eyes wide open but i will not sleep

Stumbleine f/ Violet Skies – We’re Shadows

A beautiful rippling pulse carries this track, the latest from Peter Cooper’s Stumbleine. The song’s unrest and sadness is perfectly put on display with expressionless teens floating adrift and striking hooded figures who seem to be in control.

and it’s all flailing limbs at the front line

Welsh twee-poppers Los Campesinos! played in Madison, WI to a packed house at the Rathskeller on February 6th, 2009.

The impossibly cute and ridiculously energetic 7-piece ripped through their catalog with the fury of a punk act and the pop sensibility of anyone in the Top 40. There was no shortage of group sing-alongs, due either to the band’s inherent inclusivity or, more likely, their catchy hooks. Los Campesinos!’s smart lyrics reverberated off the arch of the Rathskeller stage, particularly during “Death to Los Campesinos!” and “Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks”.

Furthering the all-for-one vibe was the band’s interaction with their fans. Whether diving into the crowd or singing into cheering faces,  Los Campesinos! threw down like a rowdy family reunion. A rowdy family reunion filled with pogoing hipsters and ringing glockenspiels.

Los Campesinos! will be touring the US into April – you can find tour dates here.

For videos from the show, click here.
For pictures from the show (all 172 of them), click here.