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ISSUE 22 | The Five: Rosie and Me, Ellie Goulding, Cults, Hunx and His Punx and Freddie Gibbs by 20watts

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!

Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
PREVIEW: Click on the links below to access music and learn even more about these bands!

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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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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ISSUE 21 | Reviews: The Knife’s Tomorrow, In a Year by 20watts

The Knife's Tomorrow, In A Year

Part of our ISSUE 21 Coverage!

PREVIEW: Visit The Knife’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 14/20 Watts

The Knife’s Tomorrow, In a Year could best be described best as precise art. The two-disc electro-opera is based on Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Here Swedish duo Karin and Olof Dreijer, collaborating with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock, prove themselves as masters of the studio and experimentation.

The album is a journey – an electronic opera that starts spaciously and gradually gives way to Continue reading

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Mix Fix: “We Share Our Mother’s Health” by The Knife (Ratatat Mix) by tjwell01
March 4, 2010, 12:47 pm
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I really respect Ratatat's gritty touch in this Knife remix

PREVIEW THE DJ: Ratatat’s MySpace

LISTEN: “We Share Our Mother’s Health” By The Knife (Ratatat Mix)

This one is a bit stale, I must be honest, but I couldn’t ignore it any longer. It’s not a heavy club jam nor is it an over-produced mash-up, it’s just The Knife with some smooth bass rhythm and some classic Ratatat electronic guitar loops, and it’s more than enough. It’s more of a stomp-your-boot-kind-of-jam than a bump-your-hips-kind-of-jam, granted. Remixes can be subtle and not overly synthed-out crashers like what Steve Aoki is amazing at. It’s not like you can’t dance to it, because it’s still Ratatat for crying out loud. Show some respect, people. It’s just really well-produced and I tip my hat.

–Jett Wells

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Scene Around Town: Little Dragon and Ladyboys at the Westcott 11/20 with PHOTOS by laoppedi

Ladyboys at the Westcott on Friady

PREVIEW: VISIT Little Dragon’s Website

Westcott Theater was cold and empty.  Little Dragon, a synthy Swedish quartet, attract blog hype, but didn’t rope in more than 60 Syracuse residents to the Friday night show, leading to a general impression of awkward sparseness.  Zach James, a member of supporting act Ladyboys (not to mention one half of The Smash Brothers), performed a long DJ set as if expecting a sudden rush of latecomers.  Reinforcements never arrived, but the small crowd thankfully grouped toward the front of the stage as proceedings began. Continue reading

Swedish Meatballs #2: Kleerup by crumblymuffin
July 22, 2009, 11:43 pm
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Andreas Kleerup is a disco-loving Swede worth listening to.

READ: Swedish Meatballs #1: Familjen

I’ll be frank, until Caitlin tipped me off about Andreas Kleerup, I had no idea who this guy was.  Fortunately, our staff has its ear close to the ground on news, so when Kleerup (solo — get this, he also plays with a band called, no joke, The Meat Boys) announced the U.S. release of his well-recieved, self-titled debut, they knew about it.

His work isn’t as quirky as some of the other dance music coming out of Sweden.  Though a big fan of disco — evidenced by retro synth, cheeseball ’80s house vocals and four-to-the-floor beats all over the place — he still maintains that breezy lacksadaisical Swedish sound that makes tracks like “On My Own Again” jump out.

However, the track he does with Lykke Li, “Until I Bleed,” shows incredible range and depth that brings him head and shoulders above many producers, and comparisons to The Knife occasionally swim into my head, led by those dark synth lines.  Definitely a Swede I’ll have to keep my eyes on. Every song I’ve heard of his is great, so dive on in!

Check out his Myspace here.

–Dan Creahan