LxListening: The National Broadcast

The National song playlist

Fellow blogmate Austin and I were discussing artists we love that have gotten the proverbial shaft in terms of lack of coverage on our site, and how we needed to right the ship. One of those artists was Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, who Austin gave a five-song LxListening playlist to a few weeks ago to give Lewis her overdue spotlight. I figured I would do the exact same thing for the National, who I failed to review their latest on our site, and who often goes unrecognized on our site given our third member Todd’s disinterest towards the Cincinnati-formed band. But that can’t stop me from giving you a National-themed Friday, filled with 5 choice cuts spanning over their 12 year, 6 album career, a band who has stumbled into an indistinguishable sound and feel to all of their music.
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Local Natives Review: Hummingbird

Local Natives

Hummingbird

Local Natives Hummingbird album cover art

Following their 2011 debut Gorilla Manor, Local Natives ranked high on what I would call the breakout-ability scale. On their debut, the Los Angeles indie rock band combined elements from three other indie rock phenoms making a potent recipe for indie rock success. They mixed the orchestrated anthem rock of Arcade Fire, the woodsy folk harmonies of Fleet Foxes, and the feverish Afro-pop energy of Vampire Weekend to make for one of the most infectious albums of the year. Now most bands when faced with a successful debut album, usually take the ingredients of the first album, double the recipe, and end up with a second album that either breaks them big or makes for mixed results. Instead, the Local Natives have made something very different in Hummingbird, which is instead the album the band wanted to make: a quiet, contemplative, and sparkling effort, in response to two years following the band’s debut filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
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Sharon Van Etten Review

Sharon Van Etten

Tramp

Sharon Van Etten Tramp album cover art

There is no shortage of female singer/songwriters. While surely this isn’t the 90’s, when Lilith Fair ruled the pop airwaves, there is still a fair share of females singer/songwriters vying for your attention in 2012, with Adele sweeping the Grammys and other artists from the mainstream (Kelly Clarkson, Colbie Caillat) and indie world (Feist, Regina Spektor) still grabbing tons of radio time.
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