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ISSUE 22 | The Five: Rosie and Me, Ellie Goulding, Cults, Hunx and His Punx and Freddie Gibbs

Brazilian folk artists are just one act in the latest edition of 20 Watts' FIVE, the FIVE acts you need to hear now! Read more here!

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Rosie and Me (pictured above)

If you thought the best genres Brazil produced were metal (Sepultura), Bossa nova (Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto) and tropicalia (Os Mutantes), we’ve got two words for you: indie folk.

Mostly bypassing the obvious Brazilian influences, Rosie and Me sound more like an American Continue reading

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ISSUE 22 | Soundalike: Owl City

Owl City

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Adam Young likes being cute. Really cute. Consider this lyric from his chart-topping smash-hit “Fireflies”: “I get a thousand hugs / from ten thousand lightning bugs.” However, if you do the math on that saccharine gem of Owl City lyricism, it comes out to 1/10th of a hug per lightning bug. Given the size of said insect, I think most of us would prefer something a little more substantial. All math aside, the Minnesota native Young has stormed the globe with a blend of major label buzz and controversial compositions. Check out these bands and get back to us: you might get an idea of why everyone’s so fired up about Owl City. Continue reading



ISSUE 22 | Q&A: An Interview with Portugal. The Man

John Baldwin Gourley of Portugal. The Man sat down with 20 Watts for a nice long chat. Here's what he had to say!

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Experimental indie rockers Portugal. The Man started out in Alaska in 2004 and have since released five studio albums and played countless shows, including one at Syracuse’s Westcott Theater last year. Coming off the release of their latest album American Ghetto, Portugal. The Man frontman John Baldwin Gourley agreed to talk with 20 Watts for a nice, long Q&A session.

20 Watts: In a short amount of time, you guys have amassed a pretty impressive catalogue. Some might even make the comparison to The Beatles… What’s been your favorite album that you guys have recorded so far?

John Gourley: Well, I know this is going to sound silly but every time we go into the studio I say that I’m Continue reading

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ISSUE 22 | Home Recordings: Professional Victims

Syracuse's Professional Victims play their own unique blend of 21st-century punk

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Syracuse’s very own Professional Victims have all the makings of a bona fide late-20th century punk rock band—in the 21st century. Bandmates Shawn Sullivan, Ashley Cox Sullivan and Corey Koniz have the basics down: anti-establishment attitudes; punchy, guitar-driven songs under three minutes; and the hope of raising their own army of like-minded rebels.

Like the independent spirit of punk music itself Continue reading



ISSUE 22 | PLAYLIST

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ISSUE 22 | Reviews: The Radio Dept.’s Clinging to a Scheme
May 30, 2010, 10:05 pm
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The Radio Dept.'s Clinging to a Scheme: ""

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WE GIVE IT: 12/20 Watts
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Since their inception in 1995, The Radio Dept. have been known for having a slow release schedule. Their 15-year-old discography consists of just three full-lengths. If nothing else, the Swedish shoegazers can be described as patient. And with their latest effort, Clinging to a Scheme, that may be precisely the problem.

Clinging to a Scheme is a pristine example of over-perfection. Largely an effort that feels overwrought and overambitious, it took the band four years to make. The record unfortunately suffers from an acute sense of Continue reading

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ISSUE 22 | Reviews: She & Him’s Volume Two
May 30, 2010, 10:01 pm
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She & Him's Volume Two: ""

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WE GIVE IT: 13/20 Watts
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She & Him are a static entity. You know exactly what you’re getting from the M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel tag team each time out the gate.
And yet, they’re still interesting. Their sultry-vocal-on-familiar-guitar cycle could conceivably go on forever – or at least until the end of their sophomore effort Volume Two.

Very little has changed between Continue reading

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