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Premiere: The Pass – Take You Out

By Will Oliver, December 3rd 2014 — with 1 comment

High Road EP Artwork

Louisville four-piece The Pass have had some year. The group (Kyle Peters, Will Roberts, Brian Healey & Neil Lucas) began 2014 with a collection of 7″ singles, and have since been tucked away in their basement studio recording their new EP, High Road, which is out December 9.

With the EP, The Pass hope to change the perception of DIY and prove that a band can craft memorable elctro-pop all by themselves. With every new release the group seem to find new ways to amaze, proving to both us and themselves, that there is no need to be limited to one idea or sound.

Today we have the honor of premiering the lead single from the EP, a stunner by the name of “Take You Out.” In it, they deliver a world of glossy synths, love-sick vocals, and a feel-good atmosphere that you can’t shake anywhere else but the dance floor. With so many electronic groups relying heavily on computers and other effects these days, it’s great to see The Pass deliver such groovy tunes as a full live band. It truly separates them from the rest of the pack

Enjoy “Take You Out” below, and find some of The Pass’ upcoming tour dates, which includes two stops in NYC next week. See you there.
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Mac DeMarco at Terminal 5 (November 4, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014

1_Mac DeMarco_Terminal 5

In early November (the 4th, to be exact), the man himself, Mac DeMarco, took over Terminal 5. That’s right, the silliest man in indie rock and roll not only played the large-scale Manhattan venue, but he sold it out. It was an impressive feat, but no surprise when you look at Mac’s incredible rise over the past few months with the release of his fantastic LP Salad Days. The stacked lineup also included opening sets from Connan Mockasin and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
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Nate Paladino – Buy Your Heart

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014

Nate Paladino

On November 7 Orange County singer/songwriter Nate Paladino released his new EP Good Boy. His lyrical approach lies on the dark and introspective side, with his blues, ballads, rock and 50’s-60’s pop influences looming large in his songwriting.

Take “Buy Your Heart” a lovely ballad off the EP that gives a sincere and personal look inside of a man hurting from love.

The song has a wonderfully shot music video that features a dancer by the name of Drea Roers. Find it posted below.
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I Am Love – Pillar Of Salt

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014

I Am Love

Hailing from Philadelphia, I Am Love began the project of singer-songwriter Joshua Christopher. The band has seen its fair share of changes since Christopher started the group, and now consists of Will Whitmire and Kris Jackson.

“We make music to inspire people to be their highest selves, to know that they too can create,” says Christopher, who plays an autoharp to, “show people that you can use anything to make songs, it’s about expression in it’s purest form.”

The group will release their new self-titled album on January 20, 2015. Based on fantastic lead single “Pillar Of Salt,” it will a bright spot during those cold January days.

Beginning with a slow build up featuring dreary vocals from Christopher(Justin Vernon-esque) , the track spreads its wings slowly, but hits its stride with a grand dose of horns that give it a theatrical kick. It has elements of folk rock but also something much larger is at work. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but also inspires. Read the rest of this entry »

The Great Escape – Rebel

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014 — with 1 comment

The Great Escape

L.A. trio The Great Escape released their self-titled album back in October. They give classic ideas a contemporary spin, a refreshing look at what it means to be a rock and roll band in 2014.

Take “Rebel” a song that hits like The Dead Weather, only with a old school spin with Janis Joplin-esque vocals and even some brass horns for good measure. Gritty rock and roll licks and fired up vocals with a soulful twist.

Find it posted below.
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Anne-Simone – Digitize Me

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014

Anne-Simone

Out of Seattle comes Anne-Simone, an electo-pop artist. On her new single “Digitize Me” she puts to question the connections between humans and the digital realm, and doing so in a way that sounds very digital, while also showing flashes of human emotion.

It’s off her upcoming record Bittersweet, out next January.

Stream “Digitize Me” below.
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Simon Field – Gravity (Feat. Easton Davis)

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014

Gravity Single CD Cover

Norwegian electronic/house artist Simon Field has returned with a smoker of a track with “Gravity.”

It features a fun dance atmosphere that’s given a soulful spin thanks to the vocals of British singer Easton Davis who carries the track home.

This one wastes no time getting started and grooves all the way to the finish line. Stream it below.
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Michael Cullen – Nothing Special

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014

Michael Cullen True Believer v 2.0 4PAN1T

Australian singer Michael Cullen released his new album True Believer just this October.

Back in the 80s Cullen played in a number of post punk bands in Sydney in the 1980s and 1990s including No Man’s Land, The Hardheads and Watershed.

He plays old semi-acoustic guitars and makes his music with tape machines, tube microphones and other analogue equipment. Which makes sense when you listen to the retro sounds that he shared with the world on the new record. He knows a thing or two about songcraft.

Below, get a taste of the record with album track “Nothing Special,” a song which finds Cullen hit his stride with a song packed with classic grooves and melodies that find a way to get stuck in your head.  Read the rest of this entry »

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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Aubergine Machine – Sundown

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014

Sundown Single Cover

Aubergine Machine come from Florida and bring that hot summer sensation to their new single “Sundown,” their third of the year. It has a brash poppy nature to it, almost reminiscent to the poppier electronic moments from Sleigh Bells.

They set out to create an electornic sound that feels “warm and breezy,” one that “captured the feel” of Southern Florida. I think they definitely captured that. Too bad they released it during the winter, but there’s always the summer of 2015..

Stream “Sundown” below.
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