Dan Croll’s New Single – Compliment Your Soul

Check out Dan Croll’s latest track, Compliment Your Soul. He’s quickly becoming one of the favorite genre-crossing musicians and is receiving constant airplay on XFM, Radio 1 and 6 Music. He has several  U.S. tour dates coming up over the next month or so. Listen to the single below:

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Animal Collective Cancels Upcoming Dates



Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin and Geologist– better known as the madly talented group Animal Collective, have been lighting up the road lately including festivals like NYC Governors Ball and Bonnaroo. The guys were supposed to be back in the NYC area this weekend for Camp Bisco on July 12th but have decided to cancel all of their planned dates for July. Check out the statement from the group’s site:

“Hey AC fans,Due to illness, we will unfortunately not be able to perform our upcoming July tour dates, including the Camp Bisco and Forecastle festivals. We deeply apologize and tried our best to make it work with an alternate set, but ultimately we didn’t feel like we were giving fans what they deserved from an Animal Collective show. We are working on rescheduling the non-festival dates as soon as possible. Again we send our sincerest apologies to fans anticipating these shows, especially considering the cancellations earlier this year.”
Avey Tare, Deakin, Geologist, and Panda Bear

No replacement has yet been announced but updates should be coming shortly given the fact that the festival is already underway. The rest of Animal Collective’s dates are below:

Upcoming Dates

9/6: Portland, OR @ MusicFest NW *
9/7: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory*
9/8: Salt Lake City, UT @ Depot *
9/9: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre *
9/11: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
9/14: Mexico City, MX @ Ceremonia Festival
10/16: Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre *
10/17: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre *
10/20: San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Festival
10/21: Los Angeles,CA @ Wiltern *
10/22: Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee*
10/24: Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater *
10/25: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/25-27: Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit

* w/Dan Deacon
# w/Chairlif


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Grado Headphones Giveaway

When was the last time you dropped $300 on headphones? Never? That’s what I thought. Here’s your chance to own a pair of in-ear headphones from audio hall-of-famers Grado Labs, who’ve been making headphones for over 60 years. Safe to say, they know what they’re doing.

The GR8’s are part of their in-ear series and according to the site “a proprietary wide bandwidth moving armature design provides the listener with unsurpassed performance.” I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds like they’ll softly make love to your ear drums.

One Amazon reviewer said, “If you’ve ever [wondered] what would it be like to be in the room with The Beatles when they recorded Sgt. Pepper’s you will actually know exactly what it sounded like after listening to these. They are worth every penny that you pay for them.”

Do we secretly wish we would keep these headphones for ourselves? Hell yes. But we’re going to give them to you.

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The Temper Trap

If you think you’ve never heard The Temper Trap, you’re likely wrong. The band’s catchy tune “Sweet Disposition” from the album Conditions, was featured in not one, but two commercials in 2010 (Diet Coke and Chrysler) and garnered significant airplay as a result. The remainder of the album was equally compelling, my choice track being “Soldier On.” Last year the band buckled down to record their second album, which is due for release this summer. They also just announced on their Twitter page that they’ll be touring the U.S. in March to preview new music to fans.

If you already love The Temper Trap and Dougy Mandagi’s sweet voice, we think you’ll like these bands too.

Two Door Cinema Club
Two Door Cinema Club, an indie band from Ireland led by a red-headed Ron Weasley lookalike, released their debut album, Tourist History in April 2010. They appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last January where they performed their 2011 single, “What you Know”.  The band is currently working on new music and has a U.S. tour lined up for May and June.

WOS song pick:

The Boxer Rebellion
The first time I ever heard UK’s The Boxer Rebellion was while watching the 2010 film “Going the Distance,” in which the band’s music was predominantly featured. I was instantly hooked to the upbeat track “Spitting Fire,” from the band’s second studio album Union, as well as the mellow track “If You Run,” which the band recorded for the film. The band released their latest album The Cold Still on February 1, 2011 and it was well-received. Q Magazine called it “Epic. A landmark album.”

WOS song pick:


Delphic is an electronic “dance” band from England with a marvelously catchy sound and killer beats. The band’s debut album Acolyte was released in the U.S. in June 2010 and earned them a nomination for the “Best UK & Ireland New Act” in the 2010 MTV EMAs.

WOS Pick:

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Which Festival Do You Want to Attend?

Spring is almost here and with it comes some of 2012’s best music festivals. This year’s lineups have us happier than Arnold Schwarzenegger singing in the bathtub.

We’ve picked out our favorite bands from each, and we want to know, which of these festivals do you most want to attend?

Where: Manchester, TN
WOS Picks: Radiohead, The Shins, Bon Iver, Two Door Cinema Club, The War on Drugs

Where: Indio, CA
WOS Picks: The Black Keys, Radiohead, The Shins, Bon Iver, AWOL Nation, Arctic Monkeys, Laura Marling

Where: Austin, TX
WOS Picks: Avalanche City,  Metric, Electric Guest, Eight and a Half

Hangout Music Fest
Where: Gulf Shores, AL
WOS Picks: The Flaming Lips, Jack White, Wilco, Rebelution, Coheed & Cambria

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Undergound Cities:
Insight on New Album

Underground Cities are everything instrumental rock needs. They are imaginative, captivating and are constantly pushing the limits of a musical experience to boldly delve into the realms of sound and emotion. Without vocals to force their audience in any particular direction, the band utilizes the pace and tempo of their songs to guide listeners along. This is coupled with layers of ambient guitar to paint an imaginative and stimulating experience for each individual.

It’s a different way of approaching song-writing. No hooks or choruses are available for crowds to sing along with. Instead, Underground Cities aims to create a deeper connection by sharing a piece of themselves with the listener. They create a relationship that is strong but unspoken. Their artistic epics will take you on your own journey–a path shared only with the band.

Somewhere between Black Canyon City and Prescott is a place called Arcosanti, which served as the inspiration for the band’s upcoming album. We had the chance to sit down with Underground Cities to discuss their music, upcoming album and more.

Enjoy music from Dalliance as you read our Q & A with the band.

Can you tell me about the direction of this new album?
“We introduced a choir on this album, so we experimented around a little with that. There will be very little vocals and we’ve decided to try some new things. We aren’t closed to always being an instrumental band.”

Instrumental music is really open to interpretation. There aren’t vocals to lead you in any particular direction, so it’s really up to the tempo and the instruments. In what way do you guide your audience?
“Exactly, there’s nobody expressing their idea of what the song should be about and that’s how we feel. When we’re composing the songs, we base everything off of feeling. Most of the time we talk about what we picture at parts. Like this song we’re writing right now in the studio; Brian had used the analogy of somebody being chased and then the song changes and suddenly there’s hope. We try to make it very visual. We want it to be like a story.”

What is the writing process like since everything is instrumental?
“All of us lack knowledge of music theory, but our songs still have a structure to them. Everything starts off really simple and we all begin to build on it. All of our songs end pretty epically, but a lot of our songs start in the middle. That’s where the feeling comes from.”

What kind of emotions are you trying to invoke with your songs?
“There’s a song that we’ve written that’s coming up on this new album called Talk Slow Move Slow. When we were writing about it we all just felt like really sexy about it. So we all just built off of that. You just want to grab a lady and kiss her; love her for the rest of your life.”

How do you go about structuring your live set?
“Well when we’re writing, we want the songs to all connect. We like the idea of the album telling a story. The same goes for live sets, even though it may not be the same pattern as on the album. Our live show is like a half hour of music and we do our best to connect old songs from the album with the new songs. We try to talk as little as possible on stage because none of us are really all that good at it. We really are trying to have a feeling for each set and that can change depending on where we’re playing and what the mood is like.”

How do you interact with the audience? That is usually designated to the lead singer, but you guys don’t have one.
“There’s a sense of intimacy with the shows. All of us truly love what we do, so we’re always smiling at each other on stage. I’ve heard that it’s very infectious to everyone watching. So the emotional contact is still there. No one is speaking, but we’re expressing a part of ourselves to them and most people say they still feel close to us when we’re playing.”

What are your plans for after the album release?
“We’re shooting for a release in April. There’s also an EP that we’re writing and we’re going for a really raw sound. It would probably be mostly acoustic and maybe some cellos or violins. Hopefully we’ll have that out sometime this year. We also plan to hit the road a couple months this summer and get all the way out as far as Massachusetts. We’re going to hit 25 states and probably do about two shows per state.”

Tell me a bit about your business plan as a band.
“We’re trying to be really diverse with our merchandise and hopefully most of this tour will be funded through sales of our new CD. We really just want to be self-sustaining and we’re learning a lot right now.”

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Radiohead and Chili Peppers to Headline Bonnaroo

The lineup for Bonnaroo 2012 has been announced and has me itching to drop $235 on a ticket. The Woodstock-esq festival is held on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee and hosts four days of camping and glorious indie music. This year’s big name participants include Radiohead, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beach Boys, Phish and Ludacris. I have to say though, I’m most excited about The Shins, Bon Iver, Flogging Molly, Young the Giant and Aziz Ansari… yes the stand-up comedian best known as Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation will be there! I don’t know how he fits in to the indie mix, but I do believe he and I are meant to be BFFs. Anyways, figure out which one of your friends has the most accommodating vehicle and start planning your trip to Manchester. The festival will take place June 7 to 10, and tickets, which start at $234.50, will go on sale Saturday. Feb. 18.

Here’s the complete lineup:

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bon Iver
The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks)
The Avett Brothers
The Shins
Foster The People
Aziz Ansari
The Roots
Alice Cooper
Black Star
The Word (John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars)
Ben Folds Five
Flogging Molly
Spectrum Road (Cindy Blackman Santana, Jack Bruce, John Medeski, and Vernon Reid)
Mac Miller
Childish Gambino
Major Lazer
Flying Lotus
Umphrey’s McGee
Little Dragon
St. Vincent
City and Colour
The Civil Wars
Young The Giant
Two Door Cinema Club
Punch Brothers
Fitz & The Tantrums
Bad Brains
Danny Brown
The Black Lips
Kendrick Lamar
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires
The Kooks
The Joy Formidable
The Antlers
Kathleen Edwards
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Alabama Shakes
Das Racist
Delta Spirit
Gary Clark Jr.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Laura Marling
Trampled by Turtles
The War On Drugs
Ben Howard
Blind Pilot
The Devil Makes Three
White Denim
Here We Go Magic
The Lonely Forest
Mariachi El Bronx
Big Freedia
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
The Soul Rebels
Steven Bernstein’s MTO Allstars Plays Sly
Big Gigantic
Sarah Jarosz
Fruit Bats
Moon Taxi

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Gotye: Why Making Mirrors Falls Short

I’m going to assume that you’ve already heard Gotye’s stellar track, “Somebody That I Used to Know.” The Australian-Belgian multi-instrumentalist has been earning heaps of success the last few months for his masterpiece of a music video (ahem, 70 MILLION views on YouTube). Though I can’t deny his refreshingly catchy single, the majority of his latest album, Making Mirrors, leaves me completely disappointed.

Things start off fuzzy, electronic and entirely spectacular with “Easy Way Out.” Then there are the deep beating drums and fascinating harmonies of “Eyes Wide Open” and the already-loved “Somebody That I Used to Know.” At this point, I’m feeling pretty good about the way things are going. “Smoke and Mirrors” doesn’t fail, so I keep groovin’ along, convinced that I’ll be listening to this Gotye album forever… Unfortunately, Making Mirrors takes a sudden detour and never turns back.

Throughout the rest of this once-promising album you’ll get up close and personal with some of the worst of male pop out there. You’ll wonder what could have gone so wrong. The confusion will kick in about 15 seconds into “I Feel Better” and the nausea will follow at around 50 seconds in when you realize that this track belongs in a different decade. You won’t feel better and can expect this to continue for the rest of the CD.

I know that he’s won 5 ARIA’s and just performed on Jimmy Kimmel, but I simply can’t give this album better than a C. All was well throughout the first five or so tracks, but nothing quite lived up to the splendor of the viral hit that originally sucked me in. Definitely give Making Mirrors a try. Maybe you have a soft spot for this kind of thing, but I’m just going to delete the second half of the album from my iTunes.

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Boys and Frogs
Release New Video

Lay Your Wet Hair Down

Cigarettes, vodka and Reese’s pieces can make for one hell of a night at the fair. With seamless directorial work and captivating performances, Boys and Frogs’ new music video for “Lay Your Wet Hair Down” leaves me curiously satisfied. I find few bands to be as exceptionally inventive and equally unpredictable as this indie quartet from Peoria, AZ.  The delectably fresh sound of the band and their effortlessly eccentric approach to entertaining puts them in a class of their own. To see the video on the big screen, head out to Madcap Theaters on Thursday Feb. 16.

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Artist to Watch: The Broken Rhodes

The Broken Rhodes

Where: Phoenix, AZ
Sounds Like: The Black Keys/ Kings of Leon
WOS Song Pick: Rolling Hills

With corporate mediocrity being jammed down our throats like a spoonful of Nickelback, it’s hard not to miss the authenticity and foot-stomping goodness of a hard-hitting rock group. Armed with a full inventory of driving rhythms, this righteous trio of Arizona rockers are right at home crushin’ out blues grooves on stage. In the studio, they take a smooth and confident approach to their heart-pounding work. The Broken Rhodes have already found their way onto my Alternative/Garage Rock iPod playlist; right between Wolfmother and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

The Broken Rhodes will be releasing their new album, “Try Harder,” on April 19th at Martini Ranch. Stay tuned to WOS for a full CD review and interview with the band.


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