Bed Scene – “Easy On The Eyes”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018

Bed Scene is the project of Miami producer/composter Nick Aponte. He combines elements of indie rock and psych-pop to create smooth songs such as the previously shared “Day In A Dream.”

Today we return with yet another track from his self-titled debut EP with the seductive and lush “Easy On The Eyes.” More of a calm soothing effort that plays with some airy synths that work beautifully to create a highly enjoyable bedroom pop ballad that reminds a bit of some Toro y Moi.

Stream “Easy On The Eyes” below and find his EP available to buy on iTunes.
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Join The Riot – “Pretenders”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018

Last month Swedish indie rock group Join The Riot returned with their brand new EP Echo. The first single to be shared from it is “Pretenders,” a track that won me over with a wash of grand vocals, sunny instrumentals and a sweeping soaring feel that is in large part to the clean-cut production.

If The O.C. was still around, I could totally see this being on one of its well-curated soundtracks.

You can find a stream of “Pretenders” posted below and find the whole thing over on their Soundcloud.
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Darlingside – “Hold Your Head Up High”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018

Boston folk quartet Darlingside return with their new album Extralife on February 23. They’re shared the lovely single “Hold Your Head Up High,” with some heavenly vocals that are quite breathtaking. The overall construction of the song is warm, with some well-incorporated horns and bits that remind a bit of Sufjan Stevens.

This is the sort of song that has a sneaky mainstream appeal and you could come across it someday accompanying a big trailer or critical dramatic moment in a film. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

Enjoy a stream of “Hold Your Head Up High” below and stay tuned for the release of Extralife later this month (you can preorder it on iTunes now)
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Shy Shy Shy – “Someone Else”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018

Shy Shy Shy is Danish duo Astrid Cordes and Simon Kjeldgaard, who are preparing to release their debut album Make Up on March 2nd.

Up first from the record is single “Someone Else,” an excellent pop-song that just radiates summer cool from the minute that Cordes vocals kick in, soon followed by a groovy as hell bassline, shimmering guitars and even some well-placed string arrangements.

“Someone Else” feels like a nice summer day, without a damn care in the world. These two know how to write a winning indie-pop song and this record has immediately jumped on my most anticipated list.

For now, enjoy “Someone Else” below and if you dig it, grab yourself a copy of the single on their Bandcamp.
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Ivory Tusk – “Nightingale”

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2018

Ivory Tusk is an Argentinean singer-songwriter who captures a sense of Americana and folk-rock that reminds a bit of contemporary artists such as The Tallest Man On Earth.

Take his track “Nightingale,” a heartwarming folk effort that features some appropriate fingerpicking and folk vocals. It’s taken from his EP Rising Lights which was released in 2017.

Enjoy a stream of “Nightingale” below and find a stream of the entire EP on Bandcamp.
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MIEN – “Black Habit”

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2018

MIEN is the new band comprised of The Horrors’ Tom Furse, The Black Angels’ Alex Maas, Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir and The Earlies’ John-Mark Lapham.

They’ll release their self-titled debut album on April 16 via Rocket Recordings and based on its single “Black Habit,” this is a record to keep on the old radar. It’s a trippy take on old-school psych rock that effortlessly blends the various bands and influences that each member brings with them. Interestingly enough “Black Habit” was originally based on a Beastie Boys sample, which only makes the direction that they took it in that much more interesting.

Find a stream of “Black Habit” posted below and preorder the album at their Bandcamp.
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Emma McGrath – “Love You Better”

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2018 — with 1 comment

North London singer-songwriter Emma McGrath is only 18-years-old but is already a veteran songwriter as she has been writing songs since she was just 12.

She’s preparing the release of her sophomore EP Silent Minds and today she unleashed its first single “Love You Better.” Opening with a fragile and atmospheric guitar and emotive vocals, the song soon blossoms into something that somehow borders both gentle-folk rock and even a bit of female pop.

She’s so young but clearly is way ahead of the curve and is a musician well worth keeping an eye on going forward.

Find a stream of “Love You Better” below and grab it on iTunes if you dig what you’re hearing.
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The Ballroom Thieves – “Do Something”

By Will Oliver, February 3rd 2018

The Ballroom Thieves are a trio out of Boston who I was first introduced to at Boston Calling 2015. The group recently returned with a new track titled “Do Something,” a sly takedown of the current political climate that they’ve released a year since the Presidental inauguration.

Along with their blend of folk rock, the track mixes in some of their own takes on classic doo-wop sounds that allow Calin Peter’s powerful vocals to do their thing.

You can find the moving “Do Something” posted below along with their upcoming slate of U.S. tour dates

The Ballroom Thieves Tour Dates:

Wed., 2/14 Rochester, NY @ Honest Folk
Thurs., 2/15 Cleveland, OH @ Music Box Supper Club
Fri., 2/16 Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Café *
Sat., 2/17 Goshen, IN @ Ignition Music Garage *
Thurs., 2/22 Nashville, TN @ The Basement *
Fri., 2/23 Lexington, KY @ The Burl *
Sat., 2/24 Cincinnati, OH @ Live At The Ludlow Garage *
Wed., 3/7 Kansas City, MO @ The Truman +
Fri., 3/9 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre +
Sat., 3/10 Fort Collins, CO @ The Lincoln +
Tues., 3/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot +
Wed., 3/14 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory +
Fri., 3/16 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre +
Sat., 3/17 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre +
Sun., 3/18 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom +
Tues., 3/20 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore +
Wed., 3/21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre +
Thurs., 3/22 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern +
Fri., 3/23 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern +
Wed., 3/28 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues +
Thurs., 3/29 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall +
Sat., 3/31 El Dorado, AR @ Griffin Music Hall +
Mon., 4/2 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s +
Tues., 4/3 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue +
Thurs., 4/5 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom +
Fri., 4/6 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues +
Sat., 4/7 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre +
Sun., 4/8 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House +
Tues., 4/10 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom +
Wed., 4/11 Louisville, KY @ Headliners +
Sat., 4/14 Chattanooga, TN @ Walker Theatre – Memorial Auditorium +

* With The Harmaleighs
+ With Phillip Phillips

Drawing Boards – “Grass Grows Backwards”

By Will Oliver, February 3rd 2018

Drawing Boards is New York City band comprised of longtime members of the live music scene. The band consists of former members of Sisters (Aaron Pfannebecker), Dirty On Purpose (Doug Marvin), TEEN (Jane Herships), and Darlings (Peter Rynsky).

Together they create a very 90s sounding New York sound, as seen on their warm and lush single “Grass Grows Backwards,” calling to mind the work of greats such as Pavement, Luna, and others. It’s taken from their forthcoming self-titled debut album which will be released on March 2 via Gentle Reminder Records.

Enjoy a stream of “Grass Grows Backwards” below and you can preorder the whole record over at Bandcamp.
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Bryde – “To Be Brave”

By Will Oliver, February 3rd 2018

Bryde is Pembrokeshire-born, and now London-based singer-songwriter Sarah Howells. As her bio states, she is “a girl and an electric guitar playing fierce and fragile songs.”

Her latest single “To Be Brave” is my first taste of her work and that description certainly rings true. It’s a haunted song that taps into something raw and personal, straight from the heart. Here’s how she describes it:

“Desire” is an exploration of the self-deceptions practiced on ourselves when we give in to our weaker moments. The dark and lascivious riffing throughout is performed on an electric baritone guitar (pitched between the standard guitar and a bass).

It’s the lead track off her debut album Like An Island which will be released on April 13 via her own label Seahorse Music. You can preorder the album here or from her Bandcamp page.
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