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[music video]: Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me

By Will Oliver, August 12th 2014

Alvvays - Arche, Marry Me [Music Video]

Alvvays’ self-titled debut album has emerged as one of the most pleasant delights of 2014, serving as the soundtrack of my summer as of late. One of the standouts is the charming “Archie, Marry Me”, a song that’s becoming one of my most listened to of the year.

The band have released a simple but enjoyable video for the single that does the job just fine. It was directed by Gavin Keen & Allison Johnston, and can be watched below.
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Foxygen - And Star Power

Foxygen had a wild 2013, one that most people will remember for all the drama that the band endured. Unfortunately all that seemed to overshadow the fact that they released We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, an album that landed on my best albums of 2013 list.

I assumed it would be a while before we heard new music from the guys, but that’s far from the case. They’ve announced that they got a new album on the way, and it’s an epic. It’s called …And Star Power and features 24-tracks, running at a lengthy 82-minutes. Wow.
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[music video]: Real Estate – Had To Hear

By Will Oliver, August 11th 2014

Real Estate - Had to Hear [Music Video]

Real Estate make the sort of songs that have a timeless feel to it, especially on their wonderful new album Atlas, which has been one of my favorite ones of the year.

“Had To Hear” is one of the best tracks off of Atlas, and it’s music video perfectly captures its mindset. It’s a simple video featuring the band on tour in Mexico City, exploring the city and playing a show. It’s directed by Richard Law, and can be found below.
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Twin Peaks

This week young Chicago rockers Twin Peaks released their sophomore album Wild Onion this week via Grand Jury Music. It’s a rock-sold album, one that you should be spinning right about now.

Next Wednesday night they bring the fun to New York City for a show at Mercury Lounge (with support from fellow Chicago natives The Lemons). Tickets are still available for the show (for now). Don’t miss this intimate showing at what is guaranteed to be a wild good time.

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[music video]: The Drums – Magic Mountain

By Will Oliver, August 4th 2014

The Drums - Magic Mountain - Music Vide

The Drums music video for current single “Magic Mountain” shows the band (now duo) having an enjoyable evening in the woods, showing some pyro-tendencies. There’s also an odd dedication to the late Elizabeth Taylor towards the end.

The video was directed by The Drums themselves, and shot by Gorjan Lauseger. “Magic Mountain” is off the band’s upcoming album Encyclopedia, due out on Minor Records on September 24.
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Interpol – All The Rage Back Home

By Will Oliver, July 26th 2014 — with 1 comment

Interpol

Interpol’s new album El Pintor will be released on September 9, and first single “All The Rage” got the full Interpol treatment, shot in black and white. Makes sense that singer/frontman Paul Banks co-directed the video with Sophia Peer.

I heard Interpol play the song at Governors Ball and was pretty satisfied with how it turned out. The recorded version lives up to that promise, and then some. It honestly may be one of my favorite Interpol songs of the new era.

Check out the “All The Rage Back Home” video below. I’ve also shared their upcoming U.S. dates for this fall, which includes two nights at Terminal 5 with Hundred Waters.
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[music video]: Harriet – Ten Steps

By Will Oliver, July 24th 2014

Harriet - Ten Steps

L.A. outfit Harriet have a new album on the way that is awesomely titled It’s Totally Cool I Wouldn’t Even Worry About It. They already shared the video for first single “Burbank”, and they’ve since followed that up with a video for new single “Ten Steps.”

The video has to be one of the best of the year to date. It features all kinds of choreographed dancing and some brilliant cinematography that begs other bands to step up their music video game up. Oh, it also helps that the song is killer good. It explores a very dance-funk area that just keeps grooving along with some perfectly placed vocals from Alex Casnoff. It’s super smooth and easy on the ears.

Enjoy the video below. I’ve also shared a mp3 of the song, which was made available on their soundcloud page.
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[music video]: Tweedy – Summer Noon

By Will Oliver, July 22nd 2014

Tweedy

Tweedy is the wonderful duo of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and his son Spencer. They’re debut album is titled Sukierae, and it comes out on September 16 via Wilco’s label, dBpm Records.

We already got to hear the album’s first single “I’ll Sing It,” and they’ve since followed it up with a music video for another wonderful track by the name of “Summer Noon.”

It’s a bright shimmering track that is perfect for a relaxing summer day. The video, directed by Allison House, can be found below.
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Wild Beasts at Pier 84 (July 10, 2014)

By Will Oliver, July 13th 2014

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On Thursday night Wild Beasts played a free show at Pier 84 for the first of Hudson River Park’s River Rocks free concert series. The weather was as perfect as one could hope for for an outdoor show, setting the tone for a wonderful night of music.

Considering it was a free show, getting an opening set from Mutual Benefit in addition to Wild Beasts was a treat. Their gentle orchestrated blend of folk-rock was ideal for the setting of Pier 84, with the winds of the Hudson River keeping us cool. Mutual Benefit’s brainchild Jordan Lee always delivers witty dry-humor that can get lost on unsuspecting members of the crowd, but for those who have seen the band before, we are used to his sense of humor by now. Even so, the music comes first, and getting to hear elegant tracks such as “Golden Wake” and “Advanced Falconry” just as the sun started to set was more than ideal.

As of right now, I’m hard pressed to name anything other than Wild Beasts latest album Present Tense as my favorite record of 2014 so far. It just has everything going for it. From start to finish, there isn’t a weak track. Every listen brings a new discovery, a new sound or detail that was previously lost on me. Their show at Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier in the year was just when the album was released. This time around I was much more familiar with the material, and ready to take it in completely.
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