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Lorde – The Love Club EP review

Sixteen year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter has been making waves since the release of her first EP titled The Love Club. Her single “Royals” has been picked up by US independent and college radio stations and is gaining traction. Her voice sounds mature despite her young age and is cleverly recorded with complex, minimalist, yet forward-thinking beats. Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, was actually signed to Universal at age 13 after an A&R scout saw video of her performing at a school talent show. Years later, she unveiled her talents to the world….

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Toy Boats – Diamond Teeth EP review

Hugo Costin-Neilson, of Toy Boats, points to The Cure as a band whom he would love to get in bed with musically. In an interview following the release of EP Diamond Teeth last April, Costin-Neilson says “I’ve covered ‘Love Song’ in the past and every time I listen to them I find a new song that I want to cover.” When asked if he could fill in with any band on tour, he responds again, “The Cure. I’ve always wanted to cover their songs, so why not play the original?”…

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David Martel – Versus Us EP review

While earnest indie folk bands like Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes have dominated the college radio airwaves over the past several years, some sensitive guitar-playing boys have chosen to stick to the solo singer/songwriter route. One of these artists, David Martel, has just released his second EP, the four-song, seventeen-minute “Versus Us.” Martel, based in Montreal, burst onto the music scene in 2008 with his first album, “Hardly Knew Me.” After tours across North America and France, including a spot at SXSW and a gig opening for Adele, he…

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Anna Scouten – Anna Scouten album review

If you know Anna Scouten, you probably know her from YouTube, where her covers of indie folk hits like Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” and Bright Eyes’ “First Day Of My Life” have earned her millions of views over the past four years. Now, Scouten has released her first EP made up of four self-penned songs and a cover of Feist’s “Intuition.” The self-titled EP, running just over 15 minutes, proves that Scouten is more than just a YouTube cover artist – she’s a talented singer/songwriter in her own right. Scouten’s…

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Patterns EP review

Indie pop tweekers from Detriot, Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein keep the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. hype alive with the upbeat Patterns EP, their second major label release.  The four songs that make up Patterns represent the duo’s ability to creatively mix excellent production and an all-out dance party.  Their vibrant pop-songs tend to provide extra surprises in every bar, making for eclectic combinations that keep listeners anxious.  The vibe of Patterns is ultimately a dance-able blend of pop styles with a disposition of fun. From the acoustic guitars that…

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Dan Croll – From Nowhere EP review

With his first studio release, Dan Croll gives listeners an alternative take on the electronic indie pop genre that is so prevalent today. With bands like Phoenix and Passion Pit dominating the genre, Croll’s From Nowhere EP is a refreshingly stripped down version of bigger albums and with a much less sweeping sound, Croll sounds like a mixture of Spoon meets Arcade Fire at an Paul Simon show. Hailing from Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Croll was actually hand selected by Sir Paul McCartney to have a one on one…

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Dirty Projectors – About To Die EP review

Let’s get this out of the way at the start, Dirty Projectors are not a band for those that are fans of music that is accessible to the masses. Dirty Projectors are strange and as far as I can tell…they are ok with this fact. About To Die is the four song EP that follows their summer release Swing Lo Magellan is where the title track originally comes from. The rest of the EP is all new material though. Kicking off the four song EP is the rerelease of the…

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Adios Amigo – Dos EP review

Adios Amigo, a band spearheaded by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Johnny Major and fellow musicians based in San Francisco, have prepared a delectable EP of indie rock and mildly psychedelic tones and served it to us on a platter. It’s their second album release to date, following their first self-titled EP released in August of 2011. The five-song sophomore album, appropriately titled Dos, touches on familiar themes of love, life, and remembrance, yet does so with the intermingling of various styles and vocal stretches. A remarkable quality of this group…

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Sleepy Turtles – Summer, Hither EP review

The Sleepy Turtles, a folk rock band rooted in Atlanta, are set to release their new EP, “Summer, Hither” on June 29, 2012 after signing with Autumn + Colour Records earlier this year. Vocalist and Guitarist Dylan Higgins, along with Tim Friesen, Will Parker, Marcus Trail and Mike Vanklaveren, together make the Sleepy Turtles, a group devoted to the creation of songs that bring one’s mind back to the simple pleasures of day and allowing procrastinations to eliminate worry. By winding harmony and dreamy lyrics together to emulate the idea…

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Claude Violante Interview

Claude Violante is one half of the musical duo Haussmann. This talented writer and producer is more than capable of standing on her own though as can be evidenced by the release of her first EP, For You, which hit international markets on April 23rd. Violante was kind enough to take a break from her schedule and answer a few questions for me about her music and recording process. Do you find it challenging writing songs in English? Is your process different than when you are trying to write in…

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