OUT NOW: FILTER 52: “The National: Emotional Transit”
LOOK: Portugal. The Man, Danger Mouse + INSA Art Gallery In LA: “All The Feels”
LOOK: Washed Out Announces Sophomore Album, “Paracosm,” Out This Summer
WATCH: FILTER & Converse Present Hanni El Khatib: At Peace In The Desert
LISTEN: Paper Lions Brings Us “Philadelphia” (FILTER Premiere)
WATCH: FILTER & Dr. Martens Present 48 Hours In Austin: Wavves At SXSW
MP3: Last Good Tooth Shares Rich Debut Record: “Not Without Work and Rest” (FILTER Exclusive)
REVIEW: Deerhunter's Gritty, Subversive "Monomania"
FILTER’s Top 5 Stories of The Week Featuring The Smashing Pumpkins + More (In Case You Missed It)
LOOK: FILTER Presents Local Natives At The Greek Theatre On 9/13!
FILTER 52: “The National: Emotional Transit” Out 05/24/13!
REVIEW: Vampire Weekend Closes Out Album Trilogy With "Modern Vampires of the City"
By Staff on May 24, 2013
With Caveman, we can always expect hints of dreamlike echoes and other soothing sounds within their signature ethereal folk, evident throughout their self-titled sophomore album.
However, the video for "In the City" differs from the song's entrancing sound, evolving into a haunting and nightmarish story. After watching this video, you might want to look behind your curtains next time you're visiting New York...
By Kyle Lemmon on May 24, 2013
You might not recognize Eric San’s mammalian stage name, but you’ve probably already heard his infectious music as Kid Koala. The Ninja Tune scratch DJ and producer impressed audiences early on with his technical precision and flights of fancy on the turntables for 2000’s Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Since then, he’s created several graphic novels; written music for films (such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Looper); toured with Radiohead and Beastie Boys; and collaborated with Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, and Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator as Deltron 3030.
This article is from FILTER Issue 51
By Staff on May 24, 2013
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Prisoner of Conscious - JAVOTTI MEDIA / CAPITOL / EMI
FILTER Grade: 80%
By Zachary Sniderman on May 24, 2013
If you know Talib Kweli—the socially minded Brooklyn emcee recognized more for his vocal abilities than his CD sales—then Prisoner of Conscious is a gimme. If you don’t know the enormously gifted Kweli, his first solo record in three years is a tougher sell. There’s a laundry list of cameos and prodigious lyricism, but the songs rarely move. Big tracks like single “Upper Echelon” are flat. Instead, the standout beats have some old-school crackle and POC is most interesting when Kweli can relax and just, you know, be brilliant.
RKives [B-Sides and rarities] - LITTLE RECORD COMPANY
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Jeffrey Brown on May 24, 2013
Though not quite the 40-song suitcase hinted at after Rilo Kiley “broke up” a few years ago, RKives is a solid 16-track collection of unreleased and B-sides material. While the pop sound doesn’t feel as dated as the years since Rilo Kiley’s 2007 final album would indicate, it nestles comfortably within the band’s body of work. Perhaps of greatest interest to fans disappointed when the group fell apart, RKives manages to showcase the hooks and emphatic vocals that helped the band find a wider audience at one time; a somewhat random but enjoyable and welcome compilation.
By Staff on May 24, 2013
By Staff; Photo by Shae DeTar on May 24, 2013
The summer of 2011 was a good one. It was then that Georgia's Ernest Greene—or as we like to call him, Washed Out—released his chill-yet-captivating dream pop debut, Within and Without, touring it extensively last year.
This week, Greene unveiled an album trailer to prepare fans for the follow-up to his beloved debut: Paracosm.
Obsidian - ANTICON
FILTER Grade: 78%
By Kenny S. McGuane on May 24, 2013
The sophomore album from LA electronic musician Will Wiesenfeld, known to us as Baths, is decidedly glum. And it’s no wonder. Following the success of his acclaimed debut album, Cerulean, Baths spent the better part of a year touring and then in 2011 was stricken with a nasty bout of E. coli, which left him bedridden for months. His sickness, justifiably, comes through on Obsidian, like the downtempo opening track “Worsening” or the ultra dark and gritty electro dirge “Earth Death.” But with or without the ailment, Obsidian’s tone is intentional, according to Baths himself: “I hope people understand that I’m not the depressed, suicidal and death-obsessed person the record may paint me as...
By Staff on May 23, 2013
We love hearing music from all over the world, which is why we are thrilled to hear about V-ROX: the first Russian showcase-festival!
V-ROX will take place from August 22-25 in various locations around the city of Vladivostok. It will be a weekend chock-full of sweet concerts, lectures and workshops to showcase bands from Russia, Korea, Japan, China and the U.S.
V-ROX is a wonderful and helpful way for young artists to gain a better understanding of the world of modern music.