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Shivering Timbers are an Akron, Ohio-based trio fronted by married couple Sarah and Jayson Benn. Discovered by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys when they performed at his birthday. Auerbach was so enthralled by the band that he produced their debut album.

“Generations” comes from the band’s sophomore release, Sing Sing, available digitally on Amazon.com, iTunes or on CD at shiveringtimbers.com.

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Are you the type of person that likes samples but you think Girl Talk is too frat house-bro for you? Then Star Slinger is your man. His high-brow sampling creates an aesthetic rather than a party. He’s a beat maker, and the songs he samples to make said beats can be pretty left-field.

Due in no small part because of all the samples he uses, the music he re-creates is available for free from his website. A good starting place is Volume 1, a solid collection of beats that any rapper would be happy to have available in studio.

According to his Tour page, there are no schedule dates in the US, but I have a feeling that will change as he is generating a good deal of buzz on this side of the pond.

Watch the video for “Mornin’,” Star Slinger’s most listened to track on Last.fm, below.


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Grouplove has one of the more interesting back stories I’ve heard for a band. The members (lead singer and guitarist Christian Zucconi, keyboardist and singer Hannah Hooper, guitarist Sean Gadd, bassist Andrew Wessen, and drummer Ryan Rabin) are from New York, Los Angeles and London, but all met in Greece. After leaving Greece they each went back to their respective home towns and later all moved to Los Angeles to record.

The fruits of that labor is the band’s self-titled EP. Featuring the single “Colours” and five other pop-driven alternative rock songs; the EP is solid from start to finish. With an album due out later this year the band is sure to have a meteoric rise in popularity very soon.

The band’s EP is available now from Amazon and iTunes.

03/23, The Independent, San Francisco, CA
03/25, The Troubador, Hollywood, CA
03/29, Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT
03/30, The Walnut Room, Denver, CO
03/31, The Record Bar, Kansas City, MO, United States
05/02, Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL
04/03, Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Ontario
04/05, La Petite Campus, Montreal, Quebec
04/07, Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA
04/09, The Knitting Factory, New York, NY
04/10, Kungfu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
04/11, The Red Palace, Washington, DC

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When I posted about Foster the People the other day, I said they sound like Passion Pit remixed by MGMT. This band is similar, but reversed. They sound like MGMT remixed by Passion Pit; though songs on Passive Me, Aggressive You feature many stylings.

This New Zealand group makes some great indie-synth pop. Unlike the other bands mentioned, the Naked and Famous prominently feature a female vocalist which makes their music stand out amongst peers. It also helps that several songs are as infectious as the flu. There are several very catchy songs on the album like “Spank” and “Punching In a Dream,” but the real gems are the well written compositions like “Girls Like You,” the six-minute album closer that ponders whether the inspiration for the song knows “people right songs about girls like you.”

Passive Me, Aggressive You, which will see a proper US release March 15 (only two songs are currently available in the US iTunes store and on Amazon, but savvy Internet users can find it pretty easily), was released in New Zealand in September last year and debuted at number one in that country. The band has videos for several of their songs on their YouTube channel, all of which are fun to watch. They’ve also had their music featured in TV shows like Vampire DiariesGossip Girl, and Chuck, among others.

The Naked and Famous will be touring North America this spring with shows in nearly every region of the US (unfortunately no Utah date):

04-10 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
04-11 Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
04-12 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
04-14 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
04-15 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
04-19 Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX
04-20 Granada Theatre, Dallas, TX
04-21 La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX
04-22 The Beaumont Club, Kansas City, MO
04-23 Firebird, St Louis, MO
04-25 Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI
04-26 Metro, Chicago, IL
04-27 Outland Live, Columbus, OH
04-29 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
04-30 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON
05-01 Le National, Montreal, QC
05-02 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
05-04 Terminal 5, New York, NY
05-05 Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
05 -06 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
05-07 Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
05-08 The Met, Providence, RI

For international dates and ticket information, head to thenakedandfamous.com.

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This Los Angeles band had a surprisingly big 2010 for a band with no physical release, let alone a label. They started out by posting free songs on their website which eventually landed them at #23 on NME’s “50 Best New Bands of 2010″ list. The band also had their music featured in MTV’s My New BFF with Paris Hilton. 2011 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for the trio; following the January release of their self-titled EP they found themselves at #4 on MTV’s Music Meter, which monitors buzz that bands are receiving, and will be playing this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as well as the Sasquatch! Music Festival.

Their sound is indie-synth pop in the vein of Passion Pit remixed by MGMT. Which is to say they are a more chilled-out version of Passion Pit, right down to the often falsetto vocals. Listen to each of the three songs from their debut EP below.

Foster the People on tour:
February 17: Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia
March 08: Soho, Santa Barbara, CA
March 13: Corazon, Santa Fe, NM
March 17: Cedar St. Courtyard (SXSW), Austin, TX
March 21: Sail Inn, Tempe, AZ
March 22: Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
March 23: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
March 25: Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
March 26: High Dive, Seattle, WA
March 29: Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT
March 30: Walnut Room, Denver, CO
March 31: The Record Bar, Kansas City, MO
April 01: 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
April 02: Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL
April 03: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON
April 05: Petit Campus, Montreal, QC
April 07: Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
April 08: Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
April 09: Knitting Factory Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
April 10: Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
April 11: Red Palace, Washington, DC

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