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[music video]: HEALTH – “New Coke”

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2015 — with 1 comment

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L.A.’s HEALTH haven’t released an album since 2009’s Get Color, making a new album from them long overdue. This makes the announcement of a brand new album exciting. It’s entitled Death Magic, and it will be released on August 7 via Loma Vista Recordings.

With the announcement comes a rather interesting music video for the album’s first single “New Coke.” The song is a mesmerizing display of dark synth’s that start off in Crystal Castles (now former member Alice Glass actually cameos in the video) territory, before coming harder with a bit of a heavy crunch. There’s a lot of slow-motion vomit that is apparently real, album details are shared, and the video ends with a phone number attached to a message that states “if you need to talk.”

According to fans, including a friend, if you call the number the bands very own John Famiglietti (who directed the video) will answer and talk to you. Apparently we can expect a small one-off show in NYC soon and some more proper tour dates this fall that should be announced soon. If you’re brave enough, you can try for yourself. The number is 213-259-3841.

Enjoy the song and music video posted below, along with the Death Magic tracklist.
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All Boy:All Girl - Lion

In March, New York septet All Boy/All Girl released a limited edition EP entitled Trophy via Grind Select Records (stream it on bandcamp), full of chamber pop songs that experiment with folk, avant-garde jazz and orchestral indie rock.

One of these songs is called “Lion,” a beautiful song about “a pursuit of greatness, and how that pursuit can be alienating. The lion stands in as a metaphor for the power hungry politician or the greedy wall street banker, who finds that the view from the top is a lonely one.” It’s a haunting track that lingers with you during and long after your listen.

Today we have the honor of premiering their brand new music video for “Lion” with you guys exclusively. Shot in black and white by director Sara Montironi, it’s a wonderful accompaniment for the song, with some of the best cinematography you’ll find from a music video all year.

Enjoy the “Lion” music video. which you can find posted below, along with the band’s upcoming tour dates:
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Mac DeMarco - Another One

Mac DeMarco has had quite a year. With the release of the highly acclaimed Salad Days last year, his popularity surged and seems to have no limit. He’s got no plans to slow down, but instead has announced a brand new mini album called Another One, and will be released on August 7 via Captured Tracks. That’s the album art posted above. The announcement comes almost a year to the day that Salad Days was announced.

The eight-track mini-LP was recorded entirely by himself at his home in Queens somewhere in between his hectic touring schedule. It’s being described as having a “bittersweet, romantic sensibility, haunting and warm” with an overall feeling of “lost love, or perhaps love never found.”
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Hinds at Baby’s All Right (April 1, 2015)

By Will Oliver, April 15th 2015

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Last year a group named Deers caught the attention of many music fans and bloggers (including us) with a set of wonderful singles. But earlier this year they were forced to change their name because Montreal rock band Dears thought the name was too similar and threatened them with legal action. Deers soon became Hinds, and now the rest is history. Last month played a ton of shows at SXSW and garnered a great deal of buzz along the way. Now it seems like the old name is all but forgotten, allowing the era of Hinds to become in full effect.
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Jessie Ware at Terminal 5 (April 1, 2015)

By Will Oliver, April 14th 2015

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It was late in December 2012 where English pop-singer Jessie Ware made her live debut in New York City, playing the more than intimate The Box NYC. It was no secret that she was bound for much bigger things, which made the intimate showing that much more special. It certainly had me spoiled, as that was the only time I saw her live prior to her headlining show at Terminal 5 on April 1.

Last year Ware returned with her sophomore effort Tough Love, and has seen her stock rise even more than it did with her beloved debut album Devotion. Her fanbase has grown significantly in the two years plus since I last saw her perform, so much so that she packed out Terminal 5 with relative ease. She played a 17-song set full of the best cuts from both albums, with a full rich sound propelled by her live backing band.

What’s not to like about Ware? She writes great songs, has a beautiful voice, and is a very cheerful spirit that makes you feel welcome to join along. So much so that at her sold out Terminal 5 saw a marriage proposal go down on stage that Ware helped a fan orchestrate prior to the show. Find the video of that below along with a photo set of Ware’s performance.

Jessie Ware Setlist:

1. Running
2. Champagne Kisses
3. Cruel
4. If You’re Never Gonna Move
5. Tough Love
6. Keep On Lying
7. You & I (Forever)
8. Sweet Talk
9. Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe
10. The Way We Are
11. Pieces
12. No to Love
13. Sweetest Song
14. Taking in Water
15. Want Your Feeling
16. Wildest Moments
17. Say You Love Me

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[music video]: Bang Gang – “Out Of Horizon”

By Will Oliver, April 13th 2015

Bang Gang

Bang Gang is the project of Icelandic musician Bardi Johannsson, who you may know as one half of the electro-pop duo Starwalker (along with Jean-Benoît Dunckel of Air). On June 9 he’ll release his new album The Wolves Are Whispering, his first in seven years.

He’s already shared the chilly first single “Out Of Horizon,” and last Friday he released its official music video, a haunting visual journey which was wonderfully directed by Luis Vanegas.

Enjoy the video below.
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Georgia – “Move Systems”

By Will Oliver, April 10th 2015

Georgia

London-based emcee, multi-instrumentalist and producer Georgia is the latest signing to Domino Records. She is also a member of British group Juce, when she isn’t working on a solo career of her own. Get to know her. she’s one to watch.

She’s recently released her music video for her fiery single “Move Systems.” It features a frantic rhythm section as well as distinct vocals that call to mind some of the earlier work of M.I.A. It’s a strong first impression, and if the rest of her debut album is of this capacity, it’s going to be one hell of a proper introduction. You can stream her debut EP Come In right here.

Check out the video for “Move Systems” below and head to iTunes to purchase it if you like what you hear.
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[new]: Tame Impala – “‘Cause I’m A Man”

By Will Oliver, April 5th 2015

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It was three weeks ago that Tame Impala released the epic 7-minute track “Let It Happen,” that will open their upcoming new album. Today they’ve announced that the new album is titled Currents. With that, they’ve shared it’s first proper single, the ultimately sexy and dreamy “Cause I’m A Man.”

Kevin Parker cuts loose and finds a bit of an soul/r&b influence (a little bit of Michael in there?) to go with his psychedelic drip. It’s clear from “Cause I’m A Man” and “Let It Happen” that Tame Impala are headed into a new direction with Currents. Different, but still very exciting, and still a Tame Impala track.

Stream “Cause I’m A Man” below.
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[music video]: Oscar – “Daffodil Days”

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2015

Oscar

Oscar’s “Daffodil Days” is one of first best songs that 2015 has graced us with. It’s the way a good pop tune should be, capturing your attention right away and never letting go. It’s been on repeat ever since it’s been released.

Yesterday he let go of it’s official music video and it’s wonderful. The video was directed by Laurie Lynch and features actress Sabrina Barlett. It features a story of young love and heartbreak, and even an Oscar appearance here and there. It’s a short film in its own way.

Be sure to purchase “Daffodil Days” from iTunes, or you can by the physical 7″ from Wichita Recordings.

Enjoy the video below.
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Brandon Flowers at Webster Hall (March 24, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 26th 2015

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Earlier in the week The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers returned in a big way with new solo single “Can’t Deny My Love.” It marked a step into a world of big glossy 80s synth-pop, more aligned with The Killers’ Hot Fuss than his debut solo offering Flamingo. “Can’t Deny My Love” is on his new album The Desired Effect, which Island Records will release on May 18. On Tuesday night Flowers played an intimate show at Webster Hall to share some songs, both new and old.
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