Black Marble

Sorry readers. Black Marble is yet another band that doesn’t fit into a neat genre. Buuut….. here are three fake genres names that sort of describe what is going on musically! Black Marble’s music is “Coldwave” It is the sort of chilly, soft electronic music that you should play on a rainy mountain drive. 2. Black Marble’s…

Torres

Torres is probably the artist NPR music is most passionately rooting for right now.  Although she is still playing small stages, they spent about 10 minutes of the 2015 year in review raving about her music, and every time they mention her one of their commentators will rave about how she is going to be really big,…

Tame Impala

  YOU WILL NEVER COME CLOSE TO HOW I FEEEEEEL! Writing about Tame Impala is daunting for me.  While still technically “Indie”, they have a large and extremely dedicated following, and are known as some of the best musicians currently working (I’ve seen them on at least 5 Top-10 lists this year).  I just discovered them a month…

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts make post-garage band music. They are a 4 piece band who moved from Texas to Brooklyn, with 2 guitars, a lead singer, a bass, and drums.  The basics.   Like your  traditional garage band, they rely on distorted guitar effects, loud power chords played in simple patterns, and shout-sung vocals. What Parquet Courts does…

Forest Swords

Forest Swords’ music belongs in the soundtrack to the most beautifully shot, subtly menacing Samurai movie ever. Forest Swords’ music strongly evokes the band’s title. It is experimental music that sounds at once natural, clean-cut, beautiful, and dangerous.  Listen to “The Weight of Gold” and see if you don’t just picture two old veterans of the Warring States…

Father John Misty

Father John Misty is a rotten apple. He seems so enticing until you put in just enough effort to break the skin.  Then, you recoil from the bitter, mushy, rancid middle. His birth name is Josh Tillman, and his style is grandiose folk singing.  His songs would not be out of place on many people’s “Mountain Drive”…