Pairings Box

  1. TK026: Local Natives – Palms b/w Wooly Mammoth

    You probably already know that Local Natives are one of the most compelling and consistently rewarding bands in the country, but what you may not have known is that they are also one of the nicest as well. Between massive headlining tours of the United States and Europe (including a taping for Austin City Limits) in Continue…

  2. TK025: Army Navy – Crushed Like The Car b/w Pack Of Dogs

    There is something strangely life affirming about a melancholy power pop tune built with pummeling percussion and big, reverb-soaked guitars. And although that may seem counterintuitive, I think it’s safe to say that this month’s featured band Army Navy knows exactly what I’m talking about. After his former band Pinwheel (which had included Death Cab Continue…

  3. Pairings Box 2nd Anniversary Playlist

    For Kasey and I, it’s incredible to think that that the Pairings Box is entering its third year. When we came up with the idea we had no idea whether it would succeed or not. The idea was to create something tangible that we could share with out readers that would allow them to create Continue…

  4. TK024: Typhoon – Dreams of Cannibalism b/w Rules of the Game

    We’ve made it no secret that we believe Typhoon‘s latest album White Lighter is one of the year’s best releases (buy it from the band’s website). After all, the 11-member Portland-based band is one of the few groups capable of crafting beautifully orchestral folk epics that can successfully balance soaring, soul-pumping arrangements against poignant, occasionally heart-breaking, songwriting. Continue…

  5. TK023: Bells Atlas – Untitled & Video Star b/w Motion Picture Soundtrack

    It’s always exciting to discover a new band creating innovative and exciting music, but it’s even better when you find that awesome discovery in your own backyard (figuratively speaking of course). And, without a doubt, “excited” is the perfect word to describe how I felt when I first heard Bells Atlas. Formed back in 2011 Continue…

  6. TK022: VISUALS – Levitation b/w Fata Morgana

    Brooklyn-based VISUALS is the project of songwriter and vocalist/guitarist/producer Andrew Fox who is accompanied here by drummer Marshall Ryan and other friends. The project has been quickly garnering kudos from all corners of the independent music industry in the past several months including nods from folks such as our friend Mark at yvynyl, the good people at Continue…

  7. TK021: Salt Cathedral – Take Me To The Sea b/w Move Along

    Built less than five miles from the archaeological remains of one of the earliest human settlements in North America, the immense Zipaquirá Cathedral in Colombia is a one-of-a-kind, full sensory experience. What makes this particular cathedral so interesting is that it is chiseled out of a former salt mine, dug 200 meters underground directly into Continue…

  8. TK020: KHUSHI – Magpie / When You Start & You Say

    I never cease to be amazed by what some of the most truly talented solo musicians are capable of. Case in point, you’d never believe that the three tracks on this month’s single, which features London-based Kalim ‘Khushi‘ Patel, are the work of a solo musician. After all, each cut could be described as cinematic, Continue…

  9. TK019: Port Isla – Sinking Ship / Adventurers & Moment Of Trouble

    If you haven’t already, I think it’s about time you get acquainted with this month’s featured Pairings Box artist Port Isla. After all, the quickly rising Norwich, England four-piece indie folk band has already been featured in over 30 music blogs; promoted by the BBC; their debut single (this month’s a-side “Sinking Ship”) ranked highly Continue…

  10. TKR01: Turtle Giant – All Hidden Places EP

    Last year I called Turtle Giant’s All Hidden Places EP “one of the best releases I’ve heard this year of any length.” Now that 2012 is well over, I’m happy to say that I still believe All Hidden Places EP was one of the year’s best releases. As an avid vinyl collector, it felt like Continue…

  11. TK018: GEMS – All I Ever / Never Age 7″

    It’s not uncommon for professional critics and music bloggers alike, myself included, to start a review by pointing out where the band’s from. I suppose (although I’ll admit to having thought about it less than I should) that we’re implying that the music is informed by the city where it was born. In fact, I Continue…

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