French Miami

Many a night I will lie in bed with my headphones on, listening to music to help me fall asleep. The other night I was listening to a collaborative playlist on Spotify trying to relax and hopefully fall asleep. That hope of sleep was destroyed when “Multi Caliber Rifles” from French Miami started playing through my headphones. The angular guitar riffs mixed with throbbing synths, somewhat reminiscent of Fugazi, made me take notice. Why hadn’t I heard this before?

From what I can find about these guys, they formed in 2006 in San Francisco and now reside in Brooklyn, NY. They released their self-titled debut in 2009 and followed that up with an EP Motor Skills last year. According to their website they are recording a new album now. The songs included below offer a heavy dose of synth and jangly, finger-tapping guitar grooves for your listening pleasure. Enjoy.

French Miami – Motor Skills from Motor Skills (2010)

French Miami – Suge Knight from Motor Skills (2010)

French Miami – Science Fiction from S/T (2009)

The Ettes

The day I’ve been waiting for has finally come. After waiting 19-odd months, today is the day we bring you a new song from the Ettes. Look at Life Again Soon, out March 11, picks up where their debut Shake the Dust left off, continuing their self-described beat-punk, adding a little more 60’s reverb to drench Coco’s coo-ing, a little more of Jem’s dirty bass, and whole lot of more of Poni’s pounding the snot outta her drum kit. Catch them if you can on their way from Florida to SXSW.

Original Post 6/20/2006:
Yes, it happens to me several times a year, maybe even a month, where I find my new favorite band. For the past week and a half now, the Ettes are my new favorite band. We here at 3hive try to avoid personal and patronizing (ie., brown-nosing) statements such as that in our quest to share the sharing, but with the Ettes, I just can’t help myself. Their girl-lead, blues-inspired garage rock is sharp and pulsing and induces a state of air-guitaring and posturing. See what I mean?

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