The Afghan Whigs

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The Afghan Whigs

How Do You Burn?

As The Afghan Whigs announce their first studio album in five years “How Do You Burn?” (out 9/9 and Named by their friend the late Mark Lanegan, who also appears on the album), they’ve not only embarked on an extensive tour, but have pulled from the upcoming album the powerful new single and video “The Getaway”!

 

“their most direct presentation of abstract passion ever” – Rolling Stone

 

“Dulli rides the band’s blend of R&B insinuation, hip-hop cool and hard rock invasiveness into corners of experience where few rockers of his generation have rested” – NPR

 

“Three decades after forming, the Afghan Whigs remain vital for its willingness to ignore boundaries” – New York Times

 

“How Do You Burn?” is The Afghan Whigs ninth album overall and following on from the brace of widely acclaimed records they’ve made previously since re-grouping in 2012, “Do to the Beast” (2014) and “In Spades” (2017). “How Do You Burn?” picks up the baton laid down by each of those records and runs it to the horizon.

 

Work on it was begun in September 2020 – the COVID pandemic having forced Whigs frontman/songwriter Greg Dulli to abandon plans to tour his highly praised solo album, ‘Random Desire’ – and continued over the next 14 months.

 

The global pandemic dictated also that the band record largely apart from, and in different locations to, each other: Dulli, his co-producer Christopher Thorn and drummer Patrick Keeler together in California; bassist John Curley, guitarist Jon Skibic and strings man Rick Nelson laying down and engineering their own parts in Cincinnati, New Jersey and New Orleans, respectively.

 

“Once we got the system down, we started flying,” says Dulli.

 

For his supporting cast, Dulli called upon several serial collaborators including the late Mark Lanegan, who was a regular in Dulli’s Twilight Singers, a partner in The Gutter Twins and a close friend.  Lanegan makes his The Afghan Whigs debut singing backup vocals on two tracks.  “It was Mark who named the album,” Dulli remarked.

Listen: The Afghan Whigs – “The Getaway”

The Afghan Whigs – “The Getaway”

Richie Quake

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Richie Quake

“Crawl (Feat. Anna Shoemaker)”

Groundbreaking singer-songwriter/producer Richie Quake joins forces with fellow Brooklyn, NY-based singer-songwriter Anna Shoemaker for “Crawl (Feat. Anna Shoemaker).” Invigorated by a shifting temporal energy, the new single sees the two artists both on the precipice of fame, surrendering to reality as they hunt for satisfaction and success in the city they share.

 

“People just want to be happy, to feel love, and to be at peace, but everyone goes about that journey in a different way. No matter which path you decide, there are pros and cons that you have to live with. When you look at life, it can become distorted, and the structures that the mind clings to start to lose their shape, like when you say a word over and over again until it becomes meaningless. But you stay on the ride and hope for the best. Chasing highs, riding lows.” – Richie Quake 

 

Richie Quake – whose boundary-busting work as both artist and producer recently saw him featured on Spotify’s hugely influential Lorem playlist. He’s the primary writer, producer, and instrumentalist; playing guitar, bass, keys, drums, on all of his songs, and his sound is identifiable with its cinematic, retro-indie, alternative flare. While still working on music of his own, Richie is also passionate about writing and producing for other artists, and has earned a wide range of critical applause from such high profile outlets as VICE, PAPER,

 

NYLON, Pigeons and Planes, KCRW, Lyrical Lemonade, EARMILK, and The FADER, to name but a few.

 

“Effortlessly smooth…Endlessly listenable” – VICE

 

“The Brooklyn-based singer and producer crafts futuristic bedroom booming tracks for the emotional and introspective listener, making you feel cozy in all the right places.” – NYLON

 

“(dimly lit with streaks of neon synths and huge kicks drums, evoking a fashionable basement party where (his) softly spun vocal melodies somehow cut through the bustle.” – TheFADER

 

“There’s something to be said for the risk-takers in indie music these days. Creatives that work outside of the box and freely jump between genres and styles are what the entire genre was built upon.  One of the most inventive of these creatives is none other than Brooklyn-based Richie Quake, an artist who has often flirted with elements of funk, psychedelia, lo-fi, and soul in his music.”– EARMILK

Listen: Richie Quake – “Crawl (Feat. Anna Shoemaker)”

Richie Quake – “Crawl (Feat. Anna Shoemaker)”

Mansionair

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Mansionair

Happiness, Guaranteed

GRAMMY-nominated trio Mansionair are prepared to smash any notion of a sophomore slump on their album: “Happiness, Guaranteed”. The stunning single “Next High,” a reflective indie-electronic cut with airy vocals and sumptuous guitar grooves, all of which features an added assist from multi-instrumentalist Kim Tee (otherwise known as Clairo’s trusted touring guitarist and music director). It’s a bold statement from the Sydney based act as they smoothly follow up 2021’s “Don’t Wait (feat Yahtzel)” and “MORE,” a pair of transcendent singles, and as the trio embark on a summer North American tour bookended by performances in New York on May 31 and Phoenix on June 25.

 

The band explains their forthcoming album “is about the cyclical nature of our modern dissatisfaction. It’s a brief dive into the frustrations our desires bring in our attempts to reach a level of contentment. Each song explores the pursuit of happiness within our relationships, our work, and our wealth all whilst finding ways to be content with what you have whilst balancing a desire to grow.

 

As for the gestation of “Next High,” they add, “We met Hayley (aka, Kim Tee) backstage on the 2019 Laneway tour. She plays with Clairo and they always played directly after our set so we kept running into her and catching each other’s performances. After keeping in touch over the years she sent us an idea she had for a song and the rest figured itself out. The song attempts to capture that feeling of just being hopelessly obsessed with someone and not needing a reason to hang out with them.

 

Since forming in 2014, Mansionair have notched a slew of accolades that highlight the band’s knack for catchy, deeply compelling songwriting. With a GRAMMY Award nomination under their belt for their smash collaboration “Line of Sight” with ODESZA and WYNNE, they’ve also performed at bucket list festivals from Coachella to The Great Escape while selling out storied venues like New York’s Bowery Ballroom in the process. That all goes without mentioning the 270 million streams they’ve notched across streaming platforms and multiple gold ARIA-accredited tracks in their home country, making waves wherever they set their sights.

Listen: Mansionair – “Next High (feat. Kim Tee)”

Mansionair – “Next High (feat. Kim Tee)”

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Endless Rooms

Australia’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have released a new single/video, “My Echo,” from their newly released album, “Endless Rooms.” Following first two singles, “The Way It Shatters” and “Tidal River,” “My Echo” is a guitar-driven earworm about being surrounded by phone screens, computer screens, tv screens, paranoia and loss of time and place,” says RBCF‘s Fran Keaney. “The album recording is pretty faithful to the very first rough recording. Most of Tom’s leads were improvised but they became the DNA of the song.”

 

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever is Fran Keaney, Joe White, Marcel Tussie and brothers Tom  and Joe Russo. Following 2020’s “Sideways To New Italy,”Endless Rooms” is a testament to the collaborative spirit and live power of the band, and is them doing what we do best: chasing down songs in a room together.” “Endless Rooms” is the band’s most cinematic, stylistically diverse and ambitious album yet. Self-produced by the band with Matt Duffy, and mixed by Scott Horscroft (DMA’S, Silverchair, The Presets), the new album pulls back the curtain on what Rolling Blackouts C.F. can achieve, revealing a wider screen, deeper narrative currents, more confident shades, and an excitement at letting their tumbling brand of ragged, nervy pop wander and breathe.

 

It’s that hope that’s seen Rolling Blackouts C.F. join an Australian lineage of bands bold enough to marry the country’s evocative landscapes with the urban romance, passions and politics of its characters. Matched with a worldly perspective afforded by constant touring, the whiplash of it coming to a halt, and the inherent longing in trying to make sense of it, Rolling Blackouts C.F. have unlocked their most compelling artistic statement yet. “We were almost going to call this album self-titled,” says Russo. “But we called it Endless Rooms because we work best thinking of each song as its own bare room or universe to build. Somehow, it all hangs together.”

Listen: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “The Way It Shatters” (radio edit)

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “The Way It Shatters” (radio edit)

Weird Nightmare

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Weird Nightmare

Weird Nightmare

The self-titled upcoming album from Weird Nightmare (out 5/20) is the electrifying new project from METZ guitarist and singer Alex Edkins.

 

“Weird Nightmare” showcases a new side of Edkins’ already-established songwriting, with a raw, sugary blast of distorted pop. The new album exhibits all of his main band’s bite with an unexpected, yet totally satisfying, sweetness. Imagine The Amps covering Big Star, or the gloriously hissy miniature epics of classic-era Guided by Voices combined with the bombast of Copper Blue-era Sugar—just tons of red-line distortion cut with the type of tunecraft that thrills the moment it hits your ears.

 

On the first single, “Searching For You”, Edkins shares, “it’s a fun, no nonsense rock ‘n’ roll song. It’s about searching for meaning and inspiration all around us. In my mind, the ‘you’ in the chorus refers to something bigger than companionship or love, it’s that intangible thing we all look for but never find. ”  Directed by Ryan Thompson and animated by Jordan “Dr. Cool” Minkoff, it’s time to step into a world of ultimate weirdness, and get served a hot slice of rock and roll deliciousness in the new video for “Searching For You.”

Listen: Weird Nightmare – “Lusitania”

Weird Nightmare – “Lusitania”

Built To Spill

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Built To Spill

When The Wind Forgets Your Name

Since its inception in 1992, Built to Spill founder Doug Martsch intended his beloved band to be a collaborative project, an ever-evolving group of incredible musicians making music and playing live together. “I wanted to switch the lineup for many reasons. Each time we finish a record I want the next one to sound totally different. It’s fun to play with people who bring in new styles and ideas,” says Martsch. “And it’s nice to be in a band with people who aren’t sick of me yet.”

 

Following several albums and EPs on Pacific Northwest independent labels, including the unmistakably canonical indie rock classic, “There’s Nothing Wrong With Love,” released on Sub Pop offshoot Up Records in 1994, Martsch signed with Warner Brothers from 1995 to 2016. He and his rotating cast of cohorts recorded six more, inarguably great albums during that time. There was also a live album, and a solo record. While the band’s impeccable recorded catalog is the entry point, Built to Spill live is an essential FORCE of its own: heavy, psychedelic, melodic and visceral tunes blaring from amps that sound as if they’re powered by Mack trucks.

 

Now in 2022, Built to Spill returns with “When the Wind Forgets Your Name” (out 9/9), Martsch’s unbelievably great new album (and also his eighth full-length)… with a fresh new label. “I’m psyched: I’ve wanted to be on Sub Pop since I was a teenager. And I think I’m the first fifty year-old they’ve ever signed.”

 

“When the Wind Forgets Your Name” continues expanding the Built to Spill universe in new and exciting ways. In 2018 Martsch’s good fortune and keen intuition brought him together with Brazilian lo-fi punk artist and producer Le Almeida, and his long-time collaborator, João Casaes, both of the psychedelic jazz rock band, Oruã. On discovering their music Martsch fell in love with it right away. So when he needed a new backing band for shows in Brazil, he asked them to join. “We rehearsed at their studio in downtown Rio de Janeiro and I loved everything about it. They had old crappy gear. The walls were covered with xeroxed fliers. They smoked tons of weed,” Martsch says.

 

The Brazil dates went so well Martsch, Almeida, and Casaes made the decision to continue playing together throughout 2019, touring the US and Europe. During soundchecks they learned new songs Martsch had written, and when the touring ended, they recorded the bass and drum tracks at his rehearsal space in Boise. After Almeida and Casaes flew home, Martsch began overdubbing guitars and vocals by himself.

 

Martsch, Almeida, and Casaes had planned to mix the album together later in 2020 somewhere in Brazil or the US, but the pandemic kept them from reuniting in person. “We were able to send the tracks back and forth though, so we were still able to collaborate on the mixing process.”

 

What emerged is “When the Wind Forgets Your Name,” a complex and cohesive blend of the artists’ distinct musical ideas. Alongside Built to Spill’s poetic lyrics and themes, the experimentation and attention to detail produces an album full of unique, vivid, and timeless sounds.

Listen: Built To Spill – “Gonna Lose”

Built To Spill – “Gonna Lose”

Windser

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Windser

“Memory”

Audacy’s ALTERNATIVE Pick Of The Week!

 

Windser is the solo moniker of Santa Cruz, California born singer-songwriter Jordan Topf. After retreating to a house in the rural Northern California mountains in early 2020, he emerged from isolation with songs that reflected the deep emotions and growth one experiences in moments of change. The songs are introspective with gentle acoustic guitars, ethereal layers of vocals, and modern rhythms to paint an emotionally vulnerable picture.

 

On October 29th, 2021, Macklemore released his comeback single “Next Year” featuring Windser.  Macklemore said, “I love Windser’s voice and energy on this song. He originally just cut a reference demo, but Ryan and I both loved him on this record from the jump. He killed it, and his performance perfectly fits the message of the song. I must say, he’s a talented and humble guy, and I’m excited for more people to get to know him.”

 

“’Memory’ is a song inspired by a string of nostalgia revolving around the formative experiences I had growing up in Santa Cruz, California. ‘Memory’ is my outlook on how youth shapes us forever. For me personally writing this song was a way to appreciate the past, embrace where I am at in life, and learning to be more in the moment. I co-wrote it with my good friend Jackson of Day Wave, whose production I’ve always loved.” — Windser

Listen: Windser – “Memory”

Windser – “Memory”

Day Wave

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Day Wave

Pastlife

LA indie-rock pioneer Day Wave (the project of singer/instrumentalist Jackson Phillips) tackles themes of love, loss, and maneuvering life in your 30s on his upcoming album “Pastlife” (out 6/24). It’s the #1 Most Played Album at specialty shows this week!

 

“I think of ‘Pastlife’ as the thesis statement for this record, because the overall theme is reminiscing on past chapters in my life. I have so many eras from my past that I miss, and so many friends left behind in those times. I wonder if they ever think of those times the way I do.” – Day Wave (Jackson Phillips) on the new single

 

“Pastlife,” the first new full-length record from Day Wave in five years, is a raw and immersive meditation, meandering through different dreamscapes of breezy, oceanside indie rock, plucky, minimalist bedroom pop, and tidal waves of cosmic emo and stratospheric shoegaze. It feels like walking through a room of artifacts from previous stages of your life, now sun-bleached and peeling at the edges, but still as intoxicating and powerful as ever. “Pastlife” isn’t saddened though; it’s full of hope and energy.

 

Jackson Phillips’ knack for ear-catching melodies and simple, fresh production is cherished than ever in a world saturated with overly-produced tracks. In “Pastlife,” Phillips takes it back to the basics of indie—a space he’s been spearheading for the past 10 years and continues to rise to the top in, producing a new generation of acts like KennyHoopla, Windser, Hazel English and more.

Listen: Day Wave – “Pastlife”

Day Wave – “Pastlife”

State Champs

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State Champs

Kings Of The New Age

State Champs’ glorious new “Everybody But You” is a contagiously relatable, mosh-worthy anthem on pulling out of a toxic relationship, and is snagged from their forthcoming 4th studio album “Kings Of The New Age” (out 5/13).

 

“Lyrically, ‘Everybody But You’ reflects on the back and forth of an overly toxic relationship, and after all that exhaustion, what better way to move on from someone than throwing a massive party with your friends? We also were heavily involved with the creative side of the music video treatment and direction in which we had a lot of fun portraying the concept and message of the song (and partying.)” – State Champs

 

State Champs has always embraced the idea of getting their music in front of as many people as possible. They aren’t running away from the sound they’ve established; if anything, it’s that scrappy punk spirit that drives them to continue to reach further and further. They’ve done pop arena tours, metal tours; they’ve even played a show on a beach. Wherever they turn up, they are going to be sincere and passionate. They are going to have fun, and so will you.

Listen: State Champs – “Everybody But You” (clean edit)

State Champs – “Everybody But You” (clean edit)

Beach House

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Beach House

Once Twice Melody

Most Assuredly A Time To Celebrate—Beach House‘s “Once Twice Melody” is Out Now!!!

 

“Once Twice Melody,” the first album produced entirely by Beach House, was recorded at Pachyderm studio in Cannon Falls, MN, United Studio in Los Angeles, CA, and Apple Orchard Studios in Baltimore, MD. For the first time, a live string ensemble was used, with arrangements by David Campbell.

 

“Once Twice Melody” was mostly mixed by Alan Moulder but a few tracks were also mixed by Caesar Edmunds, Trevor Spencer, and Dave Fridmann, will feature 18 tracks, and in the lead up to the physical release, will be presented in 4 chapters with lyric animations for each song.

 

The first 4-song chapter is Out Now, with the entire chapter and song release schedule as follows:

 

Chapter 1 (out now!):

Once Twice Melody
Superstar
Pink Funeral
Through Me

 

Chapter 2 on December 8th, 2021:

Runaway
ESP
New Romance
Over and Over

 

Chapter 3 on January 19th, 2022:

Sunset
Only You Know
Another Go Around
Masquerade
Illusion of Forever

 

Chapter 4 (& full album release) on February 18th, 2022:

Finale
The Bells
Hurts to Love
Many Nights
Modern Love Stories

Listen: Beach House – “Superstar” (radio edit)

Beach House – “Superstar” (radio edit)