Archives: February 2016

WATCH — Quilt “Roller” + Tour Dates

February 22nd, 2016

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“Good music tests our perceptions of reality. That said, there’s something off about the sunny optimism to “Roller,” the latest single from Boston psych-pop outfit Quilt. In today’s video for the track… director Adi Putra explores the strange layers at play in the lyrics: “Honey, I’m a roller underneath the coals that hide me when it’s raining.” What at first appears to be the story of a typical suburban household unfolds into anything but. We watch that same family gather round the table for a crystal ball instead of dinner. It’s a weirdly fitting image, as Quilt’s music is surreal and evocative in that same gentle way. The Boston-bred quartet crafts lovely sounding songs from psychedelic vibes that are present but benign. No chance of a bad trip here. If anything, it’s whimsical. ” — via Noisey

Check out “Roller” and North American tour dates below!

TOUR DATES
Feb 26 – Boston, MA @ Museum of Fine Arts^
Mar 2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right^
Mar 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 5 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Mar 6 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Mar 8 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Mar 12 – Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths
Mar 17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Mar 19 – San Diego, CA @ The Hideout
Mar 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Mar 23 – San Fransisco, CA @ The Independent
Mar 25 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Mar 26 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset
Mar 27 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
Mar 29 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Mar 31 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb
Apr 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Apr 2 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Apr 3 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Mad Planet
Apr 5 – Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
Apr 6 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
Apr 7 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes
Apr 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Apr 9 – Montreal, QC @ Divian Orange

LISTEN — Basia Bulat Live At WFUV

February 21st, 2016

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“An album titled Good Advice might lead one to believe that some important insights or answers might be found there. But for Montreal-based artist Basia Bulat, the name for her fourth album was about the irony of seeking knowledge and repeatedly discovering, in the end, that the only person who can answer those big questions is yourself. Bulat certainly isn’t the first artist to look within, yet her new batch of songs also calls for looking outward for a collaborative, sonic exploration. This took her on a journey from Toronto to Louisville, Kentucky to work with kindred spirit, Jim James of My Morning Jacket. On her return visit to Studio A, Basia Bulat and her band play a couple of new tunes, we talk favorite instruments, long road trips, the fun she had making her fourth album, and the single most important piece of good advice she’s gotten and given.” — via WFUV

Watch one of the video clips from the session below, or click HERE to listen to the performance in full!

LISTEN — Darq E Freaker “2C-I”

February 20th, 2016

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“Many music-loving Americans got hooked onto the UK grime scene in a huge way in 2015 via artists like Skepta and Novelist, but the sound has been around for some time. In the past few years, Darq E Freaker has slowly edged his way into the hip-hop consciousness, producing tracks for Danny Brown alongside doing official remixes for Kelis and Gunplay. Freaker’s a beast on the beats, and his next EP, ADHD, could convert even more heads who are looking for speaker-freaking bangers. The first glimpse of this five-tracker is “2C-I,” a track that’s been featured in a number of his sets over the last few years. His signature squelchy melody dances effortlessly over monstrous low-end, setting a weird mood. Remember when Katt Williams joked about drinking coffee with Sambuca? It kind of feels like that; properly chilled turn-up.” — via Complex

Check out “2C-I” below!

LISTEN — Lizzo Interview w/ Vocalo

February 19th, 2016

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Minneapolis-based Hip Hop artist Lizzo spoke with Jesse Menendez and Jill Hopkins about her new album Big GRRRL Small World. She discussed Feminism, body positivity and how that one time Price asked her to be on one of his tracks.

Listen to the interview below!

LISTEN — Iska Dhaaf “Invisible Cities”

February 19th, 2016

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“Forgive this song for adding those children’s voices in the beginning, for it knows not what it does. However, get right past that intro and you’re greeted with “Invisible Cities,” a bizarre acid trip of a song that sounds straight out of Sonic Youth’s collective brain, sent through a meat grinder full of nu-metal, surf rock, and futuristic synth. It’s not hard to imagine this song being played during some Zardoz-inspired science fiction movie, while everyone dances and smokes and looks at each other with eyes that say “let’s have a weird orgy.” The first single off Iska Dhaaf’s second album, The Wanting Creature, is, initially, perhaps a little off-putting. But, if you just relax and let yourself be immersed in the beats and bass, you’ll come out the other side with a whole new perspective.” — via Noisey

Stream “Invisible Cities” below!

WATCH — Unloved “When A Woman Is Around”

February 18th, 2016

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David Holmes has formed a new band called Unloved with fellow soundtrack composer Keefus Ciancia and singer Jade Vincent (pictured) – and Q has the premiere of their new video. The trio will release their debut album, Guilty Of Love, on 4 March but you can watch the film for for new single When A Woman Is Around below now. “I’ve been a great admirer of Julian House‘s artwork for a long time; from his work with Broadcast, Can, Primal Scream and his collaborations with Peter Strickland on Berberian Sound Studio and Duke of Burgundy,” Holmes tells Q of the video’s director, who’s design work includes Primal Scream’s sleeve for XTMNTR. “This track was co-written by Tanya Mellotte and features Woody Jackson from Grand Theft Auto and the MC5’s Wayne Kramer on guitar,” adds Holmes. “It’s definitely one of my favourite tracks on the album. Keefus and Jade excelled themselves on this.”” — via Q

Watch “When A Woman Is Around” below!

LISTEN — Submotion Orchestra “Colour Theory”

February 17th, 2016

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“After the success of 2014’s Alium, Submotion Orchestra raise the bar yet again with their new album, Colour Theory. Renowned for their stunning live performances, for “smoky jazz, skittering live percussion and swooping synths” (Mojo), the band have this time taken a conscious decision to focus their energy and attention on to their production, shaping a record of immense poise and epic scope, where attention to detail and shape has resulted in a new dynamism and contemporary sheen. As producer Dom Ruckspin puts it, “we wanted to go somewhere radically different.” While Colour Theory is indeed radically different, it also stays true to what made Submotion Orchestra so exciting to begin with. From the opening bars of “Jaffa,” it’s easy to see this record is a step up. The sheer space the band create in their music is breathtaking. A slice of broken-house groove dripping with melancholy and post-club longing, it shows the confidence and style the group have in abundance.” — via KCRW

Click HERE for the exclusive KCRW stream, or check out the track “Needs (ft. Andrew Ashong)” below!