Playing garage-accented pop that reveals more than a passing influence of indie rock of the 1980s and ’90s, Mikal Cronin was raised in Laguna Beach, California, where as a teenager he developed a passion for both surfing and rock & roll. While attending Laguna Beach High School, he fell in with a handful of like-minded music fans, and formed a band that played local parties. Less -
According to Cronin, his first solo album began as therapy after finally completing college and making his way into the real world; full of noisy pop and garage influences, the self-titled LP (featuring guest appearances by Ty Segall, Charlie Moothart, and John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees) was issued by Trouble in Mind Records in September 2011. While still playing with Segall, he released a second solo album, MCII, for Merge in the spring of 2013.
- adapted from AllMusic.com, written by Mark Deming
Current Joys is the enigmatic solo project of 25-year-old Henderson, Nevada born songwriter Nicholas Rattigan. In addition to his minimal two-piece band with Jacob Rubeck, Surf Curse, Rattigan has been releasing a prolific catalog of heart-wrenching no wave ballads via Bandcamp under a handful of names (including The Nicholas Project and Tele/visions), eventually choosing Current Joys as the permanent moniker, based on a song by folk-artist Liam the Younger of the Same Name. His newest release, A Different Age, documents the process of making art and the desire and the desire to it sincerely in an era fraught with extreme irony, apathy and nostalgia. Ripe with many of the emotions and conflicts that have influenced Rattigan’s songwriting in the past, a different age contains some of his most poetic lyrics and thoughtful arrangements to date.
Since her career began, KAREN O has consistently proven herself to be among the most diverse, influential, and transformative artists in music. As frontwoman of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, she has inspired a generation and played an integral part in what is commonly regarded as a revival era in rock. She has collaborated with musicians THE FLAMING LIPS, SANTIGOLD, TRENT REZNOR, DAVID LYNCH, THE SWANS and has contributed multiple scores to critically acclaimed films. Amongst those were original compositions for 2009’s WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and 2013’s HER (for which she received Grammy Nominations in the category of Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, and nominations for an Oscar and Golden Globe). In 2014, she released her debut solo album, CRUSH SONGS. Most recently, KAREN O featured on composer DANIELE LUPPI’S album MILANO alongside collaborators PARQUET COURTS.
Surf curse is Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck. They started the project back in 2012 in their basement in Reno, NV. Since then, the band has earned a cult following through the Los Angeles DIY scene and online forums. Their music expresses themes of young and romantic love through a cinematic lens of 80s and arthouse movies. Surf Curse could be the band that is playing your prom, if the prom queen was covered in pigs blood and killing every one inside. Nothing yet marks the bands first release in over 3 years and a return to form as an older and more mature group.
Tenacious D is an American comedy rock duo, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1994. It was founded by actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass, who were part of The Actors' Gang theatre company at the time. The duo's name is derived from "tenacious defence" - a phrase used by NBA basketball sportscaster Marv Albert.
Four years after their last album Joyland, Ontario’s dark electro pop group TR/ST has returned with a new single and forthcoming LP and according to founder Robert Alfons, the new project will be darker and more dramatic than any of their previous work.
TR/ST, formerly known as Trust, began when Robert Alfons met Maya Postepski, formerly of the band Austra in 2009, with the band officially beginning in January of 2010. Their first album TRST was released in 2012 with Joyland coming just two years later. This initial intense burst of productivity is partially to blame for the lengthy hiatus between Joyland and their 2017 single “Bicep.”