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Avenue – “Our Love” (Feat. Tokyo Police Club)

By Will Oliver, August 4th 2015

Avenue

Avenue is the project of 21-year-old Toronto native Sam Willows, who has been creating some crafty dance and pop remixes, and now is venturing out with some tunes of his own.

It will come in the form of Keep Counting, his debut EP, which Toronto-based label Haven Sounds will release on October 2. Up first is the EP’s delightful first single, “Our Love.” It features the vocals of Tokyo Police Club’s Dave Monks, whose vocals add a lush and dreamy summer vibe, that will work for any party reaching into the depths of the night, or morning.

It’s a promising welcome for Mr. Willows, who is definitely an artist to keep on in the dance/electronic scene.

Stream and enjoy “Our Love” below.
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[new]: Foals – “Mountain At My Gates”

By Will Oliver, July 20th 2015

Foals

Foals are gearing up for the release of their new album What Went Down, which will be released on August 28 via Warner Bros. Records. We already got the first single (and title track) “What Went Down,” and today they have followed that up with the records second single, “Mountain At My Gates.”

It establishes itself as a classic sounding Foals anthem in a matter of seconds, taking flight and never looking back. Their widescreen approach bigger than all hell here, continuing to expand their wings until the very last second. Based on this and “What Went Down,” it’s apparent that this record is gonna be another winner from Foals.

Stream “Mountain At My Gates” below.
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WilcoStarWarsLate this afternoon and to everybody’s surprise, Wilco released a brand new album titled Star Wars literally out of nowhere with absolutely no teasers, no hype, no lead single, no nothing. It’s their ninth studio album, and the first release of brand new music since 2011’s wonderful ‘The Whole Love’ (via its own dBpm records). Even better? They’re giving it away for free. Yes, you read that correctly… they’re giving it away for free (albeit for a “limited time,” with an additional quick input of your email address).

“Why release an album this way and why make it free?” Tweedy states on the official Wilco Facebook page. “Well, the biggest reason, and I’m not sure we even need any others, is that it felt like it would be fun. What’s more fun than a surprise?”

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[new]: CHVRCHES – “Leave A Trace”

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

CHVRCHES

Today Glasgow electro-pop trio CHVRCHES announced that their new album is titled Every Open Eye, and will be released on September 25 via Glassnote Records. The group recorded the album last year at their own Alucard Studios in Glasgow, the same place where they made their debut.

They followed that announcement with the release of their brand new single “Leave A Trace.” The group don’t seem to miss a beat from their 2013 breakthrough debut The Bones of What You Believe. It’s a song that sounds triumphant as all hell, with the vocals of frontwoman Lauren Mayberry push to the forefront, ready and able to deliver the punchful choruses that will soon be lodged into your brains. I can already see its placement in crucial movie scenes in the immediate future.

Stream “Leave A Trace” below, and check out some tour dates below. The band also announced they will play a special intimate show at Music Hall of Williamsburg next Thursday, with tickets going on sale tomorrow at noon.
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The Liquorsmiths – “Get Well Soon”

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2015

Liquorsmiths

This August will bring the release of The Book Belongs To, the new release from San Diego folk-rock group The Liquorsmiths. Their american flavored folk rock has a raw and passionate element at work that doesn’t take much to win you over.

Take “Get Well Soon” the 2nd track off the record, a easy going and easy to please folk-rock delight that has a cool and collected summer breeze about it.

Find it posted below, and stay tuned for the rest of the EP next month.

Stream: Day Wave – Headcase [EP]

By Will Oliver, July 14th 2015 — with 1 comment

Day Wave

Throughout the first half of 2015, Oakland’s Jackson Phillips has kept our attention with his new solo project Day Wave, releasing consistently amazing songs such as “Drag” and “We Try But We Don’t Fit In” that have perfectly captured that timeless summer feeling. Phillips has rounded up these tracks for a nice shiny package that will be released this Friday in the form of his debut EP, Headcase.

He recently released the EP’s closer (and title track) “Headcase,” a melancholiac wonder that leaves your mind in a stunning daze. It rounds out his impressive formative release, proving that Day Wave is one of the brightest up-and-comers in indie rock.

Below you can stream “Headcase” individually, along with the entire EP. If you like what you hear, go and support Day Wave and grab the EP over at iTunes. You can also find upcoming tour dates, which includes opening slots for Blonde Redhead, and a stop at NYC’s Mercury Lounge (tickets are available here).

“Headcase”:

EP Stream:

Day Wave Tour Dates:

8/4/15 San Francisco, CA @ Phoenix Hotel
8/8/15 San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar – Outside Lands Aftershow
8/19/15 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
9/15/15 Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
9/17/15 Vancouver, Canada @ Imperial *
9/19/15 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
9/21/15 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
9/23/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock *
9/24/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar *
* supporting Blonde Redhead

Steve Benjamins – “Sightlines”

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2015

Steve Benjamins

Last month Toronto-based singer-songwriter Steve Benjamins released his new EP Sightlines.

Based on tracks such as “Sightlines,” the new release came just in time for summer. A glassy and smooth track that kicks off the EP softly but gradually builds into something much widescreen and ambitious, with a calm and moving atmosphere that certainly sets the tone for the rest of his release. The track never quite reaches its climax, but stays within itself, adding to its already calming state of mind.

Stream “Sightlines” below and grab a free download of his EP over at his website.
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[new]: Foals – “What Went Down”

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

Foals

The always reliable British rockers Foals are back, and sounding as strong as ever. They’ll release their new album What Went Down on August 28 via Warner Bros Records.

Today they premiered the first single, and title track, “What Went Down” which was released as a brand new music video. It’s very Foals in spirit, harnessing that primal energy that seems to come so naturally for them. Once it starts it never lets up, and it explodes into something that I can only imagine being an absolute monster in the live setting. Welcome back Foals.

Getting to hear a new song just makes me crave the next New York Foals show, which hopefully will be coming soon enough.

Check out the official music video for “What Went Down” below. It was directed by Niall O’Brien.
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2015 has been a year of experienced veterans returning to release brand new albums. This is all fine and well, but it’s also great to see new, exciting acts emerge, such as Day Wave. It’s the project of Oakland resident Jackson Phillips, who also happens to be one half of the California-based electro-pop duo Carousel.

Jackson first caught my attention earlier in the year with a wonderfully dreamy cut called “Drag,” that is not only a perfect song for summer, but one of my favorite songs of the year so far. I’ve been craving more ever since, which makes the release of new song “We Try But We Don’t Fit In” that much more exciting. It’s off of his debut EP Headcase, which will be self-released on July 17, and will include two previously unheard tracks.

It’s yet another dreamy wonder that dives deep into a nostalgic train of thought, with delightful hooks delighting you all the way. He’s only released four songs to date, but all have been wonderful little treasures that are signs of an artist coming into his own. The future is that much more exciting with the prospect of more music from Day Wave.

Stream “We Try But We Don’t Fit In” below.
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Mac DeMarco – “The Way You’d Love Her”

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2015

Mac DeMarco

The always hard working Mac DeMarco will release his new mini-LP Another One on August 7 via Captured Tracks.

He recently let go of opening track “The Way You’d Love Her,” a track that wastes no time establishing itself into his world which is becoming a genre of its own. It features some trippy guitar effects, with a very Mac solo to boot. It’s a groovy cut, that certainly stays true to the albums promise to have a “bittersweet, romantic sensibility.”

Mac has never let us down, doesn’t look like he plans to start now.

Stream “The Way You’d Love Her” below, and find all of Mac’s upcoming tour dates below.
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