One of the best surprises of the year was the announcement that Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile had teamed up to release their album Lotta Sea Lice (via Matador Records) and would go on tour in support of it. The album is a perfect showcase of both artists talents, both a fun excursion and a worthwhile new branch of songwriting for both of them.

Following a performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York a few days prior, the pair brought the tour to Jersey City, New Jersey for a performance at Loews Jersey Theatre. The night featured a great opening performance from Australian singer-songwriter Jen Cloher (who is also Barnett’s partner), whose new self-titled album is one of the year’s best.
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The Breeders at Bowery Ballroom (November 5, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 13th 2017

This year The Breeders returned with their first piece of new music since 2009 by the way of single “Wait In The Car.” Not only are they hinting at a new album in 2018 (which would be their first since Mountain Battles in 2008). The band proved they were really back, embarking on a tour this year that brought them to Bowery Ballroom for a very sold out show on November 5. This was their first show in the city since their performance at Webster Hall in 2013.
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A Perfect Circle at Barclays Center (November 2, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 12th 2017

On November 2, A Perfect Circle returned to New York for the first time in six years for a performance at Barclays Center. The lineup of Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel, James Iha, Matt McJunkins and Jeff Friedl have new music on the way, releasing new single “The Doomed,” just a few weeks prior. During the performance, Keenan announced to the crowd that a new album was on the way for some time in 2018.
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Even As We Speak – “Such A Good Feeling”

By Will Oliver, December 11th 2017

Sydney, Australia indie rockers Even As We Speak are no strangers to making lush power pop that is smart and effective in every way that good music of that genre should. They’ve been at it since the 80’s and after a few years apart the band recently reunited and have been back at it with a solid set of new music. Most recently their 5-song EP The Black Forest, which Emotional Response Records released in September.

Their single “Such A Good Feeling” certainly lives up to it’s title, effortlessly giving us sunny power pop melodies that are clean and bright-minded, a total winner in every which way.

You can stream it below and find the whole EP available to stream/purchase at their bandcamp.
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The Rare Occasions – “Backwards”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

Los Angeles rockers The Rare Occasions don’t waste much time showing off their winning formula on recent single “Backwards.”

It’s a high energy track with some sharp riffs and a very enthuastic vocal performance that absolutely hooks you in by the time its infectious chorus come through and wins you over. It has the charm of some rock and roll from the early 2000s but gives it a fresh new feel. These guys may just be crossing your radar but based on how enjoyable “Backwards” is, you bet they’re ones to watch.

You can stream “Backwards” below and if you really dig it, go purchase it at their bandcamp page.
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Raindrop – “Only Hope”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Raindrop is headed by Miles Devine, formerly of the now defunct psych rock band Regular John. After asking a few musician friends to join him, along with produced SPOD, Raindrop was born.

Next year Raindrop will release their debut album Mild Meltdowns and today we are sharing one of it’s singles, “Only Hope.” It’s hard to mention an Australian psych-rock offering without some comparisons to Tame Impala, as Raindrop’s navigation of the psych rock scene has a lighter touch for sure but one that certainly leaves an impression.

We will have to wait on the rest of the album, but for now we can enjoy “Only Hope,” which I have posted as a stream below.
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