Pairings Box

  1. TK032: 8th Grader – All The Sweetness / Tiger

    Simultaneously playful, smooth, and provocative, San Francisco-based songsmith and multi-instrumentalist 8th Grader (a.k.a.  Jayson Martinovich) is on a mission to seduce you. Blending elements of soul, r&b, and synth-pop, his neon-bright and twinkling grooves are as infectious as they are sultry. Although undeniably a part of the broader scene, Martinovich effortlessly avoids many of the Continue…

    Simultaneously playful, smooth, and provocative, San Francisco-based songsmith and multi-instrumentalist 8th Grader (a.k.a. Jayson Martinovich) is on a mission to seduce you.


  2. TK031: BASECAMP – Emmanuel b/w All That She Wants

    It didn’t take much for us to fall in love with Nashville’s BASECAMP. The electro r&b trio (producers Aaron Miller, Aaron C. Harmon, and Jordan Reyes) released their debut single less than a year ago. To be honest, we were pretty much hooked the first time we heard that cut. It may have been the Continue…

  3. TK030: IYES – ‘Til Infinity b/w Crazy In Love (Beyoncé Cover)

    Once upon a time. How many great stories do you think have begun with that phrase over the centuries? Probably countless. The phrase (or some variation of it) exists in over 75 languages and has been in use since at least 1380. It’s particularly common when telling fairytales, myths or fables. So it’s appropriate that Continue…

  4. TK029: POP ETC – Covers EP

    I can remember the exact moment I became a POP ETC fan. It was about five years ago. At the time they were called the Morning Benders and they were opening for John Vanderslice at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. As they kicked off the first song of their set, I was drawn to Continue…

  5. TK028: Running In The Fog – Desire b/w Sail

    Keeping things close to home for the second month in a row, we’re very proud to feature the “Soul-infused Space Pop” of San Francisco-based Amanda Harper who records skittering electro-r&b grooves under the moniker Running In The Fog. With an eclectic collection of influences ranging from a deep-seated love of 90’s r&b to a background Continue…

  6. TK027: CATHEDRALS – Unbound b/w Harlem

    San Francisco-based boy-girl duo CATHEDRALS unveiled their debut single “Unbound” only a little more than two months ago to immediate acclaim. In fact, it took less than a week for the single to exceed 100,000 plays on Soundcloud; to climb to the top spot on the “popular chart” on Hype Machine; and to land the Continue…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

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