Boogarins Are Back

boogarinsTraditionally, I wouldn’t post a lyric video…but seeing as this song isn’t available any other way yet and it’s in Portuguese, it might just require such a post.  Well, there’s that and the fact that I really enjoy the work that Boogarins have been doing…this new jam included.  You’ll definitely hear moments of the band’s exploratory psych tendencies, but I also like the art-pop moment that comes from the line “that will not let me see the sun/they will not let me see the sun;” it’s possibly my favorite moment on the track.  Their new LP, Manual, will be available on October 30th via Other Music/Burger Records.

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Is America Ready for No Zu?

nozuI’m not quite sure a lot of people Stateside have heard of No Zu…unless they picked up the Cut Copy compilation Oceans Apart from awhile back.  But, the groove on this track from the Melbourne artists will surely perk up some ears here.  First, there’s that throbbing pulse, yet you can also hear the influence of so many other areas like big band to 80s pop music.  It’s an interesting pastiche, and one that should come across as rather refreshing in a genre that can often grow stale.  You can grab this new single from the band’s new label, Chapter Music, or wait for their next LP on the label early next year; it’s titled Afterlife.

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ATX Spotlight: Video Kill New Tune

videoThe opening lines of this Video track had me completely fooled; I thought I had died and gone to a prog-rock heaven (or hell in my case).  But, just be patient, as the group kicks in with their angst-laden rock n’ roll in a matter of moments, pushing quickly to the track’s finish. There’s definitely some lineage to members’ other acts like Wiccans, Radioactivity or Bad Sports, but you should instead focus on how infectious yet hard-edged this new tune feels. Look for their album, The Entertainers, to hit the streets on October 30th via Third Man Records.

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Belle and Sebastian Ticket Giveaway!!!

Belle & SebastianThis Friday is one of my favorite days of the year guys. It’s Belle and Sebastian Day!!! Well, not nationally, but personally.  The Glaswegian band has long been one of my favorite all time bands, which was reaffirmed with their latest release, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.  They’ll be bringing their wonderful version of pop music to the stage this Friday at ACL Live Moody Theatre…and we’ve got one pair of tickets to giveaway to a lucky winner. Trust me, you’ll want to see Stuart dancing all upon the stage…plus Wild Moccasins will be opening, so you win.  Try to win below, but if you want guaranteed tickets, but them HERE.

In order to win, leave a comment with your favorite Belle and Sebastian song or album (if you say Storytelling you’re not winning!). We’ll select a winner by Thursday at Noon, and you’ll be notified of your pair of tickets.

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Enjoying This Line & Circle Tune

lineandcircleOkay, all you have to do is listen to the guitar lines and you’ll know exactly why I’m hooked on the sound of the new Line & Circle tune.  It’s a hint of jangling, but there’s also this warmth that comes with the purest of indiepop…that part lays mostly in the sound of the vocal.  It almost sounds like the song could be a huge 80s underground 80s hit, but it seems perfectly fitting into the modern landscape.  They’ll be releasing their album, Split Figure, on October 2nd via Grand Gallop…it should have a pretty rad sound.

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Dufflecoat Records Update

dufflecoatThe world out there for indiepoppers is tiny, so I was worried that I hadn’t heard too much from Dufflecoat Records as of late.  But, it turns out that I was a boob, and didn’t realize the label had switched a lot of their news over to Bandcamp.  So…seeing as I’m a huge pop fan, and hopefully a purveyor of such as well, I’d be remiss to not fill you in on the latest releases from the label: Exiles and Brideshead.  The latter is a collection of previous works, as well as brand new songs…so you can’t miss buying Never Grow Up.  Exiles have this new EP, I’ve Got Secrets Too.  Both are must have for pop fans, and you can stream a track from each below! Those of you that love this genre will surely find that you’ll enjoy browsing the label’s catalog…so do it to it.

Pleased to Meet You: Gobbinjr

gobbinjrI really have no idea what lurks behind the name of Gobbinjr or the brand new album manlang, but musically, it really quite intersesting, if not quite pertinent to this week’s listening rotation. It’s all the work of New York’s Emma Witmer, and there’s a couple of tracks I’d like you to listen to today. “BB Gurl” is the first single, and it’s a bit of twinkling pop, akin to early sounds of Rilo Kiley.  Still, there’s this dreamier sound hiding behind the song, which is why I wanted to share “No Name” too, as it’s one of the album’s best tunes. It takes on a more solemn approach, and in doing so, it tugs at the heart quite a bit…stellar tune. You can order it from Gold Flake Tapes if you’re interested, as you should be!

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Here We Go Magic Share “Ordinary Feeling”

herewegomagicIt’s been an interesting progression for Here We Go Magic. They had a lot of success with their initial sound, blending elements of folk with psychedelic flare (before it was cool).  But, as of late, it looks like Luke Temple has cleaned up his approach, providing the band with a more delicate touch. You can still hear elements of the atmospheric flourishes leaking into this song, especially during the perceived chorus (it has a cool J Spacemen feel if you’re into that), but by and large the song seems held back to a certain degree. I’m really interested to hear what all of Be Small sounds like when its released by Secretly Canadian on October 16th.

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Is Bubblegum Lemonade Back?

bubblegumlemonadeWell, it sure looks like Bubblegum Lemonade is back, and I couldn’t be happier.  Some like it pop came out far too long ago for my tastes, and I’ve been clamoring for Laz to get back in the studio with his friends and make me some new hits! It looks like he’s done just that, with news on Friday leaking a brand new demo that sounds pretty near perfect…if you exclude the final mastering. Like all his work, it borders the line between great power pop and indiepop, filled with catchy melodies and infectious tunes.  No word on a release, but let’s hope its sooner rather than later.

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Show Preview: Ne Hi @ Red 7 – Tonight

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Date 8.24.15
Location Red 7
Doors 8 PM
Tickets $8 at the Door


You’ve only got one week left to enjoy Red 7; it closes at the end of this week.  Still, there’s a few great shows left for you, like the one this evening featuring Ne Hi.  They released this arty piece of post-punk earlier this summer, which garnered the Chicago act a lot of praise; I think it’s been well deserved. They’re working on a new album, but they wanted to see your pretty faces before finishing it up.  Oh, and if you show up early you get treated to one of the great many local treasures, The Zoltars.

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