you're as excited about this song as we are! Reflektor is out October 29th on Merge.
Grammy Award-winning indie rockers Arcade Fire look set to play two dates at an as yet unnamed venue in Brooklyn on October 18th and 19th. Posters advertising a show by "The Reflektors" - an alias that the group used for their shows in Montreal last month - have been spotted in the city and the news was confirmed via Arcade Fire Tube. So far the band has stayed mum about the details, however we do know that audience members will be required to show up in formal attire or a costume and that prizes will be given for the best outfits.
Arcade’s first EP release defined a generation of frustrated and restless indie listeners. Their songwriting throughout the rest of the discography stuck with ambivalent themes like the unsettling need to escape in “Keep the Car Running” and the mockery of frivolity in “Rococo”. The Canadian sextet optimized various instruments lending to a big sound and intensity that flowed through each of their tracks.
YouTube has announced today that they will hold their first-ever YouTube Music Awards on November 3rd. The event, which will take place at Pier 36 in New York City, will be hosted by actor/musician Jason Schwartzman. This first-of-its-kind event has set it sights on shaking up the traditional awards show format, and will surely be a captivativing event to experience. The 90-minute event, produced by Spike Jonze, will live stream on YouTube, and will award winners in six categories that will be solely based on viewer votes. Headlining the inaugural show will be Lady GaGa, Eminem, and Arcade Fire, along with more to be announced later. Check out the video below with host Jason Schwartzman detailing the November 3rd event.
Saturday Night Live has announced that six new cast members will be joining the show for its upcoming 39th season. The new cast members will help fill the void left by Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen, who all left the show after the end of last season. Let’s get to know the newest faces of the show.
Beck Bennett: Although he has appeared on Comedy Central with his sketch group Good Neighbor, Bennett is probably most known for the AT&T “It’s Not Complicated” commercials that are currently airing on TV.
While two members of the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot await their parole hearings in one of Russia's most cruel and infamous penal colonies, celebrities have once again joined together in hopes of freeing them from their "harsh sentences."
Amnesty International has just sent a letter to the Russian authorities, which was signed by over 100 stars, urging the release and fair treatment of the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot. These members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, have remained behind bars for over a year with serious constrictions to their rights. Although world-wide support has been strong since their initial arrest in 2012, only the third imprisoned member of Pussy Riot, Ekaterina Samutsevich, has been released due to her rights as a single mother. Recently, Maria and Nadezhda were denied the right to attend their parole hearings.
April 21st is right around the corner and the people working on Record Store Day just posted a complete (and massive) list of all of the releases!
You're going to need some time wade through all of the choices, but here are some highlights:
Animal Collective: Transverse Temporal Gyrus LP
Arcade Fire: Sprawl II LP
Beach House: Lazuli B/W Equal Mind 7”
Bruce Springsteen: Rocky Ground 7”
Gorillaz: Do Ya Thing 7”
The name Grimes is a secret. She simply won't say. And although work ethic comes from a background in ballet, with obvious familiarity to spandex and that powers of femininity that be, sex appeal won't be hiking this one to the top; it's an aspect of the art she thinks too dark. She's described as anything from the Montreal artist he post-Internet scene, to the methodically slow-burned indie "it" girl who's become “the marriage between the voice of a human and the heartbeat of a machine” ( Magazine). Grimes is Claire . And yes, a Canadian pop-singer with twinkly-light and layered vocals; with moody, chaotic, if misunderstood lyrics, and a level free time one can only imagine as , as she's cranked out four consecutive albums (- ) since 2010. Two of such, Primes and (2010), were -dispensed gratis efforts, though regarded highly, while she churned out singles on side A of in May 2011, along side hip hop experimentalist , the latter).