One of the many indie bands that fought for the title "Voice of Young Britain 2008," Hadouken! arrived with the manifesto "We are the wasted youth/And we are the future too." Naming themselves after a special move from the video game Street Fighter, the band combined indie rock, rave culture, and grime influences to create music that sounded like Lords of Acid, Dizzee Rascal, and Test Icicles played all at once.
Kidstreet is an acoustic/electric dance band based out of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Produced by three siblings, Edna, Cliff and Karl Snyder. They had been playing shows together for a year when they decided to take their skills with electronic tinkering and acoustic instrumental playing and focus them directly at producing fun, experimental dance music. The band signed with Nettwerk in 2010. Kidstreet have since signed a major licensing deal with Ford. The staccato piano from their song (simply titled "Song") backs the car-maker’s latest TV spot as well as Apple's MacBook Pro with retina display TV Spot. Onstage, the band blends electronic elements with live drums, vocals, guitar and synths. They have toured with fellow Canadian artists Dragonette, Mother Mother, Thunderheist and Rich Aucoin as well as international artists Girl Talk and Health. They performed at the 2011 Canadian Music Week.
Best known throughout the last 10 years as a member of the critically acclaimed Vancouver trio The Be Good Tanyas, Ford is now ready to tell her own story with a solo album she describes as being "moved by motherhood, earth and land." Obadiah is a collection of songs hand-carved by the hardships and exaltations of life, and stained with the rich colors of soul and folk music that fueled artists like Joni Mitchell, Ann Peebles, Neil Young, and Donny Hathaway. After a period of stillness, it’s the sound of Ford finding herself once again.
Dido - Safe Trip Home
Safe Trip Home is the warm, moving and wonderfully musical third album from Dido, the London-born singer-songwriter with the cracked-crystal voice. The first, you might remember, was No Angel, a record made when Dido was a part-time backing singer with a tiny budget and no label. When that record's heartfelt snap-shots of life were released in 1999, nobody, least of all Dido, expected the album to eventually become the planet's biggest seller of 2001. The similarly affecting follow-up, 2003's Life For Rent, also burrowed its way into millions of hearts, hitting number one in 26 countries and lighting up the airwaves in many more. By the time Dido had toured that record around the world, she was ready for a bit of a breather.
Gob was a powerviolence band from Van, Canada featuring now guitarist of Iron Lung, Jon Kortland. They released a split 7” with Agoraphobic Nosebleed, a split 5” with Spazz and one full-length, The Kill Yourself Commandment.
Biography by Corey Apar
As the frontman for San Francisco-based rock outfit Highwater Rising, singer/songwriter Aidan Hawken found many of his band's songs appearing on various hit TV shows over the years, including The OC, Sex and the City, Boston Public, and One Tree Hill. A Bay Area native, Hawken relocated to Los Angeles in spring 2005. That same year, he issued his first solo effort, Pillows & Records, on Box 29 Records. Comparable to Elliott Smith, Hawken enlisted various musician friends to help with the album, including guitarist Chuck Prophet.