Author: Ben Yung

Mundo Musique: Vamos and Rachel Thomasin

Mundo Musique: Vamos and Rachel Thomasin

Today, the focus is on two, young, emerging acts on different sides of the musical spectrum, but both are poised for breakouts in 2014. VAMOS For Those Who Like: METZ, Japandroids, The Misfits, The Black Keys, P.S. I Love You I remember hearing Vamos for the first time early last year when they released Heatwave, which had a much more […]

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Mundo Musique: Dum Dum Girls, Bombay Bicycle Club, and some Sound Bites

Mundo Musique: Dum Dum Girls, Bombay Bicycle Club, and some Sound Bites

Starting today, I’ve added a new section called Sound Bites, which will just be tracks that artists have randomly released or have released as a teaser for an upcoming album. But first, let’s get started with a couple of bands with new albums out. Dum Dum Girls For Those Who Like: Frankie Rose, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Go-Gos For […]

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Mundo Musique: Damien Jurado and Axxa/Abraxas

Mundo Musique: Damien Jurado and Axxa/Abraxas

DAMIEN JURADO For Those Who Like: Neil Young, Nick Drake, Bon Iver, Over time, I’ve begun to truly appreciate the masterful work of Damien Jurado, the Seattle-based singer-songwriter who last week released his 11th album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. For the last three albums, including Brothers and Sisters, Jurado has teamed with Richard Swift (an accomplished singer-songwriter himself) […]

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Mundo Musique: The Pack A.D. and Morgan Delt

Mundo Musique: The Pack A.D. and Morgan Delt

Today’s Mundo Musique is dedicated to two musical acts coming out with albums tomorrow – albums that should be part of anyone’s collection. THE PACK A.D. For Those Who Like: The Black Keys, The White Stripes, Joan Jett, Savages Back in September, I had a chance to speak with The Pack A.D. following their performance at the Ottawa Folkfest, at […]

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A “Date” with Shelby Earl

A “Date” with Shelby Earl

On the weekend, I caught up with Shelby Earl, the charismatic singer-songwriter from Seattle who released one of the best albums of 2013. Her sophomore album, Swift Arrows, was included in many year-end “Best of” lists, including The Seattle Times, Indie-Music.com, Amazon, and the ultra-cool Seattle-based radio station, KEXP. Earl also caught our attention here at The Revue. She was […]

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Mundo Musique: Blank Realm and Solander

Mundo Musique: Blank Realm and Solander

We’re going across both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans for today’s Mundo Musique. BLANK REALM For those who like: Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Kurt Vile, Pond I have to admit that when psychedelic rockers, Blank Realm, released its debut album, Go Easy, in 2012, I wasn’t all that thrilled with the album. However, with their sophomore effort, Grassed Inn, the […]

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Mundo Musique: GEMS and Blank Paper

Mundo Musique: GEMS and Blank Paper

Today’s feature focuses on two stylish, synth-dream-pop bands to keep an eye on in 2014.  Both dabble a bit on the darker side of the genre, but in a way that is accessible and atmospheric. GEMS Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher form the duo GEMS, the Washington, D.C.-based band that has been receiving a lot of buzz among music […]

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Mundo Musique: Elizabeth & The Catapult and Minor Alps

Mundo Musique: Elizabeth & The Catapult and Minor Alps

Elizabeth & the Catapult Elizabeth & The Catapult are back with the 11-track compilation, Like It Never Happened, which is its first since 2010’s The Other Side of Zero.  On Like It Never Happened, Elizabeth Ziman and company continue to produce piano-infused pop music and ballads.  However, for long-time fans of the Brooklyn-based band, the third LP also sees the […]

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Mundo Musique: Get to Know Two Rising Musicians – Chris Ayler and Jordan Velez

Mundo Musique: Get to Know Two Rising Musicians – Chris Ayler and Jordan Velez

If you have been following The Revue, one of the things that we are trying to do is promote the music of independent artists that are still trying to develop a following or young artists who are just getting started in the business. Today’s Mundo Musique is a special feature spotlighting two young, gifted, aspiring musicians who have focused on […]

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Mundo Musique: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Joshua Baez

Mundo Musique: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Joshua Baez

Back to our regularly scheduled programming, where we highlight some new music, some upcoming music, some maybe not-so-new-but-pretty-recent music, and music from Twitter followers. We’re going to try a different approach to start the year, highlighting one or two bands each day, which will allow us to talk about albums a bit more and promote more Twitter folks. Sharon Jones […]

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Mundo Musique Twitter Special: Kristin Hoffmann, I Am Snow Angel, Of Verona, BR1GHT PR1MATE, and Harbors

Mundo Musique Twitter Special: Kristin Hoffmann, I Am Snow Angel, Of Verona, BR1GHT PR1MATE, and Harbors

I try to include at least one follower in Twitter in my weekly contribution to Mundo Musique. However, with the number of followers growing, I decided to create a special edition focused solely on some of the emerging and talented bands that follow The Revue and me on Twitter.  For this edition, I’ve included two independent, female producers about to […]

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Mundo Musique: Oblivians, The Cave Singers, Swearin’, Jesse Woods, and Kendall Patrick

Mundo Musique: Oblivians, The Cave Singers, Swearin’, Jesse Woods, and Kendall Patrick

Something old, some things new, a little bit of punk and a bit of country, folk, and pop. The last Mundo Musique Monday of the year provides plenty of variety. OBLIVIANS After a decade away and nearly 15 years between albums, Memphis band Oblivians returned in 2013 with Desperation – a 14-song album filled with garage punk and rock songs. […]

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Mundo Musique: Widowspeak, Connections, Parquet Courts, Hebronix, and Chris Robinson

Mundo Musique: Widowspeak, Connections, Parquet Courts, Hebronix, and Chris Robinson

When my wife and I travel, I often make playlists for us to listen to while we drive to our various destinations.  I put on an older playlist the other day, and I was reminded of four great bands. The fifth, of course, is always dedicated to someone on Twitter. WIDOWSPEAK Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas are the fantastic, […]

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Conversation with Bear Mountain

Conversation with Bear Mountain

As strictly as a fan of music, it is always exciting to watch a young, new band perform and grow. Then there are moments when you see a band for the first time in an intimate venue and immediately know they will hit stardom soon. That was the case when I saw Vancouver’s Bear Mountain in late October, as part […]

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Mundo Musique: Har Mar Superstar, Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays, The Julian Taylor Band, Lily & Madeleine, and The Jitterbug Vipers

Mundo Musique: Har Mar Superstar, Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays, The Julian Taylor Band, Lily & Madeleine, and The Jitterbug Vipers

This week’s Mundo Musique has a focus on bands that will have you recalling music of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.  Some will have you getting up and dancing while others may make you recall your early years or the music your parents listened to when you were younger. So let’s kick off this thing off with a guy who […]

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Conversation with The Belle Game

Conversation with The Belle Game

Brought together by friendship, chance, and Craigslist, The Belle Game have developed into one of Canada’s rising independent bands.  Adam Nanji, Andrea Lo, Alex Andrew, Katrina Jones, and Rob Chursinoff have transformed The Belle Game from a folk-roots oriented band from their early EPs to the soaring, orchestral pop that permeates on their first full-length album, Ritual Tradition. The album […]

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Mundo Musique: Wooden Shjips, Prissy Clerks, The Slow Readers Club, Joanna Gruesome, and LYON

Mundo Musique: Wooden Shjips, Prissy Clerks, The Slow Readers Club, Joanna Gruesome, and LYON

Let’s get the week started with brand new music from a couple of bands, two rocking women-fronted acts, and an emerging Canadian pop musician who’s moving up the charts. WOODEN SHJIPS Often times I think music will increasingly be driven by major labels, intense dance beats, and formulaic melodies, but then a band like Wooden Shjips (pronounced “ships”) releases a […]

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Conversation with Tony Dekker of The Great Lake Swimmers

Conversation with Tony Dekker of The Great Lake Swimmers

Whether as a solo performer or fronting the terrific Canadian indie-folk/roots band, The Great Lake Swimmers, Tony Dekker writes thoughtful and moving music.  In every song, there’s a story to be heard, an adventure to imagine, or an experience to which we can all relate.  The music is personal and personable, and they are reasons why Dekker and his fellow […]

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Mundo Musique: Portugal. The Man, Bosnian Rainbows, Pyyramids, Juana Molina, and Yves Jean

Mundo Musique: Portugal. The Man, Bosnian Rainbows, Pyyramids, Juana Molina, and Yves Jean

Before we get into the music, today we remember and celebrate the contributions of our veterans and current members of our armed forces. For those who have served or are currently serving our country here and abroad, thank you for your sacrifice, dedication, and courage. With the opening of borders and the freer exchange of information, we’ve been able to […]

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Conversation with Krewella

Conversation with Krewella

Sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf and Kris “Rain Man” Trindl have come a long way since their formation as Krewella six years ago. Long gone are the days of producing music out of Kris’ closet, doing small club shows, and traveling from gig-to-gig in a van.  Today, Krewella have emerged as one of EDM’s top-selling groups. While their music is […]

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