Weirdly enough, the most intriguing aspect of Crystal Fightersisn’t the unbelievably romantic tale that inspired the band's formation. The name “Crystal Fighters” originated from the accidental discovery of an unfinished opera written in the Basque Country by the vocalist’s grandfather, who in his last months of utter insanity had coined this sharp and almost supernatural title. Intrigued by the romanticism of this find, Laure Stockley (vocalist) became obsessed with the idea of forming a creatively wild outlet for the spirit of her deranged grandfather’s writings. Regardless if this is the truth or just a brilliantly conjured tale, the creativity of it all resulted in the intense energy of this folktronica-quartet British/Spanish band.
A young man with shaggy hair, dressed in a collared paisley button-down and multiple beaded necklaces with a peaceful and “no destruction” attitude walks by you with a cool grin…no, this is not a scene from a Woodstock or Haight-Ashbury documentary, but rather a description of the lead-singer of the psychedelic indie-rock band, Foxygen. The band formed in California in 2005 when Sam France and guitarist/keyboardist Jonathan Rado were just 15 years old playing some local gigs and mainly making appearances at their high school. At that time, The Beatles, other 1960s artists, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre were their main influences.
Have you been looking for something new to listen to, but still want an old-school feel of that sweet ol’ funk? Then you will love the smooth sounds of the “Nu-Sion” band Kung Fu. The band hails from Connecticut and will be headlining at the Brooklyn Bowl this Thursday, May 16th. Although this band has a strong emphasize on funk, this is not your typical funk band. Kung Fu, a quintet of highly-talented musicians, constructed the feel of the legendary genre with some new age sounds to create an electro-band fusion that will have music-lovers craving for more.
The electronic duo, Coyote Kisses, made up of lifelong friends from Florida, Bryce Bresnan and Joe Sussingham, has been taking the dance music scene by storm with their explosive new sound and prolific compositional technique. Releasing their second EP, Thundercolor, on Cinco de Mayo, into a scene “full of cookie cutter complextro producers and ‘womp womp’ brosteppers,” Coyote Kisses’ style is refreshing and awe inspiring. After the success of the re-release of their debut album and their track “Acid Wolfpack," the pair quickly moved up the charts on both Hype Machine and Beatport, even being tapped by Interscope to remix Carly Rea Jepsen’s hit, “Call Me Maybe.”
If there was a perfect time for Atlas Genius to make its grand introduction to the States, it's now. The Australian band, made up of brothers Keith Jeffrey (vocalist/guitar) and Michael Jeffrey (dummer), will kick off their first-ever North American headlining tour. The run includes sold-out nights in Houston, Santa Barbara, Denver, Minneapolis, Cambridge, and NYC, where the Australian band takes center stage at The Bowery Ballroom on June 18th and 19th. Atlas Genius is also in high demand among the festival circuit. They will be performing at numerous festivals, including the Sasquatch!, Lollapalooza, the Firefly Music Festival, Summerfest, Edgefest, San Francisco's BFD, and San Diego's X-Fest.
New recording artist Sebastian Mikael recently signed to the Epic label imprint Vested in Culture and he is definitely an artist to watch. Originally from Sweden, Sebastian further cultivated his musical talents at Berklee College of Music in Boston, which profoundly shaped the direction of his career. With a soulful, emotional sound, he's being compared to Fitz and the Tantrums, D’Angelo and other breakout artists. His original style is heartbreakingly clear and honest. I was lucky enough to chat with this up-and-coming artist about his journey, his process, and more.