Everyone’s favorite ethereal girl band, Warpaint, are releasing a new album quite soon and the singles that they’ve released fromHeads Upare delightful and show the group heading in a groovier direction than we’ve heard from them on their first two albums. The first single, “New Song,” is an infectious pop track, while this new song “Whiteout” is a bit of a slower burning number that still packs a bit of a shimmy within. The lighter, overall poppier sound really suits the bands’ style– the sleek guitar riffs are juxtaposed nicely by the stark drums. Take a listen below and then make sure you are ready for the new album out September 23rd fromRough Trade Records;preorder it here.
A few weeks back, you may have heard this track from Luke Roberts from his upcoming record,Sunlit Cross, which is due out in just about a month, and I’m delighted to share that Roberts has released another track from that album that’s a perfect sample of alt-country. “Untitled Blues,” has got this mellow acoustic guitar partthat rolls through the track and Roberts’ vocals have got just enough twang on them to be considered some sort of country. Not to mention, the intermittent slide guitar part that joins the instrumentation adds that extra depth to the track that will set it apart from the rest of the songs that you hear today. Take a listen and don’t forget aboutSunlit Cross, which is out October 14th viaThrill Jockey.
I know it may not seem like it down here in Texas, but there’s winter just around the corner, ready for the perfect fireplace listening experiences. I think I’ll end up having a lot of this JPKS spinning during those fireside chats with my old lady, as it already seems built for such times. Kindle-Shuster’s vocals are perfect, but I love the intimacy of his playing style; it almost sits back in the mix, allowing the world around your speakers to fill in what space remains in the ether. You don’t want to sleep on Constant Stranger, which is being released by Big Legal Mess on September 30th.
I’ll admit that I’ve drifted from the classic indie rock sound that I adored during the 00s, but this tune from Go Suburban has me rethinking. The cornerstone of the modern indie rock statement is a great vocal, which is present here, but I needed extra touches to convince me. For one, cascading guitars ringing in the background got me, then little audio clips pushed me over the edge. Plus, like all great tensions, I needed some building tension to rise and fall, such as the moment just after the 3 minute mark. Their album WWDK, featuring this track of the same name, is available now.
In case you haven’t seen all my fawning over The Chairman Dances, I hope this new video gets you as excited for the group’s release as I am. This song takes on that literary pop mixed with the fuzzy guitars you might hear on those new Grandaddy songs you’ve been raving about. I like how the guitar gives an energetic boost to the track, which otherwise could fade into the realms of stereotypical pop…it doesn’t! There’s a nice angelic vocal chorale to close out the song to boot! Pick up your copy of Time Without Measure from Black Rd Records now.
Impose Magazine has a weekly special section where they pick their favorite bits of news each week…and aside from us, it’s one of the few places left for “discovery.” And, lucky for us, they chose to premiere a track from our ATH Records band, Mean Jolene. You can read the entirety of what they said HERE; but I also wanted to include the jam, so you have a choice to enjoy it as many times as possible. The band drop their debut album, Salty, on November 4th, with a release show that same week over at Cheer Up Charlies. You can grab a copy HERE, and below, press play as many times as you want!
Just because Seattle gets all the love, doesn’t mean you should ignore Olympia. Its got the history, and more importantly, its got VEXX. The four-piece rock n’ rollers are prepping another mini-LP, Wild Hunt, which is going to be released in early November via M’lady’s Records and Upset the Rhythm. If this tune were shorter, I don’t know if I’d love it as much, as there seem to be two ideas smashed into one another, creating this cacophonous rabble that’s as enchanting as it is energetic. Sometimes it seems to me like the world can use more bands like this…just bringing home great no-frills rock.
Prior to right now I knew not one thing about Newcastle based High Tide 15:47, but I’m looking to remedy my lack of knowledge starting immediately. The band caught my ear this morning with this catchy new track “And The Bubble Burst”. It’s full of reverb laden guitars and swirling hooks ready for your enjoyment on this fine Monday. If you’re digging it, the song is available on iTunes and Spotify now. Stay tuned for more on this promising band.
In an amazing year full of compilations in Austin, there’s another one ready to blast through your speakers: Dillo Milk 2. Popper Burns, one of the acts that we featured on our very own Slack Capital Comp will again be featured, bringing you a recording of their new song, “Sometimes;” it’s a personal favorite of their live set. I love the way the guitars cut through while the rhythm section kicks off a propulsive bounce all the way through. So many great Austin acts here, cementing my own personal opinion that despite the troubles, Austin’s scene can rival any of the other vital music scenes in the States. The release party for this CD comp is set for October 1 at Cheer Up Charlies; it’ll be available digitally on September 23rd for those outside city limits.
I’ve been singing the praises of Brooklyn’s Matt Meade, aka Spritzer, for a long time now, so it’s about time that you finally take a listen. On this EP, called Get Away,which you can stream below or over on Spritzer’s Bandcamp page, you’ll find streaming synths, jazzy percussion, and four great pop tunes. I’m personally digging the third track, “Prelude to Psycho,” which is a burst of energy and light, but this is not to be outdone by the last track, “Psycho (I Love You),” which showsa great deal of refinement from Meade. Take a listen and then go fork over some money for this EP.