Archives: July 2015

LISTEN — Farao “Warriors”

July 31st, 2015

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“Accompanied by twinkling chimes, wayward synthlines and hint of vaudeville showmanship, “Warriors” is an interesting mix of Beirut-tinged horns and theremin-esque hooks, all anchored by Kari Jahnsen’s sparkling vocals. Just make sure to hold on tight, because she’s about to take us to places unknown.” — via Paper

WATCH — Doomtree “Generator”

July 30th, 2015

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“On this year’s All Hands, Minneapolis collective Doomtree offered a record as varied as the personalities of the rappers that make up the crew. The A.V. Club premieres the video for “Generator” below, a track that sees the band’s make good on its promise to “never settle.” It’s a bombastic call to arms that also showcases the group’s pop-culture acumen with references to Depeche Mode and The Princess Bride. Directed by James Gundersen, the video features the members of Doomtree taking to the streets of their native Minneapolis, cutting imposing portraits against the desolation of a Midwestern winter.” — via A.V. Club

LISTEN — Craig Finn “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son”

July 29th, 2015

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“As the Hold Steady has started leaving longer intervals between albums, singer Craig Finn has taken up the slack with solo efforts, including an upcoming release that opens with the song “Maggie I’ve Been Searching for Our Son.” … With an emphasis on melancholy keyboards and synths instead of raucous electric guitars, the song is a character sketch that picks up in the middle of what sounds like a wrenching settling of accounts. Finn says the tune was one of the first ones he finished for the new album, “Faith in the Future.”” — via Wall Street Journal

Check out “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son” and Craig Finn tour dates below!

Tour Dates
Oct. 14 – Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theatre
Oct. 15 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Oct. 16 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow
Oct. 17 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Oct. 19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
Oct. 20 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi Fi
Oct. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
Oct. 23 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club
Oct. 24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Women’s Club Theatre
Oct. 25 – Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Oct. 26 – Rock Island, IL @ Rozz-Tox
Oct. 28 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
Oct. 30 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Ballroom at the Taft
Oct. 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
Nov. 02 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Nov. 03 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Nov. 04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Nov. 05 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Wonder Bar
Nov. 06 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Zion I’s ‘The Rapture: Live From Oaklandia’ Is Out Aug. 7th!

July 28th, 2015

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“The Rapture: Live from Oaklandia drops August 7th!! This was my first experience recording a live album.. and it’s a whole different animal than recording in the studio. We put a lot of hard work into this.. and I can’t wait for yall to taste the vibes. Shouts out to my comrades who helped make it possible: Kev Choice, Dame the Drummer, Deuce Eclipse, Dustin Sharpe, Viveca Hawkins, Scottie on Bass, Rafa on Trumpet, Rebecca on Cello, and Andrew on the guitar.. Yii!!!” — via Zion I

Check out the track list and pre-order the album by clicking HERE.

Check out their last EP below!

LISTEN — Strange Talk “Something’s About To Change”

July 27th, 2015

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“It’s as good a time as any for a new contender to jump into the “anthem of the summer race.” “Something’s Bout To Change” is the latest cut from Aussie darlings Strange Talk, who have played a number of major music festivals. A blend of indie smoothness and Fatboy Slim-style funkiness, “Something’s Bout To Change” brings the sound of Daft Punk’s “Around The World” into a new millennium.” — via A.V. Club

LISTEN — Monika “Shake Your Hands (ft. Andrew Wyatt)”

July 26th, 2015

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“Monika Christodoulou’s upcoming album Secret in the Dark is not technically her debut — she’s released two well-received albums in her native Greece — but her latest single “Shake Your Hands” sounds like a new beginning, or at least a drastic step forward for the singer/songwriter. She recorded the album with Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss (whose no-frills style also served at the backbone for St. Vincent’s latest), and “Shake Your Hands,” is a playful, disco-inflected track that features Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt on vocals. Monika’s wavering, Florence-esque voice anchors the song’s heavy dollop of twinkling synths and toy-keyboard interjections, ultimately shining — alongside Wyatt’s reedy tenor — on a brass-heavy climax.” — via Spin

LISTEN — Fine Print “Can’t Lie”

July 26th, 2015

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“UK duo Fine Print dug deep into their record collections for inspiration for their upcoming self-titled EP, and you can hear it in the dusty, light-edged funk of their new single. “Before we started on ‘Can’t Lie’ we had been having quite long conversations about the hip hop we loved,” the band explained to The FADER over email. “Especially the dusty sounding productions from people like Buckwild, MF Doom, Madlib and of course Dilla. While vocally referencing people like Cornell Cambell and Curtis Mayfield.” The result is a melancholy groove: with a Rhye-like falsetto and prickly guitar licks, the song rakes over the debris of a failing relationship, lamenting: How am I supposed to try, when this just seems up to you?…You never were elusive before.” — via The Fader

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