Sunday, December 16 2012
The best new artists of 2012 have remade R&B for the new century, pushed eclectic art-rock in new directions, and kept indie rock and hip-hop strong.
Thursday, December 13 2012
The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.
Tuesday, December 4 2012
The albums you see below are a testament to the chameleonic nature of prog: Coldplay-esque stadium ballads, sludge metal, sample-heavy concept records, and classic-style prog all stand side by side.
Sunday, January 1 2012
The year ahead looks to be an exciting one with the emergence of wealth of great new music waiting in the wings. Will Alabama Shakes be the toast of 2012? Will 2012 be a banner year for forward-thinking hip-hop and R&B? And let's not forget all the great new bands expected to break big in 2012.
Wednesday, September 30 2009
The day will come when Spare Time Machine is revered as the masterpiece it is by the crowd it deserves. Luckily, Tomi Paajaanen and James Spectrum have this happy pill to keep them sane until that day arrives.
Thursday, February 16 2012
An epic pop opera surf rock concept album of such grandiose ambition and intricate execution that it washes away all other contemporary attempts at character and fidelity. This is a "Beatles on Ed Sullivan" moment for the modern age.
Tuesday, July 17 2012
Typically, when a band releases a video for their new single, they release a video for their new single. That video is often a series of spiffy, moving images that relate visually and/or thematically to the song that accompanies it, for the purpose of selling said song. Pepe Deluxé is not a typical band.
Wednesday, March 28 2012
Last month, PopMatters gave Pepe Deluxé's pop-opera-surf-rock concept album Queen of the Wave a perfect 10 score, just one of many plaudits the LP has amassed in a scant few weeks of releases. Sound Affects breaks down five reasons why this record is a stellar achievement destined to become a cult classic.
Tuesday, January 17 2012
With their fourth album Queen of the Wave set to hit stores on January 31st, care of Asthmatic Kitty/Catskills, Pepe Deluxé invites you to experience one of the most brilliant pieces of genre-bending music ever created.
Thursday, March 5 2009
Although sales never came up to par compared to 2003's Beatitude, the 2007 full-length from Finnish crazies Pepe Deluxé was by far their greatest achievement to