The Weeknd literally exploded this year. But no acts roll out of the box quite as well-made as The Weeknd, they all start somewhere. Two songs have surfaced online from back in 2009 before The Weeknd made it big. They’ve got the seeds of Tesfaye’s style in them, and his voice sounds as great as ever, but they lack some of the grit and dirty production that went into making House of Balloons and Thursday. However, they’re both decent songs and still worth checking out at the least for pure interest.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
We talk with Israeli rockers Vaadat Charigim about some of their favorite records.
We talk with Yvonne Ambree and Jesse Barnes of Take Berlin about some of the records which influenced the recording of their debut EP, Lionize.
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