The Districts – “Peaches”

By Will Oliver, January 22nd 2015

The Districts

Young Philadelphia rockers The Districts are one of the most exciting young bands in rock and roll, ready to make their mark on the music world. Anyone whose caught them live can attest to this notion. Their performance opening for Dr. Dog at MHOW earlier this month was enough of a reminder for me.

They’re set to release their debut album A Flourish and a Spoil on February 10 via Fat Possum. The recently released album cut “Peaches” wastes no time establishing itself as an urgent, thunderous rocker that deserves to be played as the loudest volume possible. These guys can rock.

Stream “Peaches” below.

The Dodos – “Retriever”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

The Dodos

It’s always great to have a new album from San Francisco duo The Dodos, so it excites me that they will be releasing their new album Individ next week (January 27 out via Polyvinyl Records ).

The latest track shared from the album is “Retriever.” It’s a very Dodos-esque cut, a combination of fuzzy guitars, the hazy vocals of Meric Long, and the frantic percussion of Logan Kroeber. It’s a relentless, smokey rocker, that doesn’t let up at any point, keeping you locked in to their seductive groove until the very end.

You can stream “Retriever” below, or head to Pitchfork Advance to get an early listen of the record. I’ve also shared their upcoming tour dates, which include a stop at MHOW w/ Springtime Carnivore next month.
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[new]: Modest Mouse – “Coyotes”

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2015 — with 2 comments

Modest Mouse - Coyotes

On March 3, Modest Mouse will release their long overdue new record Strangers To Ourselves (via Epic Records), their first album in nearly eight years.

They already released first single “Lampshades On Fire”, and today they followed that up with the music video for second single “Coyotes.” While “Lampshades On Fire” was a more upbeat cut, “Coyotes” takes a mellow reflective route, but builds towards an grand, uplifting finish, that wonderfully hits all of your emotions at once.

The “Coyotes” music video features a coyote riding a light rail, inspired by the true story of a coyote that actually did find its way onto a Portland light rail train in 2002 (which also inspired Sleater-Kinney’s “Light Rail Coyote.”).

The first 2,500 vinyl pre-orders of the album on vinyl will receive a complementary copy of the limited edition 7″ of the “Lampshades On Fire”/”Coyotes.” Some copies will also be on sale for pre-orders of the album on vinyl at select retailers, but the 7″ single will not be for individual sale.

Check out the video below.
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[new]: The Vaccines – Handsome

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2015

The Vaccines - Handsome

This spring British rockers The Vaccines will return with their new album, English Graffiti (Via Columbia Records).

With this announcement comes first single “Handsome.” The band released it’s goofy music video today (directed by Gerson Aguerri), and it features the band in their own old school kung fu movie. As for the song itself, it’s a fully charged rock song with all the pop-hooks and guitars riffs that we’ve come to expect from The Vaccines. The formula isn’t breaking any grounds, but it sounds damn good.

Enjoy the “Handsome” music video below. The digital version of the single is available to pre-order on iTunes + Amazon, while a limited colored 7″ can be pre-ordered here.
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[new]: Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire

By Will Oliver, December 15th 2014 — with 2 comments

Modest Mouse - Lampshades On Fire

On March 3, Modest Mouse will release their new album Strangers To Ourselves (via Epic Records), their first album since 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. It’s been a long time coming.

Today they premiered “Lampshades On Fire” on Minnesota radio station 89.3 The Current. It’s the first single from the album. Test pressings of the 7″ of the single were sent to fans over the weekend, in a smart piece of buzz-building by the band and their management. People were talking about the single ahead of it’s official release, which comes tomorrow.

After spending much of today getting familiar with “Lampshades On Fire,” I gotta say, I’m digging it. It pretty much picks up right where the band left off, hitting that signature Modest Mouse vibe. It’s a good one folks.

Stream it below.
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The Cabana Kids – Sortida

By Will Oliver, December 8th 2014 — with 1 comment

The Cabana Kids

Earlier in the year New York-based group The Cabana Kids released their debut EP The Birds & The Bees via Small Plates Records.

“Sortida” is the last track on the EP and it’s also the current single. Smokey vocals lay the foundation for a surf-rock inspired track that has a sultry, somewhat sinister feeling lingering underneath. It slowly reveals itself, hooking you in and leaving you wanting more. It’s great.

Stream “Sortida” below.

Manilow – Missing

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014

Manilow press

Back in October, London post-punkers Manilow released their new EP Cease and Desist. The three-piece aim to channel the classic London punk sound seen in so many greats before them, but in a refreshing manner.

But there’s more to them than just that. Live, they’ve garnered comparisons to bands such as Wire, Sonic Youth, Bauhaus and Television.

Take the EP’s fierce track “Missing” which chugs along with some tight riffs and vocals that sound readymade for some dingy British pubs.

It can be found below.
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Premiere: Paperhaus – Untitled

By Will Oliver, November 4th 2014

Paperhaus Photo

Back in September I shared with you a new single called “Cairo” from Washington D.C.’s Paperhaus. Since then they’ve announced that they will released a new self-titled album on February 10.

“Untitled” is the latest single to be shared from the band, as a lead in to the new album. It’s a guitar wonderland with some pretty epic classic rock moments that are somehow contained into a nearly 6-minute jam that takes your mind far and wide away. There’s some David Bowie in the vocals, and some Talking Heads in the playing style. It’s wonderful, and it’s available to stream right here exclusively.

Find it posted below.

The band will be playing a special show in D.C. on Sunday, December 14 at the U Street Music Hall, where they will be performing Kraftwerk’s “Trans Europe Express.” Tickets are available here.

Francisco The Man – It’s Not Your Fault

By Will Oliver, October 7th 2014

Francisco The Man

L.A. rockers Francisco The Man are preparing the world for their debut album Loose Ends, which will be released on October 27 via Fat Possum/Small Plates Records.

With the album’s release date rapidly approaching, the group has released single “It’s Not Your Fault.” It doesn’t waste any time getting to the point, showing off some polished vocals and wielding tight guitar riffs that will take you back to the 90s. There’s not a dull moment to be found on this track, it’s a delight.

Stream “It’s Not Your Fault below.
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