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[music video]: Bitter’s Kiss – “No One Will”

By Will Oliver, January 29th 2016

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Last year up-and-coming New Jersey singer-songwriter Chloe Baker released her self-titled debut album as Bitter’s Kiss, gaining many news fans along the way. We were one of them, sharing the albums stunning single “The Rope” last summer.

She kicked off the new year with a brand new video for the equally impressive “No One Will.” Showing off her impressive vocals, she gives off a Regina Spektor vibe and a feeling of positivity and elegance. The video was shot in Cork, Ireland and produced by EPIC Productions Ireland.

Enjoy the video below.
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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

All the worlds are starting to collide. Rock icon Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have announced that they’ve recorded an album together, and it features some contributions from Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders as well, making the already great deal that much sweeter. The album is called Post Pop Depression and will be released in March via Loma Vista Recordings.

The New York Times’Jon Pareles provided an in-depth feature about the project, giving us some great insight into how it all came together. It features nine tracks that were recorded “in brief bursts” at Homme’s two studios, with one week at his studio in Joshua Tree, and the other at Pink Duck. They collaborated under the condition that neither one bring in completed songs, only ideas. Along with Helders on drums, the only other addition to the studio recordings was Dean Fertitia also of Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as The Dead Weather.

The live band will feature Troy Van Leeuwen (also of Queens Of The Stone Age) and Matt Sweeney of Chavez, along with Helders and Fertita. The shows will be intimate and hard to get into, with Homme saying “There won’t be hardly any shows, and they won’t be in big places, and you won’t be able to get a ticket. So almost everyone won’t see it. It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye.

Today the group released first single from the album, “Gardenia,” a track that may or may not have been chosen to be premiered first because of its very David Bowie sound. Iggy Pop sounds great, given an extra bit of punch with Homme by his side, and Helders behind the kit.

Below find the official stream of “Gardenia” posted below, along with their performance of it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, which marked their official live debut. Can we just note how amazing it is to see Helders behind the kit with Iggy Pop and Homme?

“Gardenia”:

“Gardenia” live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

Those Darlins

Nashville rockers Those Darlins are going on indefinate hiatus, letting their current January tour through the states act as their swan song.

They’ll say goodbye to us in New York on Saturday, January 23, at the always fantastic Baby’s All Right. It will be the last time you get to see the hard-hitting trio of Jessi Zazu, Nikki Kvarnes, and Linwood Regensburg do their thing on stage, so you don’t want to miss out on this. There probably is no next time (though LCD Soundsystem has taught us, you never say never)

Tickets for the performance are still currently for sale, but I wouldn’t wait too much longer. You can find the hiatus note that they posted to their facebook page posted below.

Hello World! We're here to deliver some unfortunate news… Those Darlins will be taking an indefinite hiatus…

Posted by Those Darlins on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

[new]: Day Wave – “Gone”

By Will Oliver, January 18th 2016

Day Wave

Jackson Phillips and Day Wave had a great 2015, and the look to keep the momentum going strong with a new EP titled Hard To Read coming out March 4 via Grand Jury Music. It will be packaged along with last year’s Headcase EP to form a great 1-2 combination almost serving as a showcase for their eventual proper full-length.

Based on new single and EP track “Gone,” Phillips is continuing his winning ways. “Gone” taps into some well needed feelings of summer-inspired melancholy and nostalgia. He hasn’t released a full-length album yet, but he already has developed a signature sound that is instantly recognizable as his own.

Enjoy a stream of “Gone” below.

[new]: The Last Shadow Puppets – “Bad Habits”

By Will Oliver, January 10th 2016 — with 1 comment

The Last Shadow Puppets - Bad Habits

This year brings the long-awaited reunion of The Last Shadow Puppets, the glorious team-up between Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and their unofficial 5th member, Miles Kane. Their only release was their 2008 debut The Age of the Understatement, so fans have been eagerly awaiting their return for some time.

They’ve been hinting at a new record for months now, releasing short teaser videos as well as an inclusion on this year’s Coachella lineup. Tonight they took a big step towards the new album with a surprise release of a new song by the name of “Bad Habits.” No one was expecting to hear a new song so soon, let alone late on a Sunday night, but new music from these guys is certainly most welcome.

A few early spins to “Bad Habits” and I wasn’t quite sure how I felt. It seemed more of a Miles Kane solo song with The Last Shadow Puppets orchestrated string-section. It’s a dark and gritty track that digs a little bit deeper under the fingernails, really letting Miles Kane shine. At first I didn’t quite love it as much as I expected, but it seems like with every listen it’s starting to have its way with me. It may be a bit of a future grower that may work a lot better under the context of the rest of the eventual sophomore release. But one things for sure, this one is going to kick a lot of ass live.

Stream “Bad Habits” below with it’s official music video, which was directed by Ben Chappell.
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Mew at Webster Hall (October 10, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2016

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In 2005, while browsing music blogs, I discovered a bunch of wonderful tracks called “Apocalypso,” “The Zookeeper’s Boy” and “Special.” It turns out they were from a Danish rock group known as Mew, from an album called And the Glass Handed Kites. I instantly fell in love with the group and haven’t looked back since.

Since then, I made it a mission to see the group live, but timing just never quite worked out, and I never got the chance to catch them live.

I finally got my moment with them this year, with the release of their somewhat underappreciated new record + – (released via Play It Again Sam). They stopped into New York for a performance at Webster Hall on October 10 and it was a special night indeed. As if getting to see them wasn’t enough, the show featured an opening set from The Dodos. Safe to say, it was a good night.

Find shots of both Mew and The Dodos posted below.
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The Growlers at Irving Plaza (October 9, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2016

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In October The Growlers returned to New York for a two-night stand at Irving Plaza, continuing support for their great 2014 release, Chinese Fountain.

The groups popularity has been steadily on the rise for years now, and the sold out crowd on hand for the October 9 completely ate from their hand proving that the momentum is still going strong. It was an impressive showing, one that has me excited for their new album and eventually more live shows in this new year.

Find some shots from their performance below.
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1_Television_House Of Vans

On October 8 House Of Vans delivered a fantastic post-summer concert featuring a stacked triple bill. New York’s very own Television headlined, while Viet Cong and Lower Dens offered strong support. It may have been Viet Cong’s last show here under that name since they’re in the process of changing it, which made their perforamnce a little bit more special.

Find some shots of all three bands posted below.
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Tame Impala at Terminal 5 (October 7, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 6th 2016

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The stock of Tame Impala continued to rise in 2015, with their mega-successful album Currents taking them to impressive heights. After a year of seemingly playing every festival on this planet, they wrapped up their impressive U.S. tour with another visit to New York City, with a shows at Radio City Music Hall, and then Terminal 5.

I caught their Terminal 5 show on October 7, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the venue as cramped as I did that night. There was no space to move in the crowd, but that was forgiven considering this was one of the best crowds I ever saw at T5. The energy level was off the charts and Tame Impala used every ounce of it to deliver as massive performance as they’ve offered yet. Somehow, they keep on getting better and better.

Find some photos from this performance posted below.
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1_The War On Drugs_Music Hall of Williamsburg

On October 7 The War On Drugs played a now very intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg as a part of Jukely’s member only series. The performance came one day ahead of their huge show at Radio City Music Hall, one of their biggest moments as a bad to date for sure. Considering their recent signing to Atlantic Records, and their ever growing popularity, I made sure that I took full advantage at chance to see them play at a club like MHOW in New York City. The stages are only going to keep getting bigger from here on out.

Find some photos from the performance posted below.
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