Sep 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: indie rock

Now Things: Arcade Fire’s Caribbean Journey

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Storm Saulter—

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Easily one of the most influential rock bands of the last decade, 2011 Grammy Album of the Year winners Arcade Fire have turned to the Caribbean for inspiration on their latest release. The band, which includes Haitian-Canadian vocalist Regine Chassagne, spent time in both Jamaica and Haiti during the making of their new LP, Reflektor. Tracks such as “Flashbulb Eyes” and “Here Comes the Night Time” bear traces of reggae and Haitian rara: the latter was inspired by the plight of Haitian refugees, according to frontman Win Butler.

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Kingston Story: Watch Indie Rock Band Wild Belle’s Jamaica-Set “Keep You” Video

Words by Tasha Brown—

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Within a year, indie rock band Wild Belle has caught the attention of many – first with their track “Keep You,” then with “Take Me Away.” Eventually, Wild Belle’s Natalie and Elliot Bergman signed a three-album record deal with Columbia Records, and the rest is pretty much history. Life has happened fast for the band.

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Audio: Major Lazer + Amber Coffman “Get Free”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

After teasing it for weeks, Major Lazer today released the second single from its upcoming sophomore LP, the name of which we still don’t know. “Get Free” features Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors (maybe you heard her on “A Peace of Light” from The Roots’ How I Got Over album) on lead vocals, and is available for the price of your e-mail address at Major Lazer’s website. And if that price is too high, you can just check out the animated video for the song, which also appeared today, below. While Coffman’s vocals may take a little getting used to, the indie rock-meets-reggae vibes on the riddim are nice and easy—we see a lot of remixes in its future.

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