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OUT NOW – Brother Ali + Evidence Album + US Tour

November 5th, 2019

Secrets & Escapes is a compendium of Brother Ali’s time spent with Evidence, over the course of three trips to California. Evidence chopped up records on old-school samplers and ran them through a compressor (2 track) so they couldn’t be re-arranged or mixed. Brother Ali sat with the mic and spit rhymes as they came to him, without writing or organizing them into songs. Ev smoked a lot of weed, Ali prayed extensively, and their influences on each other can be heard in the recordings. Any time they made something that reminded them of what they’ve become known for, they threw it away and started something new. Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and CS Armstrong came through to bless the project with contributions, too. Secrets & Escapes is the result of two friends making rap music for no other reason than because it’s what they love to do. LISTEN HERE!

Brother Ali + Evidence Co-Headlining Tour w/ support from Marlon Craft
11.07 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
11.08 – Fresno CA – Strummers
11.09 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
11.10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
11.12 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
11.13 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
11.15 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
11.16 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge
11.17 – Vancouver, BC (CANADA) – Fortune Sound Club
11.20 – Boise, ID – The Olympic
11.21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
11.22 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
11.23 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

Brother Ali Headlining Tour w/ support from Nur-D and DJ Last Word
12.11 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
12.13 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
12.14 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
12.18 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
12.19 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (+ special guest Evidence)
12.20 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

LISTEN – POLIÇA “Driving” + US Tour Dates

November 3rd, 2019

This coming winter, Poliça will release their fourth album When We Stay Alive. It’ll be the Minnesota band’s first project since frontwoman Channy Leaneagh fell off her roof at the top of 2018, an accident that damaged her L1 vertebrae and left her with limited mobility. As a result, the project will magnify her healing process with songs about self reevaluation. The first is “Driving,” a hazy track that works its way from a queasy mirage into a healthy groove. – READ MORE VIA FADER

ICYMI – Haleek Maul “Ceiling Fan”

November 1st, 2019

Born in Brooklyn, New York, 21-year-old rapper, singer and producer Haleek Maul was sent to the tropical island of Barbados at a young age to attend school and be raised outside the chaotic American city. Inspired by the sounds that filled his childhood environment, he began creating music while in high school, and what started off as innocent rhyming and mimicry of his favorite artists became an obsession which led him to pursue production and greater musical exploration.

Check out his first single “Ceiling Fan” below, which was features as one part of EBro’s “Discovered On” feature on his Beats1 show this week!

ON TOUR – Automatic US Tour + Signal OUT NOW

October 28th, 2019

Automatic is Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals). The band first met while immersed in L.A.’s DIY music scene and started jamming together in 2017. Over the past year they have become a mainstay on the L.A. club circuit. Their debut album Signal is out now – vinyl at Stones Throw / Bandcamp. They’re touring Europe in October, and North America with Black Marble in November. Dates below.

US DATES WITH BLACK MARBLE

Nov 7: Austin @ Levitation
Nov 10: Nashville @ The Basement
Nov 12: Columbus @ Ace of Cups
Nov 13: State College, PA @ Webster’s Bookstore Cafe
Nov 14: Oberlin OH @ Dionysus Discotheque
Nov 16: Montréal @ Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B.
Nov 19: Hamden @ Space Ballroom
Nov 20: Philadelphia @ Underground Arts
Nov 21: Baltimore @ Metro Gallery
Nov 22: NYC @ Bowery Ballroom
Nov 24: Washington DC @ Black Cat

WATCH – Girl Ray “Girl” + New Album Via Moshi Moshi

October 28th, 2019

The three members of Girl Ray were all teenagers when they released their enormously promising twee-pop debut album Earl Grey two years ago. But while that album did a great job evoking the glimmering lo-fi sounds of ’80s and ’90s UK indie, the members of Girl Ray are on a whole different wave now. Next month, the band will release Girl, their sophomore LP. And this time around, they’ve been influenced by circa-now centrist pop titans like Ariana Grande and Rihanna, though they still sound very much like themselves.

The band worked with Christine And The Queens/Metronomy producer Ash Workman on the new album, and they’ve also expanded their sonic palette, bringing in synths. You can hear that in first single “Show Me More,” which we posted a few months ago. And you can also hear it in the bright, charming “Girl,” the new album’s opening track.

“Girl” is built from a bright, strutting guitar line, one that sounds a bit like the ’80s new-wave version of reggae. It’s also got lush, pillowy harmonies and dazed, euphoric keyboard sounds all through it. Singer Poppy — they don’t use last names — delivers her lyrics in a voice that weirdly recalls Nico. And somehow, all those things together sound vaguely like HAIM? Check out director Crusoe Weston’s video for “Girl” Above!– READ MORE VIA STEREOGUM

OUT NOW – SebastiAn ft Bakar “Sober”

October 28th, 2019

French producer SebastiAn links with London riser Bakar on new single ‘Sober’.

A producer closely linked to the rise of French electro, SebastiAn has broadened his approach and style to encompass something almost genre-less. New album Thirst – his first since 2011 – lands shortly, and it features some of his most emphatically creative work to date.

His new single ‘Sober’ is online + at radio now, and finds the French artist colliding with searing London talent Bakar. Bolshy, aggressive electronics linked to Bakar’s emphatic vocal, it’s a neat pairing of two utterly distinct talents. – READ MORE VIA CLASH

WATCH – ALA.NI Premier’s new single VanP

October 12th, 2019

On her new single with actor/rapper Lakeith Stanfield, ALA.NI is fed up with a love interest who won’t get their shit together – and she’s ready to move on for greener pastures instead of continuing to waste her time.

“Got no patience with this masquerade / I’m not falling till you catch my wave / and there’s beauty only steps away / all these silly games you want to play,” ALA.NI laments, before Lakeith Stanfield (known for his roles in Get Out and Atlanta) delivers a frustrated, fearful verse about losing something special.

But part of what makes “VanP” special is the instrumental. ALA.NI initially planned for upcoming record ACCA to be an acapella album, so much of the album is made up of human voices. ALA.NI’s arrangement is rooted in a moody beatbox by Dave Crowe and supplemented with a bass guitar by Phil Simmonds, lending to a sparse, spacious soundbed that leaves space for ALA.NI’s breathy vocals to shine. – READ MORE VIA VIBE

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