Whiplash Girlchild are a indie-psych group based out of Toronto who has caught my attention with the stunning world of their dreamy new single “Walden,” which we are excited to premiere with you guys today.

Fans of the now defunct San Francisco duo Girls will find some solace in the beautiful vocals that lead the charge for the lush instrumentals that are perfectly suited for the comforts of warm weather that soon await us.

This is an absolutely gorgeous listen from start to finish and we are honored to have the chance to be the ones to share it with you.

Find a stream of “Walden” below and if you like what you hear, you can buy it right now from their Bandcamp.

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The always reliable Ruban Nielson returned this year with Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s fourth album Sex & Food, released via Jagjaguwar. He will bring the new tour back to New York next week for a pair of shows at where else but Brooklyn Steel on April 25 and 26.

Tickets are still available for both shows but don’t wait too long as they’re bound to sell out very soon. If you’ve ever seen an UMO show you know just how great of a performance that Nielson and co. put on and these new songs are going to sound pretty epic within Brooklyn Steel.

Stay tuned for coverage of one of the shows coming from us right here very soon.

All photos by Omar Kasrawi

On the Mount Rushmore of great American songwriters, some names are given, like Dylan, Waits, Springsteen, and the likes. You know the ones, the musicians that craft Americana into a sound wave of struggle, earth, and deconstructed ideals. No one can argue that the lens they shine on the history and lore of this nation bring out all its beauty and flaws, its rust and shine, its triumphs and tragedies, but it’s all done along the sonic highway of America’s past, present, and future. And one name that deserves to be right there alongside them, is Grant-Lee Phillips, whose music evokes a fever dream melding of Rockwell and Wyth set to steely strings. And he brought his latest and timely tunes to a filled out Rough Trade on March 13 (in support of Kristen Hersh’s solo tour).

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All photos by Eric Han

Phil Elverum is just one year removed from his heartbreaking new Mount Eerie album A Crow Looked At Me, but he has already returned with new album Now Only, released on March 16 via P.W. Elverum & Sun.

On March 22 he brought his tour in support of Now Only to Queens for a performance at Knockdown Center. Our photographer Eric Han was there to capture some shots from his performance, which you can find posted in the gallery below.

Local singer-songwriter Holly Miranda released her latest album Mutual Horse on Dangerbird Records on the 23rd of February and celebrated its release with a special show at Greenpoint’s Park Church Co-Op last month courtesy of LPR Presents. The last time we caught Holly was at the much smaller Union Pool. Opening the night was Tim Mislock, who has toured as part of Holly’s band and contributed to Holly’s previous self-titled album, and Garrett Eaton, who contributed to Mutual Horse.

With a backing band of Maria Eisen on baritone saxophone, Nick Oddy on keyboards and guitar, Jonathan Ulman on drums, Jackie Coleman on trumpet, and Ambrosia Parsley on vocals, Holly performed the entirety of Mutual Horse front-to-back. Hearing the second-to-last track of the album “Gina”—a cassette recording of her mother and sisters singing during a car trip—play over the speakers in the church was especially poignant, as Holly’s mother passed before the album’s release. For the encore, Holly sat down at a piano to perform a cover of Donna Summer’s “I Will Survive” before returning to the stage with her band and covering Morphine’s “Thursday.”

Continue below to see Holly Miranda’s setlist along with photos of the performances by Holly, Tim Mislock, and Garrett Eaton.

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Over the past few years, we’ve watched British indie rockers Flyte from afar, admiring their wonderful tunes and dreaming of the day that they would finally grace us with their presence here in New York City. It took many years but after the release of their terrific debut album The Loved Ones last year they finally announced their first U.S. tour around an appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas and ended up following those dates with their debut New York performance on March 21 at Mercury Lounge.

As if the wait wasn’t bad enough, the day was almost ruined with an unwelcome snowstorm that caused havoc for many out-of-towners to make it into the show. But weather be damned, I would not be stopped and made the journey in to the city to finally catch the boys of Flyte.

I’ve seen countless live performances and was always left impressed but even so, nothing came close to the real thing. The way that the quartet of Will Taylor, Sam Berridge, Nicolas Hill and Jon Supran bring their gorgeous harmonies to life is a thing of beauty. Taylor pointed out that the band wanted to record an album where they were able to recreate everything on it live. This is something of a rare treat these days but definitely ad admirable quality which gives their music a direct warmth and richness that no backing track could recreate.

If there was any complaint it was that the show was way too short. They gave us almost all of The Loved Ones, beginning in epic fashion with “Victoria Falls” before running for a good chunk of it before welcoming new single “Moon Unit,” and their heroic cover of Alvvays “Archie, Marry Me.” As someone who found them through their early singles, I was worried they wouldn’t give us any of them as it’s clear they have moved away from that era with the new sound found on the record. But I was beyond delighted when they went into the crowd to perform an acoustic performance of “Light Me Up,” the very first song of theirs I found one late night many years ago. They doubted that anyone in the New York audience would know it but based on the fierce sing-along that ensued during its epic build up, they were gladly proven wrong.

Taylor remarked how the show felt like a real special moment for them, the sort of moment you’d say as a young lad to your teacher that one day you’re going to play New York. Well boys, you made in. Now get back here as soon as possible and maybe bring back “Over and Out” to your setlists, I bet the audience will know it.

Find some the setlist posted below, along with photos of both Flyte and openers Joy Again.

Joy Again:

Flyte:

Flyte Setlist:

1. Victoria Falls
2. Sliding Doors
3. Little White Lies
4. Orphans of the Storm
5. Moon Unit
6. Archie, Marry Me (Alvvays Cover)
7. Spiral
8. Cathy Come Home
9. Faithless

Encore:

10. Light Me Up

boerd – “Blind”

By Will Oliver, April 17th 2018 Electronic Listen Stream

Boerd is the project of Stockholm, Sweden native Bård Ericson. He’s recently signed to Swedish label Anjunadeep Records who released his new mini-album Static on April 6. The accomplished musician set out to create the project in order to help reflect his personal emotions while creating his own unique atmosphere.

And that he does on the spellbinding and atmospheric slice of heaven that is album standout “Blind.” It’s got this heavenly glow to it that slowly opens up the door to a dreamy soundscape that is ever-expanding, totally transporting the lister across a sonic landscape of his own creation.

You can stream “Blind” below and find the album available to buy on all formats right here.

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On the eve of a major snowstorm in late March, Four Tet brought the heat to a sold out crowd in Brooklyn at National Sawdust.  Four Tet is the project of Kieran Hebden, currently out on the road in support of his newest album New Energy (released in 2017 via Text Records). This most recent run of shows not only brought an intimate setting for Hebden, but it also saw one of the most awe-inspiring touring rigs I’ve seen in a long, long time.

This small run of shows was not only an intimate venue tour but also a tour with a fully immersive 360º sound that was synched up to a matching light show. The massive immersive sound rig consisted of at least an eight-speaker array above the crowd pointing down (with at least one subwoofer), two massive speakers to the left and right of the stage (facing in towards Hebden) as well as speakers on stands in the corners of the venue pointing in towards center stage which fully engulfed the crowd in sound.


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Alice Phoebe Lou – “She”

By Will Oliver, April 13th 2018 Folk Listen Stream

Alice Phoebe Lou was born in South Africa and grew up in Berlin where she developed her dreamy folk sound while busking on the streets.

She’s come a long way since then but still delivers a raw and passionate sound on her most recent single “She” that is every bit as personal as it is ethereal and otherworldly. It’s easy to get lost in her atmospheric sound that is colorfully presented but also grounded with her passionate vocal performance. It should appear on her forthcoming new studio album which she’s currently working on.

Enjoy the stream of “She” below and if you dig it you can buy it now on iTunes).

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