Youth Lagoon’s debut album, Year of Hibernation, was released in 2011. It’s been one of my favorite albums since I found out about it, for it beautifully combines Trevor Powers’ dreamy but eery voice with some great synth action. Trevor wrote and recorded the whole album by himself, and plays live shows with a guitarist. The video matches the song perfectly: get ready for a blast of nostalgia.
Kristian Matsson is the singer-songwriter known as The Tallest Man on Earth. Hailing from Sweden, he’s released a couple albums; “King of Spain” is off the album The Wild Hunt.
“Cmon Talk” is off Bernhoft’s 2011 album, Solidarity Breaks. Check out some of his other videos too, he has a really awesome style.
Charles Bradley has been performing at venues in New York for a while now, but released his freshman album, titled No Time for Dreaming, last year.
The EP, called Open, only features 3 songs. Look out for Rhye to release more stuff in the future, but until then, this will definitely do.
Although they’ve only released one album, The Head and the Heart have been touring the U.S. for the past year and a half with groups such as Iron and Wine and The Walkmen. Look out for their melodious harmonious musicalities in the future, as they’ve quickly expanded from their PNW origins to gain national recognition.
Reign of Terror is Sleigh Bells’ sophomore album, and from what I’ve heard so far, is a little more mellow than their first. Some people may like that, while others (ahem) are a little bummed that they toned it down. Regardless, I’m sure it will be great. This song gives off the same kind of vibe that their old album did: loud.
Sol just released a new album that debuted really well, called Yours Truly. This song is off the Dear Friends, Vol. 3 EP, which you can get for free here: http://solsays.com/ along with his other EPs.
If tickets aren’t sold out yet, they’ll go soon, so get on that. This is the first winter show Red Rocks has ever hosted. Ever. This song is “Guns and Cigarettes” by Atmosphere, off the album Lucy Ford. Slug is one of my favorite MCs ever, and puts on a great show. Grieves is also coming into a style all his own, and is from Colorado. I can’t speak for Common, but it’s sure to be a great time.