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City Sounds 4/5: Stockholm by krkuchta

Listen to WERW'S Sounds of Stockholm Monday from 11pm-1am


City Sounds goes abroad once again, and this time we’re going to the Venice of the North: Stockholm, Sweden.

As we discovered from when we went to Paris, the history of music in a European city is way harder to cover than music from an American city. I mean, some of these places have hundreds of years on us. Nevertheless, we will venture into Stockholm and see what we can gather. There will most definitely be some ABBA–I can guarantee that.

Besides ABBA of course, Stockholm has many artists that have caught international attention. Bands like The Knife, Those Dancing Days and Lykke Li have found success around the globe, shining some light on Stockholm and Sweden in general.

Stockholm is home to a variety of musical genres. But, like every city, there are a few that it’s known for. Metal is huge over in Sweden, and Stockholm has put out big names like In Flames and Opeth. The general alternative rock sound is found in bands such as the Concretes and Shout Out Louds. Don’t forget the indie pop explosion that includes Stockholm natives Miike Snow and Peter, Bjorn and John.

Stockholm has been blowing up the music world for the past few years with this mass distribution of amazing artists, and City Sounds is going to take a gander at them all. Listen to City Sounds on WERW, Monday nights from 11pm-1am.

–Kyle Kuchta

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Mix Fix: “Burial” by Miike Snow (Benny Blanco Remix) by tjwell01
March 30, 2010, 12:15 pm
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Pregame with this Miike Snow remix before tonight's show

PREVIEW THE DJ: Benny Blanco’s MySpace

LISTEN: “Burial” by Miike Snow (Benny Blanco Remix)

I admit straight off that I’m not the biggest Miike Snow fan, but that doesn’t mean I can’t like a remix of their work, like this Benny Blanco piece. I’m going to tonight’s Miike Snow concert in the Schine Underground at 8 p.m., and I figured why not do a search for the best Miike Snow remix—and voila! The remix still doesn’t turn Miike Snow into a heart-pumping club artist, but it adds some creatively light-hearted elements you don’t see enough in Miike Snow. I always got a moody vibe from Miike Snow, and this remix makes the music seem more light on its feet.

On an unrelated side note: how funny is it that just after Delorean bailed out of opening for Miike Snow, they’re the hot indie artists of the week on music blogs? Irony’s a bitch.

Also, stay tuned for post-coverage of tonight’s concert!

–Jett Wells

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20 Watts Radio: Syracuse Concert Analysis Roundup by tjwell01
March 26, 2010, 4:22 pm
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A special guest joins me to talk about upcoming Syracuse concerts.

LISTEN: “Concert Roundup”

A special guest, Adam Biswanger, a.k.a. the classic rock scholar, dishes his thoughts on upcoming indie performances at Syracuse, Miike Snow and Sleigh Bells. Biswanger also talks about the role of indie rock and the hardship of crossing over to the mainstream. He’s excited about one band, and not the another, but who’s got the leg up? Sleigh Bells and Miike Snow go head-to-head in this special 20 Watts podcast.

–Jett Wells

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20 Watts Reviews Crookers’s Tons of Friends by jluposello

Crookers's Tons of Friends.

PREVIEW: VISIT Crookers’s MySpace

WE GIVE IT: 12/20 Watts

If nothing else, the latest release from Italy’s fastest growing electro-duo Crookers win this year’s award for the most appropriately titled album. Their most recent effort, Tons of Friends, features a staggering 20-track lineup of collaborations with the likes of will.I.am, Spank Rock, Miike Snow, Kelis, Pitbull and Crookers’s old friend, Kid Cudi, among others. While the features list that comes along with the eclectic (that’s an understatement) sound on the record is enough to make listeners drool all over their iPods, the sound presents a mostly unfocused sound punctuated by just a few gems.

Crookers have never been shy about their aversion to becoming tied to one specific genre. Sure, they’ve gained most of their popularity via their recent domination of the Italian club scene, but beneath layers of house beats and broad synth textures lay an unmistakable hip-hop influence. The duo’s remix of Cudi’s “Day ‘N’ Nite” is arguably what gained the duo their notoriety, and they pay homage to their hip-hop roots in several of the collaborations on the record. Continue reading

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News of Note: Miike Snow to play SU March 30th by tjwell01
March 1, 2010, 12:38 pm
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Miike Snow will headline the first Bandersnatch show on March 30.

PREVIEW: Miike Snow’s MySpace

The Daily Orange broke the news this morning that the Bandersnatch concert series announced its first concert this semester—Miike Snow. As some of you know, UU was targeting Miike Snow with the survey they put out at the beginning of the year. It’s not a bad selection, to be honest, but this news makes you think more about that mystery act at Block Party. Delorean, a Spanish electro-pop group, will open up for Miike Snow and I’m a little more excited for these guys. Either way, it’s going to be a synthesizer-heavy show in the Schine Underground at 8 p.m.

–Jett Wells

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Editor’s Pick#286: Breaking down Block Party’s “Surprise Act” by tjwell01

No, Passion Pit is not going to be the big "surprise" act for Block Party this year.

The Drake announcement for Block Party was expected, but what wasn’t expected was the hush-hush mystery of a “surprise middle act.” The act will be named later, but there’s enough information available to break down the mystery. The Newshouse’s Otto-Tune blogger, Nathan Mattise, does a solid job of analyzing the possible candidates that might be the surprise act. It’s more than speculation, because Mattise refers to the student survey posted online, highlighting UU’s thought process to fill out the lineup.

Drake was on the list for UU’s headlining act, along with Common, Kid Cudi, Ludacris, MGMT, Modest Mouse, Mos Def, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and Weezer. We know how this played out.

However, the list for the possible supporting acts goes as follows: 3OH!3, Cobra Starship, Passion Pit, Keri Hilson, LMFAO, Lykke Li, Miike Snow, Pitbull and The-Dream. Now, it’s easy to eliminate candidates by process of elimination based on their tours already scheduled, and who is available for April 30th. It also makes sense for the band to be near by Syracuse, NY at a nearby date.

Let’s break it down:

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