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[new]: Sunflower Bean – “Easier Said”

By Will Oliver, January 5th 2016

Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony

Sunflower Bean rang in the new year playing a show with DIIV, no surprise, as the young New York trio are about as hardworking as they come.

Their work ethic has made the release of their debut album Human Ceremony next month (via Fat Possum) one of the most exciting prospects of this new year. We already got a taste last year through first single “Wall Watcher”, and today brings the follow-up single “Easier Said.”

This may be Sunflower Bean’s most grown up trek yet, channeling a California summer-sound that captures the likes of groups like Haim and dare I say, Fleetwood Mac. It’s a lush wonder, indebted to the past, but also looks forward with a sense of hopefulness. They show a calm-sense of restraint and maturity that their more urgent psych-rock dives don’t quite have. It’s great.

Stream “Easier Said” below and find their upcoming tour dates posted below it.
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Plum – “Light Years, Dark Years”

By Will Oliver, November 28th 2015

Plum

It  doesn’t take long for Denver-based trio Plum to win you over with their stormer of a single “Light Years, Dark Years.”

The single instantly transports you to a simpler time where psych-led garage rock was all it took to get the people going. There’s a bit of the bite from the early days of The Black Keys, a dirty but assured rocker that hit all the right notes.

The single is the self-titled effort from their debut EP, Light Years, Dark Years. Based on the single alone, Plum are a exciting rock group to keep an eye on. The fact that they’ve already opened up for the likes of Charles Bradley, Win Butler and The Districts says it all. Their a group on the rise, one that you’ll be seeing a lot more of in the immediate future.

Stream “Light Years, Dark Years” below.
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Sunflower

They’re not even allowed to drink (at least legally) but Sunflower Bean all already starting to call to mind the work ethic of prolific rockers like Ty Segall. The group have been touring endlessly since the start of 2014, playing more shows than anyone else in the great city of New York. This year they released their fantastic debut EP Show Me Your Seven Secrets, full of songs featuring hard-hitting psych wandering. They then followed that up with a 7″ featuring two rippers (“I Hear Voices” / “The Stalker”) that was released via Fat Possum over the summer.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the group have now announced that their debut album Human Ceremony will be released via Fat Possum on February 5. To mark the occasion of the announcement, the trio have released the ripping first single “Wall Watcher.” It’s a song that I’ve heard many times in live form, and I can proudly say that they’ve captured its essence and then some on this recording. It showcases the bands ability to rip through glorious fuzz rips, while also finding a slick psych-groove that they hammer home almost too easily.

Stream “Wall Watcher” below, pre-order the album here, and find the tracklisting below. I’ve also included their upcoming tour dates, which includes their own headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom on February 25, as well as a return trip to SXSW.
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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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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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Surfer Blood – “I Can’t Explain”

By Will Oliver, March 19th 2015

Surfer Blood

Florida based rockers Surfer Blood will return with new album 1000 Palms on May 12 via Joyful Noise Recordings. This is the band’s first record on Joyful Noise, and it marks their return to their DIY ethos. They abandoned the big time studio recordings of their last record and returned home to Florida to self-record and self-produce the record.

They’ve released a few cuts from the album ahead of it’s release, and the latest is the first official single,”I Can’t Explain.” Written by their bassist Kevin Williams, “I Can’t Explain” tells a story about a romantic encounter on New Years Eve, and takes its time to really deliver its big punch, a big instrumental outro that is Surfer Blood in their wheelhouse.

“I Can’t Explain” is posted below, along with a recent live acoustic performance that they did for for 91x San Diego. You can also find “Dorian” and “Grand Inquisitor,” the two other songs shared so far from 1000 Palms Read the rest of this entry »

Mikal Cronin – “ii) Gold”

By Will Oliver, March 19th 2015

Mikael Cronin

Mikal Cronin will release his third album this year, the appropriately titled MCIII. It will come out on May 5 via Merge Records.

He’s let go of a new cut from the album called “ii) Gold” with explodes out of the gate with big guitar riffs that definitely calls to mind many of Cronin’s work with Ty Segall. Cronin puts his own signature style to work with those breezy chorus’ that are perfect for summertime listening in the car with the windows down.

Stream “ii) Gold” below, along with “Made My Mind Up,” the first single released from the record.
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[new]: Speedy Ortiz – “The Graduates”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

Speedy Ortiz

Massachusetts four-piece Speedy Ortiz will release new album Foil Deer on April 21 via Carpark Records.

They previously shared a track called “Raising The Skate” and yesterday they followed that up with a 90’s slacker anthem that changes up Speedy Ortiz’s formula a bit, with newly infused synths. Still, this is still very much the same Speedy Ortiz, who weave in and out of their melancholic musings with ease.

This track has become even more personal to lead singer Sadie Dupuis, whose father recently passed away. She posted a personal note on the band’s facebook page, explaining that this song was his favorite out of all the songs that she ever wrote.

You can find the touching note posted below along with a stream of “The Graduates” as well as “Raising The Skates.”
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[new]: Wolf Alice – “Giant Peach”

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2015

Wolf Alice

Hot rising London four-piece Wolf Alice have revealed that their debut album is entitled My Love Is Cool, and will be released on June 23 via Dirty Hit Records/RCA Records.

The announcement came with the release of the hard-hitting first single, a scorcher by name of “Giant Peach.” Naturally we assume its a reference to Roald Dahl’s beloved book, but according ot the band it’s a track about growing up in London. It doesn’t take time for the track to lift off and settle into a comfy groove, but it’s towards the end where it picks up some real steam and lets loose of a lot of aggression.

If you’re in the area, Wolf Alice will play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar tomorrow night along with Sunflower Bean (who were saw earlier in the month). For more info on that show head here.

Find “Giant Peach posted below, along with all of Wolf Alice’s upcoming tour dates.
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Pinecones – “Cosmosis”

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2015

Pinecones

Hailing from both Athents + Atlanta, Georgia, rock outfit Pinecones are making quite a ruckus. They’re gearing up to release their debut album Sings For You Now on April 14 via Arrowhawk Records.

“Cosmosis” is the first track shared from the record and it rocks, hard. It has elements of Parquet Courts, with raw, often brash vocals, placed alongside vicious guitars riffs and extended punk-inspired jams. It hits hard in all the right ways, finding a good balance of raw intensity and tight wound structure.

Take a listen to “Cosmosis” below.
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