5 posts categorized "amplified"


Wavves: Amplified (behind the band video!)

Does Wavves have the perfect summer album with King of the Beach? We like to think so...but what does Nathan Williams, the dude from the chilled-outfit, think about all the hype?



Watch as ABC News goes behind the “meltdown” in Barcelona, Wavves' fuzzy new band mates and his poppy, excellent new album.




 mp3: Wavves - So Bored



The Very Best: Amplified (behind the band video!)

These lads had my be[a]st album of 2009 and now we get to learn a little more about what makes them tick and what makes them ever so slick. It's The Very Best, and yep, they are darn good. Real good.



The modestly-named The Very Best talk to Jessica Suarez in ABC's latest webisode series, Amplified. They chat about their delicious mix of African music and electro-beats and also jump in on a great back story. Best details: lead singer used to work in a junk shop and is one of ten children.


Watch it now!




mp3: The Very Best (featuring M.I.A.) - Rain Dance


Free Energy: Amplified (behind the band video!)

In the latest ABCNews Amplified webisode shorts, we get a peek inside the life and formation of Philadelphia band, Free Energy. The five member power pop-rock troupe includes members Scott Wells, Paul Sprangers, Evan Wells, Geoff Bucknam, and Nick Shuminksy. They released their James Murphy-produced debut album, Stuck on Nothing, earlier this year.



As interviewer Dan Harris notes, "They’re the first band I’ve ever met that cops to using self-help books as a source for lyrics."


Additionally, we learn this about the band: "Paul Sprangers and Scott Wells met in high school (we managed to get their yearbook pics, which you’ll enjoy), struggled as a minor indie rock band, and are now breaking out with songs inspired by Tom Petty, Thin Lizzy and AC/DC. In this interview, they talk about their prior band’snasty break-up, and their feelings about the critics who so frequently invoking the movie “Dazed and Confused” to describe their new music."


Watch the boys in the video below. Next up in the exclusive series will be either The Specials or Florence + the Machine. Either way...yay!




mp3: Free Energy - Bang Pop




Toro Y Moi: Amplified (behind the band video!)

The latest installment of ABCNews' web series, Amplified, features Toro Y Moi. This time, the interviewer is none other than Nick Diamonds, from Islands, whom the lad shared a number of tour dates with last year. Get ready, beasts...it's about to get chilly. And wavey.



In this video, we get to eavesdrop on a conversation between Chaz Bundick and Nick as they talk about Chaz’s personal (embarrassingly so, he says) lyrics, the pressure of being a “glo-fi pioneer,” and whether Chaz is “raunchy” in his personal life. 


Also, Chaz utters one of the weirdest and funniest sentences ever. Hint: It has to do with dogs.


Watch now.




mp3: Tegan and Sara - Alligator (Toro Y Moi Remix)



She & Him: Amplified (behind the band video!)

In ABCNews's latest webisode of Amplified, which features today's hottest musicians and the stories behind how their acts got together, Dan Harris talks with the darlings of folky indie rock, She & Him. With their sophomore album, Volume Two, seeing a late March 2010 release, the pair have been on a constant tour pre-SXSW, through NYC last month, and on throughout the summer.




Watch as Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward talk about how they met, why she kept her songs secret for so long and why she doesn’t play She & Him tunes for her husband (Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard) until after they’re done.


Buy Volume Two here and check out the video below.





mp3: She and Him - Sentimental Heart


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