Angus & Julia Stone

October 27, 2008

Angus & Julia Stone: This sibling duo hail from Sydney, Australia. Along with their amazing accents, they also give us amazing folk-pop music. At first, their vocals are a little hard to grasp. Angus’ voice reminds me a little of Damien Rice, while Julia’s voice reminds me slightly of another eccentric singer, Joanna Newsom. The two say they derive their music from listening to the 60’s and 70’s music of their parents. Their song “Paper Aeroplane” was a pretty silent hit but left its impression. It also is one of my favorite songs by them.

Unfortunately, their full length album, A Book Like This, was not released in the U.S. yet. Although, iTunes finally features their EP, Just A Boy. Apparently, the track “What You Wanted” was recently featured on the NBC series Lipstick Jungle. This will hopefully prompt them to release their amazing debut album.

Currently, they are touring the UK but are heading for the States in November.

11/17- San Diego, CA

11/18- Hollywood, CA

11/19- San Francisco, CA

11/22- New York, NY

I’m hoping to get to the New York show. I mean for $8 I am willing to take the trip to see them perform.

Songs to check out:

1.) The Beast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ap5qvVhchY

2.) Wasted

3.)  Jewels & Gold: http://www.imeem.com/cybernetiko/music/wwDjJ0d1/angus_julia_stone_jewels_and_gold/

4.) Private Lawns

5.) Just a Boy

In unrelated news:

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Dr. Dog

October 11, 2008

Dr. Dog [doctor-dawg]: Dr. Dog are Philadelphia-natives bringing us psychedelic-pop/rock. It is quite a mix of everything really. Even a bit of doo-wop moments if you ask me. They recently released (a summer favorite of mine) their third-LP, Fate.

  

With songs ranging from “The Breeze,” where you can reminisce about those cool summer nights, to “The Beach,” a hard rocking thump party, there is no telling what this band has in store for you. They’re live performances are always filled with energy, melodic hard rock, and the idea that home-grown music will never die.

 Unfortunately, during their summer tour, the lead singer (Toby Leaman) was punched in the throat accidently during a performance. They had to postpone for nearly a month for the singer to recuperate. Starting in November, the band is touring overseas but will be back in the States on November 28th in Philadelphia (a rescheduled performance from the summer). Then Dec. 2, you can find them at Webster Hall in NYC. Originally, I was going to attend the New York show on my birthday (July 24th), but the singer was still unable to perform.

If you happen to be in San Francisco on October 30th, check them out with another amazing band, the Black Keys.

I leave you with some of my personal favorites by Dr. Dog.

The Breeze

Alaska

The Ark

Heart it Races – Originally by Architecture In Helsinki

Army of Ancients