For everyone that couldn't make it to ArthurFest, fear not! We've assembled a list of up-and-coming acts and rarities to keep you in the know. Sample them and let us know what you think.
Remote | Bird's Eye View | Los Angeles-based.
Per our earlier review, this band calls upon a myriad of influences, with Radiohead being the most apparent. Over the course of 10 tracks, brothers Tal and Ran Pink deliver compelling vocals and philosophical lyrics. Standout tracks include: How Trees Become Money, Police Myself and Late Night Radio.
Inara George | All Rise | Los Angeles-based.
After hearing the opening lines of the seductive and melancholy Mistress, we were a fan. All Rise reminds us of a pared-down effort from Beth Orton, though George's vocal strength and phrasing is arguably smoother. This is the sort of "chill-out" CD you want to play after a long day at work. Standout tracks include: Genius and No Poem. On Fools Work, George pleads, "Listen awhile, and I will sing to you / Tear apart my body and you'll see / My heart is beating / And so I'm free." With lyrics that are as sharp as her vocal chops, we're happy to listen for a while. [ Read our interview with George. ]