Purity Ring

On June 4, 2012, in Music, by mugen

These guys are pretty awesome. I recommend listening you’re at all interested in precocious childlike female vocals, boppy electronica, echoey challenges, tempo changes that keep your grin in place, and if you’d like Sleigh Bells without the distortion and guitars.

“Obedear” original and remix at Hype Machine

“Belispeak” at SoundCloud:

First tune, “Ungirthed”:

Tumbler: http://thepurityring.tumblr.com/

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Starter Kit

On March 19, 2012, in Music, by mugen

My former student Ryan is guitarist (and media guy) for Starter Kit. Their newest release looks to be 2009’s Unsettled.

Video for their song “Twilight Regret”:

I saw them back in … 2005 maybe?… in Dekalb, Illinois. The keyboardist is a new addition. They’ve stayed in the same hard rock vein with melodic vocals and emotional/internal/relationship-inspired lyrics. They’ve moved a bit away from their former frenetic constantly noodly guitarwork (I liked it!). You can see what I mean about their older stuff here in their first video, for “Tomorrow’s Never Better”:

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On March 19, 2012, in Japan, Music, by mugen

These guys are a 5-piece band playing live, video game-inspired music in the Kansai region of Japan (Kobe & Osaka). The guys are all really friendly and cool to hang out with, and several of them also DJ.

3 songs by THE GAME SHOP on SoundCloud

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