The Go! Team
This U.K.-based pop collective is based around a live band and churns out dirty pop songs that sound like they were produced and recorded up in the attic. But that's just the beginning: then they reconfigure the songs in the studio, adding some trickery and samples, and occasionally a mic-rocking emcee. The result is twee garage pop that also kills on the dancefloor.
The Go! Team Concert Films
Live at Brooklyn Bowl
The Go! Team
Runtime: 59 minThe Go! Team are a six-piece band from Brighton, England. They combine indie rock and garage rock with a mixture of blaxploitation and Bollywood soundtracks, double dutch chants, old school hip hop and distorted guitars. Their songs are a mix of live instrumentation and samples from various sources. The band's vocals vary between performances: while live vocals are handled mostly by Ninja (with Tsuchida and Fukami-Taylor also singing some solos), vocals on record also feature sampled and guest voices.
The Go! Team Top Tracks
Live at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel
Ra Ra Riot
Runtime: 29 minEarlier this year, when Ra Ra Riot unleashed their third full-length record, Beta Love, we must admit that we were somewhat apprehensive about their sudden synth pop indulgence. To make such a polarized transition away from their intimate orchestral tunes was surely a shock that many longtime fans were forced to gradually grasp. But we, as have Ra Ra Riot's faithful, have come to appreciate this new, effervescent feel, and all it required was a live Beta Love experience.
We caught Ra Ra Riot's brilliant spectacle down in Austin, Texas during Conflict of Interest's night at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel, and Beta Love skeptics beware, as our video of their entire performance can (and will) make a fan out of the most cynical synth adversary.