Blips: Four Under the Radar Bands

Fleet Foxes

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Say you stripped away the reverb and crunchy guitar riffs of My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses and instead substituted in Beach Boys-esque harmonies and added a healthy dose of gospel and Americana you’d probably end up with a band that would sound exactly like Seattle’s Fleet Foxes. These recent Sup Pop signees produce a hauntingly, beautiful sound akin to campfire spirituals which can be heard all throughout their debut EP Sun Giant. Fleet Foxes are currently in the midst of a lengthy national tour – their first – with label mates Blitzen Trapper, so get in early and go see them. – Some Dude


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This isn’t the first time Quintus has graced the pages of the HT and I assure you, it won’t be the last. You might be surprised to hear that I have easily seen more Quintus shows in the past year than any other band. It’s definitely largely warranted fanaticism based on their sound, but also because my friends are so obsessed that they hired Quintus to play their rehearsal dinner last year. Quintus is a young, energetic band that is overflowing with talent – particularly of the songwriting kind. They have a real knack for intermixing mass-appeal catchiness with blistering, concise solos, sharp tempo shifts, and clever lyrics. Quintus is a role model for how to play pop music that is musically sophisticated and new. – Rupert

Alby Cohen


Alby Cohen’s been around the block in the music industry. The 29-year old singer/songwriter honed his skills as the drummer for Ithaca jamband Damn Brandy in the early ’00s. More recently Alby spent his time behind the board at Rough Magic Studios, where he is also a partner. After playing with many different musicians Cohen is stepping out in front of the mic for his first solo gig. Alby plans to debut a number of alt-country leaning tunes at Piano’s in NYC on April 4 backed by a band of super-talented musicians. Check out Alby’s MySpace for a taste of what you can expect on the 4th. – Scott Bernstein

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7 thoughts on “Blips: Four Under the Radar Bands

  1. _goff. Reply

    don’t forget JIMKATA

    Just made the Camp Bisco lineup this year so it shouldn’t be long now before lots mo’ heads know ’bout these cats. (which is kind of a shame, because they are playing some great intimate venues right now that are packed!)

  2. Rupert Reply

    That’s a solid band name. The good people of Parmistan must be overjoyed.

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