Artist to Watch: Robotanists

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Published on December 21, 2010 with No Comments

Robotanists have a way of making overplayed songs enjoyable again. The group is comprised of Sarah Ellquist (vocals & keys) and Daniel DeBlanke (guitar, keys) and rhythm section Keith Boyarsky (bass) and Preston Scott Phillips (drums). Their style closely resembles 2009’s breakout act XX.

The L.A. group spent the last two years bending hit singles out of recognition. Their re-interpretation of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” in particular is sweet like honey.

The group kicked off 2010 with their second album, a paen to Los Angeles dubbed Shapes and Variations in March. It featured beautifully rearranged tracks by Jay-Z, Lykke Li, The Black Keys, Joe Jackson, Bryan Adams, and more. Their new CD, Plans In Progress, will be issued via Overhead Records on February 15th, 2011. While you wait, go ahead and treat yourself to their genre-bending cuts.

Robotanists – Plans In Progress Tracklist
Track List:
1. Have We Met Before?
2. Luggage vs. Baggage
3. ON/OFF The Ledge
4. The Ghost You’re Haunting
5. The Lack Thereof
6. Plans in Progress
7. Terminal A
8. Neighbors
Release Date: February 15th, 2011

ROBOTANISTS 2011 Concert Schedule:
02/07/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
02/14/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
02/21/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
02/28/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
03/18/11 Austin, TX @ The Blackheart – SXSW showcase

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