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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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Oscar – “Beautiful Words”

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2015

Oscar - Beautiful Words EP

With every move and release British wonder Oscar Scheller continues to find new ways to leave me impressed. So naturally, I’m very excited that he’s announced that his debut EP Beautiful Words, will be released on June 23 via Wichita Recordings.

I fully expected him to return with songs more in the pop-rock vein of the wonderful “Daffodil Days,” (which appears on the EP as well) but he surprised me with the new direction he’s laid out with “Beautiful Words.” His warm vocals rise above the lush synths and electronic beats, creating a different avenue for him to win us over. There’s underlying elements of hip-hop in there as well, showcasing his electric and varied taste.

As the opening track of the EP, it sets the tone and paves the way for the other rich wonders that Scheller has set for us not only on this release, but in the future.

Stream “Beautiful Words” below.
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Muse at Webster Hall (May 8, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 9th 2015

1_Muse_Webster Hall

The last time I saw Muse was in August 2007, their first time playing Madison Square Garden, and ultimately the start of their jaunt as one of the biggest rock bands in the world. I was able to score general admission tickets for it, and spent a good chunk of that hot day waiting in line in order to get as close to the stage as possible. It was well worth it, as that performace still remains one of the best live shows that I have ever seen. It would end up being the last time I saw them play, a result of me being away at college whenever they played New York, as well as the fact that a lot of their newer material didn’t quite do it for me.

When I saw that they announced a show at Webster Hall as a warmup tour for their new album Drones, I just had to be there. Getting to see Muse in a 1,500 capacity room, and the probability that they’d play a lot of what the die-hard fans really want to hear, was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

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The Drums – “Kiss Me Again” (RAC Mix)

By Will Oliver, April 27th 2015

The Drums - Kiss Me Again (RAC Mix)

Summer is well on the way, and we can always use some upbeat and breezy songs to go along with those warm days spent outside with a cold beer by our side. Last year The Drums released their new record Encyclopedia, a record that I wish people spent more time with, as it’s a real grower and takes some time to show itself.

It seems like RAC agrees, as they’ve taken Encyclopedia track “Kiss Me Again” and spruced it up a little bit more to their own liking. He doesn’t change to much about the song, but it’s enough to give it a shiny new look that will be perfect for some summertime listening.

Find the RAC mix posted below, and head to the track’s soundcloud page for a free download.
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Georgia – “Move Systems”

By Will Oliver, April 10th 2015

Georgia

London-based emcee, multi-instrumentalist and producer Georgia is the latest signing to Domino Records. She is also a member of British group Juce, when she isn’t working on a solo career of her own. Get to know her. she’s one to watch.

She’s recently released her music video for her fiery single “Move Systems.” It features a frantic rhythm section as well as distinct vocals that call to mind some of the earlier work of M.I.A. It’s a strong first impression, and if the rest of her debut album is of this capacity, it’s going to be one hell of a proper introduction. You can stream her debut EP Come In right here.

Check out the video for “Move Systems” below and head to iTunes to purchase it if you like what you hear.
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Day Wave – Drag

By Will Oliver, April 9th 2015

Day Wave

All the snow has finally melted, baseball is here, and some decent movies are finally starting to hit theaters. Summer is around the corner. We’ll be ready for it with songs as bright and hopeful as “Drag” the truly incredible new song from Oakland’s Day Wave. It’s the project of Jackson Phillips, one half of the California-based electro-pop duo Carousel

“Drag” showcases a youthful spirit that shine bright with sun-drenched melodies that capture every bit of the “dream-pop” genre. Jangly guitars and vocals that call to mind Beach Fossils with some of The Drums beachy vocal calls in the background. If you’re a fan of either of those artists (if you read this blog, you probably are), then you’re going to absolutely adore “Drag.” There’s a universal feeling that it evokes, instantly capturing your attention and never letting go. It’s one of the best songs of 2015 so far.

Enjoy “Drag” below.
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Imaginary People – “Simple Life”

By Will Oliver, April 8th 2015

Imaginary People

New York’s Imaginary People will follow their 2013 debut EP with their debut full-length album Dead Letterbox, which will be released on June 23.

The group has released the album’s first single and lead-track “Simple Life,” a song that lives up to “dance americana” genre title that so many have branded them. There’s a dance element at work with the shiny synth-interplay, but theirs a rootsy american folk-rockness to Dylan Von Wagner’s vocals, along with the steam-rolling guitars.

Stream “Simple Life” below.
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[new]: Tame Impala – “‘Cause I’m A Man”

By Will Oliver, April 5th 2015

Tame Impala - Currents

It was three weeks ago that Tame Impala released the epic 7-minute track “Let It Happen,” that will open their upcoming new album. Today they’ve announced that the new album is titled Currents. With that, they’ve shared it’s first proper single, the ultimately sexy and dreamy “Cause I’m A Man.”

Kevin Parker cuts loose and finds a bit of an soul/r&b influence (a little bit of Michael in there?) to go with his psychedelic drip. It’s clear from “Cause I’m A Man” and “Let It Happen” that Tame Impala are headed into a new direction with Currents. Different, but still very exciting, and still a Tame Impala track.

Stream “Cause I’m A Man” below.
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[new]: The National – “Sunshine On My Back”

By Will Oliver, April 2nd 2015

The National - Sunshine On My Back

There’s not much better than getting a new song out of the blue from one of your favorite bands. We got that today with a brand new single from The National called “Sunshine On My Back.” It’s not the first single of a new album, but rather a leftover from the Trouble Will Find Me sessions and it’s being included as a bonus for fans who purchase the bands documentary Mistaken For Strangers.

It’s a beautiful sweeping track that features the always fantastic Sharon Van Etten on backing vocals. It’s a great song, but I can sort of understand why it was left of the album. Not a knock on it, but stylistically it doesn’t seem to fit as well.

If you didn’t purchase the movie, you can find the single available to stream on Spotify and available to purchase on iTunes.

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Death Cab for Cutie – “Little Wanderer”

By Will Oliver, March 19th 2015

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie have shared quite a bit of their new album Kintsugi, whose March 31 (via Atlantic Records) release date is just around the corner. The trio have already shared three tracks from the album (“Black Sun,” “No Room In Frame,” and “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive”). These also happened to be the first three songs on the record. They’ve kept the timeline going with the 4th track of the album being released, “Little Wanderer.”

While mostly pleasant, it’s somewhat of a come down from the previous songs, making it my least favorite of the songs released far. Maybe it will work better with the rest of the album as context. We’ll see.

Stream “Little Wanderer” below.
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