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[new]: Leisure – Plastic Soul

By Will Oliver, May 26th 2012


Leisure’s debut album Plastic Soul is to be released on June 18. Here is the title track, a smooth cut that sounds like a more aloof version of The Strokes writing about a dreamy sensation. If you have liked what you have heard from Leisure so far, you’re bound to love this.

Plastic Soul is going to be self-released by the band, and will be available through spotify and available on iTunes.

[new]: Leisure – The Invisible Hand

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2012

“The Invisible Hand” is the latest track from Leisure. It’s going to be on their debut album Plastic Soul, which will finally be released in March. Not a bad track from these guys yet. Take a listen to the smooth jam below.

[new]: Leisure – Green Light

By Will Oliver, September 12th 2011

Totally slept on a brand new track from Leisure titled “Green Light”. It’s a gorgeous track soaked with all the best intentions of the (gloriously) sad 80s rock. It’s another song from their debut album Plastic Soul, which may be the surprise of the fall. Don’t sleep on these guys. You’ll regret it.

Download “Green Light” below:

[mp3]: Leisure – Green Light

[Introducing]: Leisure

By Will Oliver, August 4th 2011 — with 3 comments

Leisure are a trio from Cambridge, Massachusetts who should have your attention. Hand crafted jams like “Early Morning Skies” & “Follow Me” are perfect for those half drunken moments late at night. In a way these songs are almost understated, which strangely plays as an advantage.

Both songs will be on their debut album, Plastic Soul, which will be out later this month (apparently). Grab both songs free of charge below:

[mp3]: Leisure – Early Morning Skies
[mp3]: Leisure – Follow Me

Watch a album trailer that the band made, after the jump:
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Happyness at 4Knots Music Festival 2015

By Will Oliver, August 27th 2015

1_Happyness_4Knots Music Festival 2015

English rock trio Happyness made their live return to New York for the 4Knots Music Festival, marking my first time seeing them since their stop at Pianos during CMJ last fall. The stop came in support of their rather lovely debut album Weird Little Birthday, which got released in the U.S. this year via Bar/None Records, even though it was originally released last year in the UK.

The group were a perfect fit for a bill at 4Knots, with their dreamy, somewhat leisurely chill brand of English rock, fitting in all too well. The group seemed to get even better and more confident since CMJ, which only has me more excited for album number two. Don’t sleep on these guys, their up to plenty good.

Find some more photo from their 4Knots performance posted below.
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Phox at Music Hall of Williamsburg (February 15, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 16th 2015 — with 1 comment


2014 saw Wisconsin group Phox release their delightful (self-titled) debut album (which made our honorable mentions for albums of the year) and tour throughout the country opening for acts like The Head and The Heart, Paolo Nutini, as well as a headlining tour of their own. Things are just getting started for the band, who have embarked on yet another tour, with many major festival dates already lined up.
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Interview: Felix Martin Of New Build (And Hot Chip)

By Dana Pacifico, December 30th 2014


Photo by Dana Pacifico

New Build is the side-project of Hot Chip members Felix Martin and Al Doyle, as well as engineer Tom Hopkins. With the release of new album Pour It On earlier in the year, the electronic group returned to the states for a mini U.S. tour in early December.

The band rolled in to New York on December 3 to play Mercury Lounge, which we covered with a set of photos. But before the show, I met up with Felix Martin to talk about the new record, members roles within the group, and the difference of releasing their music on a label, as opposed to self-releasing.

Find the interview posted below:
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Allah-Las – No Werewolf

By Will Oliver, August 19th 2014


Allah-Las will play out our summer out with new album Worship The Sun which comes out on September 9 via Innovative Leisure.

If you haven’t already, check out the simple but dazzling video for album track “No Werewolf.” It doesn’t seem like much at first, but you won’t be able to look away from the art that Mikhail Sadovnikov has created. The track itself is a sunny instrumental that would be perfect for a long walk on a beach.

Find the video below.
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