Angel Vivaldi
Feb17

Angel Vivaldi

Angel Vivaldi By Kat DaVille When you initially look at Angel Vivaldi, you might doubt that he is among best lyrical guitar players EVER.  How can this unassuming, happy-go-lucky, confusingly pretty young man perform in the same stratosphere as melodic guitarists like Eric Johnson or, dare I say it, Steve Vai?  His modest nature is part of his charm and his performances are equally as surprising.  The Vivaldi machine is certainly a...

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The Dove & The Wolf
Feb16

The Dove & The Wolf

The Dove & The Wolf By Serenat Kivilcim The Dove & The Wolf (link) consists of 2 French gals, Paloma and Lou, raised on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean; one in Paris and the other on the French Caribbean island of Martinique. In 2004, Paloma and Lou started playing together, finally forming this project 8 years later. Six months after creating the band, they released, self-produced, and distributed their first EP that...

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No Turning Back: An Interview with Soft Metals
Feb14

No Turning Back: An Interview with Soft Metals

Soft Metals By Eric Evans Soft Metals are right there on the edge. All the pieces are in place: the dark but danceable synth, the slinky vocals, the live performance chops. Even their label—Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks, home to Blouse and Perfect Pussy—is cool. Poised to release their third album in 2015, it’s a safe bet that members Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall continue their ascent up the electro-pop ladder. The band spoke to Black on...

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Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight
Feb13

Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight

Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight By Denise Beltran Hanni El Khatib’s (link) third studio album, Moonlight, was released on January 20, 2015. Khatib’s genre of specific music has been described as blues, rock and folk being blended together to create a unique sound. His second studio album, Head in the Dirt was recorded with Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys. In “Moonlight” Khatib wrote a song called Two Brothers that he has dedicated...

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NINA: Music – it’s my kind of therapy
Feb12

NINA: Music – it’s my kind of therapy

NINA By Harriet Kaplan With just two singles under her belt, “My Mistake” and “Dark Rider,” and with her first full album of new material on the way, German synth-pop siren Nina (link) is making a name for herself with dark and sometime brooding music that somehow fits against a backdrop of chillwave disco that has draw comparisons to “Lana Del Rey meets Robyn” as characterized by The Huffington...

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