SoundTrax: Drive & Jive

Do you get really ticked-off when that youngster in a souped-up Toyota comes rolling down the block and you can feel the ground shake long before you even see the headlights? So much bass being pumped from the car that you can see it dripping from the door hinges? If so, this edition of SoundTrax is not for you.

This is a driving playlist designed to make you groove and wiggle in your seat, not incite a Billy Joel sing-a-long.  So crank your bass knob to eleven, throw your car in gear and buckle up¦it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

Drive & Jive from OurStage on 8tracks.

“We Can Make The World Stop” by The Glitch Mob
Glitch Mob popularized the style of melodic, downtempo, glitchy (duh!) bass music that works so well for this soundtrack, and you’ll hear their influence on a lot of the other songs. Let this track set the vibe for the playlist as you make your way to the open road.

“Defying Gravity” by Gramatik
Containing everything from horn samples, to bass-lines that would stump even the best upright players, Gramatik manages to merge jazz and swing sensibilities into a blisteringly bass heavy tune that is sure to get your head bobbing as you let your throttle open up on the highway.

“Groove Nasty” by Froland
Picking up the speed a bit now, OurStage’s Froland should get your blood pumping and senses tuned as you settle into the pace of traffic.


88 MPH: Goo Goo Dolls Are More Than Just Replacements

The Goo Goo Dolls have all the trademark characteristics of any generic, commercially-viable pop rock band: the numerous multiplatinum albums, the heavy radio play, the chart-topping monster singles. But behind these established markers of commercial success hides a specter from rock ‘n’ roll’s past. While the Goos have indeed become one of the most successful pop rock acts in the last twenty years, their sound is rooted in the influence of a band famous for its spectacular failure to gain widespread acceptance and its well-documented hatred of everything mainstream.


High Rises

Red Fox Grey Fox

The first thing you should know about Red Fox Grey Fox is that that girl singing is actually a guy. Singer Peter Miller’s voice is a high, keening falsetto”rare and singularly haunting. As for the rest of it, Red Fox Grey Fox is mercurial, layered indie rock with an emotional bent ¦ and it’s good. With a title like Up With Mittens, Down With Gloves you expect twee, and you get a little. But you also get squashed drums, polyrhythms, shimmering guitars and vocals with the earnest intensity of Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional. If emo power anthems about protecting your hands from the snow leaves you cold, give a listen to Building a Building. Miller’s eerie timber leads listeners through the story of construction, brick by brick. Hand claps and foot stomps, the sparkle of guitar, multiple time signatures”all add up to a towering monument of melody and hope. They’ve built something special here. Now it’s up to you to come listen.

Wanna Be Sedated?

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Killing You Softly: Aviette

Sometimes you want to be rocked and rolled all night, and some times you just want to lie there and be lulled into oblivion. For the latter, check out the etherizing songs of Minneapolis-based indie pop band Aviette. The trio, led by singer/guitarist Holly Muñoz, doesn’t often break from formula “ thankfully it’s not a bad one. Expect high register guitars that yawn and reverberate, syncopated drums that sound just a touch overproduced and Muñoz’s sweet, gossamer voice, which spins around the arrangements like cotton candy. Though the synths may crunch and the guitars may rear up, for the most part the mood is even-keeled. Aviette’s songs run on the short side, but don’t fret. When the ether wears off after three minutes, there’s another dose on the way.