The Next Sounds: Electric Guest


By Sierra Drucker In the musical era of a major soul re-emergence, Electric Guest come across with a fresh new spin on the genre. Blending it ever so slightly with indie rock and a tinge of hip pop flavor, this Los Angeles duo burst onto the scene with a killer debut. It’s kind of impossible […]

The Next Sounds: Heartless Bastards


By: Sierra Drucker Heartless Bastards epitomize good old rock and roll for the new age.  This foursome hails from Ohio, home to fellow rock brethren The Black Keys who actually passed the Bastards’ demo along to Fat Possum who quickly recognized the talent and signed them in 2004.  Four albums later, and with a slightly […]

The Next Sounds: Best Music Videos of 2011

2011 has been an amazing year for the music video.  Artists continue to push the boundaries of the medium, using it to challenge social norms, experiment with new technology, express beauty, comedy, and tragedy, sometimes all at once.  There have been so many videos that caught my eye this year, but I’ve narrowed it down […]

The Next Sounds: Mayer Hawthorne


By: Sierra Drucker Mayer Hawthorne is one smooth crooner for the modern age.  He made the move from indie label Stones Throw to Universal Republic for his sophomore release How Do You Do, released earlier this month. This soul-loving hipster recalls influences such as Curtis Mayfield and Smokey Robinson.  And while his music is certainly […]

The Next Sounds: Lisa Hannigan


By: Sierra Drucker The remarkably talented Irish folkstress Lisa Hannigan has just released her sophomore full length Passenger (ATO).  The Mercury Prize nominee teamed up with famed producer Joe Henry (Ani DiFranco, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello, Mavis Staples, and more) to create this masterful work. Enjoy a taste with the first single, “Knots.” From start to […]

The Next Sounds: Little Majorette


By: Sierra Drucker Little Majorette’s debut full-length has finally received a proper U.S. release.  Rifle Heart delivers pop with an unusual quirkiness, typical of fellow Swedish taste-makers like Lykke Li, El Perro Del Mar, and The Radio Dept. There must be something in the water… The album offers crisp digital-meets-analog electronic leaning pop with an […]

The Next Sounds: Aeroplane


By: Sierra Drucker Nu-disco King Vito De Luca, aka Aeroplane, is like butter on my turntables. Sleek, rich, and it just sticks. I find that any time is the right time for Aeroplane. Taking a hint from Scissor Sisters, this Belgian is a risk-taker, and not just musically. Take a look at the video for […]