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Hot New Talent Alert: Climber


Climber is one of the most compelling indie bands I've run into lately. The group from Portland, OR has been making music since 2001 when they first got together as a group of friends in one of their basements to jam and make music. Climber fuses melodic rock with atmospheric electronica that is somewhat reminiscent of Imogen Heap, Thom Yorke and Coldplay (sans Chris Martin's whiny vocals). The group's band name is quite appropriate. With singer Michael Nelson's arresting emotive crooning, Climber's music captures a positive, propulsive energy that takes you places. Highly recommended. Check out Climber's web site for more free MP3 downloads or order their EP at Amazon.com. [source]

Download Climber "Always Right" [mp3]
Download Climber "Escape" [mp3]

March 28, 2006 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Free Download: Glovebox "Superstar"


Australian group Glovebox serves up an infectious slice of pop music on their groovy new self-titled album. The band was formed 8 years ago by by producer/arranger Grainger K. Lock and singer/songwriter Mishka who moved from Brisbane to London to start making music. The duo set out to create pop melodies that are not quite pop productions. It is a sound that they have dubbed "electrorganic" with its inclusion of live instruments and Mishka's distinct vocals. Glovebox has now taken the bold move to release their new record independently in the States.

The group has built a steady gan base in Australia and New Zealand over the past years few years. Mishka, who is openly gay, has performed during several Gay Pride events to drum up support for Glovebox. Download "Superstar," the first track from the album on the group's MySpace page. Their take on pop music is nothing new, but it has plenty of melody and crunch to keep you listening again and again. You can stream and download more tracks here

Download Glovebox "Superstar" [MySpace]

March 28, 2006 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (2)

The Killers at Ultra Music Festival


While I was in New York City, The Killers were the big headliners at Miami's Ultra Music Festival. An interesting choice for a dance music event, but a clever move from Island's marketing folks who are looking to broaden the reach of the band into new demographics. The big question on my mind was if the Las Vegas quartet would present any new songs from their forthcoming new album that they are currently recording in their hometown with producers Flood and Alan Moulder. Unfortunately, the group did not play anything new. The setlist included only tracks from their debut effort. According to NME.com, singer Brandon Flowers is changing however and becoming more of an iconic stage performer including the fashion that goes along with that. Flowers resembled "Travis' Fran Healy by sporting a cropped studio beard and blue army coat," writes NME. [source, source]

March 27, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (3)

Let's All Chant


Congrats to the guys at GENRE, especially Matt, for organizing a great anniversary bash for GENRE's 15th birthday on Friday. Annie played a fine DJ set together with her buddy James Iha of the Smashing Pumkins in the DJ booth downstairs at Area 10018. I was glad she pleased the crowd with that fun disco gimmick "Lady Bug" by Bumblebee Unlimited and many other great tracks. It was great to meet Annie and we even danced to Michael Zager's "Let's All Chant" after her gig upstairs. If you weren't there, you missed out!

March 27, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Panic! At The Disco Live


AOL Music is featuring an exclusive live performance of one of my favorite new bands Panic! At The Disco. If you haven't heard Panic!'s peppy and clever mix of pop, rock and techno then this might be a good opportunity to hear what they're all about. In an interview with AOL, singer Brendon Urie explains that he is influenced by a variety of genres, including music theater writing by Rogders & Hammerstein. Also check out my interview with Brendon in the May issue of GENRE, which is on newsstands next week. [source]

Watch P!ATD Session on AOL Music

March 24, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (33)