As my time as a member of The Current draws to a close I hope to leave you all with one last recommendation that you will hopefully enjoy as much as I do.
Chet Faker is his name (well, Nicholas James Murphy), and his music is going to get me through this summer and the looming shadow of college. Let me introduce you all to this new up-and-coming indie star, and his chill vibes should help you all calm down after final exams like it will for me. Continue reading
Thanks to a popular remix by DJ Snake, AlunaGeorge has finally been brought into the public eye. But the music they created before their “big break” and, honestly, their original version of the remixed song that made them famous, are so good that I am here to convince you that AlunaGeorge is a band you need to check out! Continue reading
Jack Garratt started as a musician in 2005, but it is his new and first album, Phase, just released last month, that has pushed him firmly into the public eye.
Working in both indie pop and electronica has helped show Garratt’s impressive mastery of multiple instruments, from the guitar, piano, and drums to the harmonica, mandolin, trombone, and ukulele. He has become immensely popular in a very short amount of time, and after releasing his album he was awarded The Critics Choice Award (given previously to singers like Adele). Continue reading
That dreaded time is upon us—semester exams are here, and there is a desperate need for motivational music to get us through those late night cramming sessions before the big test.
Unfortunately, that is not what I have for you. Instead of a high-energy band with screaming lead singers and booming bass, I present to you Glass Animals. This band is for relaxation and de-stressing, but that is still important before taking your test so don’t write them off yet! Continue reading
Beach House is a band started in Maryland, and much like their name, they are centered in relaxing melodies. The two members, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, create an ethereal edge to all of their music. Continue reading
Tame Impala’s new album Currents is here, and it is just more proof that they only improve with time. I found them awhile ago, back with their 2010 album Innerspeaker, and fell in love with their musical style and the lead singer’s vocals. When this new album came out I was very excited, but though it is beyond excellent, I don’t think it’s what anyone was expecting. This album is quite different from anything Tame Impala has done so far, relying much more heavily on instrumental sections and utilizing new instruments and vocal ranges. Continue reading
School has finally reared its ugly head, and as we battle the fierce beast of tests already (even though we have not learned anything yet and that summer homework we did not do is being turned in for a grade), here is a band to help lift our spirits as we longingly remember the good ol’ days of summer just three weeks ago. Continue reading
Last Thursday I went to see one of my absolute favorite singers at the Riverside. The doors opened at 7 p.m., and I waited anxiously as the opener, Little Scream (not bad!), played out their final song. Then, at 9 p.m. it was time: Finally I would get to see Sufjan Stevens live for the first time! Continue reading
Sylvan Esso is my new favorite artist.
If you’re looking for some good home-soil electropop, this is the band for you! They have a bit of indie mixed in as well, and the contrast throughout all of their songs is quite beautiful. Continue reading
Coming up soon is the “Day of Remembrance,” held every February 19 in states like California, Oregon, and Washington. This day commemorates the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II—an event that touched the life of singer Pat Suzuki. Continue reading
Ready for some Christmas carols, but tired of hearing the same old songs on the radio?
Mannheim Steamroller is bringing their Christmas show to Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater on Sunday.
Mannheim Steamroller is a wonderfully creative band that specializes in holiday music, and they are my go-to band for all things Christmas. They have sold 28 million albums in the U.S alone, so it is not just my opinion you have to trust. Continue reading
Ever heard of Reykjavík? This is a city in Iceland, the city that a new musical prodigy calls home. His name is Ásgeir, and his unique brand of melodic folk music, along with his unparalleled background, guarantee him a musical future filled with open doors. Continue reading
Ready for a blast from the past? Back in the 1960s, this band was all the rage, and I think it’s high time for them to get a little love from our generation. The Beach Boys, a great summer time, “good vibe” feeling band, are the “throwback” today.
Even if you are not into your parents’ music, have you ever heard bicycle bells, dog whistles, and plastic water jugs all being used in a song? And sounding amazing? Continue reading
Feeling a little depressed from all the back-to-school drama and homework loads? Want a break from all the upcoming tests and a return to summer? Well, I cannot promise that stack of homework will just go poof!, but I can give you the next best thing. Jack Johnson, a singer-songwriter and surfer, is my go-to when I want some summer tunes. Continue reading
Let me present to you Madison’s musical success of the year, the band PHOX.
This funky fusion band gives a new light to indie pop, with enthralling lyrics, complex harmonizing, and remarkable musicianship (not to mention awesome music videos). They started up small, all friends who grew up together in Baraboo, Wisconsin. But as more and more people are starting to discover them, they have gotten big fast. Continue reading
Most listeners know Coldplay from their famous past, from Viva la Vida to their latest album, Mylo Xyloto. Their unique mix of pop and alternative rock gives them a distinct sound that sets them apart from all the other Britpop bands.
What I am most excited about concerning Coldplay is their new album Ghost Stories, which comes out May 19 here in America. Continue reading
Most indie rock fans have heard of Ra Ra Riot and Vampire Weekend, both top-charting awesome bands. But has anyone heard of Discovery, the electric duo of Rostam Batmanglij, the keyboardist from Vampire Weekend, and Wesley Miles, the vocalist from Ra Ra Riot? Continue reading
How can a completely a cappella group cover songs by Daft Punk, an internationally known techno-based duo? Pentatonix dared to answer that question.
Pentatonix, a group consisting of five members, is all a cappella, but with an interesting spin. In a video posted to YouTube in November, they were able to successfully cover Daft Punk’s techno and synthesizer beats using only their voices and two essential additions. Their special style (first noticed on the TV show The Sing-Off, which returned last week for the first time since 2011) has revived interest in a cappella. Continue reading