Spending four years between albums is can be a death sentence for an up-and-coming band. Since releasing their self-titled debut LP in 2008, Lemonade have spent the last four years mining their influences, listening to audience feedback, and ultimately reinventing their sound. The result? Their upcoming album, Diver to be released on May 29 on True Panther, is a departure from the textured, moody, experimental sound of their first record instead focusing on bright pop songs influenced by Caribbean calypso rhythms and sensual R&B vocals. It has the kind of vibes that you’ll want to add to your collection as we move into the summer months.
Aging is something that bothers must of us—whether it’s celebrating your fifth birthday or your 29th, dreading the inevitable changes that come with graduation, or the anxiety you feel when you ask yourself if you really are mature enough to have children. Any fears I had about aging were all but squashed when I experienced Daryl Hall bring his acclaimed web series Live From Daryl’s House to the Orpheum Theatre on April 18th.
The indie-dance duo Tanlines, comprising Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm, have recently enjoyed being one of the most buzzed-about bands on the Internet. The duo have managed to keep people talking about them for the better part of three years, having built a reputation on entertaining live performances and amusing people with their award-winning Twitter account. They just released their first full-length album Mixed Emotions, and are playing Minneapolis this Friday, April 20 at the 7th Street Entry. I talked by phone with Cohen.
If you pay a lot of attention to music, you either go to SXSW or you end up reading a lot about SXSW because every blog covers it and seemingly everyone you follow on Twitter is there. One thing that I kept reading was how great Chairlift’s performances were down in Austin. I was excited to see how much they had grown since their first album and if they could live up to the SXSW buzz when they performed at the Triple Rock on April 1,2012.
Minneapolis has a new concert venue downtown: The Brick. And they kicked off their introduction with a concert by Jane’s Addiction. Yes, that 1990s Jane’s Addiction. The entire evening had the feeling of a rock concert created in the vein of what someone “thinks” a rock concert should be like.
On Tuesday, March 13, singer/producer Claire Boucher brought her electro-pop project Grimes to the 7th St. Entry. Possibly the most anticipated show so far this year. A quick survey of Facebook and Twitter showed posts like “Can anybody get me into the Entry for Grimes, I’ll literally do anything.” Walking up to the concert there were fans lined up outside the entrance, some holding crudely constructed signs, trying to catch the eye of someone selling an extra ticket.
Reading about Grimes makes you want to let out a giant “WTF?” You see phrases like “blog catnip,” “the convergence of tumblr and music,” “elf-like,” and “Tom Sawyer” to describe the electro-dance project from 23-year-old singer/producer, Claire Boucher. All of it suggests that her persona is perfect blog fodder to complement her buzzed-about music.