| Sep 11, 2013
| 3:05 PM
Nominees for the 2013 Mercury Prize were announced Wednesday in London, and though Pop & Hiss was totally prepared to moan about the award's tragically blinkered view of British pop, the short list of a dozen titles turns out to be -- dare we say it? --...
| Jun 29, 2013
| 8:00 AM
(Vested In Culture/Epic)
It's impossible not to relish Coco O's sultry vocals on "Avalanche," the sophomore effort from Danish electro-soul duo Quadron. Her sweet voice tangles with a mix of indie pop, electronica, soul and...
| Apr 24, 2013
UPDATE: 2013 Rock 'n' Vote voting has closed. RSVP for the show (required for attendance) and click here to get to know this year's acts better. See you there!
The abundance of great Chicago bands never ceases, or ceases to impress.
| Apr 25, 2013
| 1:10 PM
British singer-songwriter James Blake started out making beautiful, disembodied, dubstep-inclined sound collages in his bedroom. In 2011 he released his self-titled, full-length debut, and, armed with a much-downloaded hit (an underwater-sounding cover of...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 4:37 PM
Now in its ninth year, the independent-focused FYF Fest is returning to the Los Angeles State Historic Park and for the first time since moving downtown will expand from one to two days. Top-billed artists this year include the reunited Swedish punk...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 1:14 PM
It’s probably no coincidence that Maya Jane Coles, the 24-year-old British-Japanese producer and one of very few female artists on the bill at Saturday’s HARD Day of the Dead, helmed the best set of the night.
On a bill devoted to skull-...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 12:53 PM
One of the more welcome (if lower-key) acts on the recently announced bill for this spring's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is James Blake, the young English fellow whose self-titled 2011 debut laid out a convincing vision of post-dubstep soul...
| Apr 8, 2013
**1/2 (out of four)
In his self-titled 2011 debut album, James Blake was already beginning to pivot away from the purely electronic production that first got him noticed. A show-stopping cover of Joni Mitchell's “A Case Of You” and a...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Ten minutes into his band's performance Friday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, singer Damon Albarn of Blur realized he hadn't introduced himself. So after a hard-driving rendition of Blur's song "There's No Other Way," the...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 9:36 PM
Throughout the week and holiday season, Pop & Hiss will be presenting various top 10 lists from its contributors. What follows are the favorite albums of the year from staffer August Brown....
| Feb 7, 2012
| 4:22 PM
Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Well, it's just going to be one of those Fridays. We can feel it. There's a better than even chance that, instead of sliding into a Super Bowl weekend where most Pennsylvanians will consume their......
| Aug 5, 2011
| 4:36 PM
A look at Friends of Friends, one of the fastest-rising Los Angeles beat labels....