Get Inspired by Atlas Genius

By Paul on October 10th, 2013 in ,

We typically write about niche bands around here. So, it seems a bit odd to be writing about Australian band Atlas Genius, doesn't it? I mean, they're on the radio and they have a hit single!

But, here at the Reverb Signal, we only care about two things. First, do we have something to say? That's usually yes, because we're a bunch of blabbermouths. Second, is the music good? And ya know what? Atlas Genius is great! Of course, it helps that they'll be playing the Fillmore in Silver Spring on October 13, and you should totally go see the show. Because, you see, there's more to Atlas Genius than meets the eye (that's the "something to say" part). Hit the jump to find out more.

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Kate Nash

By Paul on June 28th, 2013 in

Phew! It’s been a little while since I actually talked to Kate Nash. Sadly, I was pulled away from the Reverb Signal for a while to focus on my wedding. Okay, maybe that’s actually not so sad. Woo hoo for married Reverb Guy!

But we’re finally back, and we can give English artist Kate Nash the recognition she deserves. And she definitely deserves it. Being a music blogger, I’m lucky enough to meet the people behind some really cool music, and a lot of those people turn out to be really cool too. Kate Nash, though, has to be one of the coolest I’ve met. Find out why after the break…

Jamaican Queens at The Paperhaus on January 14

By Paul on January 9th, 2013 in , , , ,

Back before I started getting into the indie scene, music for me was mostly "I like these songs I heard on the radio." These days, I can’t even think of the last time I turned the radio on when I could just play some indie music instead. This is all thanks to bands like Jamaican Queens — and venues like The Paperhaus — which continue to push the boundaries of what a dedicated group of musicians are able to accomplish. Jamaican Queens will be playing at The Paperhaus January 14. This exclusive concert isn’t even listed under their tour dates. This is about as cool as it gets. And did I mention that it’s also completely free?

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Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk

By Paul on November 26th, 2012 in , , ,

Happy Cyber Monday, everybody! And do I ever have a gift for you! May I present to you Yukon Blonde, who played in D.C. fairly recently with the Jezabels (another magnificent band). Unfortunately I was unable to see them myself due to… reasons… but even so, these guys make some pretty amazing music.

When I discovered they were playing in town, the only reason I gave them a second look was because I wanted to see the Jezabels in concert. Up until then I hadn’t heard of Yukon Blonde, or maybe I once heard about them from the friend of a friend who overheard a hobo at a metro station or something. But whatever. I listened to Yukon Blonde and I was hooked.

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Alcoholic Faith Mission

By Paul on July 13th, 2012 in ,

No matter how many indie bands we review, they always manage to surprise us. They’re always so different from each other, and they always bring interesting sounds that I never would have guessed I would enjoy. You’d think by now it would just be expected, but it ain’t happening. Certainly there’s new stuff to be heard and we all know it, but the fun part is that unexpected sounds are never… expected. No band so far has proven this more than Danish band Alcoholic Faith Mission.

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Atherton [No Threat]

By Paul on June 20th, 2012 in , ,

Have I ever told you about all the cool indie rappers out there? No? Well, shoot, let’s change that starting now! Hip hop is kind of a big thing, after all. But, just like any other genre, the artists with the most creative license are often not the ones on the radio; they’re the independent musicians. Take Canadian rapper Atherton, for example.

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Keep Shelly in Athens

By Paul on May 22nd, 2012 in

You are in a field. The lone tree on the horizon is leaning away from a gust of wind, as the tall grass dances hypnotically under the yellowing sky. You can feel your hair blowing to the side. In the next moment, you’re standing at the top of a tower overlooking the ocean, which you then realize is an unlit lighthouse. The wind is even stronger now, creating tall waves below you while a heavy rain is pelting the window. You could watch the droplets slide down the window the window all day, but you turn around only to find you are actually in a dimly lit living room, sitting on a sofa that wasn’t there before, and you don’t recall actually sitting down. You look back out the window through the now light rain, and watch as a mist drifts past a flickering street lamp.

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Korallreven

By Paul on March 2nd, 2012 in

God I hope I’m spelling their band name right! Swedish band Korallreven (I just checked… yup, that’s how it’s spelled) is a band that could be best described as not quite lucid. That is, the music finds its way into your subconscious, and that’s where it stays. Gone are all the standard hooks and riffs you normally hear from other bands. Even the dreamiest, synthiest bands will often have a hook, but Korallreven manages to do something a little different.

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Wildlife

By Paul on January 26th, 2012 in ,

When reviewing a band like Wildlife, it’s tough to pick what “angle” to write from. With any of my other band reviews, there’s always an angle. It keeps the reader interested (I hope) and helps me come up with material to use when writing the post without appearing “informative” like I try to do in the L2P posts. It’s also a relatively easy way to write, since many bands have one or two standout features that I can center everything else around. This is where Canadian band Wildlife is different from other bands I’ve covered so far.

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Pearl and the Beard

By Paul on November 16th, 2011 in

Pearl and the Beard is a band of three people, each with only one voice and using (mostly) a cello, acoustic guitar, and a few drums. And… they’re amazing! Using so little, they manage to create a great variety of music that just really does so much.

While trying to think of what to write about Jeremy, Emily, and Jocelyn (which kinda took forever, sorry about that Pearl and the Beard!), I just couldn’t figure out what to say. To be perfectly honest, I’m still stumped. On the one hand, I could call them folk. There’s certainly that. But that would be like calling the White House a thing that is white. Yes, it is, but that doesn’t even begin to tell you the first thing about it. And there’s a lot that’s not white about it. The grass, the flags, the carpets inside, the desks… and we haven’t even gotten to the politics yet, which is really the heart of the White House. The fact that it’s white just happens be a small and insignificant part of its being.

That’s probably the best comparison I can make for Pearl and the Beard. They’re not plain old vanilla folk. They are more like a giant chocolate fudge sundae, dripping with all kinds of toppings like banana, nuts, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, marshmallows, sprinkles, placed nicely on top of a delicious brownie just so, and yes, there’s also just a tiny smidge of vanilla.

Listen, for example, to a song like “Voice in my Throat” from their first album, “God Bless Your Weary Soul, Amanda Richardson.” It’s a nice pleasant tune about… I dunno. I could try to listen to the lyrics so I can tell you what it’s about, but I just get lost in their beautiful harmonies. Their singing has a kind of a back and forth that gets addictive very quickly. You’ll find yourself trying to make up your own harmony to go with theirs, even though you are too entranced to even know what to sing other than to repeat “voice in my throat” along with the refrain.

That’s one of the best things about their music, actually. It’s just so much FUN!!! And we haven’t even gotten into their live show. It was a few months ago now (please forgive me Pearl and the Beard, or better yet please sing to me), but I can remember it like it was yesterday. When you see their live show, you will probably really enjoy “Douglas Douglass” from their second album, “Killing the Darlings.” Mostly, it’s just voices, stomping, and clapping. Oh, and they go into the audience. It’s just so much fun.

And to think I would have no clue who they were if it wasn’t for my sister telling me about this great band she liked mere days before they played at the Red Palace. The next day, I learned that they were coming to D.C. so I nabbed the interview and told my sister that she could interview them on behalf of the site. It’s a good thing, too, because soon after that they played the 9:30 Club, and once you get big enough to do that it’s impossible for a small site like this to get the interview. But I say congratulations, Pearl and the Beard! You deserve it!

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