Hometown: Los Angeles
Sounds like: A collective that's equally comfortable harmonizing on'70s-style Hollywood Hills piano rock as it is churning out urgent, high-tech indie pop.
Recommended if you like: Broken Social Scene, Fleetwood Mac, Port O'Brien
You should know: The band's original name was Bogie Ogreton -- partially inspired by the ogre-like/large nature of the band members' feet.
LISTEN: Family of the Year, "Summer Girl"
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »