The Rumble SF: Lilofee, Twin Tigers & Stripmall Architecture

Lilofee“Lock and Key”

Twin Tigers - “Everyday”

Stripmall Architecture“Version”

Once again the good folks at FutureSounds have lined up a great night of free music for this month’s The Rumble on Wednesday March 3 at Cafe du Nord, officially dubbed as the NoisePop hangover. Hangover indeed. But this month’s line up is well worth your attention, featuring two of my favorite local groups, Lilofee and Stripmall Architecture, as well as Athens-based shoegaze rockers Twin Tigers whose new album Gray Waves is getting lots of love.  Deservedly so. Don’t mis it.

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Stuck In My Head: Lindstrom & Christabelle – “Lovesick”

Lindstrom & Christabelle“Lovesick”

I’ve been obsessing over this track from Norway’s Lindstrom & Christabelle’s new album, Real Life is No Cool. Which, by the way, has to be the best album title of 2010. I like to keep my eye on Lindstrom, Norway’s Prince of Disco. He’s quite prolific and always up to something cool. Usually I can take or leave most of what comes out of the electro pop genre but every now and then there’s a gem you just can’t resist and this track is one of them.

The Radio Dept. – “Heaven’s On Fire”

The Radio Dept - “Heaven’s on Fire

Sweden is at it again.  Stockholm’s The Radio Dept. is scheduled to release their first full length LP in four years, Clinging to a Scheme, on Labrador Records April 21. “Heaven’s on Fire” is the first single from the album. Enjoy.

Wild Beasts – “We’ve Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues”

The UK’s Wild Beasts both challenges and intrigues me.  I haven’t heard anything like it, which intrigues me.  And there’s something about listening to their music that’s pleasantly uncomfortable.  That challenges me. I can’t seem to tell if I like it or hate it, but find myself listening to it over and over again to determine the answer.  Hmm…effective.

SXSW Preview: Lawrence Arabia

Lawrence Arabia – “Apple Pie Bed”

Lawrence Arabia is the alter ego of New Zealander James Milne – a former member of bands like The Ruby Suns, The Brunettes and The Reduction Agents as well as a touring member of Okkervil River. James is stepping into the limelight with his debut album, Chant Darling, and is currently touring Europe in support of Beach House. He’s expected to unleash his pop magic to the US masses starting in Austin next month at SXSW. One to watch for sure.

SF Spotlight: The Morning Benders – “Excuses”

The Morning Benders – “Excuses

Every year San Francisco unleashes a break out band on the indie music scene.  Last year it was Girls, the year before that, The Dodos.  This year I’m putting my bets on The Morning Benders.  The Berkeley-based group are getting ready to release their next album, Big Echo, on March 9th and boy do I like the direction they’ve headed with their sound. The album’s opening track, “Excuses”, has a bit of a throwback sound to 50s du wop. Very symphonic, harmonious and just lovely. Check it out.

Obsession: The Temper Trap

The Temper Trap - “Resurrection

J’adore Le Temper Trap. Really, I do.  And it was as much of a surprise to me as it probably is to you. For one, I typically loathe male falsetto vocals.  I don’t know why, I just do.  But The Temper Trap is different and the sole exception in this category.  Lead singer Dougie Mandagi’s falsetto voice is beyond comparison and in a realm unto it’s own. Their debut LP, Conditions, has ruled my airwaves for many months now. And finally, the Melbourne-based band that has won over Europe and Australia is headed our way.  They are scheduled to play San Francisco’s The Fillmore on March 12.  I suggest you get tickets and see fame in the making.