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New Music | Alyeska – Everglow

I’ve been really into this new track from LA outfit, Alyeska. “Everglow, an alt tinged and guitar powered track thats an moody, dark, sonically emotional track with a definite tie to alt-rock era. Produced by John Agnello, (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr., Phosphorescent) the single comes ahead of their debut album which will also be produced by Agnello and released later this summer. More Alyeska Web | Facebook | Twitter

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New Music | Eskimeaux – Power

With Valentine’s day right around the corner, what’s better than a song that pecks at the frailty power we yield to those that we love. Isn’t that a romantic notion? Eskimeaux’s “Power” explores the subject, wrapped in a sleepy bedroom pop song, that’s nice on the ears, and upbeat enough to be a head bobber. “Power,” will be featured on, Year of the Rabbit, which is the follow up to Eskimeaux’s critically acclaimed debut album, O.K. Year of the Rabbit is out April 15th, and available for pre-order now, via Double Double Whammy.

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New Music | Islands – Back Into It, Charm Offensive

Islands will return this spring with new music, with not one but two new albums (remember when Guns N’ Roses did this with the Use Your Illusion Series?), all dropping on the same day. The two forthcoming albums, Taste and Should I remain Here At Sea? will be available May 13. They’ve also released two new songs from those albums, the first being “Back Into It,” a sugary sweet pop song reminiscent of the Unicorns’ catalog, and “Charm Offensive,” a polished, synthy affair that’s got that specific Island charm and quirk that’s just right. Islands will tour the new records, stopping…

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New Music | Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (Soho EP)

Here’s a new cut of Rayland Baxter’s single “Mr. Rodriguez” which will appear on a brand new EP, SOHO EP. It’s a sparse cut, of just Baxter some quiet solo guitar, and his words drenched in reverb. The EP was recorded at Dean St Studios in London that was previously Tony Visconti’s space for recording with T. Rex, David Bowie and more.

I think it’s important for me to present these songs in as many forms as necessary,” said Baxter. “From the quiet solo guitar presentation to the full on rock n roll display, and everywhere in-between. These songs have many colors and I wanna make sure all them colors be gettin’ heard.”

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New Music | Operators – Cold Light

On a tip from a trusted friend, this new track from Operators fell into my lap. Operators is the new project from Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner, and is the single from their upcoming debut record, Blue Wave. “Cold Light,” is a melodic, synth driven pop number, that’s anthemic and soaring. “Cold Light,” is indebted to the 80s stuttering synth bass lines, and feels both authentically modern and like it could be pulled straight out of a John Hughes soundtrack.

Operators have also announced that they’ll head out on tour in support of Blue Wave, stopping here in the city in late April.
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New Music | Harriet – Bent

Los Angeles’ Harriet have given us another taste off of their upcoming record, American Appetite, which hits your ears January 29th on Harvest Records. Their newest cut, “Bent,” is much more intimate, confessional sounding track that feels more like you are inside the head of the songwriter. The song cuts deep, as any track of forlorn love song does. I’ve been waiting years for this record (originally kickstarted in 2012) and I’m super excited from everything I’ve heard. More Harriet Web | Twitter | Facebook

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Video | The Donkeys – Down the Line

This song is exactly what you need when you are deep in the throws of a gray November day in Boston. The head-bobbing nature of “Down the Line,” intermixed with the near sun soaked (to an almost silly level) visuals on the video scream California, I mean there is no escaping it here, and frankly today I don’t care to. It screams everything we aren’t allowed to have here int he northeast. It’s carefree, gentle-spirited music that is putting a smile on my face. Look for “Down the Line,” on the The Donkeys upcoming mini-album, Midnight Palms, February 12th. More…

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New Music Video | !!! – Ooo

New video from !!! (Chk Chk Chk) for their track “Ooo” which is a super fun look into the world of relationships, and how those common woes are universal, even in outer space. The video was done by Casper Kelly, who directed the viral “Too Many Cooks” video. It’s a disco laden pop track so smooth and silky, and perfect for a dance party at Mos Eisley Cantina, or aboard the Enterprise. Look for “Ooo” on their recent release As If. TOUR DATES 11/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg 11/18 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom…

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New Music | Lake Street Dive – Call Off Your Dogs

This new cut from Lake Street Dive’s upcoming record, Side Pony, is a funky odyssey into the neo-soul, and I’m finding myself pressing repeat over and over again. Rachel Price’s voice is spot on, and the band seems to be picking up right where they left off on their ’14 effort Bad Self Portraits. The funky bass line, disco era string arrangements, and horns all make the song a total head bobber, and one you’ll be reaching for again and again. Look for Side Pony, released February 19th, on Nonesuch records. Lake Street Dive North American Tour Monday, February 22:…

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New Music | Benji Hughes – Girls Love Shoes

Eclecto-pop genius, yes I said it, Benji Hughes needs to be on your radar. He’s recently signed with Merge Records, and is releasing his record, Songs in the Keys of Animals. Fans of Hughes might have already had this record in their hands as Hughes self-released it digitally at the end of 2014. A year later, and it’s been remixed and remastered, and I couldn’t be more excited about this music getting out there for everyone to hear. A month ago saw the release of first single, “Freaky Feedback Blues,” and today he officially releases “Girls Love Shoes,” a track…

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