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The Features

Much like lead vocalist Matt Pelham sings in his band's new song "This Disorder", I first noticed that we may indeed have a problem. A few years ago I was out with a group of girlfriends who had taken months to come to an agreement on a date to get together and once we were well situated at the dinner table all of their perfectly made up faces were buried in the LCD of their smartphone. Now, years later I hear this song and I say, YES! The Features have said it all with this song and so well, without lecture, or disappointment, just a tribute to reality.

Tame Impala (neither A Small Antelope, Nor A Sedan)

Kevin Parker's Psychedelic Rock Project. That is what I am re-naming this unique Australian band known officially as Tame Impala. Band members have exited and entered but the energy doesn't much change and that's because it's Kevin Parker's psychedelic rock project.  He says their sound has a steady flowing rock groove with an emphasis on dream like melodies. So there you have it, my job here is done.  Their name is "just a reference to the African animal really, from a perspective of coming into contact with a live one in nature and having this real brief, unspoken moment but with some level of communication between yourself and this wild animal. Then the next minute it's gone returning to where it came from." according to Parker in an interview with www.louderthanwar.com.

Lorde

We'll never be Royals. Perhaps not. However at the ripe and sunny age of 16, she has a pretty good shot of either being treated like one or making as much money as the Queen. Born in Aukland New Zealand, Ella Yelich-O'Connor has been marching to the beat of her own drum or electronic drum beat which means she has an ear for music, but what's most stunning is her voice; rich with depth and...magic.

It's Bastille's Day

"I could be working at McDonald's this time next year” says Dan Smith brainchild and massive talent behind the young new-age-synth-indie London based band Bastille, (named after the day he was born, July 14th - Bastille Day). He is genuinely floored by his band's chart success. When their debut album Bad Blood was released in the UK a couple of months back, it reached Number 1, fast. I don't think anybody, least of all us, expected that, we were totally blown away by it, and we're massively overwhelmed. Smith said in an interview with NME. (Click through to see/hear Pompeii)

New Politics

"F**k it". Their words not mine, but, let's face it, not a bad motto.
It's no Harlem Shake but, these guys cannot stand still. This song from Danish trio, New Politics has so much energy, no wonder it's got people spinning on their heads. Lead vocalist David Boyd is constantly in motion and that matters to the song because it speaks to his energy, confidence and his (the band's) overall appeal. It sets the mood - and their sound and this song begs movement!

Fitz And The Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums
How much weight does an endorsement from Rolling Stone hold? Well, you may balk at the plug but it’s sure better than getting panned by the rag. Right? Right. The six piece LA soul and funk influenced indie pop rock band with a curious mass appeal,

Foals - "Inhaler"

If I told you that a song had screeching synth, reverberating high pitched vocals and lyrics with no real hook would you be interested? Yeah, not so sure Iwould be either. However, with the band's name and their healthy UK reputation behind it, I listen. And I find that the things that suck you in to "Inhaler" are the high pitched vocals complete with reverb, the screeching synth and that hard to find hook. Funny how that works, kind of like the things that I loved the most about my ex-husband were the exact things that made me move on... (only in reverse). Sigh, but I digress.

Bad Books "Forest Whitaker"

Cool new kick back duo (plus some, afterall they do have a band behind them!) have come together after learning that they may not be better, musically, as single entities.

The Neighbourhood - "Sweater Weather"

This band is shrouded in mystery, making it not so coincidental that their musical style might be categogized as moody and, well, mysterious. Makes sense. A year or so ago when their music popped up on the internet there was no info anywhere abut The Neighbourhood, where they were from or even how many people were in the band, and the message was clear; according to an MTV interview with lead singer Jesse Rutherford, "our identity is second to our music". Makes sense. We now know a little bit more about these 5 guys out of southern Cali (despite the British spelling of their name).

Walk The Moon

Cincinnati Rocks! Oh, wait, that's Cleveland. Still, plenty of rock to be had out of Ohio and Walk The Moon is just more proof of that. Four guys, who sound more like they come from across the pond than the midwest, thanks to a rather U2 meets Coldplay vibe, named themselves after the Police's famous song "Walking On The Moon."