Karl and I went to see Beach House in Gent at this music venue place called Vooruit. It was a really fun show and an amazing music/arts hall. For a Sunday show their set was under an hour, with Lawrence Arabia opening. For an opening band, Lawrence Arabia rocked it.
Beach House's Teen Dream has been on near constant rotation. Ethereal, poppy, keyboard-electric piano and nice slides. The entire album is worth a listen all the way through.
Corinne Bailey Rae's The Sea comes alive for me with Belgium's rainy days. I like about 4 of the songs, the rest border on R&B cheese. Something you would imagine a suburban couple to be listening to while they cook dinner and drink wine while prepping ingredients from Whole Foods or WSM OR alternatively, me and Duds couching it while rain patters on the window. You get it. Like these tracks a lot: Are You Here, The Sea.
Finally (a Karl fave):
Bomba Estereo: solid beats, punk, cumbia, MIA-style Spanish rapsing (rapping + singing?). So. freaking. awesome. Here they are live on Seattle's KEXP and don't miss Fuego