Back in May, we called Univox’s self-titled debut “well-executed enough to be treasured by those who find it… in other words, a fine debut.” This is a band rooted in the ‘70s in the best possible way, displaying a love for catchy harmonies, jagged punk and post-punk guitar textures, power pop energy, and rousing choruses. The Philly group loves a strong riff and the primal spirit of rock and roll. It’s there on album opener “Pi” (stream after the jump) and also on the video we premiere today for “Conan”. Meanwhile the guys can turn all jangly on a dime too; witness the delicious acoustic strumming and harmonies on “Everybody Knows” and “Lever Master City”. This is a confident and self-assured entrance onto the rock and roll stage and we look forward to the next step from these young fellows.
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Brooklyn indie foursome Via Audio released their sophomore LP Animalore this past March, following the critical success of 2007’s Say Something. Spoon’s Jim Eno is again the production mind behind the latest lo-fi pop tunes of the Berklee College of Music-trained musicians. Via Audio holed up in Eno’s Austin home last year to develop and record the tracks for Animalore. Today’s premiere of their new video of “Olga” exemplifies the currently wildly popular lo-fi aesthetic both musically and visually, an artistic approach discussed in-depth recently over on Pitchfork in “This Is Not a Photograph”.
Underworld’s performance at the club Privilege in Ibiza this Summer is chock full of goodness. Recorded as an Essential Mix for the BBC 1, Om Records makes this highly energetic session available for download. It kicks off with “Downpipe” and ends with “Born Slippy (Nuxx)”. What more could you want?
A new trailer has been released for Part One of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Set to premiere on November 19th, the first part of the finale looks to continue the already excellent movie series in epic form.
Rooney has been busy this summer touring their new self-released album Eureka, their third full-length album of sunny California pop with AM radio melodies and harmonies. “Holdin’ On” leads off that album and here the band gives us an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of their touring life, busking their way through the tune on their tour bus. The spare acoustic arrangement is rather nice, putting those harmonies front and center.
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