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  • Post Animal

    Post Animal

    When I Think Of You In A Castle

    The product of six friends exploring their affinity for slick riffs, pop hooks, and psychedelic flourishes, Post Animal’s newly released “When I Think Of You In A Castle” is a record that almost didn’t get made. “Before this album, we weren’t sure what the future of the band was going to look like. I was considering moving to Los Angeles and Joe [Keery] was off filming “Stranger Things”. We didn’t know where we were all going but we knew we wanted to make an album with all of us in the same room,” explains drummer Wesley Toledo. When the band – comprised of friends from childhood, the local music scene, and hometown burger joints – found the time to go to a lake house in Michigan to record, magic happened and “When I Think Of You In A Castle” was born.

     

    Post Animal have made a name for themselves as one of Chicago’s most exciting up-and-coming bands, having toured with the likes of White Reaper, Twin Peaks and Wavves. To celebrate their debut album the band have embarked on a headlining U.S. tour, including festival plays at Bonnaroo, Shaky Knees, and Lollapalooza (see below for a full list and Don’t Miss Them…seriously they are Incredible live!).

     

    Early praise for Post Animal:

     

    “upbeat…carefree rock” – Billboard

     

    “A bright and punchy bit of psych-pop, ‘Ralphie’ ‘is a promising initial preview of the album, moving effortlessly through a series of effervescent passages full of sugary hooks and guitar breaks.” – Stereogum“the next great band to come out of Chicago – wild, electrifying and, seemingly, indestructible” – NME

     

    “‘Ralphie”…showing off the band’s knack for rock that is as hooky as it is hallucinatory.” – PASTE

     

    “[on ‘Gelatin Mode’], Post Animal’s psych-pop gets drenched in sludge thanks to shredding riffs and sudden shifts in tempo” – Consequence of Sound

     

    “While the band is currently getting a boost of notoriety due to Joe’s recent acting success, we point them out not as some kind of novelty: they’re actually good…weird and ear-wormy at the same time, druggy and carefully wrought psych-pop that sounds like it should have pretty broad appeal.” – Brooklyn Vegan

     

    “Let’s get one thing straight about this psych rock band: be interested in them for the music, not Joe Keery.” – MTV

    Listen: Post Animal – “Tire Eyes”

    Post Animal – “Tire Eyes”

  • Big Mother Gig

    Big Mother Gig

    (Let's Make) Compelling Content

    Los Angeles-based/Milwaukee-bred BIG MOTHER GIG return with a memorably anthemic, and Most importantly Fun, new single in “(Let’s Make) Compelling Content”!

     

    BIG MOTHER GIG returned in 2017 after a 20-year hiatus with “Almost Primed”, an EP of 6 hard-hitting songs recorded by Jeff Hamilton (Violent Femmes) and Dan Long (Local Natives). The EP’s singles “Alvarado ” and “Nametag” were well-received at specialty And college radio and racked up some impressive streaming numbers, topping 300K. The band’s newest single, “(Let’s Make) Compelling Content” follows up “The Great Heist” earlier this year.

     

    Originally formed in 1992 in Milwaukee, BIG MOTHER GIG played across the Midwest with The Magnolias, The Hunger, Chris Duarte, PunchDrunk (who later form The Hold Steady) and early acts featuring members of The Promise Ring and Braid. They combined raw punk and Midwestern indie with hard rock. Their final show in 1996, a label showcase, came with praises from Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, but the band broke up with singer Richard Jankovich’s move to New York.

     

    Throughout the ‘00s, Jankovich achieved success with Burnside Project (who’s “Cue The Pulse To Begin” was the theme to “Queer As Folk” and went Top 30 in Japan) and Pocket (who’s remixes for Radiohead and Beck were praised by Pitchfork and others).

     

    Since reforming, BIG MOTHER GIG has been on the road with LUNA, Soccer Mommy, Alvarez Kings, The Yawpers and more. New members include Mike Datz (Liz Phair), Albert Kurniawan (Graham Ulicny of The Faint) and Micah Lopez.

     

    “sure to find its way into your head”—PASTE

     

    “a blend of punk, indie and alternative”—Alternative Press

     

    “we’re hooked…on our frequent playlist”—Impose

    Listen: Big Mother Gig – “(Let’s Make) Compelling Content”

    Big Mother Gig – “(Let’s Make) Compelling Content”

  • Lion

    Lion

    Self Control

    London-based Lion’s debut single “Self Control” channels White Stripes and “AM”-era Arctic Monkeys via the 70s-inflected rock of Jefferson Airplane. The new single is playful yet still self-assured and sees Lion’s ferocious, Joplin-esque rasp acknowledge the singer’s inability to deal with confrontation, offering up a memorable and instant ‘sorry/not sorry’ apology.

     

    The first time Lion (aka Beth Lowen) sang in public, a woman she didn’t know approached her. “You sound like you’ve smoked 20 cigarettes,” she told her, “and drunk a bottle of whisky.” Given that Beth was 10-years-old and unsurprisingly had done nothing of the sort, she started to cry. “I thought that was a bad thing,” she recalls, laughing. “And my parents were like, ‘No, no! That’s good!”

     

    Nowadays, Lowen embraces the ferocious, Janis Joplin-esque rasp of her voice. In fact, it’s one of the reasons she chose to adopt the name Lion. “Someone said I sound like a lion,” she explains, “Also, everyone says I have lion hair, and ‘Löwen’ means lions in German.” Still, declaring herself deserving of such a fierce moniker wasn’t something that came easily. “I didn’t mention it to anybody for months,” she admits. “It’s a big statement, it’s pretty extreme. But I was looking at people like Lorde, and I was like, that’s f*cking cool. And then I was like, f*ck it. So now it’s Lion.” The stage name never feels more apt than it does when Lion performs live. Her husky but powerful voice, already so potent on record, is unleashed to its full, roaring potential, as she jitters a little behind the mic, bathed in red light.

     

    Before Lowen became Lion though, she grew up in the small New Forest town of Ringwood, England. “It was a small town where everybody knew everybody,” she says fondly. “But that gets quite sickening after a while. So many of my friends from Ringwood are artists, and we’ve all come to the conclusion that we had nothing else to do.” Being naturally creative helped too. “I guess it was just in the blood and in the boredom,” she says. Creativity certainly runs in the family – she would go to gigs with her comedian father as a young teen, and her brother Sam is a multi-instrumentalist who now tours with her.

     

    Lowen doesn’t make music than can be easily compared or categorized. Each song differs from the next – though there’s one thing she hopes they all manage to achieve. “I hope people feel something,” she says, “like I do when I’m playing it. Take what you want from it, but feel. I want to make boys cry.”

     

    + Executive Produced by Linda Perry (Adele, Courtney Love, Pink)

     

    + We Are Hear and Fiction Records partnered for Global Release

     

    + Radio Premier With BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq

     

    + Coming off a Strong SXSW including showcases at The Townshend, W Hotel Second Play Stage (and Keynote Speaker Pre-lude)

     

    + Upcoming UK Tour supporting The Vaccines and Girli followed by UK Festivals

    Listen: Lion – “Self Control”

    Lion – “Self Control”

  • The Aces

    The Aces

    When My Heart Felt Volcanic

    THANKS TO EVERYONE At Radio Who Have Been Spreading The Good Early Word on Utah quartet The Aces newly released debut album “When My Heart Felt Volcanic”! The band remain out on tour with X Ambassadors for the rest of the month, and Then it’s onto Bottlerock, Firefly and Lollapalooza (Don’t Miss Them!).

     

    “We have dreamt of putting our debut album out for basically our entire lives. We’ve never worked so hard on anything. These songs are all moments of the past four years of our lives and we hope you can all get to know us as artists and people a little better through them. This isn’t just our album it’s all ALL OF YOURS TOO. We could go on and on about all of the other people that were involved in the making of this, but you know who you are and know that we love you! More than anything, we are so grateful for this sisterhood we have nurtured and grown together. At the end of the day it is our friendship and genuine love for music and each other that has brought us this far. Thank you all for YOUR support and for being a part of our journey. We hope that you can sing, dance, smile and cry to WMHFV with us.”

     

    xx

    The Aces

     

    The Aces cut their teeth as a live band early, using the teetotal, all-ages venue The Velour as their testing ground from age 13 onwards. It was in this environment that they gained confidence and thrived, their lineup solidifying a year later when McKenna met Katie in junior high, who, thanks to her older brother’s love of music, had a whole rehearsal space in her parent’s basement. The newly formed quartet would now blend McKenna and Katie’s alternative tastes (they grew up on The Cure, The Beatles and Depeche Mode) with those of Alisa and Cristal to truly find their sound.

     

    The Aces’ “Stuck” landed them in the Top 40 At Alternative Radio, and wrapped a successful 2017 of growth as Billboard’s Chart Breaker artist as well as their 2018 Artist To Watch for “When My Heart Felt Volcanic”, which contains a collection of songs that exhibits confidence and polish that bellies their young years.

    Listen: The Aces – “Lovin’ Is Bible”

    The Aces – “Lovin’ Is Bible”

  • IAMX

    IAMX

    Alive In New Light

    Fueling electronic experimentation with punk energy and confessional lyricism, we’re hard pressed to find Anything more exciting right now than IAMX’s New single/video combo for “Stardust” and are So Thrilled to deliver it to you first! IAMX’s alternative electronic rock, sound, fashion, performances, videos and persona are larger than life, yet shockingly intimate.

     

    Directed by IAMX himself (aka Chris Corner), the video for “Stardust,” was filmed in downtown Los Angeles. “I rented an industrial work loft and spent a month experimenting with lights, mirrors and different camera techniques,” IAMX explains. In it, Kat Von D helps transform one of the band members aristocratic to anarchic against stark and angular lighting and camerawork, but IAMX leaves the meaning up to interpretation. “I never really go in with a solid concept. it’s more like piecing together a puzzle. I dislike narratives but I love visual art and performance art. So that’s what I tried to incorporate in this video. I also wanted to capture a little piece of the IAMX live experience, because it’s such an integral part of the project.” In addition to helming clips for his own work, Chris has also directed videos for other artists, including “I Am Dust” and “My Name is Ruin” for close friend, electronic pioneer Gary Numan.

     

    “Stardust”’s striking fetishitic and expressionist styling ended up dictating the look and lighting concept for IAMX’s current tour. “The costumes and styling were developed spontaneously by everybody in the group. Everybody is very free and creative and it was beautiful to be around my live band members Janine Gezang, Sammi Doll and Jon Siren.” Joining the band in the clip is tattoo superstar, Kat Von D. “She sings beautifully on the recording and I was hoping I could get her to star in the video. She came and fit right in. She knew what to do without me even starting to direct, Chris says. “We both create, not because we want to, but because we HAVE to.”

     

    Sneaker Pimps founding member Chris Corner began performing as the drippingly seductive electro-pop persona IAMX in 2004. Named after the Sneaker Pimps album Becoming X, Corner had effectively become “X,” which he described as an ever-changing variable.

     

    “Sure, Nine Inch Nails and Goldfrapp are awesome, but Chris Corner, the visionary operating under the banner of IAMX, has been creating game-changing works over the course of 14 years and eight albums. His recently released LP ‘Alive In New Light’ finds him continuing to cut his own swath in the electronic-rock realm with maximum amounts of mystery and allure.”—Alternative Press

    Listen: IAMX – “Stardust” (single mix)

    IAMX – “Stardust” (single mix)

  • Ash

    Following up the riotous “Buzzkill” earlier this year, ASH have lifted the cover off Another from their forthcoming album “Islands” (out 5/18) “Annabel” is Unmistakably ASH! Soaring guitars enveloped in a delicious, warm and yearning widescreen chorus! Clearly the sound of a band at (a return to) the peak of their powers!

     

    ASH‘s forthcoming “Islands” (out 5/18) is an open-hearted collection of songs drawn from frontman Tim Wheeler’s reflective lyrical axis dealing with friendship and betrayal, love and loss, and is an album which reaffirms the band’s status as one of the most idiosyncratic and singularly thrilling guitar bands in the world.

     

    Twenty-five years on from their emergence as teenagers on Belfast’s DIY scene ASH Are Back with Another irrepressible track in “Annabel” that more than holds its own in what is a seemingly already over-stocked catalogue of hits.

     

    “Where ‘Buzzkill’ was a poppy thrasher, there’s a bit more yearning in ‘Annabel’. The licks are still plenty tasty, but they’re wrapped around an undeniable sweetness.”—Consequence Of Sound

     

    “Still with fire in their belly, new song ‘Annabel’ is online now and it’s a stomping, soaring indie punk monster with just a sprinkling of sugar on top….biting, singalong fare, that’s sure to go down a storm live.”—Clash Magazine

    Listen: Ash – “Annabel”

    Ash – “Annabel”

  • Calpurnia

    Calpurnia

    Scout EP

    Radio has Already been Embracing Calpurnia’s first single “City Boy”, which has now given way to the Newest reveal “Louie”! Both songs are found on the band’s debut EP “Scout” (out 6/15), produced by Cadien Lake James of Twin Peaks! Calpurnia’s led by Finn Wolfhard, best known for his performances on the small screen in ‘Stranger Things’ and the big on in ‘IT’.

     

    Calpurnia‘s story is how teenage rock dreams are meant to unfold: four friends, all raised on a healthy diet of the Beatles, Nirvana and David Bowie, and a deep love for their respective instruments, retreat one day to a basement and begin jamming together. They cut their teeth on some cover songs and then, with just enough confidence and a dose of adolescent enthusiasm, they write and record their own tunes. And the results are nothing short of stunning.

     

    “It was kind of destined to be,” Finn Wolfhard says of the almost serendipitous genesis of the rough-and-tumble Vancouver-based indie-rock foursome he formed with three of his now-closest friends. “We all just really clicked. And when I’m passionate about something,” the singer-guitarist adds of Calpurnia, who this spring release their debut EP “Scout”, “I like to get it done as quickly as I can. There’s not a lot of wasting time. I love just going for it. Go big or go home.”

     

    “’Louie’ was an absolute blast to record. Finn recorded his guitar and vocals simultaneously to capture exactly what he was feeling in the moment, and this track finally gave me the chance to play slide guitar, as well as the Keith Richards inspired lead you hear at the end. Jack’s groovy bass line keeps the song moving along until Malcolm comes crashing in on the drums. The lyrics are written from the perspective of a guy who always leaves his partner, and though she does everything she can to hold down the fort at home, he never shows up. The guitar solo is meant to convey the longing she feels for him to come home, and the loneliness she feels without him at her side.”—Ayla Tesler-Mabe (Calpurnia lead guitar)

     

    “Finn Wolfhard’s band Calpurnia is the real deal, in case you were wondering”—NME

     

    “The breezy song features a catchy guitar riff and echoey vocals from singer/guitarist Wolfhard, plus an epic guitar solo outro.”—Billboard

     

    “a swaggering, blues rock track inspired by the Rolling Stones…It’s an impressive debut for a band of 15-year olds. Hell, it’s an impressive debut for any indie rock band.”—Esquire

     

    “like something straight out of the ending of a John Hughes movie…Obviously, Finn sounds great on the mic, but the instrumental parts are what really stand out”—MTV

    Listen: Calpurnia – “Louie”

    Calpurnia – “Louie”

  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

    Hope Downs

    Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are thrilled to announce that their highly-anticipated debut album, “Hope Downs”, will be released on June 15th! To coincide with this news, they’ve shared a new video and single, “Talking Straight.”

     

    Fittingly recorded in a house in the middle of the Northern NSW bush, “Talking Straight” hits hard with its driving rhythm and melodic, interweaving guitars, while reflecting on the loneliness of being a small person in the big universe. In singer/songwriter/guitarist Joe White’s own words:

     

    “The concept came about when I heard someone talking about the possibility of us, humans, being alone in the universe, and how sad that would be. The idea in this song is that we might be lonely, but we could be lonely together.”

     

    “Talking Straight” marks the second release of new music from the band for 2018 and following up previous single “Mainland”. The two songs collectively show how, after a pair of buzz-building EPs, “Hope Downs” is truly that album that was promised.

     

    The album title, taken from the name of a vast open cut mine in the middle of Australia, refers to the feeling of standing at the edge of the void of the big unknown, and finding something to hold on to. It’s a record that focuses on finding the bright spots at a time when cynicism all too often feels like the natural state. Rolling Blackouts C.F. are here to remind us to keep our feet on the ground—and “Hope Downs” is as delicious a taste of terra firma as you’re going to get from a rock band right now.

    Listen: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “Talking Straight”

    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “Talking Straight”

  • Wallows

    Wallows

    Spring EP

    “Spring” has most definitively sprung via Wallows‘ newly released debut EP of the same name! THANK YOU Forward Thinking New Music Specialty Show Hosts and Programmers for making “Pictures Of Girls” Easily one of the Most Played Singles over the past month!

     

    Southern California’s Wallows’ eagerly-awaited debut EP, “Spring” is a breakout collection of 6 new songs inspired by the band’s diverse musical tastes. “Spring” was recorded alongside Grammy award-winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Alvvays, Future Islands) and features previously released “Pictures Of Girls”, “These Days” and “1980s Horror Film”.

     

    Stereogum just shared “1980s Horror Film” proclaiming that, “where early track ‘Pictures Of Girls’ was dancey post-punk and ‘These Days’ was a warm, synth-laden reverie, ‘1980s Horror Film’ is something simpler and sparer, an openly melodic acoustic guitar ballad that gradually unfolds into a thing of beauty.”

     

    This summer Wallows will make their debut at Lollapalooza!!!

    Listen: Wallows – “Pictures Of Girls”

    Wallows – “Pictures Of Girls”

  • Gang Of Youths

    Gang Of Youths

    Go Farther In Lightness

    The holiness of love, the chaos and rapture of surviving against all odds. This is what drives Sydney five-piece Gang Of Youths, whose New single “The Heart Is A Muscle” we’re honored to deliver as first taste off the forthcoming “Go Father In Lightness”.

     

    Sydney’s Gang Of Youths founded in the confines of their religious youth, enchanted by the spectacle of worship and deliverance, it’s no wonder their music burns with the desperation of apocalypse. With singer Dave Le’aupepe’s lyrics drawn from some of the most miserable life experiences available to humanity, and the band’s music taking cues from rock history’s most ambitious and theatrical preachers, Gang Of Youths drag the beauty out of everything from hell to high heaven.

     

    “The honesty, the poetry, the power of the production. The music. This is rock n’ roll. This is real spirited music right here.”—Zane Lowe/Beats 1

     

    “one of the most thrilling and emotive live acts in music today”—NME

     

    “poignant ballads and explosive bar rock”—Pitchfork

     

    “Gang Of Youths is 2017’s Best Band That You Haven’t Heard Of Yet”—Uproxx

    Listen: Gang Of Youths – “The Heart Is A Muscle” (radio edit)

    Gang Of Youths – “The Heart Is A Muscle” (radio edit)

  • Father John Misty

    Father John Misty

    God's Favorite Customer

    Following up his current radio fave “Mr. Tillman” single out earlier in the year, word has now officially come down that Father John Misty will release his fourth album “God’s Favorite Customer” on June 1st.

     

    The forthcoming 10 track long player was produced by Tillman and recorded with Jonathan Rado, Dave Cerminara, and Trevor Spencer and was written largely in New York between Summer ’16 and Winter ’17.

     

    Father John Misty’s 2018 international tour schedule resumes April 28th in Cincinnati, OH for the National’s Homecoming Fest and currently runs through November 17th in Rust, DE at Rolling Stone Park. Highlights include a performance at the Hollywood Bowl with Gillian Welch on June 24th and Red Rocks with special guest TV on the Radio on August 15th.

     

    “recalls psychedelic elements from the first FJM album….vocal melody moves like a druggy, half-lidded incantation that constantly threatens to wake up into a scene that’s more explicitly unnerving, that persistent piano line working against it to give the whole thing this darkly dreamy atmosphere, a Lynchian veneer of prettiness over something more sinister.”—Stereogum

     

    “Damn, Tillman! Back at it again with the nice chorus and obtuse navel-gazing….concise and baroque” —NOISEY/Vice

     

    “dances between psychedelic piano and guitar in a gentle, slightly disoriented twirl. And unlike the the meta commentary on ‘Pure Comedy’, this song is far more self-focused, as the title suggests.” —Consequence Of Sound

    Listen: Father John Misty – “Mr. Tillman”

    Father John Misty – “Mr. Tillman”

  • Dessa

    Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations. On the stage and on the page, her style is defined by a ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor. Dessa’s third full-length album “Chime” (Doomtree Records) is listed by NPR and AV Club as one of 2018’s most anticipated albums.

     

    Dessa’s résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and a top-200 entry on the Billboard charts for her album “Parts of Speech”. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape; her track, “Congratulations,” notched over 5 million streams.

     

    As a writer, Dessa‘s been published by The New York Times Magazine, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, published two literary collections of her own, and is set to release her first hardcover collection with Dutton Books/Penguin Random House in the fall of 2018. She’s been covered by Pitchfork, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others. The LA Times says Dessa “sounds like no one else.”  The Utne Reader calls her a “one-woman powerhouse.”

     

    In March, Dessa embarks on a world tour through the US, Europe, and Asia.

    Listen: Dessa – “5 out of 6” (clean radio edit)

    Dessa – “5 out of 6” (clean radio edit)

  • Beach House

    Beach House

    7

    Beach House (Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand) released “B-sides and Rarities” in 2017, which served as a proverbial ‘cleaning out the closet’ to pave way for a new creative process. Their approach in the creation of the forthcoming7″ (out 5/11) was rebirth and rejuvenation.  Scally and Legrand used to limit themselves to what they thought they could perform live, but this time that limitation was ignored.  Also, instead of one long studio session, Beach House recorded when inspired by batches of songs, which resulted in five mini-sessions over the course of eleven months.

     

    Unlike the last four albums, “7” didn’t have a producer in the traditional sense. Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom (Peter Kember) became a significant force on this record by shedding conventions and helping to keep the songs alive, fresh, and protected from the destructive elements of recording studio overproduction and over-perfection.  The band’s trusted live drummer from 2016 to the present, James Barone, played on the entire record, helping to keep rhythm at the center of a lot of these songs.

     

    “The balance, once again, is everything—weightlessness and ballast, vague hopes and creeping dread, sun and shadow.”—Pitchfork

     

    “the tone is immaculate, just the right blend of messy and pristine. It’s like being forced out of a dream into a reality that’s somehow even brighter.”—Stereogum

     

    “It’s a glorious evolution.”—NPR

     

    “Like ‘Lemon Glow’, ‘Dive’ adds a slightly darker and grittier edge to the band’s signature dream-pop sound.”—NME

     

    “fits neatly into the tonal lexicon of Beach House with Victoria Legand’s regal vocals perfectly accompanying Alex Scally’s shimmering guitar licks…it seems as though Beach House are moving into a slightly intense psychedelic territory.”--NOISEY/Vice

    Listen: Beach House – “Dive”

    Beach House – “Dive”

  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    Sweet '17 Singles

    While you weren’t looking, Twin Peaks have quietly (well, maybe not So quietly) released an album’s worth of material, two songs at a time, right under everyone’s nose. A true testament to their songwriting ability and prolificacy, the 12 songs capture all the band’s playfulness, melodic talent, and impressive musicianship. Our first single to radio “Tossing Tears” is a shining example of the band’s depth and diversity of style, and Was Only Available as a 7-inch single to 300 people by subscription, but Now sees inclusion on the limited edition 12-inch “Sweet ’17 Singles”!

     

    Twin Peaks have also just kicked off their support tour with the recent Grammy winners Portugal The Man, to be immediately followed by dates with The Districts through April.

     

    “Exile-era Stones strut and Velvet Underground guitar posey with sophistication that’s beyond their years, and a sense of humor too.”Rolling Stone

     

    “They’re still brash and reckless and, more than anything, fun, but with a few extra years on them, they’ve molded that reckless spirit into a multifaceted collection of songs that brings to mind the Rolling Stones at their twangiest.”Newsweek

     

    “Surfs the same wave of brash three-chord zeal as Thee Oh Sees and Parquet Courts.” The New York Times

    Listen: Twin Peaks – “Under The Pines”

    Twin Peaks – “Under The Pines”

  • The Kills

    The Kills

    List of Demands (Reparations)

    For their latest attack, The Kills have re-wired the circuits of Saul Williams’ “List of Demands (Reparations)” to create a wounded, volcanic, and urgent anthem. An opaque but powerful litany that could incite the most apathetic to action, a wake-up call capable of being interpreted as personal or political.

     

    “It’s a song of strength and empowerment, rooted in the idea of rising above,” The Kills’ Alison Mosshart says. “It was one of those songs you’re almost scared to cover, because it carries so much respect. It wasn’t a straight up love song or a drug song. It was defined, serious, and perfect already. With certain songs, you feel like an intruder trying to sing them, but this one felt like my own.”

     

    ‘List of Demands’ was so impactful to us—it was the kind of song that would come on backstage and everyone would stop what they were doing and stand up, “The Kills’ Jamie Hince says. “The more I found myself listening to the lyrics, the more I heard in them, and found myself singing along with goose bumps. The brilliant thing about it is that it speaks to so many different ideas—a true underground thing like the best Iggy Pop songs.”

     

    Saul Williams returned the compliment, waxing rhapsodically about the Kills’ tribute:

     

    “I always felt envious of the way the 60’s generation shared songs and ideologies. Jimi singing Dylan. Rotary Connection singing Otis Redding. The Stones singing the blues,” Williams said. “This is all part of the beauty and power of music and it reverberates deeply in me. All this to say, I’m honored. I liked The Kills before they chose to cover ‘LOD.’ If they can feel themselves in that song, it’s because they are as much a part of it as I am.”

     

    It’s an affirmation of the profound meaning that a song can inhabit, particularly in times of turmoil and duress. The Kills channeled those past nexuses, creating a new form from biblical material, another attack on complacency, a tribute to the joys of flux, a transmission that carries on the unwavering belief that some things must change.

    Listen: The Kills – “List of Demands (Reparations)”

    The Kills – “List of Demands (Reparations)”

  • Kitten

    Kitten

    I Did It!

    Kitten’s New single “I Did It!” is an energized and memorable slab o’ Britpop propulsion! Equal parts sugary and swaggery, it goes down instantly smooth and should have you jumping up and down in no time—Crank It! This breath of fresh spring air is off the band’s upcoming sophomore full length And those attending SXSW can catch the band in action Live!

     

    “The song is both regretful and empowering. It’s about the kind of mistake that ends up showing you the way forward. I’ve made a lot of those. I’m sure there will be more.”–Chloe Chaidez of Kitten

     

    “glistening and infectious slice of retro-pop, but there’s a new urgency underpinning it all. The song rushes forward with a propulsion that’s muscular while remaining brisk”—Stereogum

     

    “a vibrant, 80s alt-pop gem.”—VICE

    Listen: Kitten – “I Did It!”

    Kitten – “I Did It!”

  • Superorganism

    Superorganism

    Superorganism

    Occasionally, along comes a band that Perfectly captures so much of what is thrilling about music right now! Superorganism is a collection of eight international musicians and pop culture junkies (London/Japan/Australia/New Zealand) whose “Something For Your M.I.N.D.” we’re frankly beginning to worry about since We Simply Can’t Stop Playing It!

     

    Numbering eight in total, and recruited from London, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Superorganism currently live together in a house/DIY studio/band HQ in East London.

     

    It was in this house back in January that Superorganism had their big bang moment. Though they’d previously created music and visuals together, this was something distinctly fresh. They sent the track to their friend Orono, a Japanese student who at that time was studying at high school in Maine. Orono wrote and recorded a vocal part and pressed “reply”. What came back across the Atlantic was an intoxicating piece of idiosyncratic, technicolor pop that was “Something For Your M.I.N.D.” With that, Superorganism was born!

     

    It’s unlikely at that point Superorganism would’ve expected to hear that track played on Frank Ocean or Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig’s radio shows, Or that the band’s identity would be the subject of so much speculation. Or that they would sign a deal with the legendary independent Domino label or that there’d be such demand to see the band live that their debut UK show would full London’s 700 capacity Village Underground. But over the last few months such is the trajectory of this unique band. You, my friend, are in for a treat!

     

    “The new band who’ll f*ck with your brain and turn it inside out.”–NOISEY/Vice

     

    “The part-pop group, part-cult, full hivemind bringing a sense of fun back to music.”–DAZED

     

    “a hopelessly replayable loosie…it’s trying exactly hard enough. There’s a dramatic pause right in the middle of the hook, and it makes me grin every time.”–TheFADER

     

    “The song now has a video to go along with it made up of a mix of footage that looks as gooey and eclectic as the track itself.”–Stereogum

     

    “filled with cartoonish noises, a vintage sample and a killer pop chorus. A delightfully bizarre arrival.”–NME (Best Songs Of 2017 So Far)

     

    “The supercool jam is woozy and head-nodding, with deep sludgy beats and a quirky, colorful chorus.”–WXPN/The Key

     

    + BBC Radio 1–Annie Mac’s “Hottest Record In The World”

     

    + Notable Fans Singing The Band’s Praises: Josh Homme, Vampire Weekend, Gorillaz, Frank Ocean

    Listen: Superorganism – “Everybody Wants To Be Famous”

    Superorganism – “Everybody Wants To Be Famous”

  • Soccer Mommy

    Soccer Mommy

    Clean

    “I’ve played music since I was six,” says Sophie Allison (aka Soccer Mommy), “and I always wrote songs just for myself. I did it for fun, posting songs on Tumblr, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. I didn’t think anyone would notice.”

     

    All that changed the summer before Allison left for college. She bought a Tascam digital recorder and began to experiment with production, pushing the quality and craft of her songs to new heights. A buzz began to grow around her Bandcamp recordings, leading to live shows and eventually a record deal, with 2017’s critically acclaimed bedroom-recorded compilation “Collection”. “I realized that I could do this full-time,” says Allison. “It was either quit school now and do it, or stop growing as an artist. It was now or never.”

     

    So Allison took the plunge. She quit school, moved back home to Nashville, shifting all her focus to music. She toured with Mitski, Jay Som, Slowdive, and others, and was featured in the New York Times article ‘Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled By Women’. The bedroom project of Sophie Allison is now a full-time band with a new studio-album debut, “Clean”. Produced by Gabe Wax (War On Drugs, Deerhunter, Beirut) and mixed by Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey), “Clean” is Allison’s journey out of the bedroom and into the studio.

     

    “Clean” presents Sophie Allison as a singular artist, wise beyond her years, with an emotional authenticity all her own. “It feels like my first real record,” says Allison. “It’s my first real statement.” It’s an emotional album, heavy on themes of growth, isolation and change, but balanced by a lightness of touch, and with hooks to spare. “Clean” is a true step forward for Soccer Mommy-a mature, powerful album from an artist just coming into her power.

     

    “Leaning into the pet metaphor to describe her fury at being pushed to the periphery, she taps into a bitter punk attitude, but maintains a cozy indie-pop aesthetic: A charming, twisted guitar riff surfaces between every verse, and breathy multi-tracked vocals cushion the blow of her harsh words.”—Pitchfork

     

    “so flippin’ good….a foot-tapper about feeling neglected in love, Sophie Allison sounds feistier, and better, than ever before.”—TheFADER

     

    “a brilliant lyric about dysfunctional romance, and the melody Sophie Allison affixed it to may be even better….her vocal interacts with the music’s steady indie-rock churn as if bobbing in the current of a rolling river. As hooks (and leashes!) are meant to do, it carries you right along with it until you’re so beguiled that you’re willing to publicly identify as a fan of a band called Soccer Mommy.”—Stereogum

     

    “It’s a song reclaiming agency and identity taken by another other person’s condescension, control and abuse. And as she makes this empowering demand for respect, Sophie Allison firmly establishes herself as a vital musical voice we’ll be turning to in the years to come.”–NPR (“Songs We Love”)

     

    “pairs hypnotic indie-pop with an uncompromising demand for respect.”—PASTE

    Listen: Soccer Mommy – “Cool” (clean radio edit)

    Soccer Mommy – “Cool” (clean radio edit)

  • lovelytheband

    lovelytheband

    Everything I Could Never Say....

    lovelytheband‘s habit-former of a debut single “Broken” came together on a drunken night in West Hollywood, and focuses its aim on themes of depression, anxiety, relationships and late nights spent with friends. Billboard premiered the single and it has since Already even garnered some early play on Sirius/XM’s AltNation

     

    On the inspiration behind their new single, lovelytheband frontman Mitchy Collins said, “This song is about finding someone who is just as f—d up and lost as you are, but somehow you make it work together. Everyone is a little bit broken inside, nobody’s perfect. This song is an ode to the broken ones.”

    Listen: lovelytheband – “Broken”

    lovelytheband – “Broken”

  • Curtis Roush

    Curtis Roush

    Cosmic Campfire Music

    Fusing bedroom soul with the ambient expanses of shoegaze, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Curtis Roush explores love and loss away from the purview of his psych-rock comrades The Bright Light Social Hour on his New single “Real Love” off his debut solo album “Cosmic Campfire Music”.

     

    Suffused with the 70s album rock of his Californian parents, Austin-born Curtis Roush buried himself in instruments and musical genres shifting from the metal and classic rock of his teenage years, the hardcore and post-rock of his college years, and into the expansive psychedelia as a member of The Bright Light Social Hour.

     

    Reeling from the end of a relationship and the suicide of Alex O’Brien, manager of The Bright Light Social Hour and brother to band mate Jack O’Brien, Roush spent time between tours in Marfa, TX focusing on softer, more acoustic songwriting married with expansive, psychedelic production – a “quiet storm of the west.” Roush composed the songs of his debut album, “Cosmic Campfire Music”, on a laptop during fleeting moments in motels, a tour van, and his parents’ spare bedroom. A reflection of these hushed, quieter spaces, these songs conjure an existential meditation on love – how it rarely arrives, how it often leaves.

     

    Working with producer Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders, Roush tracked the album to analog tape over one month in the winter of 2016. He played every instrument and we Know you’re going to love it as Much as we do.

     

    From its calm confessions to its skyward gaze, “Cosmic Campfire Music” is a listen for hushed respite before the long struggle ahead.

     

    “The shoegaze-infused ’70s rocker ‘Real Love’ sounds like a mirage but paints Roush as a realist. Describing ‘the feeling that I thought I knew,’ he invokes ‘white hot flashes’ and ‘flailing,’ all within the fabric of spacey reverbed vocal harmonies and layers of guitar that might remind you of both Fleet Foxes and the War On Drugs.” – Stereogum

    Listen: Curtis Roush – “Real Love” (radio edit)

    Listen: Curtis Roush – “Real Love” (radio edit)