Today London electro pop band Kármán Line are releasing their new EP In Autumn, whose single “Tell Me What I Want to Know” is a very good indication of what to expect. A propulsive dance track whose house beats transport listeners back to the 1990s, it’s shamelessly upbeat in tone, which typically masks the longing in the lyrics.
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Taut, loud, and extremely energetic, San Francisco’s Jet Trash is everything you want from a young rock ‘n’ roll band. Part garage rock, part post-punk, it’s as if the Count Five and Gang of Four were involved in an unholy commingling, and Jet Trash’s raucous debut EP will have you pogoing in no time. Here’s a DIY indie rock band that remembers how to actually rock, which these days is a breath of fresh air.
Anton Fig has had as cool a musical career as you can imagine. A session drummer extraordinaire, he played on the best KISS solo album, and provided the beat to one of the best singles of the disco/rock crossover era. A member of David Letterman’s house band since 1986, he’s played with every upper-tier musician imaginable, and even ate a canary on television. No, not a real canary, but it was comedy gold.
With a sound that’s indebted to Bruce Springsteen and his post-millennial disciples the Gaslight Anthem and the Killers, Cleveland band the Modern Electric combine blue-collar themes from Middle America with smart pop arrangements on their new album Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The contagious latest single “Same Old Haunts” is a fine example, going for that big, cinematic sweep of the E Street Band, but with vocals that opt for sensitivity rather than boisterousness.
Led by husband and wife duo Chris and Rebekah Bartels, Bora York bridges the more pop-centric side of late ‘80s dream pop with mid-‘80s synth pop, with heavy emphasis on the joyous side of R&B from that era. Toss in a little M83 and Stars here and there, with the two charmingly swapping lead vocals, and you’ve got something very appealing. Breezy and wistful at the same time, it’s a wonderful little hybrid, and their second album Secret Youth burst with hooks and energy.