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The Welsh trio strives to live in the moment during a very busy year.

Band on fire: The Joy Formidable

It’s been a busy year for Welsh alternative rock trio The Joy Formidable. In addition to touring North America virtually nonstop, they released their sophomore album Wolf’s Law in January, contributed to Record Store Day in April, and released an EP, Silent Treatment, in July. But they wouldn’t have it any other way. Bassist Rhydian Daffyd took […]

The high energy of Passion Pit makes it easy to sing along with quirky lines like, “Once my mother-in-law came/just to stay a couple nights/then decided she would stay the rest of her life.”

ARTS Pick: Passion Pit

Passion Pit’s sophomore album, Gossamer, stitches light-filled pop anthems with grown-up lyrics and a fluid style that shifts from bombastic synth slashing to singer-songwriter slow jams. Consider its lead single, “Take a Walk,” which pairs the story of an émigré’s failing marriage and financial ruin with a dance-worthy, uptempo beat. Get moving—and feeling—when the Boston-based […]

Conceding to song licensing and playing the name game is all part of the trajectory of success for zany popsters STRFKR (clockwise from top: Josh Hodges, Patrick Morris, Shawn Glassford, Keil Corcoran).

STRFKR blurs the divide between dance and pop rock

Josh Hodges was a deejay who didn’t like phonies. So when an obnoxious musician started bragging about his sexual conquests out on tour in 2007, Hodges thought of a way to put him in his place. “I wasn’t even trying to start a band,” he said. “The name Starfucker was intended to make fun of […]