Category: Hidden Gems

King Kartel – “Come at Me Now”

King Kartel – “Come at Me Now”

Manchester based four piece King Kartel dropped a kickass single at the end of March. “Come At Me Now” is a catchy rock track, full of distortion and heavy hitting drumming. The B-side to “Come At Me Now” is an alt-rocker “Run”, with some really awesome vocal work, and a real killer bass groove.  Prior to “Come At Me Now”, […]

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Hidden Gem – Frog

Hidden Gem – Frog

Dan Bateman, lead singer and guitarist of Frog, writes that their new album, Kind of Blah, is “an attempt to engage modern musical ideas from a 1950s style of arrangement, and a was a complete failure in that respect but a success in most others.” The album drops May 25th on London indie label Audio Antihero. Frog cites many 1950’s and […]

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Hidden Gem: Tiger High

Hidden Gem: Tiger High

Since their formation in 2010, Tiger High have been creating some scintillating rock music. In their five years together, the Memphis quartet have released two albums and several singles, mostly on local label Trashy Creatures Records. Their approach mixes various rock genres – classic, folk, garage, and psychedelic rock. Regardless of the rock genre, there is a common trait across […]

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Hidden Gem — Laney Jones

Hidden Gem — Laney Jones

Last weekend, I was fortunate to catch a few songs from this week’s Hidden Gem at Pianos on the Lower East Side. I had just finished up a set with my band. I had to run and play two songs with a Sam Cooke impersonator in a downtown variety show, so I had to run pretty quickly. But I left with […]

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Hidden Gem – Nora Konstanse

Hidden Gem – Nora Konstanse

Currently based out of Liverpool, UK, singer-songwriter Nora Konstanse is creating some really beautiful music.  She’s a multi-national, bi-lingual act, singing in both English and Norwegian, as she is originally from Helgeland in Norway.  Her music is full of lush harmonies, and gorgeous builds, not unlike her Scandinavian neighbors, First Aid Kit, but also quite similar to bands like The […]

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Hidden Gem – The Marbles Jackson

Hidden Gem – The Marbles Jackson

Formed in 2009, London-based The Marbles Jackson has quietly received glowing reviews, including from BBC Radio 6, for their expansive dream pop and for covering well-established songs and putting innovative and even challenging touches to them, such as The Doors’ “Riders On the Storm” (see the video below). Their music isn’t focused on driving bass lines or pounding electronic beats. […]

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Hidden Gem: Television Rd

Hidden Gem: Television Rd

This week, we have a lot of content from our (well half of us) home country of Canada. It shows that the music scene is flourishing in the Great White North, and it’s still white in many parts of the country as we await Spring’s arrival. Maybe that explains the large number of Canadian artists and bands emerging. One such […]

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Hidden Gem — Half Waif

Hidden Gem — Half Waif

Call me if you can, tell me I’m the operator Lit flares in my hands and I’m set to explode I’m a minefield you marvel at, but don’t get too close Thus begins Half Waif‘s most recent album, 2014’s Kotekan. The lines have proven to be prophetic, as over the eight months since its release, Half Waif has begun to collect […]

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Hidden Gem: Rebecca Clements – “Pure Wasted”

Hidden Gem: Rebecca Clements – “Pure Wasted”

Rebecca Clements has released the awesome track “Pure Wasted” which is also the title of her brand new three track EP. We are sharing this track as it’s a lovely bit of haunting vocals and storytelling of a broken relationship. This UK based singer-songwriter is one to watch, especially if you are a fan of Torres. The track “Wildlife” follows with […]

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Artiste 5 – Discovering Five of NYC’s “Best Kept Secrets” with Zachary Cale

Artiste 5 – Discovering Five of NYC’s “Best Kept Secrets” with Zachary Cale

Zachary Cale has become a good friend of The Revue. He was the second musician that I interviewed, going back to September 2013, where we enjoyed a few tacos and queso at Union Pool in Brooklyn. His fourth album, Blue Rider, was one of our 25 Favorite Albums of 2013, and not because he took time to do an interview […]

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Hidden Gem – Molly Sullivan

Hidden Gem – Molly Sullivan

Molly Sullivan is one of those artists who seem to have an endless well of talent. Some people shoot to stardom with a few instant classics and fade fast. Their wells might be rich but are never very deep. Others never stop creating, producing excellent music during both fruitful and sparse times. They might disappear from the spotlight for a time, but when […]

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Hidden Gem – The Brilliance of Esther Joy Lane

Hidden Gem – The Brilliance of Esther Joy Lane

Sometimes it takes years for someone to find their calling. For others, they know from the start what they are suppose to do, but are not able to succeed on the first, second, or even third attempts. For Oxford, UK musician Esther Joy Lane, she long knew music was her path. However, that path didn’t always lead to the expected […]

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Hidden Gem – Pinegrove

Hidden Gem – Pinegrove

Montclair, NJ’s Pinegrove has been a favorite band of mine since their first release, Mixtape One, in 2010. It was a collection of home recordings that vibrated with crystalline, jangly guitar playing and were backed up by confessional, image-laden songwriting. I couldn’t stop listening. Fast-forward to 2015, and Pinegrove, a Hidden Gem, is not so hidden anymore. Hall has been […]

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Hidden Gem: Monuments and Statues

Hidden Gem: Monuments and Statues

The city of Kingston, Ontario (population approximately 125,000) is known for a few things (some of which may be new for you) – was the original capital of Canada from 1841 to 1844; it has the largest concentration of penitentiaries in Canada (9 by last count); it is home to a large post-secondary population (Queen’s University, the Royal Military College, […]

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Hidden Gem: Liverpool’s Deliah

Hidden Gem: Liverpool’s Deliah

Liverpool contemporary R&B duo Deliah released their first single, “Any Last Words” in September. Since then, people have taken notice of their authentic, soulful music, thanks to the powerful voice of singer Michelle Harris and the fantastic grooves of Alex Dopierala. “Any Last Words” is a stunner with a fantastic, infectious chorus. In addition to “Any Last Words”, they released […]

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Video Premiere from Our Hidden Gem: VIOLENT MAE

Video Premiere from Our Hidden Gem: VIOLENT MAE

With a new album around the corner, Connecticut-based duo VIOLENT MAE are preparing to re-launch their self-titled debut album. Released in 2013, Violent Mae is a mix of brooding indie folk-rock akin to New York duos She Keeps Bees, The Bright Smoke, and Belle Mare; the atmospheric sounds of Daughter; and the southern rock of Heartless Bastards. The first song […]

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Hidden Gem: Meadowlark – “Fly”

Hidden Gem: Meadowlark – “Fly”

Recently, there have been some really great duos in the indie pop-electronic space moving to the forefront. These duos include lovely and airy female vocals backed by a nice bed of electronic beats, keys and dreamy melodies. A couple of recent duos that pop into mind that are similar include Coves and Sylvan Esso. Add to the list Bristol, UK duo Meadowlark, who is […]

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Hidden Gem: Karen Meat & The Players

Hidden Gem: Karen Meat & The Players

During her days at the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp in Nashville back in 2012, Arin Eaton dreamed about forming a band in the same mold as Those Darlins, who also got their start at the same camp. Two years later, Arin made her dream a reality in founding Karen Meat & The Players. Together with her trusty computer, […]

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Hidden Gem: Lion’s Mouth – “Lion’s Mouth”

Hidden Gem: Lion’s Mouth – “Lion’s Mouth”

Today we present Lion’s Mouth – a duo that has recently moved to Los Angeles from Wisconsin. After listening to their self-titled debut, it really begs the question as to why they are not more well-known. The fact that this is a female duo that rivals the percussion of The Dodos and vocals reminiscent of Katie Crutchfield (aka Waxahatchee) and early Lisa Loeb, the question […]

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Hidden Gem: New Zealand’s French for Rabbits

Hidden Gem: New Zealand’s French for Rabbits

New Zealand has been a place where we’ve looked to find some great new artists and musicians, some well-known and some on the precipice of major success – such as Nadia Reid, Tiny Ruins, Black City Lights (who sadly announced they were going their separate ways last week), Anthonie Tonnon, Andrew Keoghan, The Terminals, and The Naked and The Famous. […]

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