Building off the success of their first major label debut I and Love and You, the Avett Brothers are back with their special mix of gut-wrenching vocals and banjo-filled “grasspunk” in a new album entitled The Carpenter. Yes, the banjo is back! The longevity and consistency should not be overlooked, as it doesn’t matter how many albums they’ve released, this band from North Carolina manages to exude the same level of free-spiritedness, forceful balladry, and a sense of optimism that infuses their rich and varied sound.
In anticipation of its official release, Gus + Scout are streaming their self-titled debut EP today (see below). Gus Wenner, 22 and Scout Willis, 21, recorded it at The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY with producer Charlie Klarsfeld.
After growing up on the same street in Hailey, Idaho the Gus + Scout lost touch only to be reunited at Brown University. Once together again, the two unearthed their lost connection through music and songwriting. Ultimately, they created Gus + Scout EP, a five song collection of emotional, country-inflected folk rock tunes.
I don’t know. Art is art. I’m cool with that. And I’m a firm believer in stretching the limits. Give me something that will make me think a little, or force me to get out of the box and look at it from another angle. Not all art is for everybody. I can dig that. It’s a subjective thing, and sometimes very personal for the believer.
The last time The Sheepdogs appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, they were one of 16 bands competing in the “Choose the Cover of Rolling Stone” contest presented by Garnier Fructis. Last night, the Canadian boogie rockers hit the stage as champions, with their faces on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone and having just signed a contract with Atlantic Records. The boys from Saskatoon performed a confident yet mellow rendition of “I Don’t Know,” a cut from their self-released Five Easy Pieces EP
French DJ/Producer The Toxic Avenger is showing America why he has become one of France’s hottest electronic commodities.
Previously named a Rolling Stone magazine ‘Artist To Watch’, Simon Delacroix – a.k.a. The Toxic Avenger – celebrates the domestic release of his “Never Stop” single with the unveiling of the song’s video, which premiered in the United States.
Whether sharing a stage with artists ranging from MSTRKRFT and Bloody Beetroots to Late of the Pier and Crystal Castles, or remixing acts including Ladytron, Benny Benasi and Chromeo, Delacroix’s Toxic Avenger persona has become a white hot addition to the worldwide electronic scene, uplifting House by its foundation with an aggravated flurry of big beats, distorted-pop and ambient dissidence, and creating an other-worldly dimension that mesmerizes listeners and energizes live audiences.
The third round of the Choose the Cover of Rolling Stone contest is under way! After hundreds of thousands of votes were cast online, the 16 acts vying for the cover of Rolling Stone – as well as an Atlantic Records contract – have been narrowed down to a group of four. Shortly after discovering that they made the cut, those four bands hit the studio with top producers to record a new song, which you can stream and download in the SoundCloud player at the bottom of the page.