From long-awaited comebacks to veterans who have stayed consistently great and active, here’s a list of some of the best 2017 music by artists that helped define indie and underground music as we know it.
Lots of brand new music on this week’s edition of BrooklynVegan Blog Radio on SiriusXMU, including songs from St. Vincent, Belle & Sebastian, Django Django, No Age, Prettiest Eyes, tUnE-yArDs, Sleigh Bells and more.
This week we pulled inspiration from ‘Master of None’ with songs from the soundtrack: Arthur Russell, Sparks, Father John Misty, The Cure, X-Ray Spex, The Durutti Column, Lou Reed David Bowie, Digable Planets, William Onyeabor, Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, and lots more.
The BBC’s indie/alt station is throwing a three day fest in Glasgow featuring Depeche Mode, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Ride, Belle & Sebastian, Father John Misty, Sparks, The Wedding Present, The Shins, Warpaint, Edwyn Collins, Future Islands, and tons more
Back in 2004, Pitchfork published their Top 100 Albums of the 1970s list, and today they’ve returned with the 200 Best Songs of the 1970s. Some of the artists who didn’t make the cut on the albums list are now here, like Black Sabbath, Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith…
To say Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder is a huge Chicago Cubs fan is an understatement. Watch the rock-star talk about a potential tour conflict with the band IF the Cubs make the World Series. Vedder’s comments came before the Cubs’ … Continued
Oberhofer is the name of the both the indie-pop band as well as the frontman, Brad Oberhofer. Their tour swings by Boot & Saddle tonight just ahead of the release of their second LP, Chronovision. Just yesterday, the band released … Continued
The sweet smell of an excellent show that you got into because of an excellent hook-up. And guess what: Blisspop is the ultimate hook-up. How would you like to check out the dance rock-alternative sounds of Franz Ferdinand and Sparks on October 5 at the Lincoln Theatre? “Take Me Out”? Is that what we hear? Alright, then. Let’s do this thing.
We are giving away two tickets to see Franz Ferdinand and Sparks for their upcoming show in D.C. and you could be the lucky guy or gal! It’s pretty simple. All you have to do is the following:
Earlier this year, Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, together known as FFS, released their collaborative debut album. This fall, the band will tour North America for this first time. The 11-show schedule will bring FFS to Philadelphia’s Electric Factory on October 3; tickets will go on sale this Friday at noon via Ticketmaster. Expect the setlist to include a few songs from each band’s respective catalog in addition to songs from FFS.
It might be one of rock’s more unique collaborations; some might even say one of rock’s strangest collaborations: Franz Ferdinand and Sparks have teamed up as FFS. In an interview for NME with Sparks (brothers Ron and Russell Mael) and … Continued
Sparks are certainly an acquired taste. The brothers Ronald and Russell Mael have been touring their Two Hands, One Mouth show for several years now. In so doing, Ron Mael (two hands on keyboards) and Russell Mael (one mouth on vocals) have condensed their catalogue into a vaudevillian presentation of their efforts to deconstruct pop music.
It’s not music for the masses, so its reception in any given venue is going to be a bit of a mystery. The Maels openly wondered if they would be well received at the 9:30 Club on ...
I caught Sparks in two very different shows back in April. I hit up their sold-out performance at Hollywood Forever, a masonic mausoleum in Los Angeles, where Ron and Russell Mael did a full-length show but alone with Ron on keyboards and Russell on vocals.
It was slightly amazing to see them in such an intimate venue with people who were truly fans. I got caught up on some of their recent work like the addictively catchy “The Rhythm Thief” from Lil’ Beethoven. Well, I say recent although that album is now 10 years old. I went to the show ...