Darren Sylvester

Flavorwire Video Premiere: Darren Sylvester — “Don’t Do That To Yourself”

Back in July, we premiered “Dream or Something Like That,” the lead single from multi-talented Australian musician and visual artist Darren Sylvester’s Off By Heart. The album was released earlier this week, and Sylvester himself has directed the video for second single “Don’t Do That To Yourself.” It’s a highly stylized affair wherein an actress lip-syncs the song’s lyrics against a backdrop of the same flat, bold two-dimensional design that characterizes the album’s artwork. … Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Dam-Funk

It’s Friday, which means that it’s time to look back at the best new music we’ve heard over the last few days. This has been something of a fallow week, so much so that we’re scaling our usual ten-song selection to five — better to have five quality tracks than pad out with filler, no? And five quality tracks we do indeed have — there’s a new song from Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, the Darren Sylvester track we premiered earlier this week, a super-secret Dam-Funk demo that’s streaming today only, plus the return of Sebadoh and Crystal Antlers. Click through to get amongst it! … Read More

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MP3 Premiere: Darren Sylvester, “Dream or Something Like That”

Australian polymath Darren Sylvester is one of those people who seems almost unfairly talented. He’s a successful photographer and installation artist, and a fantastic musician to boot, part of the same Melbourne-based musical community that has given us luminaries like Beaches, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, and Lost Animal. Sylvester’s self-titled debut album was originally conceived as the soundtrack to one of his installations, but it was so good that it eventually got a release on its own, and we’re excited to premiere the lead single from his upcoming second record, Off By Heart, which is out on October 4 through Chapter Music. The song is a driving, hard-edged belter, all ’80s-influenced tremolo guitars and bruised, sardonic lyricism: “The time I lit your cigarette/ You looked me down and never up again.” Click through to listen! … Read More

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Famous Bands and the Indie Musicians Who Should Open for Them

You may or may not have seen that new show called Opening Act last night, wherein a team of “industry judges” – viz. Mary J Blige, Olivia Lee, and that unpleasant English guy from Popstars and So You Think You Can Dance – judge various hapless bands for the right to support huge stars like, um, LMFAO or Jason Mrazzzzzzzzzzz. Still, the show did get us thinking about how plenty of great bands have started their careers by playing some support slots that seem hilarious in retrospect, from Radiohead opening for Alanis Morrissette to Jimi Hendrix opening for the Monkees. And that, in turn, got us thinking about support slots we’d love to see some of our favorite bands play. In view of this, we thought we’d amuse ourselves by looking at some dream hypothetical line-ups, featuring some big-name (or biggish-name, at least) headline acts, past and present, along with the indie bands we’d love to have seen open for them. … Read More

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