Los Angeles rocker Ecstatic Union sounds like “a sun-soaked harmony layered psychedelic dance party,” or at least that’s according to their press release.

Based on a listen to their single “Desert Queen,” this description is scarily spot on and does them plenty of justice. While they may not be totally reinventing the wheel, there’s enough good old fashioned rock and roll to make this song spit straight fire and give a middle finger to anyone who thinks otherwise.

Enjoy a stream of “Desert Queen” below and find it available to purchase over at iTunes.

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I first saw Canadian indie rockers Born Ruffians play a decade ago when they opened up for Vampire Weekend at a free Central Park Summerstage that seems more ridiculous the more years we are removed from it. Since then , Born Ruffians have released four new album, growing their stock along the way, even with a few changes in their lineup (we last caught them in 2013 at Bowery Ballroom).

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Peter Hook and The Light will bring his Substance tour back to New York on April 27 when he and his band The Light perform at Brooklyn Steel.

The tour sees him and the band perform various classics from both Joy Division and New Order from both of their Substance albums

There are still some tickets for the show on sale but with it only a few days away, I wouldn’t wait too much longer to grab them. Stay tuned for coverage from the show coming very soon.

All photos by Taryn Alper

On March 24 Detroit rockers Tyvek made up their show at Elsewhere (Zone One) that got postponed due to snow back in January.

The rescheduled show featured opening performances from both Straw Pipes and Crammm.

Our photographer Taryn Alper was there to capture photos from all three performances. Find all of her shots posted in the gallery below.

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No one likes being told what to do. Especially when you’re a paying customer. To tell a paying customer what to do with their cell phone, you’ve signed a death warrant. Well, that is unless you’re Jack White.

Unless you’re totally detached from the live music scene, you’re most likely aware that Jack White has banned cell phones from his shows on his tour for new album Boarding House Reach, opting to have fans put his fans in a Yondr pouch that allows them to enjoy his performance, distraction-free. White is a notoriously tough man to please and even when he didn’t ban phones, he made it quite clear how much their use at shows bothered him during his performances. Now while I do feel that is you’re paying upwards of $75 to see an artist you probably should have the right to take a photo or two to remember the night, I also totally understand where he’s coming from.

My understanding became totally clear on the night on March 23, when White played a very intimate performance in Brooklyn at Warsaw, a much tinier place than you’d normally see him shred. The show was announced only a week before the scheduled date and tickets were about as impossible to land unless you had some really good internet (and luck) or access to a presale code.

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All photos by Dave Scholten

This past January saw Aaron Maine and Porches returned with new album The House, released via Domino Records. In late March he returned home to New York for a trio of headlining shows in support of the new album, including a sold out performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 23.

Our photographer Dave Scholten was there to capture photos from Porches performance, as well as the second opener Girl Ray (Palberta also opened as well). Find shots from Porches and Girl Ray posted in the gallery below.
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Lucius continue to be one of the hardest working groups in music today, seemingly always on the road one way or another, whether they have new music or not. On March 22, they stopped back in New York for a big-time performance at the prestigious Town Hall. The show came in support of their new acoustic album Nudes, which was released earlier that month via Mom and Pop Music.

The album consists of many stripped-down arrangements of their own material as well as a flurry of great covers. They brought them all to life in magical fashion at Town Hall in only the way that the one-two punch of the amazing vocalist team of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig could ever do. Their voices echoed thunderously in Town Hall and nearly every word was sung along harmoniously with the attentive audience. While at some points I did miss the full effect of their livthrive if there’s any band that really can find a new way to thrieve in an acoustic format, it’s Lucius.

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Men I Trust are an indie-dance band out of Quebec City who has been making some danceable dream-pop for a couple of years now. They had a good 2017 with their breakout single “Tailwhip” doing quite well on the blogs online and expanding their fanbase further.

They stopped into New York on March 22 for the first of two sold out area shows at Mercury Lounge (they also played Baby’s All Right the next night). Following a nice set from Australian dream poppers Hatchie, Men I Trust took the stage and got the crowd swaying to their every move the entire way through. The dance grooves were infectious and re-created to perfection by the band who were clearly taken aback by the passionate reception from the packed crowd of Mercury Lounge.

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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.

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