We're all judgemental at heart. Face it, the common idiom of 'don't judge a book by its cover' may be good on paper, but how often can you hand-on-chest say you don't form preconceptions on first glances? It's just good ol' human nature taking hold, allowing you to dissect whatever is in front of you. Yes, we're all guilty of it, especially when we're approaching a band for the first time. How the act present themselves is a major factor in their subsequent rise or fall – that gut reaction you have when you click play on YouTube will often [...]
It's wintertime and The Owl Mag wants to take you to The Fillmore.
Today, I'm going to either acquaint or reacquaint you with three other "smaller" bands playing at Firefly. All of them are rightfully on my list of artists to see at the festival. First up, we have Cults . It was about two years ago when we first heard "Go Outside" from the New York duo. There wasn't much information about the band to begin with and their name was extremely difficult to google. Now, if you type Cults into your favorite search engine (Google, duh...) there website is the first on the list, atop the Wikipedia page [...]
FRIDAY, MARCH 9th You’re never too old to boogie. And, when it comes to Buffalo-bred jam-band moe., “feel-good” is an understatement. Keeping still during a moe. performance would prove challenging, as each tune is fun-inspiring, dance-worthy, and super catchy with diverse instrument usage including washboard and cowbell. These guys have been in the game since the late ’80s but know how to keep the toes of younger generations continually tapping, all the while cultivating tradition; the band has played numerous festivals including Bonnaroo and can proudly say it’s earned its own, moe.down, which attracts thousands annually. Back [...]
There are many times when it's wonderful to live in New York City, yet few times are quite as amazing as these next fews weeks, a time when tons and tons of amazing bands come through town before they make their way down to Austin, Texas for SXSW . It does make sense, what better way to build up some hype before the year's most important music festival/conference than playing shows in New York City? With Tennis , Body Language , School of Seven Bells , Stepdad , Craig Finn , [...]
Every year we give ourselves resolutions for the new year - be more productive, get fit, see more live music, spend longer appreciating full albums, etc... Well today we're giving away an iPod Shuffle to help you make good on two of those promises - fill it up with a few albums and get running. Not bad eh? To enter, all you have to do is: 1) Be from the UK (sorry rest of the world) 2) Head on over to our Facebook page , like it and comment with your [...]
A lot of people said 2011 was a terrible year. Myself included. And sure, in some ways it was, and in some ways it wasn't, and 2011 is as subject to perspective and the theory of relativity as any other year. But it seemed tough for a lot of people. Europe began sinking into critical debt, natural disasters seemed particularly rife with 2011 kicking off in Australia with devastating floods in Queensland... And of course as the people of multiple countries stood up to their dickhead dictators and said 'enough', they were (among other things) used as human shields. It [...]
Yesterday we posted numbers 50-21 in our Favourite Songs of the year countdown, and we're edging ever closer to the Top 10. Today sees us revealing the bottom half of our top 20, which can be enjoyed below, in tantalising reverse order of course. 20. Nicola Roberts - Lucky Day 19. Rihanna feat Calvin Harris - We Found Love 18. Little Dragon - Ritual Union 17. Adele - [...]
Day two of the end of year countdown, as voted for by the great and the good of the State team. This next five bring you two hip-hop giants rubbing shoulders with a UK folk band, a couple of Irish names from opposite ends of the spectrum and a range of North American alternative sounds. Have a good weekend and we'll return with the next installment on Monday. 40. Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind Of Fix "A bit of folk here, a touch of dreamy guitar there, some jaunty [...]
Even though I'm a bit behind on Bombay Bicycle Club, I don't feel that bad because they've yet to release their album in America. Their album A Different Kind Of Fix is out now in Europe, but won't be out physically in America until January. Enjoy "Shuffle" until then.
Bombay Bicycle Club have always had youth on their side. Through touring they have built a fiercely loyal, tattooing-lyrics-on-their-arm kind of fanbase. But A Different Kind of Fix , their latest album out now digitally with a physical release in January 2012 on A&M/Octone, is a giant step into adulthood: an intoxicating, enveloping record, which anchors its diverse inspirations in the warmth and dynamism of vocalist/guitarist Jack Steadman’s songwriting. It draws the strands of their debut album I Had the Blues...
Indie Rock at it's finest. Love the video. It really captures the essence of the song. Makes you want to be hanging out in the same way with your friends, making memories. We've technically already posted this on our Facebook page, so really just making this song honest by finally posting it. Kalina Bina turned us all onto it a couple months back but I was neck deep in diapers at the time. Still am really but at least their sleeping more than an hour a time. Hey guess what?!! We're releasing [...]
After 2010's acoustic-centered, Flaws , Bombay Bicycle Club return with another fantastic follow-up that threads the dance-pop of Passion Pit with the ambient intonations of Interpol. The title of Bombay Bicycle Club's 2010 album, Flaws, is half-ironic, yet also half-true. On one hand, it disembarks (for the better) from the pop of 2009's debut, I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, diving deep into the singer-songwriter vein of M. Ward and Conor Oberst with primarily all-acoustic tracks. This proved upon its release last year that the college-aged quartet weren't just four boys who knew how to [...]
Bombay Bicycle Club 's "Shuffle"- the first single off their newest effort A Different Kind of Fix -surfaced months ago, and has been much celebrated ever since. The clever little piano line provides the backbone for a song that sees the London-based outfit grow into a sound that truly suits them after trying out different sounds on I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose and Flaws . "Shuffle" feels like watching a gifted band [...]
Words: Saam Das It's September. Already. Another month goes by and another singles column is complete. As ever, ten of the best singles of the month and no dating advice to be seen anywhere. Or at least not here. Because that would be terrible. Anyway, the photo above hints at the winner of the August single of the month. To listen to that track and more, keep reading. Noah And The Whale - 'Life Is [...]
Beirut – The Rip Tide (Pompeii Records) De certa maneira, The Rip Tide , novo álbum do Beirut , é um companheiro musical para o filme mais recente de Woody Allen , Meia-noite em Paris . Ambos se fundamentam em uma nostalgia estranha, nostalgia de locais não conhecidos e tempos não vividos. Clichê, sim, mas é essa a premissa, a proposta do Beirut . Zach Condon nos convida a embarcar na jornada do Beirut mais uma vez em The Rip Tide . É [...]
The UK's newest 'big' band Bombay Bicycle Club are due to release their third LP later this month and in the lead up to it they have been releasing a series of remixes of lead single 'Shuffle'. The first one came from Leo Zero and then one from BBC's own lead singer Jack Steadman . The third remix to be unveiled is from electronic pop producer Bibio , better known to his mum and friends as Stephen Wilkinson. In this one, the happy-go-lucky vibe of the original has been stripped back in [...]
Here's the new video from Bombay Bicycle Club for 'Shuffle'. Coco reviewed the single earlier this month and really liked it but to be fair, I wasn't a big fan of the song. The video, however, is just adorable. This promo lets you hang with the Bombay lads and be a part of their shenanigans on tour. Click here to view the embedded video. Bombay Bicycle Club is touring the UK in September and October - read [...]
I was sitting in a cafe earlier and 'Flaws' by Bombay Bicycle Club popped onto the airwaves, and it reminded me how excited I am for their new material. 'Shuffle' is a happy go lucky song, I cannot think of a more YAY it's Friday sort of tune. The video is adorable, featuring Lucy Rose , and letting us all into life on the road. With the odd punch, of course a lot of booze and some mad dance moves, it's kind of lovely. And we [...]