Posts By: Matt Houser & Blake Russell

Oh, Locksley!


The young Wisconsin-bred Brooklyn-based quartet Locksley tweaks British Invasion pop, early American punk, and contemporary garage rock. Their new stomping, ebullient, and glammy single “The Whip” is full of “whoa oh ohs” and crazy-in-love enthusiasm. They’ve been touted as a band to watch by SPIN, Rolling Stone, and Alternative Press, and have toured with Ray… Read more »

Cornershop & The Double ‘O’ Groove Of


In 2004, Cornershop leader Tjinder Singh discovered unknown singer Bubbley Kaur working at a local launderette and recruited her to sing on their “Topknot” single. Drowned In Sound called it “an infectious and joyous amalgamation of Punjabi folk, looped guitars, and deliciously mellifluent vocals.” “Topknot” appeared on year-end “best of” lists and attracted the attention… Read more »

SXSW, Here We Come…


Ah, the cackle of the grackle. The BBQ and burritos and Whataburgers. The crisp Shiner Bock. Austin, TX: we love thee. The Orchard distributes music by about 140 artists that are performing at SXSW 2011. Some are playing eight sets in four days. Others are playing once. We’re particularly excited about these two. Quadron is a cool producer / singer duo… Read more »

Ten You Might’ve Missed


We have ears. You have ears. We’re busy. You’re busy. We probably missed some of your favorite records this year. Here are a few of our under-the-radar favorites. Tell us yours! The Paparazzi: Rococo [Serious Business] Sunny psychedelic Elephant 6-like folk-pop with cool vocal harmonies, hard-panned analog warmth, and a “classic rock” groove. Chico Mann:… Read more »