BRAIDS are fresh-faced, energetic, and playful young folk who love talking about pop music (lead singer/guitarist Raphaelle Standell-Preston is more than partial to some Lady GaGa), and speak about music theory with wide-eyed wonder. But they’re not simply noodling away on their instruments like some trippy college band who should probably spend less time hitting the bong and more time tuning their guitars. (More …)
The first time I saw Prince Rama perform, it was in the basement of a venue called the Silent Barn in Ridgewood, Queens. The walls of the room were painted a very intense light blue. I was in the back and there was no stage, so I couldn’t see them play, but it didn’t matter because I closed my eyes and stopped thinking. Their music is so layered, voluminous and thick that all I focused on was the deepness of the blue in the walls. And dancing. It’s also very danceable. Since then, they signed to Paw Tracks and released an LP in September called Shadow Temple.
Musicians on tour in Japan don’t get any more ambassadorial than Gold Panda. A Londoner who learned Japanese at the prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies, ’SUP caught up with the golden one – Derwin to his pals – during a brace of shows in the country that’s fascinated him since childhood. The British Council even organized an event out there in his honor, while another grand British institution, the BBC, named him in their influential Sounds of 2010 list. (More …)
Cold Cave is the brainchild of Wesley Eisold, the thin, black-clad young man taking the stage at the Lower East Side basement venue Cake Shop. Better known to suburban teens and cool kids as the front man and creator behind a veritable slew of hardcore and noise rock bands including American Nightmare, Give Up the Ghost and Some Girls, it may surprise some to see Wesley fronting a band whose roots are seemingly steeped more in New Order’s romanticism than all-American hardcore. (More …)