Boy & Bear

Boy & Bear

Boy & Bear are an Australian folk band who formed in 2009. Dave Hosking on vocals and guitar, was joined by Killian Gavin, also on vocals and guitar. The duo added Jake Tarasenko on bass guitar and vocals and Tim Hart on drums and vocals and Hart’s brother, Jon, on banjo, mandolin and keyboards. The familiar yet unique presentation of Boy & Bear is a welcome addition to the independent folk commune of musicians. Their catchy expression […] Read more »

Bad Suns


Southern California rock band Bad Suns formed in 2012 and in the short time since inception, have managed to be musically beyond their years. Made up of Christo Bowman (vocals), Gavin Bennett (bass), Miles Morris (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar) the four piece ranges from ages 19-22 yet has a sound reminiscent of rock stalwarts from generations past. “I grew up with a lot of world music playing in the house. When I was 10, […] Read more »

Jagwar Ma

Jagwar Ma

Jagwar Ma formed in Sydney Australia when Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield bonded over a mutual passion of melody and experimental beats. The pair set out creating a sound that would capture their love for contemporary electronica and classic American Soul, Joe Meek and King Tubby, vintage drum machines and radio frequency manipulation, improvised percussion. Fusing the elements of disparate music, the vocal sweetness of Laurel Canyon, Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston, and the modern […] Read more »

Washed Out


The music recorded by Ernest Greene as Washed Out has been nothing if not dreamy, but for his second full-length, he’s taken the idea of letting your mind wander to another state a huge leap further. On Paracosm, just released Aug. 13 on Sub Pop, the Georgia-based musician explores the album’s namesake phenomenon, where people create detailed imaginary worlds. The concept has been used to describe fantasy lands like Tolkien’s Middle Earth and C.S. Lewis’ […] Read more »

Diego Garcia


Diego Garcia was born in Detroit, Michigan to Argentine parents but was raised in Tampa, Florida. He first broke into the music world as the lead singer of the New York-based indie band Elefant and  has just released his second album as a solo artist. Paradise, will be released on October 8. Listen to, “Sunnier Days”, from the forthcoming release and let me know what you think. I get a fresh feeling from Diego’s music although some comfort […] Read more »



Although Midlake have been making music since 1999, the new album, Antiphon, has prompted a feature in this week’s Buzz Worthy. I was driving home from work a few weeks back and grabbed some freshly opened CDs to take on the road with me. With a stack of 5, I hit the road. That day and for the next 10, the only CD I listened to was Antiphon.  The jazz influence of the members (who hail […] Read more »

Vance Joy


James Keogh, better known as Vance Joy, is a 25 year old Australian singer-songwriter born in Melbourne. (”I started writing music out of high school, but they were crap songs,” he laughs. “I guess I started writing better songs in about 2009.” His debut album, ‘God Loves You When You’re Dancing’, was released in March and produced the single “Riptide”. Upon first listen, I fell in love with the carefree musical flow of the song […] Read more »

The Temperance Movement


Recently, I was approached and introduced to sound of  The Temperance Movement. It was an instant attraction that reminded me of my love affair with Bad Company and The Black Crowes. I immediately felt compelled to share my passion with you. The Temperance Movement are a British blues rock band formed in 2011 by Glasgow-born vocalist Phil Campbell and guitarists Luke Potashnick and Paul Sayer. The rhythm section consists of former Jamiroquai bassist Nick Fyffe and […] Read more »

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down


Having grown up in Falls Church, Virginia, Thao Nguyen first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and began performing in a pop country duo in high school. She spent most of her 20s touring, supporting artists like Andrew Bird, Mirah, and producer Tucker Martine. After settling down in San Francisco about a year ago, Thao collected her work and stepped into the studio with producerJohn Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky, The Walkmen). The result is her latest release We the Common. […] Read more »

Rose Windows

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When I heard my first note from Rose Windows, I knew I had fallen in love. The band from Seattle presents familiarity of an historic psychedelia, yet with a fresh approach.  From Sup Pop Records: “The band follows standard Western traditions in their instrumentation, using the basic tools employed in past decades of American and British rock music. Elements of The Band’s folk-infused rock, The Doors organ-driven psychedelia, and Black Sabbath’s blues-based dirges can be […] Read more »