Author Archives: Kristin Clift

“Make Light” — Young Lyre

April 23rd, 2012 | by Kristin Clift

Amidst a recent influx of successful musical acts from the shores of New Zealand (Kimbra, The Naked and Famous), we introduce you to Young Lyre. A catchy mix of indie and pop rock, these guys from down under could be the next big thing


“Symmetry” — Tropic Of Pisces

March 13th, 2012 | by Kristin Clift

This trop-pop song radiates all the paradisiacal bliss of a tropical island, but without all the humidity and bugs. The whirling-twirling melodious verses set off by the syncopated rhythm of the chorus make for a delightfully gratifying song


“Indiana” — ABADABAD

March 6th, 2012 | by Kristin Clift

Despite being declared "an open letter to Michael Jackson," the melody on this beach-y track seems to capture the essence of being young, hipster and carefree


“Bad Girls” — M.I.A.

February 27th, 2012 | by Kristin Clift

There’s really only one word to describe M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” music video — bada**. The hook is addictive and the Middle Eastern flair to the beat makes it the perfect song to dance to.


“You and I” — Avalanche City

January 18th, 2012 | by Kristin Clift

One of New Zealand's most recent and finest musical exports is folk rock outfit Avalanche City. Using instruments like glockenspiels, accordions and a "manjo" (more on that later), check out the group that's climbing the Kiwi charts


The Sanguinarian Next Door: The Truth About Real Vampires

October 6th, 2011 | by Kristin Clift

I found myself in a large Radisson hotel conference room at 11 p.m., intently listening to the emotional and spiritual benefits of drinking blood. Everyone told me not to go alone. But there I was, alone, in a room full of real vampires


“Where Is My Mind” — The Pixies

June 21st, 2011 | by Kristin Clift

With haunting guitar riffs and a bass line that easily gets stuck in your head, The Pixies' “Where Is My Mind” is quintessential grunge rock — and just might bring out your inner Tyler Durden


“Settle Down” — Kimbra

June 15th, 2011 | by Kristin Clift

With a wonderfully retro voice, reminiscent of bluesy goddesses like Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday, Kimbra's voice is so rich, it makes you want to fill a bathtub with it and let its silky goodness rejuvenate your soul.


“How To Love” — Lil Wayne

June 13th, 2011 | by Kristin Clift

There's only so much of contemporary R&B slow jams I can take. I think it reached its peak in the '80s and '90s and has been on the downhill ever since. But when Lil Wayne's "How To Love" came on the radio, I couldn't help but to fall in love


“Heart It Races” — Dr. Dog

June 9th, 2011 | by Kristin Clift

Dr. Dog's cover is a contender for the title of "Better Than the Original," which is a rare title to bestow. The band's version is most comparable to driving in an old school convertible along the California coastline during a warm evening with some of your closest friends



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