Volume 1 - 04/06/12

Ellie Goulding

Kat Parsons


Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers


Rachel Platten



Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor released a video for "All the Rowboats" from her upcoming album What We Saw From the Cheap Seats yesterday. Just like the singer herself, the video is quirky -- an eclectic medley of seemingly disjointed scenes that somehow work really well together. The epic pop song is accompanied by a range of visuals including a stop-motion ocean, flashing lights and glitter, and a tied and bound Regina. One portion even features a stalled, layered affect, similar to Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2."


Rachel Sage

"I would definitely be a musician if I wasn't queer. I've been a musician since I was two and a half but I wasn't a particularly sexual person until I was 14. I think for me music is as pure of an expression as I've ever experienced -- whether I'm listening to someone else's or creating it. It's something that's really primal but as I've grown into who I am and am ever evolving, it's how I express myself intellectually. It sort of transcends sexuality for me. And yet, of course just like with method acting or any other art form -- it really helps to write about what you know. If that's a same-sex relationship or a heterosexual relationship or if it's not about a relationship at all, if it's just a song about me being depressed that I don't do ballet anymore [laughs], anything is fair game and I think as an artist it's you're luxury to mine your own life. It's easier in a lot of ways than stepping outside of yourself and being purely imaginative." READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT HUFFINGTON POST

Lana Del Rey Signs To Interscope Records

Part of Lana del Rey's appeal thus far has been the feeling that you'd stumbled upon a well-kept secret. But a good secret never stays one for long. As predicted, The Next Big Thing is well on her way to becoming The Big Thing. The 24-year-old sultry soul songstress has been signed to Interscope Records, with an album due out in early 2012, Billboard reports. Since we first took notice of her back in August with that damn mesmerizing "Video Games," del Rey's built up a considerable amount of evidence that she deserves our attention -- two solid songs (and accompanying videos), a few live performances -- proof that her voice is, in fact, real -- and the sincerest form of flattery in the music biz -- the remix, by artists across a number of genres. The latest, and best, one came this week from hip-hop collective Odd Future.  (From Huffington Post 10/28/11)


Gabrielle Louise


Macy Gray Covers Arcade Fire

Macy Gray's new LP Covered is just that: covers of the work of other artists, including some as divergent as Metallica ("Nothing Else Matters") and Colbie Caillat ("Bubbly"). In the video below, Gray covers Arcade Fire's "Wake Up."  


Women of Rock

A while back, Gentlemen's Quarterly (GQ) ran a feature identifying their favorite "women of rock", which our sister publication RARWRITER.com presented in the following video. We weren't too nuts about the GQ approach, but share their enthusiasm for some of these artists.




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