Jing Jing Li Junior Staffwriter
Collaboration meets experimentation in Broken Bells
The last album the Shins released was 2007’s Wincing the Night Away. Since then, the band has gone through lineup changes and has moved labels, jumping to lead singer James Mercer’s private label, Aural Apothecary. While it was rumored that a new album might be released in 2009, nothing has surfaced yet. With everything on pause, a side project was bound to happen.Pillbox | March 22, 2010
Motion City Soundtrack rocks the stage and the stereo
Motion City Soundtrack is a band on the rise. Whether you’re attending a concert or checking out the band’s newest album, your musical palate is sure to be widened.
“Do you guys like music?” asked Justin Pierre, lead singer of Motion City Soundtrack, halfway through their set. In response to the roar of the crowd he quipped, “That’s good, ‘cause we’re a musical band.”Pillbox | February 8, 2010
Synthetic sounds, reggae beats, and Afro-pop
When Vampire Weekend released their self-titled debut album in January 2008, they were already riding the hype from the blogosphere. The album went on to sell half a million copies in the United States. Now, two years after Vampire Weekend, their sophomore album, Contra, might just top that record. Currently, it sits comfortably at number one on the iTunes Top Albums chart.Pillbox | January 18, 2010