All photos by Adam Heller

Rising Irish quartet The Academic released their debut album Tales from the Backseat this January via Downtown Records / Interscope Records.

On February 15 they played one of their very first headlining shows in America with a performance at Mercury Lounge along with local openers Friends At The Falls.

Our photographer Adam Heller was there to capture all the action from both performances and caught up with the band to grab some portraits with The Academic.

Find all the photos posted in the gallery below.

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si,irene – “awful pop song”

By Will Oliver, March 2nd 2018 Indie Listen Stream

si,irene are a shoegaze band based out of Japan who have flown under the radar with their 2017 EP BEES.

The band has caught my attention with the lead-off track from the EP the wonderfully titled “awful pop song.” There’s a charming slacker rock with a 90s feel to it that they so naturally riff through on the track, it doesn’t take very long for it to win you over.

You can find a stream of “awful pop song” below and if you dig it you can stream or buy the rest of the EP from their Bandcamp.

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Yaysh – “Daep”

By Will Oliver, March 2nd 2018 Hip-Hop/Rap Listen Stream

Yaysh is a rapper out of Boulder, Colorado who recently released her new single “Daep.”

The word “Daep” means beautiful in Vietnamese. And that’s exactly how one could describe the atmospheric production from producer Troy R8dio Johnson. He gives Yaysh some interesting beats and sonic landscapes to provide her pop-laden rhymes over and it provides some interesting results.

Find a stream of “Daep” below

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Greece synthpop group Keep Shelly In Athens have returned with their new single, “Denial,” which is backed by b-side “Tokyo Lane.”

It’s got a warm wash of synths and build up that gives it a distinctly 80s feel. Paired with some great vocals the track finds a colorful and dreamy soundscape to occupy and allow the listener to get completely lost within.

Enjoy a stream of “Denial” below and find the track available to buy from their Bandcamp.

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Bandy – “Older”

By Will Oliver, March 1st 2018 Indie Listen Stream

BANDY is the project of Brian Hill of California rock group Ride The Wave. He’s recently started his own solo project as Bandy, announcing the project with the passing of his 27th birthday as well as the sharing of first single “Older.”

It’s a track he both wrote and produced and it captured a youthful feeling of summer and sunshine as well as the growing pains that come with every birthday basically past 21. You can find the track posted below and stay tuned for a music video for it as well as his debut EP.

Enjoy “Older” below and go grab it for whatever price you want from his Bandcamp.

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Black Pistol Fire

All photos by Omar Kasrawi

There are some bands that you drop everything you’re doing to go see. I don’t care what it is, you stop watching the Olympics, you put off doing laundry, you leave the kids waiting after soccer practice in the rain…ok, maybe not that one – I’m pretty sure that the band I’m talking about wouldn’t want you having to talk to child protective services. The band, that you have to see, in this case, is none other than Black Pistol Fire. A band, that for my money (and no, I’m not giving up any money if you disagree), is probably the best rock duo out there. And they proved it once again at Irving Plaza on Thursday, with yet another signature show full of leaps, dives, more leaps, whiplash moves, Delta blues-inspired riffs, and some of the most madcap drumming you’ll ever see.
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Cold Fronts – “Stayin’ In”

By Will Oliver, February 28th 2018 Listen Stream

Philadelphia rockers Cold Fronts are set to release their sophomore album Fantasy Du Jour on April 20 via Sire Records.

They’re shared the rockin’ first single “Stayin’ In” which doesn’t waste time with a carefree slacker rock vibe with a vibrant energy to it that’s quite infectious.

Enjoy a stream of “Stayin’ In” below and find it available to buy over on iTunes.

The Magic Gang – “Getting Along”

By Will Oliver, February 28th 2018 Indie Listen Stream

English indie rockers The Magic Gang are a band we introduced here late last year with their re-recorded single “Alright.” We were excited to see what 2018 brought them and now we know that it’s going to be a big one for the lads.

They have since announced that they will release their self-titled debut album on March 16 via Yala! Records. Along with the announcement comes it’s lead single “Getting Along.”

It’s a wistful rocker with a bit of a nostalgic vibe that powers through with some great power-pop elements that are charming all the way through.

Enjoy the official music video for “Getting Along” below and preorder the album right here.

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We still got a way to go until the warmer weather of Spring and Summer but the two singles from Latvian indie rockers Polifauna sure are getting us into the right mindset.

If the name sounds familiar that’s because we posted their accurately titled single “Last Days Of Summer.”

Today we are sharing two of their other singles, the bouncy and 80’s sounding power-pop of “Let’s Meet Some Friends,” (getting real Pains Of Being Pure At Heart vibes on it) and the laid back chill of the dreamy “Colours Of Your Voice.” Both show that Polifauna already have a real winning formula down pact one that we can expect further great things from in the future.

You can stream both singles below and buy them over on iTunes.

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Last year John Maus returned with some of his first live shows in some time (including a show at Baby’s All Right) which were a preview for his first new album in six years with Screen Memories (via Ribbon Music).

Maus has continued to tour during the early parts of 2018, which included a return to Brooklyn on February 14 for a sold out Valentine’s Day performance at Elsewhere.

Always a theatrical performer, Maus was typically full of raw emotion, putting himself of full display with screams, jumps, hard self-inflicted thumps to the chest and face and sometimes a combo of all three at once. His tight live band made all the difference and brought all of these energetic tracks to life with an unstoppable energy.

Find a whole gallery of photos from his performance at Elsewhere posted below.

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