Canadian twins Tegan and Sara started as an indie folk duo, but these days they're highlighting a more pop sensibility. Their new album, "Love You To Death," features catchy hooks and harmonies. They bust each other’s chops as they put together an eclectic mix of tunes featuring Mykki Blanco, Shura, and more.
Greta Kline is the woman behind the indie-pop project Frankie Cosmos. Most of the songs on their latest album, "Next Thing," are under two minutes long, but they're packed with dreamy vocals and lyrics that Pitchfork says can "puncture your heart in the span of a sentence." The singer-songwriter sets a playlist with comfortable vibe featuring tunes from Liz Phair, Anna McClellan, and more.
Parquet Courts is a band based in Brooklyn by-way-of Austin and are banner-carriers for good ol' guitar-bass-and-drum indie rock. And they prove it can still be smart and surprising. Their latest album "Human Performance" has earned praise from everyone from Pitchfork to Spin. Two of the band's members, Austin Brown and Sean Yeaton, cook up a playlist.
Heron Oblivion is one part peaceful folk rock crooning and one part heavy psych guitar. Pitchfork says their songs "slip easily between dynamics --harmony to dissonance, quiet to loud." Their self-titled EP is in stores now. Check out their playlist full of great guitar licks and drums firing on all cylinders.
We caught up with the four members of the band Quilt a few weeks back at Marfa Myths -- an arts and culture festival co-sponsored by their record label, Mexican Summer. Quilt have a new album out called “Plaza.” Here they are with a playlist to chill by.
Playing DJ this week is Stuart Staples of the beloved UK band Tindersticks. Their literate, atmospheric pop has graced the soundtrack of "The Sopranos," and of six films by the auteur Claire Denis. The band just celebrated their 25th anniversary by releasing their 11th studio LP "The Waiting Room."
Portland-based M. Ward, along with Zooey Deschanel, is half of the nostalgia-pop duo She & Him. But Ward has been releasing acclaimed solo albums full of smart indie folk since the late '90s. His latest, called "More Rain," came out this week. He spins a dinner party soundtrack filled with great guitar licks.
Tom Holkenborg. a.k.a. "Junkie XL" has remixed everyone from Elvis to Justin Timberlake, and composed soundtracks for films including "Deadpool." But most relevant to our NOTscars show, he scored "Mad Max: Fury Road," which did not get an Oscar nomination for Best Score. As a consolation prize, we invited him to share some of his favorite songs from soundtracks.
Santigold's mix of electronica, catchy new-wave hooks, and reggae rhythms has made her music a party standard since her debut in 2007. She's collaborated with artists like Kanye West, Mark Ronson and Lily Allen. Before her new album comes out later this month, the singer takes us from Brooklyn to South Africa with her Bowie-infused soundtrack.
Father John Misty drummed and sang with the band Fleet Foxes. But his solo albums -- full of cynical, yet heartbreaking folk-rock songs -- have made him an indie star. The musician sings a little lobby music, destroys our live show set, and suggests you play perhaps one of the most offensive songs we've heard at your next gathering