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Arctic Monkeys have kept the momentum going strong following the release of new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino this Friday via Domino Records. Following an intimate (for them) performance at Brooklyn Steel, the band set up a bunch of pop up shops across the globe, including right here in New York.

Now they’ve made Mothers Day that much more special for all the Arctic Monkeys’ moms out there, dropping the music video for “Four Out Of Five,” the closest thing to a proper lead single from the record. Directed by longtime collaborators Focus Creeps ((Ben Chappell & Aaron Brown), the video doesn’t hide away its Stanley Kubrick influences, with A Clockwork Orange and The Shining being the most obvious here.

What begins with our central figure Alex Turner on the piano, we soon see him (and a trusty dog by his side) walk down the hall of a beautiful home and soon the Kubrick/sci-fi influences creep in as the Tranquility Base Hotel is brought to life. It definitely fits the direction and feel of the track and the album at large. This is definitely one of the most truly cinematic music videos from the band to date and it’s a real treat to watch it unfold.

Find the video for “Four Out Of Five” posted below.
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The day we have been waiting nearly half a decade has finally arrived. Arctic Monkeys have officially marked their long-awaited return with the announcement that their sixth album is entitled Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino and will be released on May 11, 2018, by who else but Domino Records.

The album, which was produced by both Arctic Monkeys regular James Ford as well as their very own Alex Turner, was recorded in Los Angeles, Paris and London. The album is 11-tracks long and features some already memorable song titles such as “The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip,” and “The Ultracheese,” the former which already has to be a frontrunner for song of the year. One these for sure: all the song titles could have only come out of the mind of Turner.

The band has also shared a quick but efficient 41-second teaser video for the album. It opens with ever-expanding strings before slowly revealing a sexy guitar groove that surely expands upon the sound that they had forged on AM.

Looks like we have to wait closer to the album’s release to hear our first glimpse of music but the fact that it’s only a month away makes the wait somewhat more bearable.

The album is available to preorder on Limited Silver Vinyl and the full tracklisting can be found posted below along with the album teaser.

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino Tracklist:

1. Star Treatment
2. One Point Perspective
3. American Sports
4. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
5. Golden Trunks
6. Four Out Of Five
7. The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip
8. Science Fiction
9. She Looks Like Fun
10. Batphone
11. The Ultracheese

Preview: Buffalo Tom at Music Hall of Williamsburg

By Will Oliver, March 16th 2018

 

Longstanding Boston indie rockers Buffalo Tom are back at it with new album Quiet And Peace (via Schoolkids Records), their first album in seven years. The album features a pretty cover of “Simon & Garfunkel’s classic “The Only Living Boy in New York.”

Tomorrow night they return to New York for a headlining performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of the new record. Opening up the show will be locals Valley Lodge.

Tickets for the show are still available and can be purchased here. You can also find the video for their cover of “The Only Living Boy in New York” posted below.
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Preview: Colin Macleod at Rockwood Music Hall

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2018

Colin Macleod is a Scottish singer-songwriter from a remote place known as Isle of Lewis. MacLeod used to release music under the moniker The Boy Who Trapped The Sun or the abbrivated C. MacLeod, but now he goes by his full name which he will release his new album Bloodlines under this May.

Two of the songs that he’s release so far “Kicks In” and “Shake The Wall,” show a confident songwriter who is sure of his abilities with some real songwriting talent and one hell of a voice. There’s always a wealth of great powerful musicians that seem to find their way over from Scottland and Macleod seems to be another voice that deserves to be heard in a big, big way.

He is currently in Austin for a bunch of SXSW performances and will then come here to New York on March 20 for a free performance at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1).

You can learn a lot about Macleod as both a person an artist from this wonderful video that I have included below, along with the official music video for “Shake The Wall,” along with the flyer for all of his SXSW dates.

Hater – “Blushing” (Live at Tapetown)

By Will Oliver, March 6th 2018

Last year Swedish indie rock outfit Hater released not only their great debut album You Tried (which made my best albums of the year list) but also an EP with Red Blinders.

The band recently stopped into Danish studio Tapetown to record a Live At Tapetown session, giving us a heavenly version of Red Blinders track “Blushing.” Fans of Alvvays should look no further, these guys will be your new favorite band.

Enjoy their live performance at Tapetown below.
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Ash – “Buzzkill”

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2018

Longstanding Irish rockers Ash will return with their seventh studio album Islands which will be released on May 18 via Infectious Music.

The song chugs along with the expected power-pop that you’d expect from the band and that you wish Weezer would still make. It’s a charming single that seems perfectly suited for listening on a nice summer day.

Find a stream of “Buzzkill” below and pre-order the new album over on iTunes
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red steppes – “I Did Not Speak It”

By Will Oliver, February 22nd 2018

red steppes is the Oakland-based project of singer-songwriter Nika States. Her songwriting has a fine sensibility to it that sees her write in a way that captures a distinct time and place that is personal and most importantly, true.

She’s gearing up to release her new album A Mouth May Grow and has shared it’s first single “I Did Not Speak It,” a lovely folk tune that tells of a salt marsh in the town of Rawbridge that she was introduced to by her mother. In essence, a song that shows how music can take us back to places important to us, or ones that we used to know.

It’s a lovely song and one that you can enjoy below via it’s official music video, directed by Cooper Kenward.
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Kunzite – “Vapors”

By Will Oliver, February 21st 2018

Kunzite is the new collaboration between Mike Stroud of RATATAT and Agustin White of White Flight. We recently shared with you their debut offering “Monks” and today we are sharing “Vapors,” another track from their debut album Birds Don’t Fly, which will be released on March 2 via Sol System Records.

It’s another colorful electro-rock fusion that is tailor-made for some late night summer listening. It’s a feel-good jam that fans of Ratatat should have no problem connecting to.

Find the entertaining music video for “Vapors” below and find the album available to pre-order over at their Bandcamp.
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We Are Scientists – “One In One Out”

By Will Oliver, February 21st 2018

Brooklyn’s We Are Scientists recently announced the release of their sixth album Megaplex on April 27 via 100% Records.

The group recently shared the album’s first single “One In One Out,” a track that fans of the band will have no problem warming up to. It does a lot of what the band has been doing for the past decade, diving deep with one of their signature hook-filled chorus that is right in their wheelhouse.

Find the official video posted below, which was directed by Jedidiah Mitchell who also handled the visual effects. The band have also announced some new tour dates, including a performance at Bowery Ballroom on June 16. Tickets are currently on sale here.

We’ve had our eye on Forth Wanderers next move ever since we caught their great performance last year at Baby’s All Right. Today the Montclair, New Jersey band have announced that they have signed to Sub Pop, who will release the bands sophomore album (which is self-titled) on April 27 (preorder here).

The band also shared the first single “Not For Me,” a track that expands on their previous rock palate and offering even more fuzz and production that only gives their sound an even bigger feeling than ever before. These guys are making the sorta of rock songs that resemble some of the best stuff released in the 90s. While there’s an immediacy to their sound, there’s also something about their songs that benefit from a few extra listens to let it all sink in and truly appreciate.
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