Archives: February 2017

WATCH — Little Dragon “High” + Tour Dates

February 14th, 2017

Little Dragon have returned with a new song, “High,” and its video. It’s their first new music since 2014’s Nabuma Rubberband. Watch the hazy, psychedelic Ossian Melin-directed visual for the track below. The group have also announced a North American tour. The trek, which includes their two weekends at Coachella, begins in April.” — via Pitchfork

Watch “High” below, and then scroll down for tour dates!

TOUR DATES:

04-13 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets
04-14 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04-16 San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
04-18 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory OC*
04-21 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04-22 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl^
04-23 Scottsdale, AZ – Livewire
04-25 Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre*
04-26 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater*
04-27 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall*
04-29 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
04-30 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant*
05-02 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall*
05-03 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre*
05-04 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Music Hall*
05-05-07 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Beats Festival
07-22 Squaw Valley, CA – Wanderlust Festival
07-26 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks^
07-29 Cooperstown, NY – Ommegang Brewery^
07-31 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE^

* with GoldLink
^ with Glass Animals

READ — Thundercat’s Love Advice For Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2017

Thundercat doesn’t remember whether he broke up with his ex-girlfriend or she broke up with him—perhaps he’s blocked it out—but what he does remember is that they broke up on February 14th. “Valentine’s Day is like placing a magnifying glass to the sun,” he says now. “It forces a person to evaluate a relationship. It brings up the question, ‘What is this?’”

Understandably, the soul-jazz singer-songwriter, producer, and bassist born Stephen Bruner has a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. “What I love about Valentine’s Day is that you possibly get to have sex. I don’t love how hard you have to work to have sex. But if you really like the person, you’ll want to go out of your way to show them you do. It’s a chance to show somebody, ‘Hey! I don’t think you’re a piece of shit. You’re cool, cool enough to show you attention for a day.’ I usually choose my mom or my cat.”

“The hate part is the expectation…” he says. “To some degree, it’s a tell-all as to how you feel about a person. It’s a lot of pressure, especially for a cat person who isn’t into a lot of emotions. You got to take into account that I’m pretty emotionally scarred. I don’t like a lot of affection.””

— via Pitchfork

Read the full interview HERE while you listen to the track “Friend Zone” below!

LISTEN — Charly Bliss “Glitter”

February 13th, 2017

“Some of the most powerful pop songs have a tendency to feel deceptive. An ascending melody can cloak sorrow; the most danceable hooks can act as odes to heartbreak or loss. Behind Charly Bliss frontwoman Eva Grace Hendricks’ saccharine singing are moments of real intimacy, though they’re not nearly as sweet as she makes them sound.

Glitter,” the lead single from the band’s upcoming debut, Guppy, exemplifies this tension. Charly Bliss excels at crafting impossibly memorable pop songs, and it does so here with a capital P. Gone are the days of grunge guitars and noisy soloing: Though the six-string instrument shines right before the song’s end, it’s paired with a shimmery synth, something previously unheard of from the band. “Glitter” is the kind of pop that forces listeners to confront things in themselves that they might not want to — the catchy and the uncomfortable. In the chorus, Hendricks offers the restless realization, “I’ll have my cake and eat it, too / I wish I could be good to you / Am I the best? / Or just the first person to say yes?”

“‘Glitter’ is a song about dating someone who’s too much like you and it making you feel full of self-hatred,” Hendricks tells NPR. “I initially meant for this to be an angry breakup song, but when I read the lyrics back, I realized that all of the mean things I had written could just as easily be said about me and the way that I behaved in that relationship. The chorus lyric is a dig at myself; I am prone to speaking in superlative hyperboles like, ‘You’re my best friend!’ or ‘You’re my favorite person ever!’ which can make the people who I’m actually close to feel like I’m being disingenuous.”

That kind of embellishment can feel distinctly like a young person’s burden: Passion leads to exaggeration, which leads to muddled perception. Here, with Hendricks’ pervading honesty, it’s both celebrated and critiqued. Covering your problems in “Glitter” might not solve them, but it’ll certainly make them more attractive.”

— via NPR

Listen to “Glitter” below!

LISTEN — Young Fathers “Only God Knows (ft. Leith Congregational Choir)”

February 12th, 2017

“”Only God Knows” is one of six Young Fathers tracks to from the soundtrack to the upcoming Trainspotting sequel. The Edinburgh-based group skirts the boundaries of rock, hip-hop, and electronic music, producing tunes both baleful and exuberant. This one features the Leith Congregational Choir.”

— via NPR

Listen to “Only God Knows” below!

LISTEN — Black Angels “Currency”

February 11th, 2017

“Heavy psych rarely feels as fresh as it does with Tiny Desk veterans The Black Angels, who know how to shred. The band’s first new album in four years is Death Song, a play on a classic Velvet Underground track. “Currency” takes on the topic of money’s role in a world that’s bought and sold by a select few. Death Song comes out on Partisan April 21.”

— via NPR

Listen to “Currency” below!

WATCH — Denzel Curry “This Life”

February 10th, 2017

“While his fans wait for his follow-up to 2016’s Imperial mixtape, South Floridian talent Denzel Curry unveils another set of visuals in support of it, “This Life.”
The video looks like a typical love story between a lucky man and his leading lady… key word being “looks.” Let’s just say, both members of that party are keeping secrets from each other…”

— via 2 Dope Boyz

Watch “This Life” below!

WATCH — Fink “Boneyard”

February 9th, 2017

“During the summer of 2009, I heard “Sort of Revolution” by Fink, a song that instantly blew me away and soon became a personal favorite. Over the years, I have appreciated his songwriting and personal story, and I have followed his musical career closely. Fink, whose real name is Fin Greenall, has a knack for creating infectious songs, as well as pushing digital boundaries (notably, as one of the first artists to have an interactive app for both a live concert and an album).

Today we premiere something new from Fink. He was recently in the studio with famed producer Flood, and they worked on a new side project called Fink’s Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol 1. This album is a lovely embodiment of Fin’s appreciation of classic blues musicians like John Lee Hooker and Chuck Berry. He even mimicked their recording technique, recording in a single take (with one mic) at his Berlin studio.

Check out the video for his new raw, mesmerizing song called “Boneyard.””

— via KCRW