Featured Artist: Disclosure

Slowly climbing their way up the garage/electronic scene over the last year or so, Disclosure is finally ready to break out. The British duo’s latest single, “Latch,” is a fresh love song featuring minimal rhythms that are sure to turn your attention toward guest vocalist Sam Smith’s stirring performance. It’s instantly become one of our top tracks of 2012, and it’s whetting our appetite for Disclosure’s full-length release, expected to drop early next year.


Featured Artist: Solange

We absolutely love this quiet peek into the effortless beautiful life of Solange Knowles. Fashionably and calmly cruising around Cape Town, South Africa, Solange confidently sets herself apart. This is the first single off a new album to be released next year — an album we think we finally show us just how talented this younger sister is!


Featured Artist: Night Moves

A current candidate for the throne of the Twin Cities’ storied music scene, Night Moves may well strike you as an unlikely contender. The Minneapolis trio creates country-tinged, easy-listening indie rock — imagine Animal Collective channeling the best of mid-1970s Nashville, with more than a hint of Supertramp tossed into the unholy mix. The slow, beautiful songs on last year’s Colored Emotions remind us of coasting down a long, sloping hill on a bike, and given how much we enjoyed that record, we’re eagerly awaiting Night Moves’ follow-up this October!


Featured Artist: Divine Fits

Dan Boeckner has quit more bands than most people started, his two most famous being Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, both of which had excellent records and ran their course. Now he’s joined forces with Spoon frontman Britt Daniel for a rock-fueled side project Divine Fits. Their album is quick, clean and confident, with just 11 songs in barely 40 minutes. Full of driving beats and classic rock vocals, the album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, is a surprising slice of Cool that we can’t stop listening to.


Featured Artist: Hundred Waters

Dubstep ringmaster Skrillex took time out of his nonstop touring schedule to sign a new act to his label. Instead of another bass-dropping DJ, he chose a four-piece of Floridians who were making pastoral electronic songs in their Gainesville home. The band, Hundred Waters, have just released their “Thistle” single (and accompanying cluster of remixes). It’s a promising first step and we can’t wait to hear what they drop next.


Featured Artist: Jesse Thomas

Kentucky-bred singer-songwriter Jesse Thomas boldly moved west to Los Angeles in 2008 with buckets of talent and a guitar case full of sensational original songs, yet not knowing a soul and with very little money in her pocket. Eventually, by way of a few rough demos and open mic live performances, Thomas caught the attention of producer Jim Roach, who signed her to his label, Red Parade Music Group. Thomas’ star has been on the rise ever since, and her terrific song “Back To Fighting” breezes through the background of one of our recent “Let The Sea Set You Free” featurettes!


Featured Artist: We Became Actors

We Became Actors have been power-popping away in Minneapolis for the last several years, and their most recent record, Something Major, is packed with the sort of melodic, handclap-fueled rock that’s never gone out of style as far as we’re concerned. The quartet’s “Knights Of The Bright Side” provides backing to one of our recent “Let The Sea Set You Free” clips filmed in Biarritz, France — check it here!


Featured Artist: Oaklynn

Formed a couple years ago in the northern Georgia city of Dalton, Oaklynn have since migrated to South’s music capital, Nashville. Oaklynn is no country act, though. Rather, this double-pair of brothers — Josh and Seth Smith; Tripp and Tate Howell — craft super-catchy electro-pop in the vein of a less bombastic M83. They’re in the process of releasing a handful of singles on Tennessee label Regenerate Music Company, and our favorite so far is “Everytime,” with its restrained verses and positively soaring choruses.


Switchfoot’s ‘The War Inside’ Video Premiere

We’re sure you’ve heard of the rock band “Switchfoot”, but what you might not know about them is their passion for surfing and the culture that goes with it.  Growing up in sunny San Diego, the members of the band have been surfing their entire lives and get involved in the sport whenever they can.  Still not convinced of their love of surf?  Just look at their name… it actually refers to the pretty fancy footwork on your board when you switch your feet and change direction.

So when we were asked to premiere their exclusive live performance video of “The War Inside”, we were happy to support the cause!

Check out Switchfoot’s behind-the-scenes video from their episode of Guitar Center Sessions for the first time right here…


Featured Artist: Charli XCX

We’ve been waiting (im)patiently for Charli XCX to drop some new music…and she finally did so last month with the release of this awesome single, “You’re The One.” Brashly challenging herself to send contemporary pop music back to its original edge, the 19-year-old Brit (whose real name is Charlotte Aitchison) has been collaborating lately with Los Angeles indie-weirdo Ariel Pink, as well as with Patrik Berger, who produced and wrote Robyn’s insanely great “Dancing On My Own” a couple years back. This first taste of Charli XCX’s upcoming album certainly doesn’t disappoint — let us know what you think!