Getting to Know: Tove Lo

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Getting to Know: Tove Lo

No Comments 7 September 2014

It’s become a somewhat hackneyed trope among music bloggers, but when the place is incessantly producing artists like Tove Lo, there’s really no denying it: Sweden is f*cking great at pop music.

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Getting to Know: Royal Blood

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Getting to Know: Royal Blood

No Comments 3 August 2014

You know you’re onto something big when Arctic Monkeys are pictured wearing your band’s t-shirt months before you’ve even signed a record contract. Just ask Royal Blood, who in July 2013, were exposed to an international audience almost overnight when Matt Helders sported the Brighton act’s threads during Arctic Monkeys’ pivotal headline set at Glastonbury Festival.

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Getting to Know: Josh Record

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Getting to Know: Josh Record

No Comments 6 July 2014

It takes a lot for an artist to move me to tears. Oh, who am I kidding, I’m yanking at the Kleenex at the mere sight of a two-a-penny Bon Iver by-product. But it takes a lot for an artist to move me to tears in the way that Josh Record did upon hearing his breakthrough single, “Bones.”

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Getting to Know: Vaults

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Getting to Know: Vaults

No Comments 4 May 2014

Britain, it hasn’t exactly been short of musical trios over the last few years. Chvrches and London Grammar are the first two that quite obviously come to mind, although I’m sure I’m not the only one around here who has come dangerously close to overplaying The Bones of What You Believe and If You Wait to the point of no return.

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Getting to Know: SOHN

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Getting to Know: SOHN

No Comments 6 April 2014

Don’t take my word for it - you only need to look at the impressive roster of artists who’ve already collaborated with the subject of today’s Getting to Know to appreciate he must be something very special.

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Getting to Know: Dan Croll

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Getting to Know: Dan Croll

No Comments 9 March 2014

It’s not everyday that you’re invited to a one-on-one songwriting session with Sir Paul McCartney, but then again, Dan Croll is not everybody.

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Getting to Know: Broods

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Getting to Know: Broods

No Comments 3 February 2014

If you thought I’d get through this article on New Zealand sibling duo Broods without mentioning Lorde, don’t be ridiculous! I might as well get the obligatory name drop out of the way, because otherwise we’d spend the entirety of it trying to ignore the Grammy Award winning white elephant in the room. That’s not to say Broods are a mere Antipodean by product of the Pure Heroine‘s success, rather that they’re completely capable of matching it with their own breed of pop goodness.

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Getting to Know: Benjamin Clementine

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Getting to Know: Benjamin Clementine

No Comments 1 January 2014

“I am alone in a box of stone.” The opening lyric of Benjamin Clementine’s debut single, “Cornerstone,” is a surprisingly apt introduction to the 24-year-old singer hailing from North London.

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Getting to Know: Say Lou Lou

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Getting to Know: Say Lou Lou

No Comments 10 November 2013

Say Lou Lou are one of those kind of artists who’ve got to fight to be taken seriously. Reading the majority of profiles on them, the first thing the testosterone infested blogosphere see is a couple of gorgeous Swedish Australian twins, who’re nice to look at, and maybe even listen to, if you’re lucky.

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Getting to Know: Jungle

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Getting to Know: Jungle

No Comments 6 October 2013

Jungle first came to my, and most of the blogosphere’s attention, four months ago, when the enigmatic duo released the video for their debut single, “Platoon.” In terms of virality, it was off the scale.

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BitCandy FREE Indie Sampler: September (10 Tracks)

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BitCandy FREE Indie Sampler: September (10 Tracks)

No Comments 26 September 2013

What’s up, everyone? This is BitCandy coming to you live from our headquarters in Los Angeles. Thanks to Heidi over at Indie-Music for agreeing to host this guest blog post for us today on our free (that’s right we said free!) Indie Sampler that we’re giving away to each and everyone of you throughout September.

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Getting To Know: Asgeir

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Getting To Know: Asgeir

No Comments 8 September 2013

Ásgeir is currently outselling Björk in his native Iceland for a couple of reasons. The first being that Björk outsmarted the best of us with the afro and the iPhone app. The second being that Ásgeir - or Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson as he’s known to the more agile tongued among us - is one of the more exciting artists to have emerged from the country since Sigur Rós, assuming that you’re not partial to a hardcore metal band or two.

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Getting to Know: London Grammar

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Getting to Know: London Grammar

1 Comment 8 August 2013

“Maybe I’m wasting my young years,” croons the blonde vocal powerhouse, Hannah Reid, during the chorus of London Grammar’s breakthrough single, the magnificent orchestral ballad, “Wasting My Young Years.”

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Getting to Know: Lorde

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Getting to Know: Lorde

No Comments 21 July 2013

The title of this article is “Getting to Know: Lorde,” but if you are from New Zealand, then I am going to assume that you are already very well-acquainted with Ella Yelich-O’Connor.

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Getting to Know: Deap Vally

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Getting to Know: Deap Vally

No Comments 11 June 2013

The genesis of Deap Vally is either the stuff of music legend, or a lesson in the art of trolling. You decide.

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Getting to Know: Savages

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Getting to Know: Savages

No Comments 30 April 2013

The Slits. Siouxsie & the Banshees. The Raincoats. X-Ray Spex. Savages? This latter four piece will surely come to assume their rightful place among that list of female driven punk bands, hailing from the heart of the three chords - London, England.

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Getting to Know: Pacific Air

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Getting to Know: Pacific Air

No Comments 1 April 2013

Summertime is steadily approaching for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Time, then, that we prep our beach mixtape. Top of our playlist? Pacific Air, a South California duo, compromising of Ryan and Taylor Lawhon, two coiffed siblings, wielding a guitar, an occasional shaker, and a good dose of Vitamin D.

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Getting to Know: Jagwar Ma

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Getting to Know: Jagwar Ma

No Comments 7 March 2013

You may well mistake the angular guitar, lethargic vocal and prolonged coda of “The Throw” for a 7-inch, conceived in a Salford back alley, circa 1989, by a pair of bygone, Joe Bloggs-sporting bums. But in reality, you are listening to a compressed audio file, launched from Sydney to cyberspace, circa 2013, by two, Generation Topshop twenty-somethings.

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Getting to Know: Kids Without Instruments

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Getting to Know: Kids Without Instruments

No Comments 5 February 2013

Once upon a time, budding musicians came together by way of a crudely written advertisement lurking at the back of an ailing music rag. But that was before the days of Tumblr, the social network tenanted by stargazers like FrankJavCee and Marion, two Californian teenagers who digitally hit it off after discovering a mutual love of Toronto electro creeps, Crystal Castles’ top music tracks.

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Getting to Know: Temples

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Getting to Know: Temples

No Comments 2 December 2012

Hot on the cuban heels of Tame Impala come Temples, a budding London duo who take the Aussies’ penchant for psychedelic pastiche to a whole new level of awesome.

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Getting to Know: The Gaslamp Killer

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Getting to Know: The Gaslamp Killer

No Comments 2 November 2012

LA beathead prodigy Gaslamp Killer, aka William Benjamin Bensussen, is a rare breed of threatening hip-hop turntablist, Flying Lotus ilk, high-wiring across the trenches of dub-step filth with all sorts of knobbery sample tricks. It’s almost too much awesome to handle; ninja theatrical, mind-melters fit for the receiving end of a Matrix jujitsu brain download.

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