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.
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.
Imagine you could turn the musical notes on a page into sound and interact with them. Jurgen Graef and Jonas Heuer have done just that by building an interactive music table that helps students learn the notation of music. Pretty cool.
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.
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.