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That Handsome Devil, often shortened to THD, is an American rock band that hails from Brooklyn, New York, by way of Boston, Massachusetts.  The band consists of frontman Godforbid (vocals, songwriter), Jeremy Page (guitar, bass, keyboard, banjo, pedal steel, glockenspiel, percussion, accordion, synthesizer, kazoo, background vocals, songwriter), Naoko Takamoto (backing vocals), Evan Sanders (keyboard, trumpet, trombone), Jeremy Siegel (bass, background vocals), Sam Merrick (drums), Deflon Sallahr (live show hype man), Andy Bauer (drums, percussion, accordion, guitar, backing vocals).

The band mixes genres such as rock, funk, jazz, jive, blues, surf, R&B, reggae, rockabilly, rap, and psychedelic.  Their sound has also been described as “equal parts Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, bizarre electronica, creepy hip-hop, and in-your-face gonzo rock”.  Others have described the bands sound as gypsy jazz and the band’s own frontman Godforbid has described the sound as “fringe pop”.

The band was founded by Godforbid and Jeremy Page.  Before “That Handsome Devil” existed, Godforbid and Page were both members of the hip-hop group Alaskan Fishermen, along with Thirstin’ Howl III and Father Time.  In late 2004, THD released their first singles “Dating Tips”, “How To Get Money”, and “Don’t Go”.  On July 26, 2006, the band released their first EP titled “That Handsome Devil”.  The fourth track from the album “Elephant Bones”, was featured as a bonus song for Guitar Hero II.

Their first studio album, “A City Dressed In Dynamite”, was released on August 5, 2008 to scores of positive reviews.  The album was praised as “profoundly entertaining, bizarre in a beautiful way, and a madcap musical frenzy as dizzying as it is dazzling”.  Although the music continued to be as stylistically varied as their previous releases, the album expanded on the band’s prevalent themes of emptiness, drug addiction, materialism, and death.  It also continued their trademark of using dated soundbites from the 1950s.

In December 2008, the band released a compilation album titled “Good Riddance, George W. Bush”, which consisted of anti-George W. Bush songs.  One of the biggest singles from the album “Rob The Prez-O-Dent” actually didn’t refer to George W. Bush or his policies at all, though their song “Viva Discordia” does contain overt references to the Iraq War and the Bush administration, referring to the later as “a bunch of mobsters looking for Osama”.  “Rob The Prez-O-Dent” was a featured song on Rock Band 2 and help the band gain more recognition.

On August 9, 2011, the band released their newest full-length album, “The Heart Goes To Heaven, The Head Goes To Hell”.  The album garnered favorable reviews from both fans and critics.  The band kicked off the album with a heartland tour and the launch of an independent website.  This was financed, in part, by a fundraising effort through Kickstarter where the band reached their pledge goal of $2,000 within a few days and ultimately raised $6,013 after a month.  Many people chose to donate at the $100 level in order to receive some highly sought-after unreleased songs, along with exclusive accessories.

On August 2012, the band announced a new EP titled “The Jungle Book” which was available for free download through their website.  The EP consists of covers of several songs from the original “The Jungle Book” Disney movie with the songs being redone and quasi-reimagined.

On November 25, 2014, THD released their third studio album “Drugs & Guns for Everyone”.  This album, much like their previous albums received positive reviews among fans and critics as well.

It seems like THD can do no wrong.  Their constant willingness to experiment and blend almost every genre of music together constantly helps keep their music new, entertaining, and very random.  This, it seems, helps add to the bands appeal, making fans of multiple genres able to connect with THD.  They are innovators within multiple musical genres and God only knows what their next album will sound like but I’d bet that it’ll be just as bizarre and random as the last.  In the case of THD, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and keep an eye out for what they release next.  I’m sure it’ll be worth a listen.

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – That Handsome Devil – Picture: Google Images

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Matt and Kim

Matt and Kim are an American indie dance duo from Brooklyn, New York that consists of keyboardist/vocalist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino.

The two came together in 2004 while attending the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and sessions for their debut album began two years later after a spring tour with “Meneguar.”  Featuring vocals from both members, the self-titled album was released by the I Heart Comix label in fall 2006.  Shortly after, the duo performed at multiple festivals throughout 2007 including Lollapalooza and the Siren Music Festival.

The group continued to tour for a couple more years after until they briefly took a break to record more material for their sophomore album, “Grand,” which was released in early 2009 on their new label Fader and cracked the Billboard 200 at number 165.

The album, “Sidewalks,” followed a year later and, thanks to the help of a video that saw the duo strip down to their birthday suits in the streets of New York City, charted much higher on the Billboard Charts to 30.

The groups fourth album, “Lightning,” was self-produced by the duo and was released in November 2012.  A year later, the duo released an album of remixes from “Lightning,” titled, “Lightning Remixes.”

On January 13, 2015, the group released the single “Get It” off of their upcoming album “New Glow” which is slated to be released on April 7, 2015.  The new single, received mixed reviews from fans because it moves away from Matt and Kim’s DIY style of sound.

I personally enjoyed the new single and welcome Matt and Kim’s continued musical experimentation.  Matt and Kim started off in relative obscurity and through the years, have worked hard to garner immense popularity.  Many times, they are the driving force for festivals simply because they will be performing there.  I have also heard that their live shows are not something to miss.

Give Matt and Kim a listen below and see why this duo has become a dominant force within the indie music scene.

Sources: Info: Spotify, Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Picture: Google Images