The Alternate Side
According to their official bio, Kins are a UK-based guitar-pop band specializing in "the sound of doubt, detachment and muted aggression.” We are big fans of their song “Mockasin's," so when we heard the band would be in town for a couple of shows – June 17th at the Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn and June 18th at Pianos in the city – we thought we’d ask them to stop by Studio A to play us some of their songs and talk about their self-titled, debut album.
Playing a triumphant gig at New York's Bowery Ballroom last month, Manchester-based rockers Everything Everything deftly proved their mettle as one of Britain's most thrilling young bands, assertively leaping from arena-worthy anthems ("Duet") to tonque-twisting raps ("Photoshop Handsome") to soulful stretches of dystopian angst ("The Peaks").
Face paint aficionado Robert DeLong is determined to bring a one-man party to the stage, but the Los Angeles-based dance artist isn't interested in churning out the dull brand of roaring EDM as proselytized by Deadmau5 or Skrillex. Adroitly juggling electronic gadgetry, MIDI interfaces, drums, supple pop chops and insightful lyrics, Robert DeLong's music harkens back to a more sophisticated era of dance music.
Toro y Moi, aka Chaz Bundick, joined the madding crowds at SXSW last week for a series of showcases. By month's end, Bundick and his bandmates are headed to South America, supporting his third and — in his estimation — most deliberately "pop" album to date, Anything in Return.
Guards dives headlong into the deep end of the guitar rock pool on its expansive, brazenly hook-laden debut, In Guards We Trust. Led by former Willowz frontman and Cults touring member Richie Follin — the older brother of Cults' Madeline Follin — Guards' evolution from EP to full-length album was a two-year process during which 50 songs were written (some of which will eventually surface as B-sides).
The shakeup in Menomena's lineup after Brent Knopf's departure in 2011, didn't throw remaining members Justin Harris and Danny Seim too far off course. In fact, the duo's new album, Moms, is likely Menomena's strongest and most accomplished album to date, bringing clarity and a mature emotional focus to the reinvigorated duo's songwriting.
Singer and songwriter Jack Tatum's hazy Wild Nothing reveries are steeped in rain-dappled hues of British grey, but the Virginia native, who recorded his debut album, Gemini, in his Virginia Tech dorm room, still cuts his own distinctively lush path of dream pop.