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The Tins New EP ‘Young Blame’ Released

By Will Oliver, July 29th 2014

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Today The Tins new EP Young Blame is officially released. It’s a solid 4-song offering that keeps you coming back for more.

The band have allowed us to stream the whole thing from their soundcloud, which you can find embedded below. If you like what you hear, please go support the guys by buying the EP from either Bandcamp, iTunes, or Amazon. The boys self-released this EP themselves, so it all goes back to them.

I saw them play all these new songs live in Brooklyn last week, and it was great. The band are currently on their first national tour, and you can still catch them right now. Find those dates posted after the album stream below.

Tour Dates:

Jul 30 – San Francisco, CA – Monarch
Aug 2 – Seattle, WA – JewelBox Theater
Aug 4 – Vancouver BC – Electric Owl
Aug 5 – Boise ID – The Bouquet
Aug 7 – Denver- Tennyson’s Tap
Aug 8 – Sioux City IA – Vangarde Arts
Aug 9 – La Crosse WI – The Root Note
Aug 10 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
Aug 11 – Nashville, TN – East Room
Aug 12 – Raleigh NC – Slim’s Downtown
Aug 13 – Baltimore MD – Club K
Aug 15 – Burlington, VT – Red Square
Aug 16 – Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston

Contest: French Style Furs Giveaway

By Will Oliver, July 28th 2014 — with 6 comments

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What happens when Cold War Kids singer Nathan Willet and bassist Matt Maust collide with We Barbarians’ drummer Nathan Warketin? You get a new super-group called French Style Furs.

Earlier this month (July 8), they released their debut album Is Exotic Bait on Frenchkiss Records. To celebrate it’s release we are giving away a special prize pack featuring a bunch of French Style Furs goodies. The pack includes a T-Shirt, a Turn Or Burn matchbook and Is Exotic Bait on CD (photos of them below).

To enter, leave a comment below and I will pick a winner at random at the end of the week.
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The Antlers at Webster Hall (July 26, 2014)

By Will Oliver, July 27th 2014

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Last night The Antlers returned home to New York City for a sold out show at Webster Hall that wrapped up their Familiars tour.

Mr. Twin Sister (formerly Twin Sister) opened the show, although I wasn’t able to get there in time for their set (they’ll be playing at Baby’s All Right on October 4 – tickets are available here).

There’s a dreary sadness to The Antlers music, no doubt. But buried beneath the dark layers of emotion are beacons of hopefulness. This isn’t an easy thing to do, but The Antlers make it seem second nature.
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Premiere: Fire and the Romance – Rescue

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2014

Fire and the Romance

Fire and the Romance is the project of New York native Dion Roy. Earlier in the year, Roy caught my attention with his larger than life cut “Way Down Below”, and we have since been waiting for more.

With the release date of his debut album Adaptations looming, Dion has shared “Rescue” the very pleasant first single off the record. “Rescue” is an easy on the ears hybrid of electronic sounds and a pop-minded chorus. His gentle vocals are more than welcoming, soaring higher and higher as the song builds towards unstoppable heights.

Adaptations will be released on August 26, and is now available for pre-order. In the meantime, enjoy the exclusive premiere stream of “Rescue”, which I’ve shared below.
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The Healing – Childhood Home

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2014

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London four-piece The Healing are gearing up for the release of their debut EP, Childhood Home.

The first single is also the title track, a melancholic and rather lovely ballad that plays around with country elements. There’s a heavy feeling of nostalgia that sits with you as you listen. The power of the song sort of sneaks up on you, but its there.

Stream “Childhood Home” below. You can also stream the entire EP over at their bandcamp page.
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Latimer House – Birdcage Walk

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2014

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I first shared the sounds of Prague-based band Latimer House back in March. Their debut single “This Is Pop” won me over with devilish charm and clear cut melodies.

The group has since returned with a new single called “Birdcage Walk” and its as equally enjoyable as “This Is Pop.” They make finding a feel-good groove seem easy, with pop elements that work into your head like pure earworms.

Enjoy “Birdcage Walk” below.
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Clocks and Clouds – Aliantha

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2014

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Minneapolis 3-piece group Clocks & Clouds explore a world where classical music intertwines with electronic music on their track “Aliantha.”

The track starts out with a haunting string section, but soon works in a world of electronic flourishes and bass throbs. Things tread a bit too closely to dub-step for me at times, but it’s an interesting combination to say the least.

It was released as a single on July 15, and can be found below.
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Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979

By Will Oliver, July 22nd 2014

Death From Above 1979

It’s still hard to believe that we are actually getting a new album from Death From Above 1979, a totally “pinch me”, “is this really happening” sort of moment. Well, the new album The Physical World is on its way, with a release day set for September 9 (via Last Gang Records/Warner Bros). The band are currently offering exclusive bundle pre-orders, as well as on good old iTunes.

Our first taste of the album comes in the form of first single “Trainwreck 1979″ and its exactly what the doctor ordered. It’s a bit of a different sound from the band, but hey, it’s been a decade. “Trainwreck 1979″ is more pop-infused with a catchy chorus and back-up ooh and aahs. It still hits as hard as any DFA1979 song should.

Damn, it’s good to have these guys back! Stream “Trainwreck 1979″ below.
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Alt-J – Left Hand Free

By Will Oliver, July 22nd 2014

Alt-J

Alt-J’s sophomore album This Is All Yours will be released on September 23 via Canvasback Music. We already heard the Miley Cyrus sampling “Hunger Of The Pine”, which served as our first preview of the album.

The band followed that up with the album’s first official single, a track called “Left Hand Free.” The song is nothing like the band has done to date. It’s apparently a song that the band wrote with the goal of making the “the least Alt-J song ever”, working on a “joke riff” giving it a straight run through. The rest is a sort of 90s Beck sounding track. When you learn that “Left Hand Free” is a song that the song that the band wrote after their label questioned “Hunger Of The Pine” serving as a single, it starts to make sense.

It takes a few listens to really sink into what the band are doing, but once it clicks, it makes a lot more sense. One thing is for sure, This Is All Yours will be one of the more diverse and unpredictable albums of 2014.
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