My only criticism of the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit is that too much great music was programmed at the same time, forcing some difficult decisions about where and when to show up. The 2014 edition cannot come soon enough.
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.
Chromatics have just offered up a big treat for their fans. The group had eight songs that they recorded during the sessions for 'Kill for Love' that never made it on the album. Now the band has offered them up for free via Soundcloud.