Absolutely Free – Beneath The Air

By Will Oliver, August 29th 2014

Absolutely Free

Absolutely Free are a Toronto trio well describe their sound as “astro-beat.” Very awesome, indeed. On October 12 they will release their self-titled debut album on Lefse Records. It’s quickly become one of my most anticipated records of the fall.

“Beneath The Air” is a hypnotic track that just floats on positive waves that are as hopeful as they are dreamy. It sits somewhere in between Tame Impala and Temples, a wonderful psych-influenced delight that will keep your finger on that repeat button.

Stream “Beneath The Air” below.
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With the release of their new album Survival Sounds this week, Rubblebucket have been hard at work supporting it, playing two sold out shows in row at Mercury Lounge + Rough Trade (see my photos/recap of Tuesday’s show at Mercury Lounge here) on Tuesday/Wednesday respectively. Tonight the celebration continued with a intimate performance/listening party on the roof of the Relix/DoNYC building during the early evening.

With Manhattan skyscrapers and an emerging sunset as the backdrop, the group played stripped down versions of tracks off Survival Sounds, as well as the always crowd-pleasing “Came Out Of A Lady.” It was a short but sweet set that served as a perfect finish to their New York run.

Find more photos of the performance posted below.
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Real Estate – Paper Dolls (The Nerves Cover)

By Will Oliver, August 28th 2014

Real Estate Had To Hear

Real Estate recently released “Had To Hear” as their latest single off Atlas. The b-side is a cover of The Nerves’ “Paper Dolls.” Here’s bassist Alex Bleeker explaining why they choose this song:

I’m drawn to the Nerves’ intricate guitar work. We’re interested in creating similar guitar parts for Real Estate, but the Nerves have a more aggressive sound so I thought it would be fun to wear that “musical costume” for a while. Blondie already did a pretty good job with “Hanging on the Telephone” so “Paper Dolls” seemed like the next logical choice.

In typical Real Estate fashion they stay loyal to the original while added enough of their own flavor to make it somewhat their own. Stream it below.

The band recently stopped by The A.V. Club to perform a cover of The Cranberries’ “Linger.” Watch that right here.

[new]: Deerhoof – Exit Only

By Will Oliver, August 28th 2014


Deerhoof have announced that they will release new album La Isla Bonita on November 4 via Polyvinyl Records. The album features music tributes to musical heroes of theirs such as David Bowie, Ric Ocasek, The Roots, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, and Beck. All mighty good choices.

They’ve shared the heavy-hitting and somewhat straightforward (for Deerhoof anyway) first single “Exit Only.” The guitars chug in blissful manner working magically with Satomi Matsuzaki’s always familiar vocals.

Stream “Exit Only” below.
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Les Sins – Bother

By Will Oliver, August 27th 2014

Les Sins
If you need a refresher, or have no idea, Les Sins is the side project of Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick. It’s more of a dance-minded persuit than Toro. He released a few singles in the past, and now he’s announced his debut album as Les Sins. It’s titled Michael, and it will be released on November 4 via Company Records.

Check out the blippy and chill first single “Brother,” which is posted below.
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Rubblebucket at Mercury Lounge (August 26, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 27th 2014 — with 1 comment


It’s been a long road to the release of Rubblebucket’s new album Survival Sounds. The title has meaning for vocalist Annakalmia Traver, who defeated ovarian cancer last year. The album clearly has significant meaning for Traver and her bandmates, but they still maintain the genre-mashing sound that has built them a very loyal following over the past few years. Last night the group played a very sold out Mercury Lounge in celebration of the album, and what a party it was.
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Prom Body – Vibrant

By Will Oliver, August 26th 2014

Prom Body
Prom Body provide ample amounts of guitar riffage, the sort that’s made for a small venue that can hardly be contained by all the heavy movement that comes with it.

This is true of the Wavves-esque “Prom Body,” which is a track off the bands recently released record Naughty By Natural. It oozes West Coast vibes, which makes sense considering they call Tucson, Arizona home.

Stream “Vibrant” below.
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Mansions On The Moon – Don’t Tell

By Will Oliver, August 26th 2014

Mansions On The Moon

Mansions On The Moon are a L.A. quartet who will release their self-titled debut album on October 22. The album is available for pre-order on their PledgeMusic page.

First single “Don’t Tell” is a tragically cool song that channels feel good-dance artists such as Empire Of The Sun in a big way. The songs strives to capture all the right parts of synth-based dance works, and does so in a winning fashion that is a simple delight.

Stream “Don’t Tell” below.
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Lydia Ainsworth – PSI

By Will Oliver, August 26th 2014

Lydia Ainsworth

Over the last three years Lydia Ainsworth was secretly writing and recording songs in Toronto/Brooklyn basements and bedrooms. Thankfully for us, she decided to share her music with the world, and based on what songs we have heard so far, they’re too good to be kept for herself.

On September 30 she will release her debut album Right From Real via Arbutus Records. Based on her stunning track “PSI”, I can tell its going to be a can’t miss record this fall.

She creates a dreary, yet hopeful, atmosphere on the track, which floats away with a perfectly dreamy and very pop-minded chorus that will leave you breathless. The song is too good to be on a debut album. Then again, she’s had a good three years to work on her craft, and what a job that she has done.

Below you can stream “PSI”, along with the equally stunning first single “Malachite.”



Perfume Genius – Queen

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2014

Perfume Genius - Too Bright

On September 22 Perfume Genius will release his new album Too Bright via Matador Records.

“Queen” is the first song shared from the album and its a heavy listen. It’s a track that hits the senses hard – from the synth-line to the drums – its hard striking song, yet also lush and romantic. There’s also some impressive production which gives it that much more of an edge.

Stream “Queen” below.
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