Jade Feature Archive

When Asa Taccone's brother told him to share some of the music he was working on to his friend Brian, Asa didn't think it would lead to much. But luckily for him Brian was working on other projects as Danger Mouse and liked the sound that Asa was putting together. Through Danger Mouse Asa met Matthew Compton and Electric Guest was formed. (07/24/2012)
Winnipeg duo Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas started writing songs and recording together just for fun without any thoughts of becoming a band in any real sense. A friend offered to manage them and a few years later they have a full length album called "Temporary Resident." Since then, they've toured across the world and opened for the Pixies. (06/09/2012)
The collective is back with their sophomore release "Here," and many people will probably listen to it hoping to hear another "Home." There's no way of knowing yet, but what the album does give us is a more introspective Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros digging into their spiritual side. (05/20/2012)
Brooklyn-via-Missouri indie-rock six-piece White Rabbits, known for their dynamic and unpredictable live performances and emotionally textured songwriting, have returned with their third full-length album, "Milk Famous." (04/07/2012)
Don't be confused by Afie Jurvanen going by the stage name Bahamas - he isn't from a tropical location, even if his music does have some tropical influences. The Canadian musician has been making music in his hometown for years as a backing musician for the likes of Feist, Jason Collett and Zeus. (04/05/2012)
Shabazz Palaces have rapidly gained fame and adoration for making some of the most inventive and alien-sounding hip-hop in recent memory, but the Seattle rap outfit didn't come out of nowhere. In fact, the group's MC and central figure Ishmael Butler has been in the game for nearly two decades, first catching listeners' attention as a member of celebrated alt-hip-hop pioneers Digable Planets in the '90s. (04/03/2012)
Growing up in London, Ben Howard had two loves: surfing and music. Very rarely are people able to make their hobbies into a fulfilling career, but it looks like Ben Howard is on his way to making it a reality. (03/22/2012)
In the past decade, Cass McCombs has recorded six full-length albums, toured pretty much constantly and even got a nod from John Peel who called him, "unobtrusively brilliant." He's an artist that has been able to hover on the verge while staying mysterious and entirely indie and has created a growing base of fans across the world in the process. (02/01/2012)
Sounding sober, tight and focused on their tenth studio release, the band offers up a little something for everyone. (08/26/2011)
British rapper turned crooner is crossing seas with success. Ben Drew also known as Plan B emerged onto the London scene back in 2006 with his debut album "Who Needs Actions When You Got Words" that offered raps and rhymes that were comparable to his mate Mike Skinner of The Streets. Greatly influenced by his love for Motown and an avid appreciation for rap, it is no surprise his U.K released 2010 concept album "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" went straight to number one on the U.K. album charts. (05/27/2011)
Hip-hop artist, skilled freestyler, and producer Blueprint first received attention when he appeared on a track off of producer RJD2's Deadringer. After that, he and RJD2 formed the hip-hop duo Soul Position and came out with several albums before Blueprint struck out on his own. (04/21/2011)
From Duluth to the Twin Cities to Portland and back, local singer-songwriter Haley Bonar, has used her change of scenery as inspiration on her fourth album, Golder. (04/18/2011)
If you're a TV On The Radio fan, you'll enjoy this and if you've been kept away by just the idea of an "art rock" band, this is the album to try. (04/18/2011)
I'm all for not judging a book by its cover, but Eels front man Mark Oliver Everett is known for lyrically wearing his heart on his sleeve. (03/28/2011)
Gregg Gillis is one of the nicest tissue engineers you could ever meet. He also knows how to make 30 songs blend together in a way that not only takes the originals to a whole new place, but also makes you want to dance all night long. (03/12/2011)