When Deap Vally and The Flaming Lips announced that they were recording a collaborative album under the portmanteau Deap Lips (ugh... we hate that name so much), we were a little surprised. But both these acts are nothing if not experimental so we were hugely curious about the sort of thing they would throw together.
Indeed, we weren't expecting anything so ambient from the alt-rock Californian ladies of Deap Vally, and the self-titled album Deap Lips certainly leans more into Flaming Lips territory aside from the vocals. But did it leave much of an impression?
Home Thru Hell is a great opener. The scuzzy bass, weird synths, distorted vocals and suggestion of a bluesy flavour in there feels like it's setting you up for the right kind of experience. That garage rock sound of Deap Vally is mellowed out by the psychedelic Flaming Lips, and its got those unexpected effects as well so you know there's going to be an experimental edge throughout.
Continue reading: Deap Lips - Deap Lips Album Review
Manhattan based rockers Skaters are set to make some noise at their upcoming SXSW showcases.
SXSW festival brings some incredible artists to Texas this year and Skaters are no exception. They'll be hitting stages in Austin from March 12th where they'll be kicking off their SXSW stretch with a show at Holy Mountain as part of the Splendour In The Grass and Falls Festival showcase. Their most anticipated show of the week will be the Eventbrite and Governors Ball Lawn Party, also taking place on the 12th, over at the Empire Control Room and Garage. The Governors Ball selection came after they were announced to be playing the festival at Randall's Park on June 6th; an event that sees Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend and The Strokes headlining.
Continue reading: Introducing: NY Band Skaters, Who Bring 'Manhattan' To Texas For SXSW
Chicago's biggest music festival Lollapalooza to feature stunning headline acts, great activities and shelters for all weathers.
Since it's revival in 2003, Lollapalooza has been bringing you the very best of rock, metal, punk, hip hop and dance from all the major music legends to the up-and-coming rookies of the business. Taking place at Chicago's Grant Park from August 2nd - 4th 2013, the festival this year features a bedazzling headline roster of Las Vegas indie rockers The Killers, West Sussex goths The Cure, Grammy winning folk four-piece Mumford & Sons and long-running industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails. There will also be a huge range of activities to occupy yourself with over the weekend from the Samsung Galaxy Experience where you can check out the latest gadgets, to art stations where you can become a comic strip or be transformed into a work of pop art.