As a longtime fan of The Vaccines, I’ll admit I was bummed to see drummer Pete Robertson announce his departure from the band. But the prospect that he would venture out to make music of his own under the moniker Sunan was an exciting prospect.

Robertson spent the last year reconnecting with family and friends and ended up building his own studio to record, but with no definite plans in mind. The result was over 50 pieces of music were recorded, anywhere from minimalist string quartets to big 80’s-style prog pop.

You can peg his debut single “Faster” in the latter category. It’s a big sounding track that has a ton of ambition and executes with relative ease. For his debut solo offering, it’s quite fully realized and confident as all hell.

This is a good taste of what the future holds for Robertson, just the very start of an exciting solo career with tons of potential.

The song is out now via AWAL and can be streamed in full below.

It doesn’t take long for Australian musician Alex Lahey to win you over on her debut album I Love You Like a Brother (released via Dead Oceans). The album opens with “Every Day’s The Weekend,” arguably its best track (and one of my most listened to this year). It’s a good example of what new listeners can expect from Lahey. A big infectious indie rock melody and some clever lyrics and a delivery that is undeniable catchy and infectious.

She will bring her joyful sound to Brooklyn on Thursday for a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Support will come from both Dude York and Nervous Dater. Tickets for the show are still available and can be purchased here.

It’s going to be a fun time, I hope to see you there.

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The same night that Mac DeMarco played to a sold out crowd at Radio City Music Hall – his largest show here to date – he announced that he’d play a much smaller show the very next day back at Bowery Ballroom (where we saw him play just two years ago).

I wasn’t able to attend the show at Radio City but this was a much better option as Mac is really meant to be seen in a room such as Bowery where he can literally use it as his personal playground. The show had a good energy from the very start, with the crowd moving around non-stop and belting back every word.

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All photos by Adam Heller

This year saw The War On Drugs return with their fourth album A Deeper Understanding, the first for major label Atlantic Records.

We saw them test out a few of the new songs this summer when they played a small show at Bowery Ballroom, which served as a preview for their performances at Central Park Summerstage and Terminal 5 during the album’s proper fall tour.

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This year Interpol celebrated the 15th anniversary of their landmark debut album Turn On The Bright Lights. Sure one can argue that too many artists are banking on nostalgia and cashing in on their former successes (and without Carlos D). And while that’s certainly a part of the case here, it also gives fans a chance to get literally what they want: to hear one of the best albums of the 2000’s in its full glory from start to finish.

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The Mattson 2 have been out on the road all year in support of their fantastic collaborative release Star Stuff with Chaz Bear (aka Toro y Moi) and haven’t shown signs of slowing down.  We were there this past August when the identical twin duo rolled through NYC to play a stellar set at LPR and are very excited they’ll be back later this month for not one, but two shows at Baby’s All Right!

The first set kicks off at 6pm with special opening set by James Tillman then a set from The Mattson 2, and the late set at kicks off at 9:30 with the premiere of the Mattson 2’s cover of Jon Coltrane’s A Love Supreme + a set of classic Mattson 2 originals.  Tickets are still available for both the early set and late set, so grab yours now before its too late!

PS – can’t make it to Baby’s All Right?  Don’t fret – the Mattson’s will be embarking on a small run of other East Coast dates this November kicking things off in Woodstock, NY at Colony on November 19th; The Mill Space in Wilmington, Delaware on November 21st; and then at Black Cat on November 22nd in Washington DC.

For ticket info and more details, check out Mattson2.com.

Preview: Bedouine at Joe’s Pub

By Will Oliver, November 13th 2017 Listen Show Preview Stream

Bedouine is the project of Syrian-born (and now L.A. based) singer Azniv Korkejia who caught my attention earlier this year with her absolutely gorgeous debut self-titled album that was released via Spacebomb. The record is a dreamy folk delight that captures your imagination and clears the mind. It hasn’t quite gotten the attention from the rest of the “indie scene” that it no doubt deserves, but I’m sure that is soon to change in due time.

She’s currently on her first headlining tour and will make her New York debut this Thursday at Joe’s Pub. This will be your first chance to catch her performing live and it’s not one to be missed. Only a few tickets still remain so don’t wait too long if you want to attend.

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Leggy – “Not What You Need”

By Will Oliver, November 12th 2017 Indie Listen Stream

Leggy are the Cincinnati trio of Véronique Allaer, Kerstin Bladh and Christopher Campbell. They describe their sound and lush punk and based on their new single “Not What You Need,” this is pretty damn spot on.

It’s a wonderful slice on 90s-inspired rock and roll with inspired vocals and some shiny guitar riffs that hit hard but also tap into something very dreamy at the same time. It follows their self-titled album that was released last year and served as a compilation of all of their releases to date into one place. Based on this track, we can only hope a proper album is on the horizon.

Enjoy a listen to “Not What You Need,” which I’ve shared below.

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Goon – “She”

By Will Oliver, November 12th 2017 Indie Listen Stream

Los Angeles rock group Goon have caught my attention with their recently release single “She.” It’s a dreamy and atmospheric cut of rock that channels the more recent work of Ty Segall, with some great production and powerful vocals that capture the essence of the mood of this track in a convincing and moving fashion.

When talking about the track, lead singer Kenny Becker explained that he wrote the song back in 2012 after a breakup and a realization that he had begun to lose his faith. He shelved the song since then but when he began recording new tunes it reemerged and they decided to complete the song. It just so happened that he was again going through another breakup and the lyrics took a renewed meaning and it all came together.

The track is taken from the bands new EP Happy Omen which you can stream and purchase over at bandcamp. You can enjoy a stream of “She” right now as it’s posted below.

There’s a special power to the music of Swedish folk artist Kristian Matsson who operates as The Tallest Man On Earth. On the surface his songs have a simplicity that is charming but it’s how and what he’s singing that allows his songs to shine with incredible perspective, depth, and emotion. Seeing him live allows all of this to come together in the ultimate fashion. I have yet to see a performance from him that hasn’t left me completely touched.

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