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  • POP ETC
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    POP ETC

    Fingerprints

    POP ETC hits the ground running with the sparkling and evocative “Fingerprints”, which is the first reveal in the band’s “Infinite Singles Collection” (a new music series delivering new releases in batches of one or two songs every four to six weeks)!!

     

    POP ETC is Chris Chu, Jon Chu and Julian Harmon. The band has released two full-length albums, including 2012’s self-titled debut, and 2016’s “Souvenir”.

     

    “‘Fingerprints’ was one of those songs that came out quickly. I had been thinking a lot about the effect that all the people I’ve met over the years have had on my life. Trying to trace the different threads and series of events. It’s really amazing to think about. Even those people you meet once, or the ones that come into your life for a couple of months and then disappear. There’s no telling who will come into your life and alter its course forever.”–Chris Chu (POP ETC’s lead singer)

     

    “…[POP ETC] climbs back to indie-pop’s top rung.”–SPIN

     

    “It’s just that cool.”–WIRED

    Listen: POP ETC – “Fingerprints”

    POP ETC – “Fingerprints”

  • Hembree
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    Hembree

    Had It All (EP)

    Trio Hembree are from Kansas, a state best known for not much worth talking about in a band bio, but also a beautiful place with cracks in its highly conservative foundation where creativity and ambition flourish. This is the Kansas Hembree are from. They come from families of musicians and music-shop owners, people who find the divisive politics of the state just as foreign, if more immediate, as their Coastal peers. And in the grand rock’n roll tradition Hembree are also family: Isaac Flynn (lead vocals, guitar) and Eric Davis (keyboards, synths) are brothers-in-law and high school buddies. Sadly, Garrett Childers (vocals, guitar) has to be content with the role of life-long friend and general bon vivant.

     

    Over the last year and half the “Had It All” EP (out 11/3) was recorded in Kansas City, in Isaac’s bedroom and various home studios. Working with friends that the band love and respect, in places they live and work everyday, the convivial environment shines through on these recordings: you can hear their lives in these songs. The band continued their fruitful partnership with producer Eric Hillman and the Grammy-winning mixer Joe Visciano (The Kills, Jamie XX, and Beck).

     

    Hembree‘s sound lays down smart, tightly constructed rock songs with stick-in-your-head hooks and soaring vocals and the upcoming “Had It All” EP gives birth to simply some of the Best sounding guitar music we’ve heard this year and showcases a sonic ambition and clarity of purpose that’s formidable!

    Listen: Hembree – “Holy Water”

    Hembree – “Holy Water”

  • Ace Harper
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    Ace Harper

    Rally Girl

    Ace Harper immediately commands attention–an electro- siren with fashion forward style, a razor sharp pen, and art rock ambition.

     

    You could say Ace Harper‘s magnetism nods to the likes of Siouxsie and the Banshees and Iggy Pop, but she wields a certain je ne sais quoi all her own–a seamless merging of music, dance, and visuals. As a result, Ace Harper‘s debut singles & videos “Neon Heart” and “Mouth Wide Open” bring a new rhythm to 21st century music. “It’s a mixture of a lot of different genres,” Ace says, noting that “There’s definitely a punk attitude, but there’s a new fresh electronic undercurrent. There’s no specific category. I want to invite everybody to the party.”

     

    Ace continues that art “has always saved me” and underlines that her goal “is always to say something that I really care about and to love the song.” Art to her, is a multi-faceted experience: she’s a visual artist and loves fashion, and recently told Galore magazine that “I want my show to be a full experience from the songs, to the performance to the fashion. It all tells a story of who I am.”

     

    Ace‘s journey began growing up in Oklahoma. As a child she studied ballet and then later was asked to travel the US assisting top choreographers. She traded the Midwest for Southern California and spent years as a professional dancer working with a myriad of musical legends. In the midst of everything, she constantly wrote songs and collected ideas, quietly assembling a sound of her own.

     

    Ace Harper is Just getting started…

    Listen: Ace Harper – “Neon Heart”

    Ace Harper – “Neon Heart”

  • Bully
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    Bully

    Losing

    Bully burst onto the scene in 2015 with their critically acclaimed album “Feels Like”. “Feel the Same” is the first share of new material as they announce their new album “Losing”. The album was engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio.

     

    Fronted by Alicia Bognanno, Bully was born in 2013. Bognanno was an engineer who had cut her teeth working at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Together with guitarist Clayton Parker and Reece Lazarus on bass, they made a debut album, received unanimous critical acclaim and Bognanno became a point of intrigue. A rock icon in the making, with her signature scream, messy blonde hair hanging in her face, with formidable skills as both a player and a engineer who prefers recording to tape. The success propelled the band into an exhaustive touring cycle with spots on huge festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapallooza, Pitchfork Music Festival and ACL and a late night appearance on Conan.

     

    While “Feels Like” tumbled headlong into the precarious nature of Bognanno’s young adult life, “Losing” is a document of the complexity of growth: navigating breakups with sensitivity, learning not to run away from your troubles but to face them no matter how messy they may be. The debut single, “Feel the Same’ is the album opener. Like an electric-shock Bognanno is back in your face tackling the angst of a young person feeling their way through the world. The song describes the prison of a manic mind-set, being trapped in your own head.

    Listen: Bully – “Feel The Same”

    Bully – “Feel The Same”

  • Superorganism
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    Superorganism

    Something On Your M.I.N.D. (radio edit)

    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 – Something On Your M.I.N.D. (radio edit)

    Superorganism – Something On Your M.I.N.D. (radio edit)

  • Black Pistol Fire
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    Black Pistol Fire

    Deadbeat Graffiti

    Black Pistol Fire are that Explosive duo from Austin, TX (by way of Toronto, Canada), who draw inspiration from blues, R&B and rock. Welp, the Boys Are BACK! The New single and first reveal off “Deadbeat Graffiti” is the lovestruck anthem “Lost Cause”!

     

    With Kevin McKeown on guitar/lead vocals and Eric Owen on drums, Black Pistol Fire‘s gritty and dynamic performances are fueled by an undeniable musicianship. Festival vets (Lollapalooza, ACL, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Shaky Knees, Governor’s Ball), BPF have also shared the stage with acts as diverse as Gary Clark Jr., Weezer, Wolfmother, and Band Of Skulls.

     

    “Our fifth album is a representation of our listening habits,” BPF‘s McKeown and Owen say jointly. “It has a roller coaster effect, with many different tempos and influences ranging from garage-punk, to hip-hop, soul, and everything else that we may listen to on a given day. It is meant to act like a mixtape or Spotify playlist, where the listener won’t know what’ll hit them next!”

     

    “Sleep on these guys at your own risk, because what they did to BMI on Friday afternoon was unholy….leaving a trail of scorched earth and melted minds.”–Consequence Of Sound (at Lollapalooza)

     

    “A power duo that can almost match the power and intensity of massive rock sounds like Led Zeppelin…definitely displayed force-and then some-in a breakout set.”–YAHOO Music

     

    “The next big thing!”–Huff Post

     

    “Impossible to resist.”–INTERVIEW

    Listen: Black Pistol Fire – “Lost Cause”

    Listen: Black Pistol Fire – “Lost Cause”

  • Walker Lukens
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    Walker Lukens

    Tell It To The Judge

    Walker Lukens is Back To Save Us ALL! Following up his 3-week-in-a-row #1 Specialty Single “Lifted” last year, and a string of Top 5’s at the format for his latest EP earlier in the year, We Couldn’t Be More Fired Up to deliver early music off the forthcoming album via New Single “Don’t Wanna Be Lonely (Don’t Wanna Leave You Alone)”!!!

     

    Walker Lukens‘ new album, via Modern Outsider Records, is “Tell It To The Judge”. Produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno, this highly anticipated record brings together some of Walker’s most celebrated tracks to date, such as “Every Night” and “Lifted”, alongside new tunes for fans to enjoy and hopefully for You to spread some continued word on via your new music radio shows!

     

    With excitement towards the release of his second full length album, Walker explains, “I wanted Tell It To The Judge to feel like one of those late 70s ZZ Top records –fun, to the point, a little funny, full of good grooves… The thing is that it’s 2017. I love hip-hop and I can only take so much of that boys drinking around a campfire feel. I mostly play piano and am not that good at guitar. I spend too much time in my head to play good old rock-n-roll. Thus, I give you Tell It To The Judge.”

     

    “Lukens has placed himself smack in the middle of the playing field with this new track that I can’t stop listening to. This is what it would be like if Prince had a baby with the Talking Heads, let Spoon raise it and named it Walker Lukens.” – Culture Collide

     

    “The singer-songwriter’s voice strikes the perfect balance between soul and sass, riding high above a funky bassline that definitely owes a bit to Spoon’s influence.” — Consequence Of Sound

     

    “If you don’t find yourself smashing the replay button immediately, then your resolve is stronger than mine.” – UPROXX

     

    “So, I get this CD in by Walker Lukens, I’ve never heard of him…I listened to it, and it was so good. I listened to it, and I thought, I’ve got to listen to this again. Maybe I’m just in a really good mood. And nope, it holds up. Even on my worst days, this is a fantastic record.” — NPR All Songs Considered (Robin Hilton)

    Listen: Walker Lukens – Don’t Wanna Be Lonely (Don’t Wanna Leave You Alone)

    Listen: Walker Lukens – Don’t Wanna Be Lonely (Don’t Wanna Leave You Alone)

  • Hippo Campus
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    Hippo Campus

    Warm Glow EP

    Picking up where their February album “landmark” left off, there’s a surprise New EP “warm glow” from Hippo Campus, the Minneapolis band whose trajectory Continues To Steadily Ascend–Now playing this year to over-capacity crowds of enraptured fans at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza! Their unshakeable guitar hooks and joyful melodies show off the band at a creative peak with a sound undeniably their own!

     

    Hippo Campus moves with the energy of the young band they are – with multiple EPs and an album under their belts in the past 3 years.  This searching continues with a new EP and, while on their way to becoming one of the biggest artists in the Twin Cities, they’ve maintained one of the busiest touring schedules worldwide.  Plus, with the Twins surprisingly in the playoff hunt this year, it’s a perfect time for a song called ‘baseball’!”–Jim McGuinn, The Current/Minneapolis

     

    “”Blissful indie rock” – Rolling Stone

     

    “With lyrics that deal with the ghosts of past selves, the final product is forward thinking.” – NPR

     

    “phenomenal live. One of the best bands in the United States” – BBC Radio 1, Huw Stephens

     

    “oscillates between melancholic lo-fi gems and colorful, energetic tracks, think Ezra Koenig fronting Real Estate.” – NOISEY/Vice

    Listen: Hippo Campus – “baseball”

    Hippo Campus – “baseball”

  • Mister Heavenly
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    Mister Heavenly

    Boxing The Moonlight

    Mister Heavenly‘s addictively concise and hammering first single is “Beat Down” And the indie rock supergroup features members of Man Man, Islands and Cold War Kids!

     

    Mister Heavenly dabbled in love and affection on their first record, “Out Of Love” (2011). This time, however, Ryan Kattner, Nicholas Thorburn and Joe Plummer are in a scrappy mood as they embrace a tougher sound on “Boxing The Moonlight”.

     

    “It seemed like it was a good idea to pivot from the subject matter of the first record,” Thorburn says. “That was maybe a more emotional thing, and I think this record is much more physical.”

     

    The physicality is evident right from the start, in the hammering piano and terse rhythm that fuel opener “Beat Down,” or in the buzzing chaos on “Dead Duck,” a psych-heavy freakout that evokes the Monks. The experimental ’60s garage-rockers aren’t the only musical reference point on “Boxing The Moonlight”. Seventies Krautrock band Faust was a big influence while the songs were being written, as was the sound of hip-hop production in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

     

    Kattner and Thorburn started Mister Heavenly in 2010 as a chance to collaborate for the sheer fun of it, and they soon invited Plummer to join them. After releasing “Out of Love” in 2011, the band started work on their second album, snatching a few days at a time whenever their cluttered schedules allowed: Kattner is also known as Man Man visionary Honus Honus, Thorburn was busy with his bands Islands and the Unicorns (both now dormant), and Plummer plays with Cold War Kids and has worked with Modest Mouse and the Shins.

    Listen: Mister Heavenly – “Makin’ Excuses”

    Mister Heavenly – “Makin’ Excuses”

  • Wolf Parade
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    Wolf Parade

    Cry Cry Cry

    Wolf Parade’s unique combination of sounds and influences, spearheaded by electric co-frontmen Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner—is a complex yet relatable, energetic brew of glam, prog, synth-rock, and satisfying discomfort—helped define 2000s indie rock with three critically celebrated albums, and propelled a growing Wolf Parade fandom even after the band went on a then-indefinite hiatus in 2010.

     

    “Cry Cry Cry” is their first album to be produced by Pacific Northwest legend John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Unwound) at Robert Lang Studios outside of Seattle, and is accompanied by a renewed focus and the creativity of a band that took their time getting exactly where they needed to be.

     

    “The band itself is almost a fifth member of the band, something more or at least different than the sum of its parts,” says Spencer Krug. “We don’t know who or what is responsible for our sound, it’s just something that naturally and consistently comes from this particular combo of musicians.”

     

    “Once we got back together, I was playing guitar, writing and singing in a way that I only do while I’m in Wolf Parade,” says Dan Boeckner, who shares primary lyrical and singing duties with Spencer. “It’s just something that I can’t access without the other three people in the room.”

     

    “I think we’re actually a better band than we were when we stopped playing music together,” says Arlen. “A little bit more life experience for everybody, and people having made a bunch of records on their own.”

     

    “It’s a grand, searching, theatrical rocker, exactly the sort of song on which this band made its name.” — Stereogum

     

    “A dramatic Spencer-Krug-driven rocker with an anthemic group chorus and an unusually smooth section for dueling guitars.” — SPIN

     

    “…Sweet lordy does it slap.” — NOISEY/Vice

     

    “Valley Boy” exemplifies Wolf Parade’s unique combination of energetic, textural sounds with complex, emotional lyrics and—if anything—proves the band is definitely back and ready to make up for lost time.” — PASTE

     

    “This song really says ‘we’re back’ more than anything on last year’s EP did. It’s got not one but two of those classic singalong Krug hooks.” — Brooklyn Vegan

    Listen: Wolf Parade – “Valley Boy”

    Wolf Parade – “Valley Boy”

  • Protomartyr
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    Protomartyr

    Relatives In Descent

    Detroit post-punk four piece Protomartyr Are Back with “A Private Understanding”, the ‘opening statement’ off their fourth album (and first for new home Domino Records)!

     

    “Relatives in Descent” offers new layers and new insights, without sanding any of the edges born from Protomartyr‘s days as a Detroit bar band. Ahee’s guitar still crackles and spits electricity. Casey’s voice continues to shift naturally between dead-eyed croon and fevered bark. Drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson remain sharp and propulsive, a rhythm section that’s as agile as it is adventurous. But this is also Protomartyr at their most impressive.

     

    After months of rehearsal, Protomartyr decamped to Los Angeles, California for two weeks in March of 2017, to record at 64Sound in Highland Park. Co-produced and recorded with Sonny DiPerri (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors), who helped capture the band’s long-simmering vision for something more complex, but no less visceral.

     

    “This is the narrative lane where Protomartyr thrive, where euphoric moments are bulldozed by unromantic demise….another Protomartyr song that rewards repeat listens–to sit with its poetry and tease out its generous hooks, possibly while Googling Elvis stories.”–Pitchfork

     

    “No one captures existential dread quite like Protomartyr, and we currently find ourselves in an era rife with existential dread to be captured….a five-minute slow-simmer that captures Protomartyr at their most unsettling and their most accessible.”–Stereogum

     

    “frontman Joe Casey’s brand of dour, erudite charisma has never been more engaging….well-timed rock and roll that tries to make sense of the ever-changing nature of the present”–NOISEY/Vice

     

    “the dark, but driving lead single”–Consequence Of Sound

     

    “Over an off-kilter drumbeat, bellower-in-chief Joe Casey gives a vision of America in 2017”–SPIN

    Listen: Protomartyr – Don’t Go To Anacita

    Protomartyr – Don’t Go To Anacita

  • GGOOLLDD
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    GGOOLLDD

    Teeth

    Milwaukee band GGOOLLDD‘s synth-n-guitars goodness washes over the listener abundantly on their new single “Secrets”a soaring banger that conjures wind-in-your-hair glittery romanticism while yielding the Catchiest of hooks, and we couldn’t be More excited to deliver it to you first!

     

    GGOOLLDD isn’t like other bands. They formed on whim, decided to play their first show mostly as an excuse to host a killer party, and they eschew the traditional gotta-get-a-record-deal game in favor of playing a lot of shows and releasing their own material. That sense of whimsy blended with resolute autonomy is all part of the signature GGOOLLDD aesthetic. And it feeds into their sound, especially lately.

     

    “I’m not going to lie, I’m great at writing a hook,” GGOOLLDD frontwoman Margaret Butler says, and is quick to point out that her bandmates are “amazing,” musicians. “But if you ask me what I do, I’m going to tell you that I’m a performer before I tell you that I’m a musician.” She pauses and cracks up. “Unless you don’t know me at all,” she continues. “Then I’m going to say I’m a musician, because if I say I’m a performer, you’re going to automatically think that I’m a stripper, which is totally ok too but not my current profession.”

     

    GGOOLLDD‘s “Secrets,” their new single off the upcoming “Teeth” EP (out 12/1), is a soaring banger that conjures wind-in-your-hair glittery romanticism. Co-produced and mixed by Ben H. Allen (MIA, Animal Collective) it reflects that core tension in the band between winging it and great artistry.

     

    “Ggoolldd knows how to craft earworms out of layered beats…steadily building up an impressive collection of synthpop that stands out thanks to impeccable production and catchy, danceable hooks.”–A/V Club

     

    “Milwaukee, WI’s own GGOOLLDD are here to have a good time, and they plan on bringing it to ya with a heavy dose of electropop hooks.”–NYLON

     

    “Fueling their imminent rise will indeed be this flawless body of work, as it features not a single blip in quality from track to track.”–Hilly Dilly

    Listen: GGOOLLDD – “Secrets” (radio edit)

    GGOOLLDD – “Secrets” (radio edit)

  • Enter Shikari
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    Enter Shikari

    The Spark

    Enter Shikari‘s “The Spark” is an ambitious, inspiring piece of work that poignantly reflects their legendary career rise to have become one of the biggest and most exciting bands the UK has ever seen.

     

    Following four seminal albums of which three have been Top 10 overseas, “The Spark” is produced by David Kosten (Everything Everything, Bat For Lashes), and is Shikari’s most melodic and personal album to date; a soundtrack to our tumultuous world, a record for everyone who’s filled with frustration but hasn’t lost the capacity for hope.

     

    In 2015, the ground started to fall from under Enter Shikari leader Rou Reynolds’ feet. He had been having occasional panic attacks for years, but hadn’t put a name to the problem until that brutal summer. Frayed by touring and heavy professional expectations, he started self-medicating, which backfired massively.

     

    The world was also spinning on its axis. Brexit. Trump. Terrorism. The steady dismantling of the NHS. The biting effects of austerity. The kind of social issues that have been Enter Shikari’s lifeblood for almost a decade now.

     

    “The spark is a new connection, a new beginning,” says maverick frontman Rou Reynolds. “It can be short and insignificant, but it can create something so significant. The spark is that light at the end of the tunnel – when everything seems to be falling apart, but you’re able to see some sort of path out of the dark.”

    Listen: Enter Shikari – “The Sights”

    Enter Shikari – “The Sights”

  • METZ
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    METZ

    Strange Peace

    Toronto’s METZ Are Back to rattle us awake with their highly-anticipated third album “Strange Peace”–an emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo recorded live off the floor to tape with mastermind Steve Albini!!!

     

    Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) recorded at Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago and the result is a distinct artistic maturation for METZ who move into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) back at home in Toronto, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.

     

    “The songs on ‘Strange Peace‘ are about uncertainty,” Edkins explains. “They’re about recognizing that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.”

     

    “a bruiser that, in the tradition of so many of Albini recordings, lets the Toronto band work through their feelings with baseball bats. The lyrics paint a picture of utter defeat, yet somehow none of that dejection carries through Metz’s performance, which is defiant as anything the band’s put to tape.”–Pitchfork

     

    “an absolute ass-stomper of a new single…big and juicy and punishing, just like every METZ track, but it’s also a bit more melodic and structured than most of the band’s work.”–Stereogum

     

    “a hard-hitting number that combines their affections for noise-addled with sweaty rock ‘n’ roll.”–Consequence Of Sound

    Listen: METZ – “Mess Of Wires”

    METZ – “Mess Of Wires”

  • lovelytheband
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    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”

  • Bonzie
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    Bonzie

    Zone On Nine

    BONZIE is the moniker for independent multi-instrumentalist and singer Nina Ferraro, who was simply born to be a musician. Her newly self-released and critically acclaimed “Zone On Nine” was self-produced along with Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Conor Oberst) and Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey). Adrian Utley of Portishead also contributed to the album. It hit the iTunes top Alternative chart first week out (no mean feat as a full on independent release)!

     

    “Delicacy and drama, surrender and anger, made a riveting combination when Bonzie performed”–New York Times

     

    “Wunderkind….like the work of a vet well-versed in whispered catharsis…..evokes a young Chan Marshall.”–SPIN

     

    “There’s a dark sort of enchantment to BONZIE that’s hard to ignore. The way certain notes bend on the Chicago songwriter’s latest tune only draw you in closer as you wonder ‘What’s that sound?'”–PASTE

     

    “Stunning…BONZIE has shown a consistent refusal to be pinned down to a genre or simplified descriptions of the kind of music she makes.”–Chicago Tribune

     

    “Her self-harmonizing is masterful…talent for moving seamlessly between gentle folk-inspired verses and edgier rock-n-roll riffs.”–VOGUE

     

    “The artist we’re most excited to see here is Bonzie….a great voice and is clearly determined to be a memorable performer as well.”–Brooklyn Vegan

     

    “Marvel at the intricacies of her songwriting and individual style.”–Huffington Post

     

    “The album showcases the young artist’s assured talent, its songs ranging from elegant folk with ambient and orchestral touches to more ramshackle country numbers that recall the feisty weariness of Bright Eyes.”–Under The Radar

     
    “Buried Treasures”–NPR’s Sound Opinions

    Listen: Bonzie – “Combback”

    Bonzie – “Combback”

  • matt pond PA
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    matt pond PA

    Still Summer

    All year round, it’s still summer. And indie rocker Matt Pond’s adventure continues. The brakes are shot, the pickup truck is rusted through and overheating. Everyone is out of their minds.

     

    matt pond PA‘s “Still Summer” is their twelfth full-length album and the second Pond is releasing under his independent label, 131 Records. “It’s not about reliving the past,” says Pond. “It’s about allowing the present to breathe. It’s about holding hands with ghosts and then letting go.”

     

    Along with “Winter Lives”, released in December 2016 by 131 Records, “Still Summer” will be the last album Pond releases as matt pond PA. Over time, a new track or take will be added to each — this is the never-ending conclusion of matt pond PA’s strange musical tour.

     

    There will be more music. Yet the serious ones say summer only lasts so long. Soon there will be different titles, unfamiliar names, unforeseen sounds associated with Matt Pond. As if the beginning and the end were one and the same.

     

    “Pond was already a master of couching wistful reflection in rousing anthems, and “Still Summer” demonstrates that skill to wondrous effect: Playfully retro synths and chant-along choruses (“I won’t let go / I won’t let go / I won’t”) all contribute to a hook-packed snapshot of late-summer love and its bittersweet aftermath. If “Still Summer” had been recorded by The Cars in 1984, it’d already be a classic.”–NPR All Songs Considered

    Listen: matt pond PA -The Ballad of Laura and Mike (feat. Laura Stevenson)

    matt pond PA -The Ballad of Laura and Mike (feat. Laura Stevenson)

  • Tristen
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    Tristen

    Sneaker Waves

    Tristen‘s upcoming “Sneaker Waves” is full of songs that function like little portraits of the human experience framed with her exceptional melodies and singularly poetic lyrics.

     

    “Sneaker Waves” finds the middle ground between the “pop hooks and pure inspiration” (NPR’s All Things Considered) of Tristen‘s debut and the intricacy of its follow-up. Her third album is smart but accessible, meticulously constructed but undeniably infectious.

     

    Tristen‘s “Sneaker Waves” takes its name from a natural phenomenon–the sneaker wave, an unanticipated and powerful coastal wave–and serves as a metaphor for death. “All the good poetry is about death. Death, like a sneaker wave, can come at any moment. And so the truest currency for a human becomes time,” says the mononymous singer.

     

    “Some artists are interested in being complicated. They’re speaking another language to the connoisseur of the art. I have no interest in that. I want to be inclusive. I’ve always been interested in the purest form of the idea, so that it can communicate.”–Tristen

     

    “speaks to more weight than the song’s overall airy vibe suggests. Synths and guitars overlay the idea of being trapped and on display in something more like a prison than a home.”–Stereogum (on “Glass Jar”)

    Listen: Tristen – “Glass Jar” feat. Jenny Lewis

    Tristen – “Glass Jar” feat. Jenny Lewis

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    The Districts

    Popular Manipulations

    The Districts are a band that exists in the moment. Described by close friends and girlfriends as a well-oiled machine, filthily cult like, and also “normal dudes.”

     

    The Philadelphia four-piece channels its long-forged bonds into visceral, explosive genre blurring music. Informed equally by arrangements and dynamics, and a focus on lyrics, they take inspiration from a broad range of sounds and places. They are constantly evolving and hard to pin down.

     

    From their self-released  LP “Telephone,” to their 2015 label debut LP “A Flourish and a Spoil,” The Districts keep at work touring and recording. Formed in 2009, they have been going strong for quite a while now. An anonymous insider report claims they have recorded a new album and it is more realized and in your face than ever before. Be on the lookout.

     

    ’Ordinary Day’ deals with a sort of personal alienation and the realization that you and the world you’ve existed in have changed. Sort of the feeling of coming through a tunnel and having no way of relating to things in the same way as before. It was written in late summer/early fall and came together quite naturally….Personal lives were in flux and we were sitting around philly losing our minds.”–Rob Grote/The Districts

     

    “…let me play you this now, new music from a really special band, from Philadelphia called The Districts. I first saw them out at South By South West in Austin, Texas about three years ago, and they blew me away, they were like one of the toasts of the festival that year, they released a brilliant debut album, the follow-up is on the way this year, and this is the first new music from The Districts, it’s called Ordinary Day.–debut from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1

    Listen: The Districts – “Violet”

    The Districts – “Violet”

  • Pierce Fulton
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    Pierce Fulton

    Better Places

    We were excited to intro the radio world to LA-via-Vermont’s Pierce Fulton earlier this year via the earwormy “Borrowed Lives”, but Now hot on the heels of SiriusXM spins on ALT Nation’s Advanced Placement, we’re absolutely Elated to follow up with The Song for radio from this up-and-comer! It’s the title track off the newly released “Better Places”

     

    “Better Places” (feat. NVDES) is some infectious and habit-forming stuff played on an array of eclectic instruments including kazoos, a melodica and a merlin guitar (to name a few), but above all else is a Hopeful Song that’s perfect for the end of summer and into fall transition, urging us to embrace the more playful side of life!

     

    Raised in Vermont and a prodigious musical talent from early on, from the age of six Pierce Fulton quickly learned how to play a wide range of instruments for family and friends. A defining feature of his sound and vision his interest in taking concepts from one instrument or genre and applying it to a vastly different instrument or style.

     

    On top of these already-developed abilities, Fulton also formally learned music theory and electronic production as he grew up. He dove deeply into the works of pioneers like Kraftwerk and Apex Twin and released his sonically unconventional deubt EP at the tender age of 18.

     

    “Pierce Fulton’s new track sounds like a tall glass of sunshine.”–Billboard

    Listen: Pierce Fulton – “Better Places” feat. NVDES (radio edit)

    Pierce Fulton – “Better Places” feat. NVDES (radio edit)

  • The Aces
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    The Aces

    I Don't Like Being Honest EP

    Anyone who caught Utah’s The Aces during SXSW earlier in the year were treated to a Clearly Talented band on the way Up. One careening from teens into adulthood And Really you need only hear “Stuck”, their slinky and memorable lead single about toxic relationships, to grasp their appeal. Like all the best pop songs, it transcends specifics enough too to apply to Everyone. In Short–File Under: Going Places.

     

    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.

     

    Now feels like an especially canny moment to make an entrance—not just because The Aces are ready, but because now more than ever, inclusivity and individualism is celebrated and outspokenness encouraged. “It’s great to feel like there are no limits,” says Katie. “We’re not bound by some stereotype, we can just come out and say what we want to say, however we want to say it—just like guys have always been able to. It’s a more even playing field than it ever has been and that feels amazing.”

     

    “Slinky pop that traces the missing link between Haim, The 1975, and Muna.”–NOISEY/Vice

     

    “Four girls about to rule the world emblazons the homepage for The Aces. That declaration sounds about right.”–The FADER

     

    “all the markings of a stellar debut…it’s fun–unpretentious, dreamy fun”–NYLON (on “Stuck”)

     

    “More honest than most pop songs.”–NPR

    Listen: The Aces – “Stuck”

    The Aces – “Stuck”