Adele Balderston

  • Papertrigger

    Who? According the band, a "paper trigger" is anapparatus that releases water into a toilet bowl. With jokes aside,Papertrigger is five guys from Syracuse, NY who now reside inPhiladelphia, PA; Chris Manglos (vocals/piano), Josh Taylor (guitar),Brian Dwyer (drums/vocals), Adam Smith (bass) and Andrew Honess(guitar). Their self-released debut, the Riot Lovers EP, arrived earlier this month. What's the Deal? Riot Loverscould have been recorded in an old western saloon on Neptune. Manglos'prominent classical piano style and the group's infectious indie rocksound have drawn comparisons to Beirut and Ben Folds, butPapertrigger's distinctive combination of soulful vocals, gutturalbaselines, and crashing drums is too immense to fit into any genre. "WeAre Nations Now!" is an operatic rock arpeggio featuring a raucouschorus, which could very well be sung by drunken pirates.

  • LoveLikeFire's Dizzying Carnival Trip

    LoveLikeFirefrontwoman Ann Yu's tremulous, haunting vocal style combines elementsof CocoRosie, Karen O and Portishead's Beth Gibbons, while thedelicately woven threads of synthesizer, piano and guitar form anorchestral dream-pop tapestry in "I Will." The carnival-themed videofor this trippy tune would not have been possible without the help of afew new friends; filmmakers Thomas Barndt and Samara St. Croix a.k.a. Tom and Samara, who randomly discovered the group via MySpace. Filmedon Tom and Samara's signature Super 16mm, the video is presented inmultiple frames, giving the impression of old stock footage on a reel.Each band member stars as themselves and as carnival folk at work ontheir respective circus-like fare. Amidst a montage of rapid time-lapsefootage and Ed Wood-style explosions, Robert Kissinger (bass)is repeatedly shot out of a cannon like a cartoon daredevil.

  • Loney, Dear's Got a 'Fever'

    Swedish one-man band Emil Svanängen, (a.k.a. Loney, Dear) has recorded and produced four full-length albums in his parents' basement over the last three years, including Solognewhich he self-released in Europe in 2006. He also distributed severalthousand copies pretty much by himself -- not surprising when youconsider that Svanängen created the mini-symphony heard on each trackof the album, named for a region in Central France, by playing everyinstrument himself (but his live shows require the services of afive-piece band). "Le Fever" shows this virtuoso at the top of hisdreamy-voiced, multi-instrumental game. The aptly named tuneis a delirium-inducing lament of lost love, laced with a bossa novarhythm and a delicate array of brass, chimes and violin.

  • Frightened Rabbit

    Who? Brothers Scott (vocals/ guitar) and Grant (drums/vocals) have been warbling their way around Glasgow venues since 2004, but Frightened Rabbit couldn't nail their unique style of unpretentious indie-rock until Billy (keyboard/vocals/ accordion) joined in 2006. In October 2007, the surname-less trio released their debut full-length Sing the Greys stateside via the Fat Cat imprint. What's the Deal? Unlike fellow Glasgow natives Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura, Frightened Rabbit keep their arrangements simple and unpolished (think Okkervil River and Grizzly Bear), and generally two guitars accompanied by sparse drums and a few keys. "Music Now" is a minimalist masterpiece of childlike, sing-song vocals and a distant chorus (think Modest Mouse or the Music Tapes).

  • The Rumble Strips

    Who? Frontman and lead songwriter Charlie Waller dreamed of being in a band since the first time he saw his uncle onstage in a leather jacket. After moving to London for art school, he reunited with three former schoolmates from his hometown of Tavistock, England -- Tom Gorbutt (sax/vocals/bass), Henry Clark (trumpet/piano) and Matthew Wheeler (drums) -- and the Rumble Strips started making some noise. After all, the band takes their name from those bumps on the sides of highways designed to keep drivers from falling asleep at the wheel and veering off the road. After a handful of U.K. singles and tours with the likes of the Young Knives and Dirty Pretty Things, the Alarm Clock EP goes off stateside Nov. 27 via Kanine, accompanied by a U.S. tour. What's the Deal?

  • Take an 'Imaginary' Trip Across the Silver Seas

    Fans of the Nashville-based quartet the Bees (U.S.) need not fear,singer/songwriter Daniel Tashian and his pals are still here! Only nowthey go by the Silver Seas due to copyright issues. The new name is aperfect match for the group's smooth blend of simple beats,sophisticated keyboard melodies and clever chord-plucking -- just checkout the light-hearted ballad "Imaginary Girl." The two-minutegem is a slice of '70s sitcom pop with just a hint of Rufus Wainwrightsprinkled on top. Producer, arranger and keyboardist Jason Lehningclimbs up and down the keys like a happy-go-lucky kid while an earnestTashian croons about the joy and agony of wearing your heart on yoursleeve, "Imaginary girl / This is a song for you / Sorry it tookforever." The tune is addictive, yet soothing, like an afternoon cup ofcoffee, so take a sip and you'll be smooth sailing.

  • The Thrills Awaken Inner Adolescence with 'The Midnight Choir'

    Though the Dublin quintet recorded their latest album in a former morgue, the Thrills have managed to infuse "The Midnight Choir" with so much blood-pumping vitality it stirs an insatiable need to dance like there's no tomorrow. The dreamy vocals of lead singer Conor Deasy combined with a distorted, child-like chorus -- plus the catchiest keyboard hook this side of the '80s -- create a sound two parts the Flaming Lips, one part evangelical rock band. The song's wistful lyrics deal with the disillusionment of adolescence and the need to move on, but the chorus seems reluctant to leave everything behind: "And the midnight choir they sing / They sing a hymn we used to believe in... But it's all we've got." Every line itches with urgency, and the beat is so intoxicating that the overall effect is uplifting. Take a note from the Thrills: don't moon over your former self, grow up!

  • Via Audio Make An Impression With 'Harder On Me'

    It isn't hard to see why Brooklyn quartet Via Audio has become a favorite within the blogosphere and among fellow indie rockers like Spoon's Jim Eno, who produced their debut album saysomethingsaysome thingsaysomething -- just check out the sparkling melodies of "Harder On Me." A finely-tuned mix that's rich in quick-stepping guitar riffs, swishing percussion, and a bossa nova-tinged chorus, this three-minute dream pop tune explores the sad truth of those who should care about you don't always follow through. Guitarist Jessica Martins croons, "You don't want to hear me / So you don't / I don't wanna be here / So I won't," tapping into the song's warm, melancholic undercurrent. Feist and Postal Service fans get ready, Via Audio will woo you.

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