New York has always been a breeding ground for talented musicians, but not since East Coast hip-hop emerged in the '80s has there been enough of a scene there to call it a movement. Today, if you zoom in on the map, you'll find the trend-setting and musically productive borough of Brooklyn. It's definitely a mecca for indie rock hipsters, but not everyone there wears ironic thrift store t-shirts. Artists such as Nada Surf, Antibalas, and Beau Jennings have ubiquitous styles that could be from anywhere, really. And this diversity is the reason why we love New York.… Read more
It's hard to say whether the Radar Bros. would be glad to hear that their vocals sound a bit like Chris Martin of Coldplay. They'd probably prefer Leonard Cohen--and lucky for them, somehow both are true. Either way, the bandmembers make pretty country-folk ditties that show their attachment to lo-fi folk without bogging them down by the genre's self-seriousness.
In Minneapolis, you know you've truly made it when you start breaking attendance records set by the Replacements. Slug and Ant recently did just that, laying testament to the cross-generational resonance of their latest material. Rap generations, that is. Atmosphere joins thunderous late-'80s LL beats with comical disses, half of them self-directed.