Chasity Belt

Seattle all-female quartet Chastity Belt are the latest signing to Seattle label Hardly Art, who will release their sophomore record Time To Go Home on March 24.

The group received some attention in 2013 for the release of their debut album No Regrets, but they seemed pegged to really break through with Time To Go Home. Take their fantastic new single “Time To Go Home,” an unstoppable jam full of chugging guitars, shifting tempos, and mesmerizing vocals. It’s an instant classic, the type of song that reminds you why we go out of our way to love music so much in the first place.

Stream “Time To Go Home” below (and grab your free download at the soundcloud page) and pre-order the album right here.

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The Districts

Young Philadelphia rockers The Districts are one of the most exciting young bands in rock and roll, ready to make their mark on the music world. Anyone whose caught them live can attest to this notion. Their performance opening for Dr. Dog at MHOW earlier this month was enough of a reminder for me.

They’re set to release their debut album A Flourish and a Spoil on February 10 via Fat Possum. The recently released album cut “Peaches” wastes no time establishing itself as an urgent, thunderous rocker that deserves to be played as the loudest volume possible. These guys can rock.

Stream “Peaches” below.

The Dodos

It’s always great to have a new album from San Francisco duo The Dodos, so it excites me that they will be releasing their new album Individ next week (January 27 out via Polyvinyl Records ).

The latest track shared from the album is “Retriever.” It’s a very Dodos-esque cut, a combination of fuzzy guitars, the hazy vocals of Meric Long, and the frantic percussion of Logan Kroeber. It’s a relentless, smokey rocker, that doesn’t let up at any point, keeping you locked in to their seductive groove until the very end.

You can stream “Retriever” below, or head to Pitchfork Advance to get an early listen of the record. I’ve also shared their upcoming tour dates, which include a stop at MHOW w/ Springtime Carnivore next month.

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The Whigs

The Whigs return to New York this Saturday night for a show at Bowery Ballroom. The tour is in support of their most recent album, last year’s Modern Creation. It’s a strong bill, featuring support from You Won’t + Mean Creek.

Tickets for the show are still on sale, but I got a pair of tickets to give away to one of you lucky readers.

To enter the contest, simply leave a comment below with your favorite songs from The Whigs. I’ll pick a winner and notify them by Friday.

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Ben Gibbard

I still gotta share my best of 2014 lists with you guys (I didn’t forget), but I can promise you that there won’t be a lack of Alvvays on there. Or for that matter, their ever so amazing track “Archie, Marry Me.”

Apparently I’m not alone with my love for the track. Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard covered the track at a solo show in Seattle that took place at the Neptune Theatre last October. He called it his favorite song of the year, and turned in a gentle, reflective, version with a heavy emphasis on the melancholy that the song is built with. It’s a great cover.

Thanks KEXP for sharing the a video of the cover, which you can find below.

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Natalie Prass

Nashville singer/songwriter Natalie Prass is gearing up for a big 2015, and chances are you may be more familiar with her than you realize. If you caught Jenny Lewis on her recent tour for The Voyager (we saw them at Terminal 5), you may recognize Prass as a member of her backing band.

Prass will release her self-titled debut album on January 27 via Spacebomb Records. Ahead of the album’s release she let go of a personal track called “My Baby Don’t Understand Me.”

It starts solemnly, until it gradually builds up its presence with vital horn arrangements that only add to the already evident emotional weight. In a conversation with Vogue, Prass revealed that she tearfukky wrote the song on her boyfriend’s piano right after they had a fight. She later emailed it to her boyfriend, which resulted in their breakup. It may have caused and end to their relationship, but it has resulted in a breathtaking song that adds a bit of warmth to this cold, cold, winter.

Stream “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” below. And if you’re digging it as much as I know you will, head over to Pitchfork Advance, where the album is currently streaming in full.

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The Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ

The Mountain Goats have announced their new album Beat The Champ, which will be released on April 7 via Merge Records.

As you can gather from the title, the album is dedicated to the sport of professional wrestling. The same goes for the title of first single “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero.” It’s dedicated to wrestler Chavo Guerrero Sr., and features that signature John Darnielle-led Mountain Goats sound. Though Chavo over Eddie Guerreo (R.I.P.), John? I don’t know about that one.

John took to his tumblr to discuss the album, as well as offer some insight about the album and the song. Find excerpts from the post below

All that glory. All that shine. Nameless bodies in unremembered rooms. Some people might be thinking to themselves, JD, wrestling, I don’t know, I’ve never really been into wrestling, but did I steer you wrong with the Bible album, even though you may not have been super-into the Bible? Fear not. In a world of false promises and hollow gimmicks, please rest assured that the old maxim still holds true, whether scrawled on the back of a claim check or carved into a bench in an abandoned locker room: you can’t trust much, but you can trust the Mountain Goats.

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Tour dates are over here. A song about my childhood hero, Chavo Guerrero, may he live a thousand years and all his days be filled with joy, is streaming here: enjoy! We will see you in the spring!

Enjoy “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero” below. Spring tour dates are posted as well.

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Alden Penner + Michael Cera

You may best know Alden Penner as one half of The Unicorns, or his other band, Clues. He also is a solo musician, and released an album called Exegesis last year (bandcamp). He also released an EP called June 04bandcamp.

He’s currently working on his new album that will come out this June, and today he released a new track called “Meditate” that features guest vocals from actor Michael Cera, as well as a 12-year-old named Felix Tymoshenko. Cera is a member of Mister Heavenly, the band of Nick Thorburn, the other half of The Unicorns.

“Meditate” is a 9-minute track that does indeed give the listener a meditative experience, with a drone-led atmosphere pegging the way for some psychedelic vocal offering from Penner, Cera, and young Tymoshenko.

Take a listen to “Meditate” below.

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