Long story short. Frank Ocean is an RnB Singer/Song Writer. He joined with OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, YES the group I mentioned a couple weeks ago featuring rapper Tyler, The Creator) in late ’09, around the same time signing with Def Jam Recordings. He has written songs for the likes of Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy, and Beyonce. Ocean has also worked with Nas, and Pharrell. Frank Ocean like many other artists today rose up via social media, and there seems to be some turbulence between him and the label these days….why? Well he just dropped the stupid, amazing, ridic, wicked mixtape ‘Nostalgia, ULTRA’ (via mixtapetorrent.com)…you MUST listen. It is incredible!…and it had nothing to do with the label…it was ALL Mr. Ocean. Look out for big things from this artist. I think late this year, early next he will blow up.
Merrill Garbus is the leading lady of this group from New England (not gonna lie, I thought it was a dude singing when I heard them for the first few weeks). She loops a load of stuff and then it comes out sounding pretty rad. Their second album w h o k i l l was released April 19th, 2011 and is pretty damn good (Um, HELLO…Pitchfork gave it an 8.8. And we all know Pitchfork is the bible when is comes to music ratings/reviews…insert sarcastic comment here). Check out the lead single ‘Bizness’ below…I must say, the Video is well done for what I would imagine is a small budget.
Young band originating from England. Their first studio album is self titled and came out in February ’11. If you like Dinosaur Jr. or Sonic Youth, you might like this familiar sound. It’s the rebirth of the 90′s college rock sound (I see more and more of this lately))…check out the video for ‘Get Away’ below
First single off the new album, ‘Helplessness Blues’
First/Second single ‘Grown Ocean’ get’s a VIDEO!
‘Classic’ Fleet Foxes
Let’s stick to the letter ‘F’ and move on to Foals. Their from Oxford, their latest album ‘Total life Forever’ was released May 10, 2010.First came across them about 1.5 years ago, this song was used in the trailer to Entourage, Season 7.
I like this song, but I don’t love it. Off the new album ‘Burst Apart’.
Old stuff is better right?
This band is new to most, but they have been around as a solo project of Jona Bechtolt since about 2002. It wasn’t until Claire Evans joined in 2008 and helped the group with vocals for the 2009 album ‘See Mystery Light’ that things started to take off. They are very electro poppy, but also have the touch of Talking Heads in there.
‘Psychic City’ is the real first big ‘single’ off of ‘See Mystery Light’. Very catchy…haven’t listened to the rest of the album yet but thought this song is enough to throw them up on your music radar! I do not understand the video for the song at all…and at one point I am pretty sure the dude is masturbating!
Four piece rock band from Austin, Texas. Have yet to really listen to any albums yet…but I`ll tell you…every time I hear a single, it gets my ears perked. These guys are very garage rock/psychedelic sounding…and I dig it. Check out their latest single ‘Drug’ off their forthcoming album ‘D’.
Experimental rock band from NYC, formed in 2002. A ton of critics bin them as ‘Math Rock’. They have a new album coming out on June 7th called ‘Glass Drop’. This is the first single from that album came out in March, ‘Ice Cream’. Super fun video from these guys below…
Always have to represent that home grown Toronto talent! Austra is based out of Toronto and lead by Katie Stelmanis. All kinds of warm synth riffs here…will they blow up out of the Great North? The bands first album ‘Feel It Break’ was released May 13th, 2011 on Paperbag Records. Below are a couple singles from that album….promising artist here I think…
Phew! Moving forward I am going to one up posts and a Top 5 Weekly round-up….10 just takes too long for me to get up for you folks. Enjoy and let me know if there are any ‘up and comers’ you would like to see shared here!