Alt Pop

Toronto pop duo K.I.D. plays CMJ + tours

Some band names have the power to inhibit your "clicking" will, and, admittedly, the band called K.I.D. (akronim for "Kid In Dehad precisely that effect. But sometimes you've gotta get past first impressions... Our self-discipline triumphed though, and the consequent, reluctant clicking was rewarded with some really cool electronic rock-pop by a Toronto duo that's currently in NYC for the CMJ music festival. Check out their recent video for single "New Emotion," which showcases singer Kara's noteworthy vocal talent and presence, and the band's propensity for radio friendly melodies. After their appearance at CMJ, K.I.D. will come back to Canada for a brief East Coast tour. 

   

Portland artists playing CMJ: teenage phenomenon Grace Mitchell

The CMJ festival is currently on in NYC, and we stumbled upon a Portland artists that's taking part in it we never covered before: Grace Mitchell. The 18 year old certainly sounds a lot older and wiser than her age in her blues-electro-pop sophomore EP "Raceday," which was released just a few weeks ago. Her tracks certainly don't belong to the widespread "intimate female songwriter" category, but on the contrary possess almost invariably a bombastic pop element. It's really hard to believe a teenager can have a vocal delivery as confident as hers. 

   

Bundles Release Two Tracks Off Upcoming Record

It's been a loooong time since I've been in a mosh pit, but Bundles' new tunes might change that for me in the not-so-distant future. The band recently released two blistering singles off of their upcoming (as-of-yet untitled) EP, and they're about as rowdy and raucous as anyone could hope for. "Dead Reckoning" has a great straight-forward main riff, with choruses that just make you want to chuck PBR and Narragansett cans on stage and shout at the top of your lungs. "Prisoner's Dilemma" delivers another powerful riff, this time with more rapid chord changes and a lead vocal that gives this song a slight Damn Personals feel.

Though the band have yet to set a release date for the material, you can catch them performing these songs live in a few weeks. October 23 they'll be at Cuisine en Locale/ONCE in Somerville, MA and November 25 (Thanksgiving eve!) in Quincy, MA at Quincy Sons of Italy.

For more info on the band, check out their Facebook page.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn) 

   

Weyes Blood unveils video for "In the Beginning" from new "Cardamom Times" EP

Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood and her incredibly haunting voice are back with a new EP on Mexican Summer entitled "Cardamom Times." She recently unveiled this video for single "In the Beginning."

   

Geoff Earle's New Project Stiletto Feels Releases its First, Funky-Weird Single

Stiletto Feels is a project that we’ve actually posted on before, back when it seemed to be known online as The Big Fist, but when we dropped a piece on a track back at that point, we got us a confused but polite message from bandleader Geoff Earle wondering how we’d found what was then an unshared SoundCloud account meant to show off what he was working on to his close friends.

That track was taken down, and we’ve sat put on Earle (known for his work with Fresh Millions) ever since, until now. Just a few weeks ago, one of Earle’s other new tracks “Steal Your Guitar” was released at an Empire Control room show with a pretty fucking wildly good lineup (BLXPLTN, Shmu, Black Books, Corduroi, Chipper Jones and Dana Falconberry were just part of the list of groups playing), and now we can finally post on this killer-ass new music coming from one of Austin’s most uniquely musical minds.

We’re into being able to finally talk about the layered and indie electrofunky project that Stiletto Feels is, especially because “Steal Your Guitar” was so good back when we heard it a few months ago, we almost posted it as our single of the day instead of the track we went with. In fact, we like it so much, we've nominated Stiletto Feels for Artist of the Month on the strength of this track, as well on what we know is to come from these guys in the near future.

Backboned by a supersynthy, glimmering night of a melody that sounds a bit classic Vitalic or Kavinksy and then slammin’ into somethin’ funkier for the chorus, “Steal Your Guitar’s” main strength outside of its smooth synthetic grooves is its strange lyrics and subject and their equally weird delivery. Sung in a nicely and appropriately subdued but pretty manner that balances well with the heavy funk of the bass and the prettiness of the rest of the track, the lyrics of “Steal Your Guitar” are delivered from the perspective of a supposed friend of an unnamed musician’s friend who is outright telling the unlucky artist that they are about to have their guitar stolen, by said friend and for drugs.

The song is pretty bitchin’ in the way it creates this believable and poignant narrative of a situation that feels totally real (and, as I and many others who have owned guitars can tell you, this is definitely something that happens) and is pretty hardcore to listen to explained so directly. Paired with the fun and groovy instrumentals, it’s exactly the kind of pop song that we’ve been craving- something that pushes the edges of pop music out further while still being undeniably part of the pop canon.

Listen to this first track from Stiletto Feels here, and keep posted for more info on the rest of the tracks the project is said to be releasing soon. We hear it’s more of what we had found on that original SoundCloud page, all of which was perfectly killer, and that the recording process was quite unique indeed and involved folks from acts like Shmu and The Sword. We’ll have more on that as it releases, for now let Stiletto Feels tell you exactly how it goes down when a good buddy tells you to your face how they’re about to fuck you over.